OFallon, MO, United States | Member Since 2011
Ian Mckensie brings all the characters to life. I love the way he makes every day people doing normal things endearing and interesting. A lot of that is a testament to Alexander Mcall Smith who does that best. All of his books are about etraordinary ordinary people.
I love the way Angus and Mathew are so protective of Big Lou. Poor Big Lou, like most of us, seems to always attract the wierdos.
I think I probably would not have enjoyed Dominica as much because I probably would have read her as snooty and antagonistic. Ian mckensie reads her as a normal person who is flawed. That makes you kind of love her.
The moment that moved me to tears was between Mathew and Big Lou. Where you really got a sense that Big Lou has a big heart and Mathew is just inherently a good person. The funnier parts were Berties adventures although, if you were Bertie, you would probably be moved to tears.
The series started out with Pat moving to the big city and these are the people she meets and the things that happen. At least in my mind. I am sure everyone has their favorites, but to me Pat was the heart of it. When her and Mathew broke up I was sad but not disapointed because it was obvious that Miss Harmony and Mathew belong together. However, Pat was barely mentioned in the book except to say she was happy for Mathew and since moving out of edinborough she lost touch with Dominica and Angus. I am kind of disapointed because I was waiting to see if Pat would find love too or at least start collecting cats. I am still listening to the next one when I get my credit in four days.
The narration was perfect for this book. The whole time I was listening I was thinking that the author did a great job with the material,
Funny you should ask because I just got done listening to 1225 Christmas Tree Ln Which is a cedar cove novel. It was about a community of people who helped each other get through difficult situations. This book was about how the community helped each other through hard times. This book was written in 1959 about nuclear war. The other one was just about what to do with 12 orphan puppies. They both had the same theme. Alas Babylon was obviously more intense because the stakes were higher.
When the youngest member of the community asked the oldest member of the community for advise. They both were feeling helpless to contribute and they both found out they did have something to offer.
There were a lot of parts that moved me.it was about surviving and their perseverance to carry on. The main character, especially, decided it is not going to end this way.
I feel like the story and narration came together as a real great experience.
Alexander McCall Smith, Thank you for giving me such joy in all your series. No 1 Ladies Detective Agency still has my number one Lady detectives. Mma Ramotswe always gets to the bottom and the heart of the mystery. She does this through integrity, keen observation, Clovis Anderson's rules of private detection and a little help from her friends.Can't wait for the next installment when Mma Makutse is full partner. I am sure it will be funny and heartwarming.
I am sure it is. The tongue in cheek performance made me laugh and groan.
The plot kept me falling off my seat laughing. Serge and company are successful mobsters through a comedy of errors. This was my first Dorsey, will not be my last. They remind me of the bumbling villains found in Carol Higgins Clark novels. And the very satisfying way it all comes together in the end
The way way he does the voices and the accents are funny. I also enjoy how he is very serious about these characters trials and tribulations. I was ROFLMAO
Most definitely, the twist and turns were so hilarious. A lot of the time your thinking" I know where this is going" and then "what just happened here" funny
Will definitely be reading some more Dorsey. It was not what I expected. Actually it was better than expected.
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.
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