The audio version, abridged, is nice because it makes it more accessible. Reading the book can be daunting for someone who is not well acquainted with history and classical languages. The audio version eliminates a lot of the philosophy arguments between the characters. The narrator is fantastic. His voice is rich and mellow. I have found this to be my favorite companion on nights when sleep eludes me.
I do not usually like abridged books but this specific one is fantastic. If you have read or listened to the unabridged Name of the Rose, you know it contains information overload. Between the philosophical discussions and Latin phrases, it can be a tough book to read. This abridgment leaves the story intact but cuts the academics . The narrator is great. He conveys the emotion and the personalities and at the same his voice has a very relaxing quality to it.
This edition suffers from Bikel's matter of fact narration and the lack of character development. My reaction was "How did we get here?".This is scarcely more than a synopsis.
The film is a better version than this abridged edition.
Eco masterfully paints the culture and the ethos of the 14th century monastery, but I believe that the motivation behind this murder mystery is weak at best. That so many deaths might result from a desire to keep the world from laughing is laughable. When confronted with his evil in the final 'pages' of the book, the antagonist expands the evil by burning down his beloved library.
I've loved everything I've read of Eco's including this, but I don't buy the motivation.
I first read The Name of the Rose 12 years ago, and with each consecutive read, I learn more. Eco weaves many lenses and genres into this work- mystery, philosophy, history, drama, morality tale, romance just begin the list. The characters are singular, endowed with personalities all their own and skillfully brought to life by the rich resonance of Theodore Bikel. This audio is master meets master, and on this read, whether encouraged by the reading or because I am still mourning Eco's departure from the planet, I purchased the post script to help me through unknown allusions. The book is a living, breathing text, and keeps Eco alive, burning bright.
You'd hope that a mediocre detective story would at least be suspenseful, but this one really wasn't. It's neither great literature, nor a guilty pleasure thrill satisfying enough to justify the time spent on it. If there was a philosophical point, it wasn't evident, though the none-too-thinly veiled allusions to Sherlock Holmes were. The story points were all pretty "so what?" and the mysteries solved weren't too intriguing. The psychological development and lives of the characters isn't complexly textured, interesting, or the result of shrewd observation of human nature. Even characters' moral conflicts seem boring. I don't really know why people like this book except that it's in a world that might appeal to a certain aesthetic, but the fact that Eco didn't make that world come alive enough to explore the potential of that aesthetic thoroughly speaks poorly of him. I won't reveal the punchline of the whole story, but good grief. I was disappointed. Neither journey nor destination was stimulating.
This book has guaranteed I won't be reading any other Eco.
I had no issues with the performance. It was just fine.
I am a middle aged male who thinks radio is bubble gum for the brain, so I listen to books in the car. At least one a month.
Not really. There are better stories.
It was OK. It was not as much the reader as the writer, but I lost who was who. I listen to books a good deal and this is not usually a problem.
No. It was finished.
They made a movie of this book. Start with the movie...
One of the best as far as quality and storyline
The language and complexity of thought.
William by far
No- but it did make me think... A LOT!
This isn't necessarily the book to listen to if you are looking for the most thrilling book that you've ever read, but it has a brilliant story-line and some wonderful themes. The reader has the PERFECT voice, in my opinion, for this work.
Took me a long time to finish this one because I started it one time and couldn't get interested so stopped and took me a few months to come back around to it. but... it was better than I thought the first time. It's set in a monastery a few hundred years in the past. Sort of like Sherlock Holmes as a monk solving crimes. It's very subtle and sometimes slow but well written and very well read.