I would never have thought I'd enjoy a book about a madman wandering around Spain in Shakespearean times so much, but I found myself looking forward to every listening session then smiling and chuckling throughout. The narrator brought the characters to life, the best I've heard.
Never cease to be amazed and enamored with Juliet Stevenson's reading...and with such exquisitely crafted prose it brought tears to my eyes during even the most mundane parts of the story. Not the most quest-filled adventure of all time to say the least, more of a dramatic slice of life, but it did have a beginning, middle and end that were most enjoyable ;-)
Amazing look at the repeating patterns of communications industry emergence and decline. Real inside stories of the people and processes behind the telephone, movie and internet worlds and the incredible commonalities between them.
The author reads really well and as always this gives an authenticity to the experience.
Can't fault the process and model, definitely up to date with current business thinking.
Only reason for 4 star is that it was pretty short at 8 hours (by my hardcore audiobook standards!) and perhaps a bit "light". Overall great though.
I don't usually read abridged and didn't actually realise this was until I got it. Great story though and didn't seem overly "shortened" but I can't compare to the full version. Can really feel the author's emotion about his son who'd died before he wrote the book, and his feelings about approaching the end of his life (he died after writing this and had intended to continue the story).
A long way from the typical children's adaptations! More of a time capsule giving a series of views on European society as explained to all the strange characters in strange lands.
I wouldn't really call it a novel or flowing story, but well worth the listen. Nicely read and nicely produced.
Loved this so much. Having looked at The Man Who Never Was movie and other info, the extensive research, especially on the freshly release secret files, brings the full story to light far more accurately than the old "based on a true story", and its all the better a read for it!
Read by the translator, with intros of each section by Susan, and overall very good for such an ancient story. I don't know if this new translation is true to the historical texts or if its been modified for easier listening, but it certainly comes across much more smoothly than another version I tried.
Okay it was written in 1321 or whatever so the medieval, kind of biblical mixed with mythological style is understandable, and the only similar book I have to compare is Iliad so far (and snippets of the Bible I suppose)...but it did come across like someone reading out the Bible or something similarly hard to listen to in continuous narrative form. If I had to read it for some reason, I'd skim the written version...this is one type of book that's better not narrated in my view, unless it was just the narrator.
I was just flabbergasted at the skill of Jim Norton (and the stream of consciousness by the female narrator was so much better than I could have interpreted the book chapter with zero punctuation!)
I thought of this as kind of like the Picasso of novels...totally new way of writing in my experience, unreal, confusing, lots of fun!!!
Wow, having read all the Wikipedia info on the Bronte family I can see where some of the darkness of this artwork comes from. It aint all Kate Bush and happy ending Hollywood versions, but very enjoyable.
The only reason I gave a 4 for the excellent performance is because there has to be a little room for the absolutely masterful reading of, say, Juliet Stevenson with Emma, or the popular versions of Ulysses and Don Quixote on Audible.
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