Probably not. I would recommend the series but this isn't representative of King's best work.
The story got bogged down early on in a travel guide style of unending descriptions. The sense of place is often a powerful part of King's novels but in this case she went overboard with place and left the story hanging while we toured the city. The remnants of The Pirate King that were included just served to remind us of the previous book which was really off the beam for King.
I've listened to all of the Russell/Holmes books and enjoy Jenny Sterlin's performances immensely. Her voices are clear, nuanced and distinctive. McKenzie's Holmes isn't the supercilious and wonderful Holmes we've had with Sterlin. His voices are all pretty much the same. His performance seemed flat and was often irritating with the guttural sounding Arabic accents. Very disappointing. Why go to a dual narration when the original narrator is so exceptional? If it continues this way I'll be checking the book out from the library instead of listening.
No. I barely made it through this one so a follow-up would hold zero interest. Particularly if it is then recorded with the dual narration.
Laurie R. King's creation of Russel and Holmes has been brilliant, diverse, engaging and addictive. Jenny Sterlin's performance brings the characters to vivid life. I have high hopes that the series will get back on track with the excellent story telling we've enjoyed in the past.
If it had been based on facts instead of this man's apparently gigantic shoulder chip. He spends huge amounts of time explaining why all doctors are fools for not listening to him and then lists all the times they failed to do so. The first three chapters are nothing but a defensive diatribe.
Absolutely not. This is just one of those authors who found a forum for his complaints and it doesn't reflect negatively on other people writing for this genre. It doesn't even reflect badly on anyone writing about the importance of water. This guy just isn't a very good spokesman for water even though it is profoundly important to health. He got this fact mixed up with his whopping huge ego and failed to make his point.
Yes. This narrator was clear and had an excellent narrating style. He shouldn't be tarred and feathered for narrating an angry man's book.
I bought this because I believe in the importance of water for a healthy life (or any life at all) and hoped that this author would provide some new insights. The only insights offered though were into the author's psyche and it was just sad.
No. In fact, I had to stop listening to the audio version and revert to the print version because the performance was so stilted.
Nicola Barber over enunciates every single word. Her reading has the effect of causing the listener to focus on her performance instead of what is being said. Really awful and very frustrating because this is an interesting book.
As always Naomi Klein has presented a well researched and fascinating report on a timely subject. She does great work. I recommend this title be read in the print version unless you can get past the reader's performance.
Absolutely! The third in this trilogy? The UNABRIDGED version of this epic and classic story by an outstanding author? I can't wait to see the complete, unabridged trilogy as a choice in Audible's catalog.
Mary Stewart is an author with the ability to weave a complex, unique, engrossing story. Even with something as familiar as the Merlin/Arthur mythology she managed to find a new angle in her full length books. Abridging it was a sad choice but it's better than nothing. The reader was excellent with a rich, nuanced voice.
The Hollow Hills was performed very well but abridged? What a stunning choice. They kept the story line but it's like a commercial for the complete story. What a waste of the talents of both the author and the performer.
The performer has a rich, nuanced voice that is perfect for an epic saga like this one.
I hope someone decides that this classic trilogy is worth the time and money to create in an unabridged version.
The narrator and the self-deprecating humor. The action was pretty non-stop and the characters were simple and mostly likable.
Zombie Apocalypse fun was the most interesting. The least interesting is his portrayal of women. Flakey, silly, inappropriately focused on frivolous detail while the world melts down. Tufo doesn't seem to appreciate women much.
Sean Runnette is at his likably snarky best here as usual. His performance and humor brought the book up to a higher level of interest.
My most extreme reaction was to the misused words. At first I thought I was just not hearing things correctly or that the narrator had a few slip ups. But apparently Sean Runnette was reading word for word from a very flawed book. According to Amazon reviews the editor has claimed that later editions have been corrected but this audio version is clearly from the original version. There must be a mistakenly used word or phrase on every page of the book. It's jarring to say the least. But the story is fun so I would just shake my head and keep going. Editors are so very, very important.
As another reviewer noted the reader on this book goes way too fast for listening comfort. It's like he had someplace he needed to be. The content is the kind the calls for careful listening and I became frustrated with the speed reading approach. Even slowing down the delivery with my ipod didn't help because he was going so fast that the slower version came across as broken and with abnormal pauses. I ended up getting the book and reading it thoughtfully.
The content is dated only in its mention of particular shows/celebrities/current events and I would love to know what Mr. Postman would say about computers and all the new inputs. The argument is still completely relevant today and makes for fascinating study.
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