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yes I would, although these stories were very relevent at the time There is also underlying truths that are relevant today. this is why Flannery O connor is one of the greatest authors of all time.
It is a collection of Flannery O connor stories there is no comparison
To be honest I did not like any of the characters. That is what is so great about the story telling. If we're honest though we di not like these people we all can relate some how.
Like I said I did't like any of these characters.
Is it just me or do they all die in the end.Which I guess is also timeless and universal, no one makes it out alive.
Another adventure from our friends on Scotland St. Matt and Elsbeth struggle with parenthood in triplicate. Bertie still wonders what it is like to be seven. It is all very touching and funny and just great to hear about the people on Scotland st. I feel like everyone can relate to some aspect of every character. I even caught myself empathizing with Irene. I am always very sad when Angus reads his poem to his friends because that means this installment has come to an end. I can't wait for the next one. Will Mathew and Elsbeth find "harmony" in their family? Can Pat wash Bruce ( or at least give him a good gel) out of her hair? Will big Lou find love? Will Cyril be able to love Dominica as much as Angus? And most importantly will Bertie ever be seven? All things I will ponder as I patiently await the next installment. In the meantime Mma Ramotswe is on the case so thank you Alexander McCall Smith for the hours of enjoyment you have given me.
This was a book about archeology and magic, no surprise there. What is so great about Lincoln and Child is that every word brings some kind of emotion. Thriller, suspense, shock, romance you name it. And although the story may be 17 hours in length you are engaged from word one. No fillers. Every bit of the story kept you in suspense. Plus I just love the way they combine modern technology with old school pirate tales. In addition, the archeologist go to digs to uncover a mystery but they end up unleashing something supernatural. It's a great exciting story that was hard to put down because at every turn your like oh no what is happening next. Also Scott Brick always a great narrator.
There was a really great line in this book where the children opined what if adults are really just scared children disguised in grown up bodies. (Paraphrased) It was an adult remembering something that had happened in his childhood the way be remembered it as a child. It really brings you back to the way you looked at things as a child. When , in retrospect, the way you understood the events was not reality. I feel like it is a great story that makes you long for the freedom you had as a child but at the same time remember how you were controlled by your dependence on other people, like your parents. Anyway, this story was kind of an adult look back at Nanny McPhee meets Coraline. It was fabulous and certainly worth the credit. Final note about Neil Gaiman narrating it hisself. I personally enjoyed the narration. However, I can see where people would be disappointed. I mean Neil Gaiman has paired a lot of perfect narrators with authors. So maybe there was a better narrator out there.
I love these anthologies where each story is related somehow and you learn more about the "world" as the stories unfold. John Scalzi has put together a series of stories about America in the near future. He calls it the near future but I call it Green Punk because had history unfolded differently it could easily take place in our present. We are probably one oil tanker spill, and several natural disasters away from living in this world. It is a world of low carbon footprint vs Capitol vs biotechnology. These are things we struggle with today. Trying to be ecologically responsible. Metatropolis is where it could head. I just really enjoyed listening. The narrators are top rate. I am sure they are many audible favorites; like one of mine, Scott Brick. I love that John Scalzi gives some provenance before each story about how the story came about. Every time I read/listen to something new from him it is my new favorite. What a gift, I received this book free from audible. Anyway if you like these stories I would like to suggest similar books on audible. First Junkie Quatrain is an anthology of short stories by Peter Clines about a post apocalyptic world. All the stories are different but connect somehow. If you like anthologies John Scalzi put together a great anthology called Rip Off by top notch sci fi writers. You don't have to be a sci fi fan to enjoy it. It is a nod to classic literature. Here again he prefaces this book with a little about the story which is an extra treat.
It is a performance so audio is the only way to go. It is a series of one act plays about time passage. Some of it might be improv so the print version would never be as good.
The favorite was the flies at the reunion. They were saying "I can't believe it has been 20 minutes". " yeah time flies" Ed Begley Jr is phenomenal in this. There is another play which tells the story of a relationship from beginning to end in like five minutes.
This was the first one I listened to by LA theatre works. They get great actors and the plays are really good. If you like that kind of thing. I always liked going to the theatre or listening to radio plays. Since this was about the passage of time the lines were rapid fire and very funny. The narration was great.
Time Flies. Would be appropriate since that is what the plays are about.
since getting this I have gotten a lot of performances by LA Theatre works. I like them because they are short and fast paced and good acting. They are also usually cheap so iI don't use my credits for them. I might have even got this one for free. I listen to them to cleanse my palette (so to speak) after being immersed in a longer book. These are really short and fast paced. They are just fun.
This is by far my favorite series. You can listen to the book even if you didn't listen to the others. If you have read the others you will know what I mean when I say it takes place after and before the trilogy. This is classic steam punk and what steam punk is all about. I am going to get very deep here but don't let that scare you away from listening to this book. And listen you must because Gerard Doyle is fantastic. Anyway, steam punk imagines a world that went a different direction, it denies religion while embracing all religions. It shows the great things technology can bring and the great price we pay. It embraces Darwinism while it cannot deny creation. This series asks the question of fate vs free will but cannot answer it. Burton and Swinburne find themselves in alternate universes created by the choices people make, including their choices. Also there is a lot of great shout outs to historical figures. Sorry about getting so deep but I was just so moved and excited by the book. It is also a very fun adventure, steam punk, alternative reality romp. Also did i mention there was vampires which are very hot right now.Although the book was 15 hrs, it was not long enough. Every minute was filled with some kind of emotion, Happy sad thrilled. Although I am going back to listen to all four again, this story is contained in the book so you can listen to it right now.Although, you will want to listen to all because they are all fabulous.
Ok I really like 14 and I loved Junkie Quatrain so much I listened to it four times. But I couldn't get into this story. The way it was narrated was distracting. I guess each character had a different reader and maybe the intent was it to be like a performance but it was edited badly. And when they did have conversation it was like just different people reading and it sounded cut in, not like a performance. Additionally, and this is a problem with a lot if sci fi, too much time is spent explaining the alternate reality. 14 did not have this problem because it took place in modern day California and we were discovering the alternate dimension with the characters so you don't need a set up. On Junkie Quatrain the reader can figure out the setup by the way the story unfolded. Which is what was so cool about that and why I listened so many times because you were hearing from different points of view and different facts were coming to light as the story unfolded. That happened somewhat here but there was still to much exposition. This book might be better read than listened too.
As far as comedy/ adventure books it is a great listen.The narrator puts on a good performance. The characters put me in the mind of bumbling cartoon evil geniuses like Wile E Coyote and Pinky and the Brain.
I just got done listening to Dimensions of Miracles which has been compared to HItchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Also reminded me of Voltaire's Candide. Stories about going all over the universe finding where you fit in. The Emperor Mollusk was on the same quest.
My favorite scene was when he came to a planet and announced that he had taken it over. The inhabitants of the planet said they would fight for it. And the Emperor was like "No need I have already taken over past tense." It showed a pattern with the Emperor Mollusk, because although his job was world conqueror he really did not like confrontation. LOL
Although not particularly moved, I may have been inspired. Because I too am not cut out for my job and I am sure nobody else feels that way. Basically, I was moved to tears from laughing nonstop.
When listening to the book I imagined that the mollusk was actually conquering worlds that were contained in a giant Aquarium. Something so small to us was like a universe to the mollusk.Or maybe in small part of a vast ocean. The point being is obstacles that seem small to us could be world changing to others. Also I imagined it like a Saturday morning cartoon
Imagine how great it would be if Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book together. It would be a funny and thought provoking adventure. That would probably be great fun. Oh wait they did write a book together. Need any more be said? Read it , Listen too it , Love it.
I was always told never talk about politics or religion in polite company. The description by the publisher was travel stories by world class authors. I was very excited because these are world class writers. Not surprisingly I enjoyed the story by Alexander McCall Smith the best. I also enjoyed the story by Steven Hall because I felt it was about a personal journey that others can relate to. However most of the stories were either politically or religiously charged and one was about having diarrhea all over northern Africa. These are all very personal and serious subjects. I guess I was expecting a lighter fare. Additionally, the narration was a little lackadaisical and I felt like I was being read a bedtime story. I was just disappointed because I love the fiction from most of these authors; so I disagree it was not Better than Fiction.
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