santa Fe, NM, United States | Member Since 2005
This is one book -- and a fine one, indeed -- where the reader makes listening perhaps even richer and more enjoyable than reading. There are a myriad of voices, accents, personalities, and he renders them with brilliant sensitivity. A stunning listen!
he is the best narrator by far i have heard. when he reads orhan pamuk i could swear he was turkish. here, i'd swear he was indian. he reads with great intellence and refinement.
no, it is quite long.
A different reader, one who can pronounce Indian words. More importantly, one who can read with intelligence and has read the book before he starts reading. Each sentence he "recites" ends with an iamb or a trochee. Many voices speak in this fascinating book, but the reader differentiates none, young or old, male or female.... A mess.
The book is fascinating. Those who know Delhi, particularly those who were fortunate enough to visit it before the turn of the millennium, and then later, will find it compelling -- accurate and distressing.
Sure, one of these years. It takes the history of the great Capital City up to today.
I am returning this book, and buying a hard copy where I can at least tell who is speaking, and understand the meaning of the narrative.
This is a fascinating book! Didn't want to stop listening. The author is intelligent, lucid, a brilliant and entertaining historian. Too bad the narrator just doesn't get it. All is delivered in a monotonous, semi-ironic, rather manic style. Worst of all, he mispronounces big words as if he had never heard them, and names, etc. etc. "Thruston" for Thurston, "Huston" for "Houston," "Tune in, turn in, drop out" for Leary's famous "Tune in, turn ON, drop out," and on and on.
This is not to recommend NOT to get the book -- the history, the personality of Nixon and others, is compelling. But it really ought to have a reader who at least proof reads himself, and understands the material a little better.
It's much too long to do that.
yes! So few have read more of "In Search of Lost Time" than "Swan's Way." The full Journey is sublime, and essential for a true appreciation of Proust.
THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST PERFORMANCES I EVER HAVE HEARD.
Tag line rather unnecessary!
GRATITUDE TOWARDS THE AUTHOR AND THE READER.
I GOT THIS BECAUSE IT WON THE PULITZER. I WONDER WHY... IT BEGINS BEAUTIFULLY, BUT THEN INDULGES INTERMINABLY IN THE "MAGICAL REALISM" OF HORRENDOUS TORTURE TECHNIQUES. THE PORTRAYAL OF N. KOREA GETS STALE, AS DO THE CHARACTERS. COULDN'T WAIT TO GET TO THE END.
NO. TOO SELF-INDULGENT.
OK. THE CHARACTERS WERE FLAT, AND SO WERE THEIR VOICES.
DON'T LET PRIZES SEDUCE ME.
I HAE LISTENED TO SO MANY... BUT THIS IS AMONG THE TOP.
SHE IS CURRENTLY MY FAVORITE READER -- SUCH INTELLIGENCE AND SENSITIVITY IN HER VOICE -- AND SHE CAPTURES THE IRONY AND HUMOR, AS WELL.
NO, I'D RATHER SAVOR IT.
LISTEN TO IT!
...by the reader. The Alexandria Quartet is a fascinating series of novels, and could have been a delightful listen. But the reader is simply atrocious -- affects such mannered voices for all characters that he spoils the prose. For instance, the voice of beautiful, young Justine sounds like an eighty-year-old woman who has smoked all her life. It would be wonderful if Audible would get these books by another reader.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. Cromwell is one of the most finely drawn 'historical" characters I have ever experienced. The whole fascinating world of Henry VIII, Thomas Moore, etc. comes alive and is amazingly fresh. Mantel is an accomplished writer. The reader is up to the task.
Robb brings the City of Light to life in a unique and fascinating way, through the lives of people who have lived there. Napoleon, Mme. Zola, Hitler, and others unknown but remarkable. It makes one want to take the book to Paris and trace the stories. Wonderful, and beautifully read.
But what makes me give this interesting book only three stars is the reader. He might be OK at popular novels, but he has no refinement (lie-berry for library, etc.), mangles French words and names... What a poor choice! He's American, too, which is not appropriate.
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