In a world of sound bites & fast reads, this long audio book is a beautiful pattern interrupt. It is beautifully narrated and the characters are fully developed beyond what a couple hour movie or stage presentation can capture. The beginning of the book gives a wonderful insight into the Bishop who gave sanctuary to the escape convict Jean Valjean, which is barely touched upon in the movie. That relationship seeded a spiritual awakening that is central to Victor Hugo's story. The other main characters also come with stories of their own that bring depth in the listening or reading of this book. The movie and the stage presentation of Les Miz are great, I highly recommend them, but the revolting of the youth that preceded the revolution was not the only story in this book. I am absolutely loving listening to this Classic
this is my first Terry Pratchett book--and i absolutely love it and will listen to it again and again. I enjoyed the story's panoramic view of London in the time of Dickens, from cobbled stoned streets to stinky rat haven-ed sewers. Dodger is a street urchin with an uncanny amount of street smarts, swagger, and genuine heart; charming character, easy to love. I hope there is a series coming to bring him back & continue this adventure he's on!
Bits of history and London slang of the times are interesting and add to the richness of the telling of this tale.
I highly recommend this entertaining book if you love to be read to--it is a wonderful story, delightfully narrated.
I did read the Hobbit years ago--hearing it on audiobooks was great! I had forgotten much of it. We listened to it in the car on a 10 hr trip from MI to NC over Thanksgiving weekend. I was a little disappointed at first with the audio-reader's initial Gandolf voice inflection. Sounded weak and a bit befuddled to me. I did however notice that it evolved through out the reading of the book and took on a more "wizardly" persona as the story progressed.
If you see the movie after you listen to the book you will note the movie takes a lot of artistic liberties to tell the story on screen----knowing the real story helped me enjoy the movie. It was ok that it was not a literal interpretation of the book.
I am a grandmother with teenage grandchildren. I appreciated the writer's ability to tell a story in a way that kids "get", with a message that needs to be heard. The series creates a post-apocalyptic world where kids are pitted against each other in an arena to fight to the death in the Hunger games, for the entertainment of the masses. Of course it speaks to the young--it captures our culture's ceaseless obsession with violence & war. The young are the ones sent to die in wars, always. This series of books bring out the suffering & pain, not glory, that results from it.
I listened with my 13yr old grandson to the whole series on audiobooks and we were able to talk about it. We went to see the movie and we heard some adults complaining "it wasn't that good", & "I don't think they should have shown kids getting hurt and killed", and other comments about the violence making the movie less entertaining, etc. If you read just one book of the series or seen only the first movie you might want to suspend judgement on the story until you have read/listened to it all.
I did not find it entertaining or creative
not sure--I honestly couldn't listen to it for very long--it was predictable and sounded like a drone of noise in the car when I had it playing. I gave it a good try waiting for it to capture my attention, but it never did. I love good sci f and fantasy. I could not finish it
Redeeming to me means it is
entertaining: witty and funny---roll on the floor laughter inducing
that it is thoughtful/has a point to it--surprises one with a new way of seeing something
Im sorry to say I found none of this in this book
Not something I would recommend to anyone--I always like to check out books my teenage grandkids that are into sci fi fantasy might like--this would not be it--I think they would find it boring
thoughtful-not just blood and mayhem
it fits the purpose of myth, it brings up soulful thoughts to ponder about how we deal with what shows up
perfect capturing of the age and the feelings of the characters in his voice
No--but it is a book I would listen to again, and a book I would recommend to any parent or grand parent to share with a zombie loving kid.
I have an 11 yr old grandson who consumes 2-3 books a week. He loves learning everything, & he reads a lot of sic-fi and fantasy. I plan to give him this book for his January birthday. I loved the story. With all the zombie sightings in our current culture it is a non-preachy reminder of what makes us human.
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