Coleman. Coleman. Coleman.
I think it's a good book, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
This is a powerful story. Well-written, thought-provoking, all the things you'd expect from a modern classic. I looked forward to hearing it read by its author (who died in 1993). Unfortunately, Golding's narration took away from the story rather than adding to it. Most of the time, he sounded bored, but especially when he read the chapter headings. It was as if he were saying them out of obligation but would much rather not, a false apology. The boredom was bad enough, but add in the sniffling and swallowing and it was sometimes unpleasant to listen to. Also, there wasn't even a minor shifting of tone for character's voices, so it was often difficult to tell who was speaking, not just between the characters, but between the narrator and the characters. And the lengthy descriptions were read in such a monotone as to put one to sleep - not good when driving! So I would whole-heartedly recommend this book, but if you can find it read by a different narrator, you might find it more engaging.
Say something about yourself!
The author read the book which I thought might be interesting, but I became preoccupied with the constant sniffing and breathing I kept hearing. It was so distracting! The story is classic I suppose. I listened to it because my daughter was reading it in school. I'm sorry I watsted a credit on this.
It was a terrible narration. I got so bored I couldn't get through Chapter 1. I only got it for my brother to help him in his senior year and even he couldn't get through it without becoming uninterested. I loved the book and the movie when I was in school. Purchasing the audiobook was a mistake.
Good story. Horrible narrator.
No heart or soul. Just monotone. Made me want to to jump off a cliff. My five year old could have read it with better tone. If you're suicidal, don't listen to this. It will send you over the edge.
Anger that I had to listen to Golding spew out every word.
I think this is a good story. But listening to it being read was enough to make me want to go to sleep. He just didn't make me interested in the story at all. He sounded like reading it was bothersome to him. I'll watch the movie. It's got to be better than listening to it.
Good grief the story went on and on......small island and strung out stranded boys destined to try and kill each other while slaughtering the only available food source on the island other then themselves. It was very dark - I would make some highlights and a brighter points - like have the boys flashback to fun or interesting times in their lives as they intertwined in the boarding school prior to the wreck.
He could have filtered in the ship that eventually rescued the boys or family back home worrying about survival or life around the drama knowing their children were lost in a plane crash. Sorry Mr. Golding but this book was awful and dark. There are about 25 kids in the class and without exception they all disliked the book and would not be reading it if they didn't have to. All are advanced learners and read avidly
Piggy - who was eventually murdered sadly
NO NO NO NO
dark unpleasant story
i'm a man without conviction
Ye gods the narration!
Sometimes it's awesome when the author narrates their books... and sometimes there's a reason they're writers and not voice talent.
If the author/narrator would have sounded more interested in what he was reading.
No idea since I couldn't even get through the first chapter.
The author sounded bored, annoyed, like he was being paid to read this book he wrote but was not happy to do it.
The author seems completely bored with reading his own book. It's as if he has become so familiar with his own story that he doesn't see the need to bring it to life. No change in voice for different characters. No special or marked emphasis to express emotion or mood. Very boring, dry, and disappointing narration.
My son is dyslexic and this story was great for him. It was easy for him to follow the story. It was a great story for the whole family to share together.