There are excellent vignettes, but that is all there is. It is a huge work, but just consists of unrelated snippets. I kept waiting for everything to come together but it never does. It is very confusing, so maybe I just missed it! One thing that I hated is that all of the characters talk the same way. It is not only the narration, but the words and phrases are the same, and they all have the same way of repeating themselves. It is really terrible!
Yes, it has some great parts, that are very evocative of the time, and people. The beginning is great, but don't except it to ever again rise to that level.
It started well, but then degenerated into endless monologues by no character--it did not even seem to be a narrator. They went on and on and were completely uninteresting. I finally gave up.
The endless monologues of "background materials" and fictional history.
OK but gets monotonous, like the story
It started well. The outline of the plot is probably interesting and good. But the execution is terrible.
The historical bits are interesting, but the plot is awful.
Foul mouthed pointless angst
Good characterizations but reading would have been faster. I kept thinking I must get better with so many good reviews.
All the male characters.
can't stop thinking
can't stop laughing
The epilogue wasn't necessary--detracts from the story. Should have ended before.
Roy Dotrice did a wonderful job with books 1-3, but with book 4 he totally changed the voices. The female voices are awful. It would be better just to read them without voices. Some reviews seem to be of a different edition. I will not liste to book 5 probably because the reading is so bad for book 4. The story itself is gripping, though not as good as books 1-3.
This is a light tale that made me laugh. Well read, and perfect to a T. Don't expect anything deep or thought provoking.
I should just blame myself for not seeing the "Abridged" tag, but this is a great reading of a great book, except that much of the best stuff is left out. The book is so chopped up by the cutting it doesn't make much sense.
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