I enjoyed them both, but the added experience of hearing Waters read his pieces—he's a great performer in this audiobook—gives the audio the edge. I enjoyed hearing his tone of voice and inflection and the tempo of his readings at various points and how he approached the variety of topics his essays cover.
Where he describes an interview with Little Richard that goes a little bit off the rails.
The essay on former "Manson Girl" Leslie Van Houten, whom Waters befriended while she was in prison and with whom he maintains a decades-long friendship, is difficult and moving as he describes his feeling that she has paid her debt to society and should be freed while still acknowledging the horror of her crimes. He's serious and thoughtful and while yes, there are funny parts even in this essay, he isn't flippant. A difficult and thought-provoking piece.
Just know that this book swings back and forth from "Hairspray"-type fun to "Pink Flamingoes"-type explicit grossness. Unless the latter doesn't bother you at all, you won't emerge unscathed ;)
The reading of the articles was very disappointing. I can describe it as slightly robotic, with sentences that frequently end on an "up" note, as if they are questions. The reading is too distracting for me.
I like the science info—interesting and accessible as always for this publication.
I'm not certain I would have a specific recommendation. This doesn't need someone who can "do voices" or or read dramatically. It just needs a neutral narration that allows the information to be listened to without distracting narration habits described above.
Disappointed because I'd love to be able to "read" this magazine while commuting but I can't listen to the narration style.
Excellent match of narrator to material.
Even "humor" books have to work hard to make me laugh more than a couple of times, and this short listen had me laughing out loud in my car more times than that with its killer combination of sharp satire; delicious dialogue; and a balanced, insightful, and absolutely entertaining narration.
No, this is my first Eric Michael Summerer narration. Will be on the lookout for more.
No truly extreme reactions, though it did make me laugh.
Not the best-known Vonnegut story, but definitely an entertaining audio version of a lesser-known work.
The narrator Stephen Hoye and his joyous New Jersey accent. The main character Bartolomeo di Crespi and his care for his family and friends and his passion for fabulous fabrics. The fact that this book is not something I would ever have normally picked up (I needed a New Jersey-set book for a reading challenge and my usual reading fare is crime fiction and historical nonfiction about such things as devastating hurricanes, horrifying treks through the Amazon, awful real people committing crimes) but I completely, unabashedly loved this non-cynical narrative about a really nice guy (and professional interior designer) who just wants to redecorate his boyhood church.
Somehow, a sweet story about nice people is not annoying, aggravating, mindless, boring. It is fresh, fun, and happy-making.
Hoye is the perfect choice for this story. His New Jersey-accented narration obviously fits the story perfectly, but just like the story itself, it radiates sincerity.
Bartolomeo di Crespi. He's the main character and someone I'd just love to be friends with --- and go shopping with to find great stuff for my house.
As someone who usually reads violent, disturbing, and riveting fiction and nonfiction, I am surprised I enjoyed this so wholeheartedly and would recommend it to any other open-minded cynic.
Portions of it, but probably not the whole thing as it is very long; I might have been better off with an abridged version if one was available. There are certain chapters/sections that I found more interesting and engaging than others.
I find late 19th- early 20th-century history—with all its stories of innovation, wealth, and bravado—to be intriguing. I liked hearing about Tesla's interactions with other giants of science, industry, and the arts and learning about his friendships, business partnerships, and collaborations. I found the descriptions of some of his theories to be fascinating (though obviously wrong, such as his insistence that intelligent beings on Mars might be able to receive transmissions from Earth) and descriptions of many of his personal interactions to be intriguing.
I have to admit that I did, more than once, find my mind wandering during some of the lengthier science-heavy passages. I wouldn't say that the science in this book is inaccessible to the layman, but it also doesn't treat the scientific sections in an elementary way. Therefore, I, as a nonscientist, often lost focus during those sections and had to re-listen to some, but wound up skipping some as well.
This is my first book narrated by Simon Prebble and I intend to seek out others he's done. His narration was superb. He commands a number of accents that he uses when voicing such people as the Serbian Tesla, the Italian Marconi, and various Americans, Scots, Englishmen and women, and other ethnicities without turning any of them into caricatures. Highly engaging narration.
No extreme reactions.
I thought I knew of most of the major players who passed through Pittsburgh (my hometown) during Tesla's era but was surprised, and pleased, to learn through this book of Tesla's work in Pittsburgh with George Westinghouse and his patent feuds with University of Pittsburgh researcher Reginald Fessenden. I like when a broad, sweeping historical narrative comes into contact with my favorite city.
Someone who enjoys bawdy, over-the-top narration might enjoy it—though it's difficult to enjoy even if you do like the narration style because the sound design is just horribly subpar. It's sometimes so quiet or low that you can barely hear it or make out the words, then suddenly blares loudly.
I did very much enjoy the voice acting choices Plummer made for the Cheshire Cat.
I love Christopher Plummer. It's why I chose this edition of the audibook over others (though I may now try Fiona Shaw and Michael York's versions—I very much enjoy them as actors so I'm hoping perhaps the narration will be more pleasing to me and with better sound design.)
I felt that Plummer's narration of the character voices was just much too exaggerated. Of course I don't mean to sound ridiculous in that obviously, the stories of Alice in Wonderland are absurd and over the top as are the characters. But to me, it was much too much loud whining, sobbing, hollering that it began to feel like the aural centers of my brain were being scrubbed with steel wool.
I do very much like Plummer's narration as The Narrator proper, but I don't care much for the pairing of his voicing and Lewis Carroll's characters in most all instances in this book.
Just very disappointed. Fantastic classic story and amazing actor added up to much less than the sum of its parts.
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