The Power of One is one of those books you savour each moment of, and mourn once it is over! It is a magnificent story teeming with all the elements that make for a story that touches the intellect, the heart, the human and of course the South African within you. I shall re-read this story many times in my life, as well as the sequel Tandia, for which I can only echo these same words of praise. Humphrey Bower was masterful in his narration and listening to his interpretation of this book in audio form will not rob you of the gifts of imagination which come with reading a book, this vivid portrayal can only enhance your experience!
Highly highly recommended!
Bryce Courtenay creates another vivid and rich world of characters who face the most awful circumstances with an iron will not to be defeated and come out on top! A tapestry of history, intrigue and art superbly woven together into an engaging novel narrated by narrator extraordinaire! I will continue with the next 2 parts of the trilogy and have no doubt they will make for as entertaining listening as this part 1!
This is a rich story spanning many years in the lives of characters, a family of blood or love, who lived in Ethiopia but were not from there. It's a beautiful journey through the deep pathways of their lives, very authentically and sincerely written and narrated. I so enjoyed having this story as my companion these last couple of weeks. Well worth the listen!
I was intrigued by the title but could never have imagined how much fun I would have listening to a story about phone companies, 1's and 0's, software, source code, and all the other computer techno-talk. Kevin Mitnick's story was so incredulous and conveyed in such an entertaining way that I enjoyed every minute, often laughing out loud and having to tell my colleague at work what crazy thing I'd read Kevin getting up to that day. Read this book, it will give you an unexpected appreciation for the working of technology, the vulnerabilities of systems (the hard wired and human components) and a worthwhile insight into the mind of a man driven and enslaved by his love to solve a puzzle - and satisfied with just that, solving it! Ray Porter did a fantastic job narrating, I don't think I would have had as much fun reading the book myself!
I have not rate this book as 5 star not because I don't believe it is excellent, but because it is challenging and many of the ideas that Ayn Rand suggests are controversial. This is a book that will really make you think, question, reflect, debate, and think again. There are several powerful themes in the book and I imagine that different themes will grab different people or even the same person at different times. This isn't the kind of book you read once and forget, it stays with you and likely only has justice done by rereading it, several times at different life stages. I highly recommend the book to readers keen on having their ideas stretched a bit. The narrator Edward Herrmann is just superb, I felt he was a true actor and conveyed the characters and complex emotions and ideas masterfully!
I have a great interest in Antarctica and the early exploration that took place there. This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read/listened to so far on the subject. Alfred Lansing has crafted a masterful story from the records and diaries available to provide a very vivid, very personal and heart wrenching tale of what this group of early explorers endured during their time in the Antarctic Ocean. And what a story of endurance it was! Enough to take one's breath away! The story was sensitively and beautifully narrated by Simon Prebble who's voice seemed to embody the struggle, the turmoil, the hope and the glory of this exceptional adventure! Most enjoyable!
This is a wonderful book, a very personal account of life and running by Scott Jurek. Having read Born to Run I was keen to know more about what running, and what something as extreme as an ultramarathon meant to those who participated and were passionate. Scott gives an intimate account of what running has brought him, how the physical challenge stretched his mind and touched his soul, this I really appreciated. He also gives plenty of practical information; running tips, training guidance and then his food philosophy and recipes making for a very wholesome read. Highly recommended! The only aspect that I found a little jarring was the narrator, it took me time to adapt to his narration, which at times I found quite aggressive. Having said this it was not a poor performance and just took some getting used to.
Another fantastic story by the awesome Courtenay-Bower couple! I didn't think I could fall in love with another cast of characters the way I did with those from The Power of One and Tandia, but Four Fires proved me pleasantly wrong! This is the story of a most amazing family as they journey through a challenging life and face it head on unashamedly. This is a long book that is such a delight to listen to. There are some difficult sections, difficult because of the account of Australian POW's during the 2nd World War not because of the writing, but this I found educational. Courtenay's attention to detail is astounding and I truly enjoyed a book about a different land, history and people which is written with depth, feeling and insight.
I have reservations writing this review. I could not listen to this book for very long so I can not comment on the story or the writing craft of Vikram Seth (although I believe both are said to be very good). But for those fellow listeners who would not like a dramatised book, do not choose this version of this story to listen to. It is more like a movie without the screen, music and background noise, various people narrating the parts of the different characters. Although the idea is promising it did not work for me, I was so distracted by all the background sounds that I could not hear the character's speech properly, and their acting out of the characters rather than narration of the story made it hard to follow. I had to give up sadly. I shall look out for an undramatised version.
This was the book that made me fall in love with audiobooks! It was the first audiobook and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have started with one of the Rolls Royce of stories and narrations. The Life of Pi is a story that will touch your soul and speak to you in a way that you will never forget, and Jeff Woodman brings that all to life with his incredible narration. To say too much is to spoil the story, experience this journey with Pi and Richard Parker, it is one you will never forget!
My review for The Power of One is echoed here. Bryce Courtenay continues to enthrall his readers with the magnificence of this South African story in this sequel to The Power of One. Tandia is long but finished too quickly, and I am still sad that it is over! I urge all lovers of The Power of One, of PK and his vivid cast of friends and foes, to read Tandia - I can not think why this book did not have the same international success as its prequel. Once again Humphrey Bower is just superb! As a critical South African listener even I was impressed with his accents. This author and narrator are indeed the most perfect match!
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