I read Great Expectations a few years ago. I was underwhelmed. I love Dickens, and I know this is one of his most highly rated works. But I found the characters a bit too stock, and the plot dragged in the middle of the book. Listening to it, I enjoyed it more and understood better the sort of themes it explores. For all, that I still think it short of Dockens' best; but it's very good, and Anton Leiser, as always, narrates it brilliantly. If there is an award for reading aloud, he should win it.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was a better novel than I expected; some of the characters--like Augustine and Opehlia, are quite interesting, and the prose is decent. Eventually, though, the unabashed moral intent of the book starts to make it repetitious and predictable. In general, the first half is better than the second half. Surprisingly, there are no especially graphic depictions of physical brutality; but there are painful scenes of separation and helplessness. The narration is excellent, especially regarding the different voices.
A wonderful novel, with memorable characters and an engaging story. The character of MacMurphy is the central axis of the novel, and he is a wonderful creation. The narrator does a fine job of voicing the different characters, including the one telling the story.
I enjoyed the story well enough, but If found the endless detailed descriptions of the tactics employed in the game room a bit tedious. The subplot involving Ender's brother and sister is also pretty weak. Overall, it was OK, but I don't really understand the fusss that's been made over the book.
This has everything you want from a classic realist novel: superb descriptive writing, omplex characters, engrossing storyline, and some philosophical depth. The narration is very good.
Very worthwhile. The book is all these things: funny, satirical, poignant, tragic, philosophical, profound, repetitious, and sometimes a bit tedious. The narrator is good, especially the way he does Sancho Panza, although there's not too much variation in the other voices. The obsession with women keeping their virginity, and the way moors (who are muslim) are sometimes discussed, can be tedious. But the whole book is rich in observations and reflections.
Classic Wharton: portrays the high society of 19th c. New York--basically a bunch of idle privileged snobs some of whom are at least intelligent enough to realize that their lives are empty. Lots of subtle description and reflection. The satire is more subdued than in The House of Mirth. Excellent narration.
This is a complex book, but an important one, and enjoyable to listen to. The large cast of characters, and the complex narrative pattern--you often aren't sure where you are in the temporal order of events--make it a little challenging. But it's very funny, and the humor has real bite to it. The primary target is military bureaucracy, but the broader target is a messed up world where what is actual crazy is classified as sane, and vice versa.
A long time ago I read the first 100 pages of Catch 22 and gave it up, feeling that it was a bit of a one joke book. But I was wrong about that. For one thing, the work changes, and towads the ned becomes quite dark.
The narration is excellent.
I admire Robert Graves. But while I quite enjoyed this book, I was a little disappointed. The narration is very good. My criticism is that the narrative starts to become a bit tedious in places. Much of it is a chronology of crimes, intrigues, and brutalities involving the Roman ruling class from Augustus through to Caligula. Horrible though these are, I found myself indifferent to what is related. There's no real emotional charge to the narrative. Sometimes it lapses into: "and then so and so was poisoned, and then so and so was forced to commit suicide, and then so and so was starved to death......" The character of Claudius is fairly endearing, though, and I'll probably listen to the sequel.
Tuchman is a fine writer, and the narration is very good. The most impressive feature of the book to me is the depth of her research; she really seems to know exactly what was happening at all times in all places during the summer of 1914. I must admit, though, I found the narrative, while compelling, difficult to follow at times just because of the number of characters involved. I do like her caustic wit, though; she's great at exposing the pretensions and follies of the people in charge.
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