For any fan of Dickens, this is a no-brainer. The narration is terrific and it only adds to the story. I will leave the critical review of Dickens' view of the French Revolution to others. For my money, this is one of the best ways to enjoy this classic novel. Highly recommend.
This is a fun book for all ages. The narration is good and the story moves along nicely. It isn't the best fantasy ever, but it is a pleasant escape for a few hours. Much better than the movie!
This one is a keeper. The story is terrific, and Ethan Hawke does a terrific job with the narration. His voice is calm, tranquil and fluid throughout the story. Highly recommend.
THis was a well-written book about a fascinating collection of characters and deals that continue to set the tone for much of high-finance activities in the US. Like other reviewers, I agree that Mr. Steward chose to portray some characters as "nice guys somehow drawn into a web of lies they didn't completely understand" and others as inherently evil. I think this is likely a mischaracterization. However, every time I see the Michael Milken Institute in Santa Monica I recall this book and the awful things Milken supposedly said and did.
Worth the time, but you don't have to listen to every word. It's a great one for commuting because you can miss 5-10 minute sections and still know what's going on.
This is an excellent historical novel with two distinct themes. On one hand, is the very interesting theme of Jesus' evolving self-awareness. How does a 7-year old come to terms with being "different" in a way that no other human has faced? That theme alone was worth the price of the book. A perspective of Jesus that I've not thought of commonly.
The second major theme was setting the cultural milieu of first-century Israel. This book has affected how I read the gospels now. As we enter the Easter season this spring I can't help but picturing Jesus and his family entering the temple for the first time on their return to Jerusalem. This provides a rich, historical value to the novel.
I'm not sure how a non-believer would respond to the book. To me it did not seem preachy or didactic, but others may see it differently.
This is a solid piece of fiction. Wolfe is so good at developing characters and is a truly gifted student of human nature. However, this title is heavily front-loaded. The final chapters (after Christmas break) simply rush together in a flurry of stereotypes. It is as if Mr. Wolfe had carefully crafted such capable, representative characters that he was unable to actually bring them together in a meaningful way. I suppose that is an accurate representation of college life...a variety of cliques so isolated by their marginal differences that they simply co-exist rather than interact.
In any event, the narration is engaging and the storyline marginally compelling. While I can't actually recommend the book, it is an interesting (and accurate) portrayal of life on college campuses today.
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