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in spite of not being a chess player I chose to listen to this biography, and found it well worth my while.
The life and times of Bobby Fisher are brought to life in such a way that his complexities are
contained and explored in a very well researched and compassionate story.
Bobby's life after winning the 1972 match against Spassky became in itself a little like a game of chess
as he sought refuge in other countries, in response to his problems with the US authorities.
He was never able to outrun his own paranoia against certain races and organizations, and lived with
this until the end of his life. And it is no secret that he wasn't a great diplomatist. (a great pity because
he could have achieved much)
Somehow I felt that the real heroes in this story were the Icelandic
people who allowed him to live in their country until the end of his life, who accepted him, tolerated
his eccentricities and looked after him at his most frail. They have my admiration.
Agent Pendograst is certainly a man to have around if you're in a spot of bother. I was tempted to label this review "Agent Pendograst, we need you in Australia !"
In the course of his duties his mildly mannered small town sherrif is convincingly able to pluck the innocent from the jaws of death, confront derranged psychopaths, comfort the derranged, negotiate a subterranean cavern (of almost Lord of the Rings proportions) all in the interests of restoring the peace. He also visits a true life abbatoir which is just as macabre as the lair of the psychopath, especially if you happen to be a turkey.
Something about this story was compelling enough to hold my interest. In earlier times I might have recoiled at the violence and gruesomely executed murders. Amazingly none of the Americans prior to the denoument of the story, were carrying guns, when they might have been a useful defence against attack. Something they would unfortunately live to regret.....
Scott Brick's voice adapted itself perfectly to the narrative, very sincere, very musical, and very sherrif like when the occasion called.
There are many gothic elements in the story, the most obvious being the old house alive with secrets and memories, and elsewhere, Victorian reppression, and an unimaginable evil that has been allowed to run rampant, which must inevitably be confronted.
"Still Life with Crows" was an enthralling listen, made credible by the coolness and calm of its leading character. The story would be suited to anyone who loves mysteries and fabulous narration. It has inspired me to listen to others in this series.
Like many great novels, there are so many levels on which this story can be appreciated. In particular it foretells in a sense some of the events that were coming to pass in the battle between ideological forces in Indo China. The story is narrated by a man who says he has "no politics", but whose narrative brings the personal and the political together.
On a personal level it can be seen as a meditation on war and love, a duel to the death between the leading male characters as they vie for possession of the beautiful Vietnamese girl "Phong".One of the most sad and profoundly beautiful things that Greene says in this novel relate to war and love.He says that they have always been compared, that "we get involved in a moment of emotion", and then "we cannot get out".
Simon Cadell as narrator was well chosen to read "the Quiet American". His voice has that blend of worldliness and cynicism which enhanced this story for me.I listened to it as a way of winding down as I came off of nightshift; half asleep and half awake, and loved it. Often after listening for a while and drifting off, there was the feeling of a haunting, swirling mystery. It was completely engaging and never intrusive. I recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries, or who wishes to rediscover great literature.
I often wonder how such people ever survive at all.
Apart from being an extraordinary tale of survival, this was an interesting social history of the times. Charlotte certainly had the uncertain fortune of being born in "interesting times"
In spite of growing up through the rise of nazi regime, surviving the 'appratchniks' of this and the ensuing grey regime of the G.D.R., she managed to achieve much in finding and conserving items that would otherwise have been destroyed
Principally her great love of furniture from the 'Grundezheit' era became a motivating force in her life, but even so there were many side shoots to this story.
The achievement of defining and defending her own identity, identifying as a woman
born in a man's body was something that she also succeeded in doing.
This story is a reminder about the importance of accepting diversity, and valuing the
bravery of others. It is narrated beautifully by a man with a soft German accent, who seemed perfect for the role.
Listening to this reminds me of just how sad and corrupt the state of North Korea
must be, where children and women are treated as commodities, and where survival
is a matter of conformity to a corrupt and heartless regime
I suppose it would have got better if I had have kept going. But the negativity and hardship just got to me, and I couldn't finish it.
It has been reviewed very well elsewhere, so perhaps my take on it is not accurate.
a beautifully written biography that captures much of Nabokov's life with particular
reference to his childhood. From this perspective Nabokov's perceptiveness and
remarkable memory give the listener a unique prism from which to view the unfolding of his
own life and those around him. Small details like the muff that his mother raises to her
face to keep out the cold as she is drawn along by the sleigh take on an importance equal
to many more weighty events drawn by the story.
Because it is told from the point of reference of an emigre, looking back to a world in
Russia now almost entirely gone, there is a poignancy in much of what is related.
Some of the people who inhabit the story sadly never survive the political turmoil and wars
of the times. In a sense the writer pays remarkable homage to these people, swept away
by the tide of history.
I would have chosen a different narrator for this particular story, but otherwise it was a
the narrators do such a brilliant job of replicating nuances of language and expression.
A fabulous biography with lots of depth, personal, cultural, and musical, and never self indulgent. Keith gives credit to many people who contributed to his success. The story also manages to set the scene for the sixties and beyond, in which the Stones and those who collected around them appeared to live charmed lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen.
If the central character could have stopped feeling sorry for himself
no. its always something of a gamble when you purchase a book, and one that is said to relate to the horrors of alcoholism should have alerted me to this.
Probably I've just got no patience with alcoholics. They always want someone to share their misery, and put up with them. When I decided that this miserable coot should just
give up, I stopped listening.
not sure about his foreign pronunciations.
I dont think I would listen to him again.
the central character
not better, just different.
there are a few books coming out on this type of subject, but this author really has a handle on the subject, from her clinical practice as a psychologist, and as one who has studied it in great depth.She knows the signs, and knows what to look for, and has spent her life trying to help the victims of such people. I really enjoyed her little tableaus in which she describes people that she has met either directly or indirectly through her practice.They were a perfect illustration for this subject.
Perhaps... 'required reading for those contemplating management roles'
But regardless, it is a useful read for anyone involved in an organization such as a hospital for example.
There is bound to be someone you will recognize from her analysis. Even if you are not working in an organization or similar, it is a useful text, because the subjects (i.e. sociopaths) can be quite baffling to others for a variety of reasons.
I live in Adelaide AU, not Alabama USA. Thanks Audible.
havent read the book, but the way the book was spoken and delivered by the narrator
really enhanced my appreciation. I loved his accent, and his delivery.
the way it draws out the character of many people. It reflects upon their attainments,
without loosing sight of their soul and spirit as well. I developed a huge fondness for this
president, his inherant decency and ideals, and wished that his fate had not collided so tragically with the figure of Giteau, because it seemed that he could have done much good.
Also, the way his assasain was drawn was interesting. The workings of a man's delusional mind are clearly examined and laid out. Like his victim, he was a person who felt impelled to make a contribution to society, but lacked the necessary talent and insight to do so.
beautiful rendition. He delivers the words of the president just as I imagine they were thought or said
No, not for me. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster, and much too long for that.
In Australia, after a person of similar calibre as Giteau killed about 30 people in one session they banned the sale of guns, with some exceptions, and made them much less accessible to people in general.
I am glad about that. There are some things that are much too lethal to be easily available.
power struggles in a cold and inhospitable Scottish castle.
great accent and narration
The Vikings' boats in the Loch before the main action begins to occur.
It brings into greater clarity the threats that lay all around in this remote time.
While in its essence "Macbeth" remains a moral tale, the story shows his character to be
a patriot, with some good intentions, but coming undone by his actions.
I cant say I enjoyed this story, especially knowing the outcome first, but have to say it
was well written and narrated.
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