I recently fell head-over-heels in love with this auther's historical romances, but few of these have been available on audible, so I decided to give "Sugar Daddy" a try. This book is AWESOME. This auther captures her characters with such a natural and authentic light--I feel like I'm there, and I don't want to leave! I haven't even finished listening to this book for the first time and I'm already looking forward to another go-around.
"Tom Sawyer" is one of those books that almost everyone in America is forced to read growing up. Somehow I avoided that assignment, but managed to stumble across it years later. I'm glad that I read it on my own instead of being assigned it. Reading it for my own pleasure was a delight. Some of the plot lines and gags are cliche, but in listening to the various sections I got the impression that the masterful implementation of those plot lines and gags in books like "Tom Sawyer" are why the same plot lines and gags are continually mined for comedic gold.
A delightful and quick read. I was disappointed when it ended.
As for the reader, I cannot compare him to the other readers of "Tom Sawyer," but I thought that he had a solid blend of folksy-ism and enthusiasm.
The intro warned that it would be a bawdy tale, and boy was it right! "Fool" was at times uproariously funny, but constantly vulgar. Probably the British-ness of the setting makes me equate it to a hard "R" rated Terry Pratchett. Your enjoyment of this book will probably depend on your tolerance/appreciation for lewd humor. A familiarity with King Lear would also aid in following the plot and characters.
Personally, I admit that the book had me laughing out loud numerous times. However the shear... um... "colorfulness" (or should I say "colourfulness?") of the book makes me want to take a breather before listening to anymore of Christopher Moore's books.
The praise surrounding "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" convinced me to listen. It was good, some parts were exciting, but I think the hype oversold it. It was not "the BESTEST book of all time and space!" but was a solid mystery. The actual "whodunnit" portion of the book was inventive, but not too complicated to not be traceable. On the other hand, the plot took some time to get going, the book relied heavily on the "young hacker" cliche, and some of the Swedish cultural elements, though interesting and colorful, required extra effort to follow.
All in all a solid book if you like mysteries, but not something I would recommend immediately promoting to the top of your wish list. I will likely eventually listen to the sequel, but I'm not in a hurry.
Also, as I think some other reviews have noted, there are some graphic scenes.
I sometimes listen to audiobooks as I try to fall asleep. The books drown out other noises, and are something I can use to relax at night without leaving lights on. Lectures often work well for this since they are calm, studious rather than enrapturing, and since there is no plot, I can nod off and wake up later without spoiling the story. However, "From Here to Eternity" is a terrible nighttime book. It was so interesting, and Prof Drout was so enthusiastic that it significantly disrupted my sleep over the course of a several (actually very few; I went through it pretty quickly) days.
I am a casual science fiction fan, but "From Here to Eternity" raised my opinion of the genre. It also provided numerous book suggestions; aiding in my continuing quest to use my Audible credits efficiently.
"From Here to Eternity" probably will not appeal to everyone, but if you enjoy science fiction and wouldn't mind a little litterary education, I highly recommend "From Here to Eternity."
As to be expected with a collection of short stories by numerous authors, the quality of the stories varied. The stories by Orson Scott Card, especially "Pretty Boy" and "Cheater" were standouts. However be warned that the last two Card stories, "A Young Man with Prospects" and "Ender's Homecoming," are essentially excerpts from "Ender in Exile." Among the non-Card stories, "Respite" and "To Know All Things That are in the Earth" were standouts that made me look for excuses to get more listening time. "Taint of Treason" was interesting, but felt more like a literary exercise than a full story. I'm mixed on "Tabloid Reporter to the Stars," and can imagine it polarizing audiences depending on their reactions to the twist.
The remaining stories ranged from "good" to "so-so." None stood out as "bad," but some, such as "Beats of Seven" did not fit my taste, and made me glad that it was a short story instead of a 20 hour novel.
Overall though I enjoyed having a compilation of short stories. The risk threshold with a short story is low, but the potential payoff is high. As noted above, some did not work out for me, but others were outstanding. Compilations like this are an excellent way to branch out your listening.
An added note: each story featured a short essay by the author describing the creative process for that story. Regardless of my assessment of the story, I found each essay enlightening.
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