I enjoyed this book, it was very interesting, and I will probably listen to it again.
The best thing about the story was the wealth of intriguing details.
The three words that would best describe Fred Williams' performance would be "Get someone else." Williams has an irritating tendency to mispronounce ordinary words, such as "khaki" and "combatants."
Because of the way the information the Normandy invasion was organized, this is not a book for those who are new to WWII history.
It was a delight to me to find an audio book that brought together three of my favorite elements - historical fiction, a "spooky story," and Simon Vance's narration. I began listening with high expectations and was not at all disappointed!
"The Stress of Her Regard" is a re-imagining of known historical events with a secret back story of supernatural involvement that provides alternate explanations for the events of the time. I am reminded of O'Brian's "Aubrey/Maturin" series, for the historical setting, and of Stoker's "Dracula" for the supernatural back story.
I like Simon Vance's steady narration. I like the clear articulation of words and phrases, and I like the voice characterizations. His narration never detracts or distracts from the story.
It was a very long book. It would have been impossible for me to listen to it in all one sitting. Nor would I have wanted to. I like a book that gives the reader or listener material to reflect on, as this one did. It would have been short changing to rush the experience.
Is the audio version of this book likely to be better than the text version? Having never read the text version, I cannot say. However, I can say that the narration adds a sense of immediacy to the action that builds suspense.
This book reminded of Shakespeare's play, Richard III. Both gave a first person perspective to crime and had a strangely sympathetic criminal narrator.
I didn't really have one favorite "scene" in this book. Instead, I found myself appreciating all of the work and rehearsal that Tom Ripley put into his efforts to assimilate into his surroundings.
I wouldn't dream of renaming this book. The name is perfect as is.
I really enjoyed this audio book and would gladly recommend it to any of my friends. The excellent reading of the full cast brought the story and the characters to life. I am very familiar with Stoker's book, but for the first time could fully appreciate the humor in Johnathan Harker's journal, and the true pathos and waste of Lucy Westernra's death. Stoker's work has been "done (nearly) to death" in films and other media, such that the characters have become almost caricatures - this reading restored them to full, breathing, beings.
I would have to say that my favorite character was Mina Murray/Harker. Her clear headed courses of action drove much of the story's progress, and her "voice" also added quite a bit of context and color.
I have enjoyed Simon Vance's readings of the Naomi Novik, "Temeraire" series. It was a real pleasure to hear him put a voice to Johnathan Harker. He gave Harker a quietly humorous and steadfast character - much more interesting than this character has been in many films.
I did not have any extreme emotional reactions to the book simply because I have been so familiar with it for so long.
This audiobook was enhanced by the clear narration, good writing, and good overview of the battle of Stalingrad and its implications.
I especially appreciated the lead in to the battle, its significance in WWII and its aftermath.
I found the information about how Stalin used the outcome of the battle for political leverage against Roosevelt and Churchill to be most interesting and surprising.
I found this to be quite a gripping book.
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