This is a fascinating panel discussion by producers and performers of BBC audiobooks. The observations of the performers have opened my ears to nuances in the readings, but the real revelation is the role of the producer in coordinating and giving coherence to the recording sessions.
Schism is intended as light reading, and it is mildly entertaining. I didn't love the characters or their world. The social differences that are supposed to motivate the society were not credible to me. I listened to the entire book (which I do not always do when I dislike the story), but I won't follow the series.
The narration was smooth, but the reading is full of mispronunciations of middle-school level words. Isn't there a director or editor who polices these mistakes? About halfway through, I began to jot down the words irritatingly mispronounced by the narrator -- they include bohemoth, affluent, tumult, chasm, implacable, simulacrum, molecular and neutrino. Other listeners might not notice, but these errors distract me and detract from my enjoyment of the story.
This is by far the most exciting, most literate, most frightening, most elevating, most imaginative, most humane story ever written.If you have only seen the film, well, too bad. All that remains to be said is that Rob Inglis' narration is masterful.If you have only one credit, use it here.
A memoir of two years on a South Pacific coral atoll written a counter cultural Dutch/ Czech/American ne'er-do-well who has nevertheless done very well as an observer of his world and fearless taster of unaccustomed customs. He must equally amuse and frustrate his NGO administrator girlfriend/spouse. As a former recruiter of volunteers for service in the South Pacific, I appreciated the absurd authenticity of his tale.
This is one of the few books that has delighted both my mildly rebellious daughter and her fuddy duddy mother.
You mean that wasn't Martin himself? You could have fooled me. Simon Vance is also the best of his ilk.
Anything 'Bujold has written is worth a listen, but this certainly would not have made me the avid fan I am of her other works. It's a good, solid, historical/magic genre tale.
This is not the "best" Elizabeth Peters novel in terms of complexity of character development or literary merit. It is, however, the funniest thing that she has ever written -- the author's ebullient satire of Vicky, Amelia and even herself. I loved the book, I love Vicky, I adore Amelia and embrace Mrs. Mertz, who deserves to have the most famous swordsman in Europe as her adoring admirer. This fast-moving farcical thriller will be celebrated most by the millions of fans of Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody, but it can be appreciated by anyone whose sense of adventure is as broad as her sense of the absurd.
Sure -- on a rainy day while knitting or doing a puzzle.
Jenny -- who doesn't exist. But Fforde has done a great job here with Landon, formerly a stick character.
Emily Gray IS Thursday Next. She makes Fforde's absurd and increasingly complex world plausible.
Lord Auditor Miles Vorkosigan is as irreverent, as charming, as fascinating and as human as ever. The characters change, grow -- but never become predictable or stale. Great fun.
Virtually every uncommon name of place or person is mispronouned. This is unacceptable in a commercially prepared audiobook.
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