Paul Michael is brillant and Dan Brown presents some very formidable discussion through his novels. I would try another book without question.
This is my first Dan Brown novel to listen to via audible, but I have read the rest of the Robert Langdon series. DaVinci Code is still my personal favorite, followed by Lost Symbol and then probably Inferno. In my opinion the writing for Inferno was subpar (examples: many repeated words within paragraph or chapter and some setting descriptions detracted from the flow of the story) but I especially enjoyed the resolution perhaps moreso than any of his novels other than DaVinci Code. I also liked learning about the facts of Dante's life and work.
Without giving away too much information I enjoyed the chase scenes at the beginning and ending. Both are very vivid and easy to imagine.
I read a few blurbs on wikipedia about St. Mark's in Venice. Does that count?
I appreciate the time and the research that the author took to complete this novel. It is by no means perfect, but it is thoughtfully entertaining.
A remarkable story that captures the couple's codependency while not taking away from the strength of their characters. It is easy for the reader to fall in love with Camille just as Claude has done. The author has created a significant achievement and the reader only enhances the quality of work. I thoroughly enjoyed this listen.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in art history, WWII, Austrian history, Jewish culture and art law.
Not really a character driven plot. Can't say that I particularly liked any of them. I certainly appreciate Klimt, Adele and her posterity.
Bedtime story reader. She has a very soothing voice that sometimes made me sleepy despite being interested in the details of the story.
Yes, but I'm afraid I might spoil it for future listeners.
I really liked the writing style of the author. She included virtually no unneccessary information and tied the past in beautifully with the present making the story feel relevant to even a casual reader such as myself.
I loved everything after the year 1789. I did not quite understand where the novel was heading until that year in the novel. Up until this point the novel contains a lot of details that the reader assumes come into play later, but it wasn't until the last third that the intention became clear to me.
Carton. I also liked the Manettes too.
Simon Vance is a rock star. No particular character stood out to me.
Not exactly, but the last third was about as intense as you'll find in a classic of this sort.
Not to just any friend, but I would recommend it to someone with interest in Paris, Jazz Age, Fitzgerald and/or Southern Lit. I never saw Zelda's charisma until Hemingway arrives. In fact Zelda's character is only relative to the men she meets.
The Fitzgerald-Hemingway relationship. I realize that it is first person narrative, which is Zelda and she had her sanity issues so you never know how faithful the narrative is, but in the afterward the author seems to exonerate her from this condition. The author's implication that there was more than just friendship between the authors seemed a bit OTT.
Zelda first and Hemingway second. Fitzgerald a distant last.
Zelda- Emma Stone
Hemingway- James Franco
Fitz- Ryan Gosling
Hadley- Mireille Enos
Most of my comments might seem negative, but I looked forward to listening to this novel every day. The author writes very well. The characterizations needed a little bit more attention in my opinion.
I would listen to the last half again yes. I would listen to the epilogue several times after that.
His performance was EPIC! The editing and mixing was at times very distracting.
I found the first half challenging because it was so tedious. The next third was entertaining. The remainder was challenging because of its philosophizing nature, but it might have been my favorite part. I had to rewind several times to make sure that I captured everything.
Know your Napoleon history before you begin.Don't put it down. Keep pushing. It is worth it!
I would rank it in the 10-15 range. I enjoyed Simon Vance's performance and the story is very compelling.
Yes and no. The middle is somewhat stagnate, but it contributes to the pace at the end.
Simon Vance is rock solid in all of his performances!
Not going to correct Joyce, but it does not suit what I prefer to read.
Thank goodness that is over. Now I can move on to something else.
Nothing really. He did a better job than I could have done.
None. I would have added other scenes to show how the first scenes more directly contributed to the end result of the artist. But really, who am I to judge Joyce? That would be my personal preference.
1 or 2; Don Quixote being the only other that compares.
The redemption of JVJ.
Hell no! It's 57 hrs. long plus I had to pause it throughout just so I could ponder about what was said.Way too dense for one sitting. What kind of question is that?
Careful because it will ruin the story in the play/movie. There is so much pertinent information omitted that it might make you sick how much the remove.
Yes probably so.
The Godfather; at times methodical but very well constructed.
Not really; One sitting is a bit of a stretch but there were times when I did not want to stop.
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