I love the narrator but I forgot to check that this was an unabridged version. Sigh. Why would anyone even make an abridged recording?
Very high up. I enjoyed listening to West's narration almost as much as I do Davina Porter... may Her Voice never fail..
The narrator is crucial to enjoying a book. One of my all time favorite books is Heinlein's THe Moon is a Harsh Mistress. However, the narrators voice was so mechanical I could not finish listening, even for the story.
So thank you Mr. West for being one of the good guys.
Someone on the planet Arbe might like it more. There were many parts of it that I enjoyed but it's slow and generally boring. It worked great as background noise to help me get to sleep.
I've listened to most of Stephensons work. I like this one the least of them all including the Baroque series which I don't think was well received. In fact I really enjoy his work, I think he's brilliant and most of his work is hard to put down. This was hard to pick up.
None, I think they are all important. Conversely I wish there was more character development. Even the main character remains 2 dimensional.
not this one. I did not read closely enough to realize this is not the full uncut version that Mr King released.
This review is from Lonecia Coffman, I use Charles account.
The narrator, details, characterizations, romance, and the adventure. I feel as if I have gone through the stones and am completely immersed in the tale. Since, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Fire And Ashes, and An Echo In the Bone, are not available in an unabridged version, I will not buy them here. I have already purchased the books from Amazon. How could anyone bear an abridged version after getting this far in the series? Inconceivable!
Davina Porter. Sigh. That woman's voice and talent are preternaturally exceptional!! I look for books to listen to based on the fact that she is narrating. Davina could take the most crapulous book and turn it into a bestseller because who would not want to listen to Davina's magical narration.
This story has everything. I have, laughed, cried, bitten my nails, and spent forty two dollars I shouldn't have (didn't have any credits left) to make sure I had the next book before the one I was listening to ended.
If you are going to have the first part of the series Unabriged, don't let the sellers cheap out and sell you abridged versions for the rest. I HATE abridged books. They are a total rip-off! If I want an abridged story I will decide for myself which part of the story to skip.
This is a most excellent book and Lloyd James is a great narrator. I'm sure he portrayed the book just as the producers wished. Unfortunately listening to a stolid Russian give a deadpan, monotone delivery for hour after hour was just too much. The book lost most of it's allure and was just plain boring. I did listen to the whole thing and I have to admit that I was so beat down by the end that I was almost ready to join the Communist party. Read the book and don't waste your money here.
I did not expect to become so involved in this story. Though the context of this tale is the business of almost gratified sexual desire, this story is not sexual, nor is it a moral hammer up side the head. I keep finding myself thinking about Angel and the choices she made an I find myself comparing her to the "Man With No Name".
Sometimes, a woman has to do what a woman has to do.
I will listen to this one again and again.
Thank you Christa Faust for a deliciously captivating tale.
Review by Lonecia C.
This book is horrible. The book comes across as more about Victor Chan than of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The title is very misleading. I felt that the time spent listening to this was wasted. There are much better books on this subject available.
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