Frank McCourt is fantastic as a narrator. I never understood all the concepts in this book until I heard it as an audio book. It made a great difference to my writing and critical thinking about grammar. I've listened to it twice and listen anytime I need a refresher.
If the talent director had been better, or the narrator better, it would have been worth listening to. I couldn't get past the first chapter. I ground my teeth every time the narrator put on his fake TV Announcer voice.
There was nothing wrong with the story. I was looking forward to it but I just couldn't stand it.
If the narrator could keep from putting on his fake "TV Announcer" voice every time a strong point was to be made in the story, it would have been better. Working in the voice industry I know this is often the voice director's fault and yet narrators are blamed all the time. So my comment is to whomever decided on this creative approach - stop it! I don't need a fake tone to emphasize that this is an "important" point. I just want the facts, straight forward and I can make my own decision on how I feel about what I'm listening to. I haven't seen the book in printed form and perhaps the writer italicized these areas but a good director should have known better and that it would sound 'put on' or fake.
Frustration. It felt like such a waste to take non-fiction work with existing political undercurrents and to add additional commentary by having the narrator take on such an over the top attitude to nail a point home. I'm not stupid and don't need it pointed out. It just ruined the book.
Beautifully written, lyrical, fascinating, engaging.
All of them. The Mongol Queens were all incredibly fascinating. Weatherford writes about the time of each queen so clearly that you marvel at what each one accomplished.
Too many. The writing is so beautiful - this book felt like it was a love story written to those ignored and maligned Mongol Queens. Their stories are incredible - some warriors, some dedicated mothers, some both, some neither but all of them are completely fascinating.
I just couldn't believe their stories. At the end (spoiler alert sort-of) Weatherford explains how he got into the story of The Mongol Queens and how the mystery of these women, found in fragments of text, or their names eliminated from those texts, captured his imagination and pulled him further and further into the past. I felt as he did - their stories were incredible and Jack Weatherford brings them to life beautifully.
It was a great idea. It started off well. Then the writer started going on about people who don't believe in global warming, etc. etc. and he lost the focus of his own story. He kept tagging "present shock" at the end of sentences, like it would be enough to prove his concept.
Nope. One bad book doesn't ruin the whole bushel.
Not sure. If I find a book I'm interested. I don't listen to books just because of the narrator.
2/3rds of the book would have to go. How any editor let this one get published is beyond me. Maybe the editor was blindsided by the liberal sprinkling of "present shock" every few paragraphs.
Yes. Do not use your book to create a platform for your personal peeves. If you are going to do that, then be clear about that at the beginning. I felt that I was led in with a good start and then once the writer had my attention he just jumped onto his soap box and started spewing stuff about his own personal peeves and issues with what others believe.His litany on everything that is proven that people don't believe (global warming being one) just prooves that he's suffering from his own present shock. He's locked and frozen in what bothers him about others' beliefs.Mr. Rushkoff should listen to this audio book. Perhaps when he hears what he's written he'll understand that it needs a really good editor to work on a 2nd Edition. And after that he should read all of Malcolm Gladwell's books to see how this kind of book is written well.
Jennifer Ikeda is perfect. Her characterizations are flawless and easy to fall into.
It was a good sequel but lacked some of the magic of the first book. Deborah Harkness has a way of constructing sentences that flow into rhythmical paragraphs which leave you exceptionally satisfied. I feel I have inhabited the world she has created, wether reading the novel or listening to the audio book. Jennifer Ikeda makes that world come alive brilliantly.
When I heard about this book, my son was working on a family history project at school and we had just discovered that his grandmother had squirrelled away a family tree that dated back to 1460. Fascinated by seeing names of 17 generations and not knowing anything about them, I was drawn to The Hare with the Amber Eyes.
You won't be disappointed! This book is beautifully written, lyrical, moving. Michael Maloney's narration is perfect, his cadence enhancing the natural rhythm of the writing. It is a personal story of a family but it is also a story of this family's place in time and history, a story of the world outside the family and how events shaped the legacy and affected every individual that came before Edmund. The Hare with the Amber Eyes is one of the best books that I have read or listened to in the last 12 months. I highly recommend it.
The writing and the narration.
I stumbled on these books and bought the first because it was on sale. I listened to a 1/4 of the book before running back to buy the other two. They are well written, funny, have great characters and frankly just a sheer joy to listen to. The narrator is fabulous but he has great material to work with. I have to say that Oberon, the dog, is my favourite, although Atticus is a close second. The easy relationship and banter between Atticus and Oberon makes the characterization in these books sing. I'm a lover of myth and history and Hearne has woven both seamlessly into his well written story.
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