Corona, CA, United States
I was traveling to Russia and thought I'd take this along since much takes place in St. Petersburg. This is not an easy book nor everyone's cup of tea. That said, it is a stunning account by the author of his early years prior to 1940; he examines the question of "who am I?" through stories, fragments of memories and a robust portrait of his father. The writing is addictive, despite, or maybe because of the author's attitude being quite humorless, definitely arrogant and sometimes didactic. I watched a youtube video interview of Nabokov, and the real man was quite bristly and he had an odd, odd accent (despite his Cambridge education.) The narrator (Rudnicki) does a clever job of capturing the real man, without alienating us. I don't think I would have read this book on paper; listening to it was made easy by this production. The narrator handles the long, winding passages with ease. It was a delicious listen.
Not everyone's cup of tea. I think if someone is interested in WWII set in France fiction, this is an interesting story, poetically told. It reminded me of a sad version of the film Le Chocolat. There are themes involving the ravages of the Jewish concentrations camps, the simplicity of the convent life in France, and people's diverging loyalties at that time. The writing is something between poetry and narrative; it is stark and delicate. The narration is very good.
It would be a spoiler. Let us say, there is a magnificent scene when the little girl shows her powers.
Scene in the old broken down chocolate factory. Wonderful descriptions of the now deserted factory. The narrator did a good job setting the mood for this piece.
Something about faith, and angels and chocolate!
It's a tearjerker, so be forewarned. I'm gonna go listen to something cheery now.
I came to this book cause I listen to John Joseph Adams' Lightspeed podcasts. Who did this production? As an anthology the stories I managed to listen to, are good. The editor knows what he's doing. His selections are historically dynamite. The writing is solid. But as a listening experience I don't think there was a guiding hand, it felt patched together, because the reading styles and effects are all over the place, which made it horrifyingly distracting in most cases.
Never made it to the end. I'm buying the book.
Who are these readers? I listen to lots of podcasts and short stories. And there's always inconsistencies in talent. But this is an audiobook. I'm assuming this was a new production, not a grab bag podcast. The ClarkesWorld narrators did well in this one (Kate Baker?) drawing me in, but where were the Lightspeed folks? There were tremendous inconsistencies in style and talent levels. You've got Jack Kincaid doing over-the-top Radio Style, and then You've got fake-oh FX effects of God's Voice in the middle of a woman's narrative; then what I call "Barnes and Noble" author-type-reads which are barely comprehensible. Who are these people? Genre fiction needs the best; we're picky. ;0) We get spoiled by productions like Cascadia and Ender's Game Alive, and RipOff and World War Z and V-Wars. Howey is certainly capable of demanding a certain level of production, no??? He's one of the big boys now, no? Sigler and Mur were good, but they're veteran readers. The rest? Yikes.
I don't want to be unkind here. But I jumped around, listened to the first minutes of each story; only a few pulled me in; the rest I skipped. Didn't feel I was in good story-teller hands. Didn't make it to the end. I plan to buy the book and read it. Maybe. The authors were not well served here. Variety's good when the narrator supports the story; but when they detract ... not good.
Seems from what he says in the intro that John Joseph Adams, the anthologer had a good grip on arc and concept on paper; but no follow through on the production. I was disappointed in the Hugh Howey narrator choice on a previous audio and thought I'd try this one cause of Adams does a great job on Lightspeed, but was once again let down by the casting. Makes one wonder who was in charge here. If anyone.
A. Total. Hoot.
The noir, the Raymond Chandler dialogue, it's a classic.
What doesn't he bring. He nails the noir, the tongue-in-cheek. Everything. And that pure velvet/gravaelly voice. Swoon.
Well, his conversations with "God" moved me to hysterics.
I had never heard of this author, but a friend recommended the narrator, and it was a good choice. I love mysteries of all kinds; and though this dipped into sci-fi, it was great fun. I've always loved the Chandlers, and Bogart, and this falls into that category. There's a lot of dated word use which might offend (like calling someone a "drunk") but it's historically accurate for that time period.
Disappointed in the change in narrator. I was driving a long ways so I stuck with it, but almost hurled the iPod out the window going over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Absolutely. I think the story's even better than the first one.
Uh, I don't want to be mean, cause we all have to eat, but BIG difference in audio quality, sound and acting ability. Recording seemed echoey, kinda tinny. (Wow, am I getting snobby now! Sorry!) Why the switch? You start a series with a solid narrator, and you switch? Seemed like just a reading, not a performance.
Love the sisters' relationship, they make me laugh and reminds me of my own family; but again, this reader seemed distant. Her writing is better than ever.
Terri Blackstock is the best mystery Christian writer I listen to. Go back to the other narrator or one of equal talents. Give Truth Stained Lies a listen, Otherwise, I'm buying only a hardcopy of the next installment and not the audio.
Well, sometimes the writing ran a bit long; so I think it's better on audio.
When Sly dons the Balenciaga gown that belonged to her grandmother. Magic.
Just about everything. I really enjoyed the sections where she talked about Sly's panic attacks and insecurities; the narrator is good at handling these emotional moments without going over the top, and yet she fully explores the emotions. Her accents were very good; having to juggle 5 male Boston cops was amazing; I loved the Grandmother, too. Great Brahmin attitude.
The grandmother made me laugh; as did her sidekick cop who keeps calling her "Darlin." I very much disliked "Jake" her former husband, and really think Sky should move on. But then again, a lot of us want the "bad" guy or gal.
This should be a TV series. When's the next one?!?!? ;0) So rarely do we get a strong female lead in a novel who has personal issues, too. Knocked one star off story because in the writing there were sometimes there were repetitive phrases (i..e Sly kept putting things in her pockets.) Also, I really disliked Jake. I hope she gets a new boyfirend in the next installment.
I loved the lead character; as always, this author's characters and dialogue are wonderful and believable. I knew pretty much where the plot was headed, but it was a great ride.
Well, it's a stand-alone. It's actually a rewrite of an earlier novel, before the author stopped writing secular novels. It reminds me of a modern day Music Man; the charming crook who comes to town and tries to con all of Carny's family. Great fun listen, without being too sweetie-sweetie.
Too many to count.
Yes. I had listened to this narrator in Truth Stained Lies, and was so surprised when she comes on with this fun, country accent. I was so surprised! She was so good at both books, I don't know if the real narrator is Southern, or not.
I don't care for books where the characters keep talking to God and he answers. Terri manages to maintain the spirituality of the characters without losing a good plot and romance. Love the narrator. I think she's a perfect match for Terri's work.
Well Told Tale.
I am new to romance stories. I am a great mystery fan. The author has combined the two elements to good effect. It reminded me of Truth Stained Lies by Kingsbury but without the Christian slant.
I think the reader's performance actually improved the novel. I enjoyed the character of the Southern mother and the Sheriff suitor. The story did go on and on at times, but the reader made it very personal, so I kept listening.
The opening chapter was very good and moody, when the protagonist first encounters the ghost of her friend.
Book could have been sized down a bit, and I feel the ghost elements could have been turned up a bit. But then, I prefer mysteries over romance, as a rule. I would listen to more by this author, but I don't see other of her works listed in audio.
Yes; with friends. And on my stereo system instead of headphones.
Maybe Dracula? But not really. This is more like theatre or film.
We get a lot of new background material about what the adults are scheming.
I'm not good at brevity, sorry.
Leave me alone, so I can listen to the rest!
Best Version Yet!
None. I've never heard anything like it.
Yes, but not this intricate. I liked Zorro a few years back with Val Kilmer, but it was a much shorter program. This is an event.
Absolutely. Thinking of doing an Ender's Game Alive full day PARTY!
Keep doing these.
See my previous review of Chapter One.
Graff and Ender. Oh, and Valentine. And mazer. And let's see .... just about everyone!
So far? DAP yelling at the launchies.
Excellent drama and fun effects. My kids are in a trance. They skipped TV tonight.
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