new to book reviewing here:
I wanted a briefing of Machiavelli and ended up learning about Etienne de la Boetie. I feel like I got an extra surprise. The narrator talks about their writings and what the world was like around them so you get an idea of why they said and thought what they did. There are other voices used to narrate different people and that helps me stay focused. No monotone on this recording.
It's a decent discussion about two very important pieces of political/social guidance. FYI: I can't stand fiction. I can only read for academics. On a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being the most comprehendible, I give this audio book an 8. I recommend this book as pretty easy to digest.
the audio is great, the reader's British cockney accent got on my nerves after a while, the story wasn't all too hard to keep up with. i had to replay a few times because i didn't catch the context.
i'm not a true fiction lover so a 3 is good for a piece of fiction for me.
can i just say - this story is WEIRD!? i am still mulling it over in my head. i keep trying to figure out what the Eloi really looked like. there is a lot of food for the imagination making this a satisfying piece of literature. my only qualm is sometimes it takes Wells, in my opinion, too much time to get to the point. there is a LOT of detail - but it's not always concise so it is easy to be like "uh huh, yes, uh huh, awesome. wait huh?!" (rewind!) and that can be frustrating.
it would be 4 stars if he would have 'come on with it' and focused on the plot line more.
the one thing i took away from the novel is an uncanny macro social analysis. Wells truly pegged the progression of society and fed it through the voice of the Time Traveler - basically to the point that it's applicable to today.
i would recommend this book with a caution on the tendency for the minor digressions on detail.
recording is great, the reader is awesome - the story is easy to follow.
with all that said the rating i gave is primarily due to the time wasted on Kerouac's constant digressions.
the first half is exciting! and seems like you will follow this great man on an amazing adventure!!! but as it gets more into the last half you begin to think, "whoa Kerouac, did you forget where you were going with this?"
he goes into ridiculous digressions of relationships with people who ultimately do not matter and are as uninteresting as my grandmothers new hummel.
sadly, and in my opinion, the story begins to break down in the last half into an anticlimactic bit of frustration.
i totally stopped listening because i got BORED.
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