I listened to this on my way to work and the drive home. Funny as hell, but with a Stephen King sad sack/horror ending. Stephen's characters are so fleshed out that they seem to be real, like your neighbor down the street that you nod and smile hello to, but don't actually know or want to know. In King's world, maybe not knowing is safer!
Note: King warns at the beginning that if you don't like cussing and dirty words, then you'd better not listen to this. This is a live recording of a book reading so it sounds sort of tinny because of the auditorium, I guess. But King is clear as a bell as he reads.
This is the first Round Robin I've read by professional authors rather than fanfic writers and I was quite impressed with them... each made a story of their own that fit in plausibly with what went before, except for the ending chapter, which to me felt like a movie/TV show that didn't have enough airtime so it was chopped or edited to be very minimum - wrapped it up too neatly and unsatisfactorily - very contrived. But the overall thing I thought was riveting, with what you thought were mainstay characters dropping like flies like they were sidekicks or something! The danger to them all was palpable by the end of the 3rd chapter. Great narration, also.
I really enjoyed Martin's narration - did all the characters really well. I will buy all the other Wodehouse books he narrates based on this one.
Typically hysterical Wodehouse... there's a reason why they keep filming his books over and over.
I think this book shows Mary was obviously guilty of the charges brought against her, but I think that in today's world, would easily have gotten off scott free or with a slap on the wrist. At the very most she would have been put in prison for a few years, with the next president pardoning her. Actually, even for back in her day, she probably would have ended her days in prison rather than be hanged if it weren't for media heat. But the plain fact is, she aided and abetted to the point where if it wasn't for her aid, the deed most likely wouldn't have been done, or the odds for it being done would have dropped dramatically, given that there is no way to account for the dealings of a madman.
Did not like the narrator - he sounded bored, rather than jaded. The story could be broadcast on any hour-long TV schlock show of the week. Not inspired. Found it hard to get through and by the second disc, I was tuning out a lot. Already bought 'The Disappeared', so hope I am not in for more of the same, only in a longer format!
Entertainment Weekly reviewed this series and found it rather sophmorific or Teenagery... not geared towards adults.
Well, I'm an adult sort of - in my mid forties and enjoyed the first book in the series immensely. At times it was kind of high schooly - but guess what - it takes place during the subject's high school years, so I found it right on in its angst and rage against the parental units. I think I liked the book more because of the narrator, however. The story reader can make or break an audible book for me. I am looking forward to listening to the other three books in this series. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is geared more for adults if you are bent to the vampiric vein. Another great narrator was chosen for that series. Kudos to both narrators. Writers write on!
I liked Jill Masters reading, it was neither riveting nor awful.
My complaint was of the overall recording.
They recorded it so that it would break in mid sentence... fading away to be picked up on the next disc. What? - They couldn't find the end of the chapter or cut it just right to fit on the allotted number of discs? The last disc has less than 10 minutes recording on it. That's wasted space, so the editor is at fault.
Basically, it's like listening to an 8-track tape... breaks mid-song to go to the next track. Annoying. They got rid of 8-tracks for a reason. This is 2008 and technology is there so you don't have to break mid-sentence when you can easily come to the end of the paragraph, or even break the disc's time so that whole chapters are together. It's called pacing, people!
"A Place for My Stuff" is a classic comedy routine that never gets dated, mostly because it is true - it applies to anyone and everyone worldwide. Our lives are dedicated to acquiring/moving around our stuff!
Not just for Carlin fans - anyone would like this routine. The other entries on this CD, however, could possibly offend delicate ears. Lots of naughty words not meant for young listeners.
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