I'm a great reader so I never consider the audio to be better, but I will say that I think it does justice to the book.
Good Omens. Nation. What they have in common with Small Gods is Pratchett's take on modern culture, the way he turns things on their heads and makes you look at things differently.
Hard to choose just one. I did especially enjoy his Didactus, but he does them all justice.
Is the world round, or isn't it?
This book is chock full of all the delightful things Pratchett brings to any story: quirky characters that are somehow so much like people you know and a slyly irreverant but never cruel humor being just two of them. Pratchett isn't just a fantasy author, he's a brilliant satirist who uses the fantasy genre to poke fun at the way we see the world. He makes you think.
James Marsters. I didn't feel like I was just listening to him read; he brings the characters to life and really nails Harry Dresden. I could see the story taking place in my mind's eye. It's a great book anyway, filled with so many twists and turns; but Marsters reads it perfectly.
He's not just reading, he's really acting out the parts.
Harry's irreverant attitude often makes me laugh. He's the Indiana Jones of the wizarding world.
I've read all the books in the Harry Dresden series and am a huge fan. I'm not a big paranormal fan. I detest sparkly vampires and the modern tendency to romanticize legendary evil creatures. What makes Butcher's books different is the homage he pays to the origins of these myths and legends. He writes them they way there are meant to be. And he ties it together with Harry Dresden, the world's most sarcastic and trouble-prone wizard. For a wizard, he's very human! Added to that, I think Butcher has created one of the best ever series arcs. Any of these books can stand alone, but read - or listened to - in order and it feels seamless.
Burr does a really excellent job of portraying Agnes, and captures the pacing of the story perfectly.
Without a doubt my favorite scene was when the bridge shows up.
This is a hard one for me to answer, because I read the story before I listened to it. I do feel she did justice to some of the trickier parts, such as the Agnes' inner dialogue.
Both! Of the 3 that Crusie and Mayer wrote together, this is by far my favorite.
In this book you get the fabulous bantering dialogue that Jennifer Crusie does better than almost anyone, but it's the contrast/compliment of the quirky Agnes and the solid, stoic Shane as written by Bob Mayer that makes this book so perfect.
The thing about this book is that it drags a little. And there's really very little of Hercule Poirot in it. Hugh Frasier is very good. His Poirot is almost indistinguishable from David Suchet's, probably from all those years playing opposite each other in the movies.
Not that I would dare to think I could improve on Christie, but in this instance I felt it could have moved a lot faster, and I felt that the central character - who was not actually Poirot, so calling it a Hercules Poirot mystery is misleading - was not as worldy as he was supposed to be. In fact, he felt rather flat. I just didn't care what happened with him.
It's Pratchett at his best, with all the quirky characters and deft wordplay, plus the superb Stephen Briggs reading it. Listen again? I've listened too many times to count!
He does them all so well ... he IS Sam Vimes, but he brings all of them to life so well. I really think he was born to read these books.
ah, no. Not a criticism of the audio; I always find the print better.
I really enjoyed that it jumps into the story fairly quickly. Some of Marsh's books take too long on the backstory and character development.
I've enjoyed Saxon's readings before. He's very good with the pacing and characterizations. If I had a criticism here, it would be that his Troy doesn't quite match the one in my head as I've heard her after many years of reading Ngaio Marsh. But that's an individual thing.
This is just one of my favorite Agatha Christie's. It has everything that makes her books so enjoyable, the wonderful eccentric British characters, the astute character observations, a well plotted story. There's a reason why her books have stood the test of time. In this case, Stephanie Cole does a marvelous job of bringing Miss Marple to life.
I just adore Miss Marple. Something about this little old lady no one pays attention to, but she's so astute, a much better observer than all the "smarter" people around her.
I've enjoyed Stephanie Cole's performances before, but this was the first time I've listened to her read, and it was wonderful. She brought all the characters to life, but more importantly it was a well-paced reading.
When the various police authorities have gathered with Miss Marple in the hotel and she keeps pulling rabbits out of the hat, surprising them with all the things she's noticed and discovered about the various guests and hotel employees.
In Nation, Pratchett dispenses with his usual Disc World plots and give us instead a This World plot from our not very distant past with, of course, a typical Pratchett-esque twist. Taking history on a slightly different course to emphasize a point, Pratchett does that which he does so very well - makes us look at ourselves a little differently. He does so with a great deal of wit and humor, giving us heroes and heroines to root for, and a cadre of supporting characters to completely charm us. And just maybe, if we aren't careful, we might end up learning something.
Read most excellently by Stephen Briggs, this is an audiobook for anyone who likes a good adventure yarn.
Briggs does an excellent job of narrating. It's clear that he is enjoying the story just as much as the listener, and he really brings all the characters to life. It's like listening to the best ever bedtime story-teller.
Mau's epiphany on the water, when he realizes that however flawed the gods of his world have proven to be, they serve a purpose.
I'm a huge Ngaio Marsh fan and, as is true of any fan of a particular series, I have my own idea of how her wonderful characters should sound and how the dialogue should be paced. Saxon does a great job with this book. The characters come alive in the mind's eye as he voices them. The action and dialogue in "Death in a White Tie" begins almost immediately making it one of the better Marsh candidates for an audio book. Saxon's reading does it great credit.
There are better and worse audiobook narrators. Thorne is one of the best. His reading does justice to "The Pilgrim of Hate" by Ellis Peters, achieving nuances of humor and tension without sacrificing character. I'll listen to anything he reads.
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