A long story about a man who didn't develop a character.
I found it well-written and well-spoken, sympathetic.
I liked the concept of *pride system*, the emphasis on interpersonal reaction as vulnerable mind is waylaid by many and varied tricky tangents of self-ishness, the neurotic reaction or retreat.
Yes what is not to like with an historical look at gains over physical pain.
Suffering writ large would be a far too difficult multifaceted subject I would think to cover in 20 or so hours, so emphasis on physical pain makes for solid history.
And of course physical pain is more at a doctor or druggist's command nowadays, and so Dormandy glides through progress over time back in the day when one had to be tied to the bed during an operation, and further back than that, to put some perspective on matters.
Drugs galore covered. People testing them in trial and error mode. And it is soothing to think back now over all the types of pain relief mentioned.
Yes DHL has a way with emotional expression to be sure, and here in this novel is another example of how much he cares for deeper feeling and human love.
Quirky and even a little sexy without being prurient if that makes any sense. Actually I forget the story, maybe something about a girl not getting her man but not particularly worried about it? The writing style was the thing I liked. The political conditions of a city and sexual politics also.
Hard to listen to, as narrator attempting provisionally cute, wry, or quaint reading, to create an attitude, while I was longing for a straight-forward reading, to let the text itself do the work;
rather than hamming it up in a cloying narration style.
The narrator should have concentrated on clarity of speech and easy rhythm, in my opinion.
Nonetheless I don't wish to turn my followers off this version, as much listening satisfaction is down to personal taste.
a vivid hyperbolic tale focussed on folly of greed and still yet more greed. Helpful if familiar with novel itself, and thus prepared to enjoy this rich dramatized version that is true to story with only a few hours less enjoyment timewise and performed very well.
Moody and escapist at times, though overall a trite fantasy piece. Like stage hypnotism.
I enjoyed this work as long as I didn't take it too seriously, and can thus recommend it.
A good deal of wordplay and some humour as guy with free time plays at using words to say something in a way that will catch attention.
Some history of relatively recent British and American ideas and ideals of exploration abroad and trying to map new territory.
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