No. When I listen to a book, I want to believe in the narrator's voice. I want to believe in the accents. As far as I could tell, Porter read it with some type of British accent, which he flattened to indicate an American, and well, I'm not sure what he did to indicate a Haitian. Certainly, his French accent is inexcusable--nearly unintelligible.
If I have no choice...
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players...."
Read _Seeds of Fiction_ by Bernard Diederich first. It will increase your enjoyment: he sets the scene for Greene so nicely.Haiti is a difficult world to explain to ordinary folk. It is difficult, first of all, to explain that the Haitian people can be so wonderful yet be oppressed by such terrible dictators time and again. Is it the fault of America, as Greene suggests? It certainly is true that America saw so many communist bogey men in the bushes it failed to recognize the TonTon Macoutes as being more detrimental to the health and well-being of the "tired and poor, yearning to be free" than any Castro. And WAS Papa Doc that bad? No, he was worse even than that. Are there men and women alive today that see to the heart of goodness, as the Smiths did? It certainly is difficult to juxtapose the two: Smith and Duvalier. The absolute is difficult to swallow, yet there do exist absolutely good people. As there also exists absolutely evil ones. This book is peopled with both of them, yet one cannot/should not forget that it is also peopled with the rank and file, the company troupe, as it were, of actors, who learn their lines and continue to repeat them, never learning from a new script. The comedians.
I am so glad I listened to this. Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin were marvelous at bringing this story to life. The Author's Note at the beginning of the story set the tone for the book (and many people who "read" the book skipped this)...the afterword tied up many loose ends. And finally, the interview with Rebecca Skloot at the very end anchored the book in reality, where it belongs.
Do you know, I never read the actual book? I suppose I haven't still, since this was a audio recording I listened to in the car. Narrated by Anne Hathaway, who did a pretty decent job of most of the voices. In the beginning I found it was difficult to distinguish the Tin Man from Dorothy, but that went away. Many of the other voices were superb. I would have given her 4.5 stars if audible used that protocol.
And the story!! I was raised on the movie, and even though I knew the ruby slippers were silver shoes, still, I expected flying monkeys to be bad guys, etc. Glad to know that Toto was still fairly annoying....
The story is pretty good. No surprise denouement, for which I am glad. I tend to feel cheated when clues and facts are only added after-the-fact.
But, as usual, Mrs. Pollifax is made to sound as though she were in her 80s...but though I work with a large number of extremely active octogenarians, I doubt if even one of them could swing their legs high enough to perform some of her "karate" moves. Perhaps the way she "sounds" is directly attributed to the narrator (Rosenblat), but I would imagine the author had some say...and if not, then she should!!
I also criticize Gilman in this book for her unspoken racism. What is the purpose in describing someone's hand as "black" when speaking of an African? She didn't resort to it too often, but often enough that it caught my attention.
Rosenblat, as a narrator must be commended for the wide range of voices she brings to her work. But I still find myself constantly wondering if she wears false teeth or is constantly sucking on a piece of hard candy. The shlurping sound that accompanies many (most? all?) of her voices is irritating.
Still, I am sure I will be reading another Pollifax mystery next year!
I truly enjoyed listening to this book, though I readily admit I retained probably only 10%. This is my lack of science, nothing to be reflected onto the author! I wanted to "read" it mainly because my son is a physicist-in-training.
Muons, gluons, smuons, muoninos....wow. Truly, there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than I ever dreamt of, forsooth!
So I understood less than 90% of the book, and I know I will retain less than that, but the overview was fascinating. Carroll wrote a very lucid account, to my mind, always (or almost always) explaining the terms he used. He interwove non-science stories into his tale, which made the book interesting to a non-scientific type like myself.
The technical details which I have not been able to retain reflect on me, however, and not to his writing, nor to his tale of the LHC. I will be interested in reading the other reviews to see what the stumbling blocks were for other readers. One thing that I was a bit put-off by (but not enough to down-rate the book 1/2 a star) was that although he immediately identified a "fermion" as being named after Enrico Fermi, he did not identify a "boson" as being named after Dr. S.N. Bose.
Hogan was the best narrator I have heard to date. No heavy breathing, no false foreign accents, no feeling of wishing he would clear his mouth, as many other narrators do. Reading non-fiction requires a different skill-set than readers of fiction require. I will happily listen to him again.
I get it. The idea that words and numbers can have shape, color, feelings...I totally get it. When I was young, I didn't like certain numbers. 7, 8, and 9, specifically. But enough about me....
I have a great-nephew who scores on the high end of the autistic spectrom. Although, as I expect all who fall into the autistic spectrum disorder category will say, his experience does not echo Daniel Tammet's, it was helpful to me to gain some understanding of what bright lights, sudden noises, and crowds can feel like. It was reassuring to know that Daniel grew up and learned to deal with the world, that he found a life-partner to share with, that he made it to David Letterman!
And I have yet to listen to a book narrated by Simon Vance that I haven't enjoyed!
Well, I'm basically rating this just to get it checked off. I had previously purchased the Kindle version and forgot about it. Then, when I wanted to read it, I thought I would listen to it--especially when I heard Claire Danes was narrating it. I've never heard a book by her (to my knowledge), but thought I knew something about her.
Well, I really disliked the book, so didn't want listen to it!! Sorry, just wasn't my cup-of-tea!
I guess I read this before I began keeping an annotated bibliography which later morphed into my LibraryThing page. At any rate, listening to it brought its own charm, so that was fine. Perry, with gentle subtlety, introduces human frailties that all generations have had to deal with.
It did seem that Porter lost track of who she was reading (which character) at one point, making Sara sound like Grand Maman.
Fischer is my favorite writer of history, though this book held fewer surprises (events unknown to me) than my all-time favorite non-fiction work, _Albion's Seed_, also by Fischer.
Using untold journals and diaries, plus pensioner's narratives housed in the National Archives, Fischer brings to life events and people that shaped the war, and without too great an exaggeration, our lives today. I will be a bit political here, and add that, in my opinion, Washington and the Continental Congress would be appalled and ashamed of American conduct in the Iraq war.
Although Nelson Runger did a much better job in narrating this book than he did in _The Path Between the Seas_ by David McCullough, there must be a better history reader available. Only once during this long book did I feel like he was speaking through a mouth full of saliva. Don't audio books use directors?
First, Colin Firth does an amazing job: no surprise there. The last few books I have listened to have been read with poor breathing control, terrible foreign accents, and unbelievable voices.
The book kept my interest for the most part. The ending was believable, though a bit unexpected. Every question wasn't answered, which I like. More to ruminate over. It was a bit dated (mid to late 1940s), as far as relationships went, yet at the same time there was something timeless about them.
If you are looking for another Greene, I would read .
The book and the narration came together splendidly.
I must admit, I kept waiting for Mr. Ripley to trip up. Whether he did, or not, I will not say...I don't want to spoil the read for others.
First Kenerly experience.
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