If you like Arthurian legends and streamlined/rewritten TV shows and movies don't cut it, what are you waiting for?!
On my jaunt through the classics I decided I had to listen to this, on what I'm told was National Talk Like A Pirate Day. While I'm skeptical about that holiday, no one should be about this book. It's a great adventure and coming of age story. It also shows that sometimes in order for things to work out you must take initiative as Jim Hawkins finds out on several occasions.
Bottom line: if you like pirates and adventure you need to listen to this.
The Hound of the Baskervilles might be my favorite Holmes story. I am a surprised fan. I definitely had a misconception of mystery novels. So even if you're not normally a fan of the mystery genre I strongly suggest a foray into Holmes.
My little sister who never got into reading actively started a discussion about this book when she was reading it in school, for which I'm grateful. An interesting novella, especially when paired with The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As both struggle with the inner vs the outer person. Though very different takes on it.
Dorian Grey is a young beautiful man who poses for a painting. When it is finished he wishes that the he will always stay that beautiful and that the painting would take all the marks of his living. This comes to pass, but the consequences spiral out of control. The painting becomes a reflection of Dorian's very soul baring the stains of his sins.
I can't say anymore without giving things away, so listen to it.
I felt this book was fairly slow moving, without any reason to be slow moving. Once Card got around to giving you the information at about halfway through the book the rest became immediately obvious. This made it a bit of slog to get through the rest.
The individual readers were good but the constant switching I found to be a distraction.
There are some interesting ideas about time travel. The characters diverge from some of the standard archetypes which was refreshing and depending on how the later books are reviewed I may try the next book.
If you're looking for an Orson Scott Card book, try Ender's Game or Empire first.
The logic used to set up the time machine is flawed by today's science but the thought exercise that Wells takes the listener on is worth the listen. The reader wasn't memorable but didn't get in the way. Having a solid background in science I might have rated harshly due to the flawed logic. But,it should be listened to just with that grain of salt in mind.
I can't imagine that this story needs much introduction. The story itself is fun and enjoyable. The reader made it a bit of a grind. I'm not sure I can point to individual things without listening to it again, which I'm just not willing to do. That should pretty much tell you how I feel about it.
Wells apparently doesn't like the quote "in the country of the blind the one eyed man is king". That's literally what this whole short story was about. Something to muse about but after about 15 mins it was old. The production was pretty low quality and the reader didn't help much. There are some exceptions, I can see a special education teacher finding this an interesting story but not something I would recommend to many people.
Let me clarify. Mark Twain once said a classic is "a book everyone praises but nobody reads". I feel like that's happened here. Everyone knows, uses, and gets the reference but most people haven't read it. I wish that would change. Much more enjoyable than I worried it might be. Short but will give you a few nuggets to chew over for a few days.
My mother got her degree in Russian Studies and really pushed me to listen to this book. I don't know what to really say about it, it left me feeling like something was off. Which I think is part of the point. I also just feel wrong saying I enjoyed it, given that it's about a grisly murder and the psychotic breakdown of the murderer. I think I have to go to my fallback, it's an interesting book. It made me think about class structure, morality (what is right), and virtue/vice struggle (doing what you know is right and not what you know is wrong). While there's a glimmer of hope by the end, it's a heavy book and by the end I felt I needed to take a shower. Definitely worth the listen but know what you're in for.
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