Brisbane, Australia | Member Since 2011
Stephen Fry has managed to disappoint again with a rather stolid reading of a very funny and great book. So sad.
This is probably a little unfair for me to write this review as I only made it one third of the way through this book. It really was one of the most stereotypical, boring, predictable, badly written pieces of trash I have read.
Story - Strong woman with supernatural abilities. Has to be bisexual, has to ride a motorcycle, of course has black hair and wears black... get the picture? Actually succeeded in making me slightly angry because of the stereotype.
Narrator - I suppose this was ok but because of the story any talent was lost.
A beautiful heroin addict, a bored housewife looking for a cause and a misogynistic ex-pat with PTSD. Do you want to know their story? I thought I did but I quickly became totally bored with the three of them.
Story: The beautiful and successful heroin addict, what a joke. Heroin addicts have to buy cut heroin and the ravages upon their physical being are obvious. This was my first annoyance. Then this ex-pat who has sex with multiple women and then "lets them go". You're kidding right? Women are so disposable and willing to involve themselves in such relationships so easily?? Don't even get me started with the bored housewife and her Kegal exercises!! Ugh!
Narrator: Oh Mr. Bower! I bet you wish you had never read this trite rubbish! Still a great job! Thankyou for being the only saving grace.
I did not warm to this book. It was a letdown, I felt that it was a book written for money and little else.
Story: Because of the way in which this story is told the characters are not people that I cared about. The story is told as the group stops to chat during their escape. Each person tells how they came to be amongst the persecuted and felt the need to escape from their country of origin. I only cared for one of the characters and that was the one that loved her husband a little too much. I think that perhaps Mr. Courtenay has failed here is because the story is someone else's, not his.
Narrator: Even Mr. Bower seemed bored by this. Perhaps I am mistaken and it was just that I couldn't wait for it to be over. But this wasn't his usual standard. Still better than most but not his greatest work.
This is not a book for everyone. This is a book that tells of a dying son and the father's journey through the death and dying. It is a true story of Bryce Courtenay's sons haemophilia and eventual death from AIDS.
Story: The story is well written and tries to tell the story from a number of people's points of view. This is successful in some ways but mostly it is Mr. Courtenay's story about his anger and fight on his sons behalf. I became a little angry at times having lived through a similar thing and also being a part of the medical establishment that Mr. Courtenay rails against. Some of the things that he says are simply wrong and others are interpreted by a grieving and angry father. The story should be read by every medical student in an attempt to prevent the "God Complex" that is such a problem with this profession.
Narrator: As usual Mr Bower does a superlative job. Does this man ever read a story in a bad way????
I loved these books and this was a good albeit trite conclusion.
Story; The story was a conclusion to the two previous books. I enjoyed all of them very much indeed. They were interesting and the characters were well drawn. If you like your science fiction a little quirky then this is great for you. If you like stories of struggle and survival then this is one for you.
Narrator: The narrator does a fine job. The accents are not over the top. There are no distracting noises, like smacking of lips or heavy breathing. Sometimes he seems a little flat but I think that just lets you go into the story by yourself without being led.
Seriously, I liked this book but I did feel that I wish I had re-read/listened to The Shining before listening to this one.
The Narrator - Will Patton does OK. His accents are alright but I got the feeling that there was no great love of Stephen King. Maybe I am wrong but I always felt that if I were to listen to one of these stories it would be read in a New England accent. "Heya" etc. Having said that the narrator does not impose himself and lets the story tell itself. So that is good.
The Story - The story was alright. You really expect something extraordinary from Stephen King. Even though he has written nothing extraordinary for a long time, you still expect it. It's kind of like going out with a friend who you used to laugh with a lot. Then the friend got old and bitter. You still go out with them because you remember that you used to laugh a lot and there is always a chance that things have improved. This book is like that. I bought it because Mr King entertained me all those years ago. This book only just did that. It's not great but it's still better than most.
Story - This is a continuation of a series and the last in the series to date. This book feels a little drawn out with some "filler", which is a bit disappointing. However it is still a great story and I look forward to the next installment (if Mr. Martin ever stops the book tours etc and gets down to writing again!)
Narrator - The narrator makes every woman or girl sound like an old crone and every man or boy sound as if he is in his fifties. It hasn't really bothered me until this book. The accents are still getting on my nerves. I am glad that the series has ended (so far) because now I can have a break from this reader.
I think a listener might be well advised to space out listening to this book only because of the narrator. The only problem with that is that the listener may forget the more intricate plot lines.
I was recommended this book by a book club where everyone thought it was a great work of fiction. I am not so sure of this. I think the current fad for African fiction has lead us astray somewhat.
NARRATOR – The narrator does a good job of rendering this story. He has appropriate inflections and his accent is a good one for reading. He does not bring the story to life as a great narrator does, but he moves it along and allows the story to unfold on it’s own. I don’t mind this (see my reviews for Roy Dotrice) with a story that interests me. I felt that a better narrator could have made this a much more enjoyable experience.
STORY – I understand that stories of foreign cultures undergoing change appeals to many people. For me I find the premise interesting but the promise is often lacking. This for me is true with this book. I just could not get into it. I found the characters underwhelming and the story telling a bit of a bore.
My own preferences are showing in this review. This story was simply not to my taste.
This is another one of those books that you think “I’ll get round to this one day”. I never did so decided to listen instead. I am glad I did.
NARRATOR – The narrator does a very good job with this book. He has the voice for a Dickensian novel. His voice is commanding and his accent frightfully English. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate which can sometimes be a trap with this period. His inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic, but maintain the drama nonetheless. I enjoyed the rendition very much indeed.
STORY – This story is a classic for a reason. Sometimes a character out of a book will stick with you, Bartleby has certainly done that. The author has drawn him and his compatriots so well you can almost see and smell them, and thanks to the great narration you can hear them.
I would recommend this book unreservedly to anyone that loves great characters in their storytelling.
I enjoy the odd crime novel and this one was no exception.
NARRATOR – The narrator does a good job with this book. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate and inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic. Well done.
STORY - I would not say this story held any real surprises for me, but I enjoyed it anyway. The characters were great and the suspects numerous. However half way through the book one in particular started to seem a bit more “fishy” than the others and almost gave the game away for me.
I would recommend this book to readers of light mystery books. I would listen to another if this was part of a series.
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