Fro the writing, and the incredible narration by Alan Rickman.
Diggory Venn, of course, because he takes things to heart in an honest way, works things out in his mind, and persists in his beliefs and his love.
He can drip with irony, and this is a book where such ironic depth brings out the author's intent.
A fire that kindles hotly burns out quickly.
Egdon Heath is a full character in The Return of the Native, which is a dark and brooding book. From page one, Hardy draws us in: "A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Edgon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment. Overhead the hollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting out the sky was as a tent which had the whole heath for its floor.The heaven being spread with this pallid screen and the earth with the darkest vegetation, their meeting-line at the horizon was clearly marked. In such contrast the heath wore the appearance of an installment of night which had taken up its place before its astronomical hour was come: darkness had to a great extent arrived hereon, while day stood distinct in the sky….The somber stretch of rounds and hollows seemed to rise and meet the evening gloom in pure sympathy, the heath exhaling darkness as rapidly as the heavens precipitated it. And so the obscurity in the air and the obscurity in the land closed together in a black fraternization towards which each advanced half-way."Just wait till you hear Alan Rickman read that.
Yet another in the Gabriel Allon series with plot twists and turns and world terrorism thrown in. For someone who likes the Allon books, this is one they would like.
Guidall is great.
Faye does a great job of taking the Jack the Ripper facts and blending them into a plausible Sherlock Holmes tale. Even a plausible explanation of the Ripper phenomenon. Makes a long car ride go by in no time and you want to listen to the end when you get where you're going. And of course Simon Vance is an excellent reader.
D'Souza claims to present "evidence" for life after death but almost nothing in this book could be considered evidence, apart from a few interesting forays into science. The bulk of the book is an attack on atheism. I was aware that the book would have a Christian bias but was not prepared for the relentless attacks on the currently in vogue atheists. D'Souza considers that once he has argued his position, the result of the argument is "proof." I found the arguments (or proofs) specious and sophistic. Don't waste your time or money.
This is a Dan Brown sort of action book. It's well read but there's not a lot of there there. I find Dan Brown thin at best and this is even thinner.
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