Utterly beautiful coming-of-age story and a love-letter to the city of Charleston. The narration by Dan John Miller is excellent. I fear whatever I read next, apart from a classic, is going to suffer greatly by comparison.
Lyricism that's reminiscent of James Lee Burke and Faulkner, and is therefore right in narrator Will Patton's wheelhouse. A novella of the opening and closing of the American West that can be enjoyed without "worldly interests intervening...[to] modify, annul or counteract...the impressions of the book," to quote Anthony Doerr (quoting Poe) in the New York Times.
Liked American Gods, but loved Anansi Boys. A lot (most?) of the credit has to go to Lenny Henry, who is fantastic.
Couldn't bear it. If you're in the mood for some late '50s vintage sci-fi for children, give it a listen.
The setting is alluring and Jim Dale's narration is excellent, but the main characters are two-dimensional and the magicians' duel at the heart of the story is anything but fierce. As has been said elsewhere in these reviews, The Night Circus feels like a story that was crafted to catch a specific wave in popular fiction. Of course, knowing your audience is not a crime.
Took a chance on Wolfe, whom I'd never heard of, and regret it. Life is too short for art this long and devoid of incident. Wolfe's highly regarded verbal inventiveness quickly feels gimmicky and is not enough to redeem a tale I plodded through. The narration was no help.
The writing and narration are so unremarkable that its popularity astonishes me. Not inherently bad, just completely by the numbers. Shogun beats it by miles for a fun tale of feudal Japan.
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