I didn't really read the description of this book before I downloaded it. I missed the word parody. Or farce. Or spoof. I saw it was historical fiction and it was a long book. And it was all of those - parody, history and long. If it had not been for the narrator, Pariseau, I would have given up and added it to the short pile of 2 other books in my lifetime that I simply could not complete reading. But Pariseau made it worth the time - what a phenomenal range that man has!! The story itself is convoluted and has so many short stories within its bounds that I wonder if the book's whole purpose wasn't to supply a connect the dots effect to all those stories. Colorful characters, all. The main character, an English poet, is a fool in the realm of life, but he does get under your skin. I found myself rhyming a lot during the time I was listening to this book! But would I recommend the book -
nay, I say.
I recommend this entire series to all my friends....and strangers if they stand still long enough. Throughout the series and within each book, the characters develop; there is nothing static about it. The detail is extraordinary, which is why the book has the size it does, but I wouldn't give up a single paragraph. There are certain observations by the characters, and little side stories that don't seem to mean anything at the time, but watch out for Paolini, he weaves these back in......and when you listen to the interview at the end you realize that those "threads" might pick up in another book. The 6th star goes to Gerard Doyle who in my opinion is the only master who could come up with different voices for DIFFERENT dragons. In the entire book, there wasn't a single time when I couldn't figure out who was talking before the author attributed the dialog with a ', "said Angela...,said Roran...,said Arya....,said Orrin" ' Truly an astounding range. You do need to start with the first book to get full measure from the story though. And do listen to the interview, it leaves the window open.
In the top 10%
Celia Bowen; courage, intelligence, compassion and her enviable ability to change fabric.
Any of the scenes that described the special circus tents: the Ice Garden, the Labyrinth etc.
Yes! But I managed to fill 2 treadmill workouts and 3 days of commuting along with kitchen food prep work with the wonderful voice of Jim Dale
When you make up a world, all the rules of the world we know don't necessarily apply.
So you can't listen to this as an engineer and question, 'how is that possible'. I think
the author did a fine job in all the details (which I adored), the dialog, and bringing the plot
to a satisfying conclusion.
Yes, this book got to me in a most powerful way, and in my opinion, the narration helped a lot. I never thought the regional accents distracted; in fact often it kept me grounded on who was talking without waiting for the "Uri said". The story is one harrowing experience after another, from 3 different trails of German refugees until the stories finally link. It's suspense without spies, and of course you know the ending of the WWII story, but you don't know with the people in this story who will still be standing. It's one of the books I've listened to and now must purchase to have on my shelf.
A love story from an unexpected author. The story is told in flashbacks covering the years Lisey and
her now-deceased author husband were together and
his horror-filled youth. In the current time line
she is being stalked by a real wacko, set out to do her bodily harm. Strong support roles go to her sisters. Mare Winnginham's narration is one of the BEST performances to which I've listened and her voices added immensely to my enjoyment of the book. She's right up there with Barbara Rosenblat and Divina Porter. I don't read everything Stephen King writes, but this was a Ha-uuge winner.
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