To Neil Gaiman devotees, I would say that The Ocean at the End of the Lane is as magical as the rest, and as usual, transports us from customary surroundings through unassuming tokens to magic deep and dark. To find small fault, I thought this novel without the same degree of character relationship that we see in his very best works, like Neverwhere, or for novels with child protagonists, The Graveyard Book. Although the inventiveness and language are as good, I found myself less involved with the characters.
To those who have not read Neil Gaiman, this is a very good book and a fine choice to start with, but I still recommend anyone not familiar with his work to start with Neverwhere
One of the most eye-opening books I've read in years. So much of what we thought we knew about Genghis Khan was flat wrong. His life and accomplishments, as revealed by recent discoveries brought to life in this book, place him among the great characters of history. Solid narration as well.
Ron Chernow presents a rich and fascinating portrait of a man who guided his nation through its most fragile period. This book helped me understand Washington as a human being, and in so doing gave me a much greater respect and appreciation for his accomplishments. Scott Brick does a solid job narrating, staying in the background and letting the story tell itself.
Two short stories and something like a novella (Canyon Walls). I found each to be lacking in one way or another, but nothing kept me from finishing them. If you prefer John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, you will probably like these better than if your preference is the other way around. If you are looking for something a little less pulpy and romantic, you might try The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard. Disclaimer: I read the Elmore Leonard stories so I can't vouch for the narration.
This reading of The Old Man and the Sea ranks in the top quartile of books I've listened to. Of course the book itself is a classic, but Donald Sutherland's narration elevates it a notch or two. The smoky timbre of his voice and his understated delivery are a perfect match for Hemingway's laconic prose and its underlying depth. Listen to it in a distraction-free environment. You may also want to try completing it in one sitting -- it is about the length of a feature movie.
I do enjoy listening to Carl Hiaasen novels in the car, but I'm sure I'd enjoy the printed word as well. Sick Puppy is a good one for the commuter -- not too hard to follow and plenty of good laughs.
Skink is always awesome. But in this case I really enjoyed Twilley Spree's antics.
Yes, Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Both books were well-read.
Well, one or two moments were moving, but I don't want to write a spoiler.
Hiaasen's novels are satirical crusades against government corruption, corporate greed, and most of all, land development and other crimes against nature. He does not spare either side of the aisle, but I suspect that if you tune in to conservative talk radio, you will not like this book. On the other hand, if you are inclined to make donations to The Nature Conservancy and similar-minded groups, Hiaasen may stop your tears for at least a little while.
I would not listen to The Maltese Falcon again because it's a pretty simple story, and in this case, there's no reason to go back for the narration.
I enjoyed the physical descriptions of Sam Spade and his witty dialog with other characters.
The narrator's voice characterizations were for the most part, Saturday morning cartoon-ish, and the lines just felt poorly acted. His Sam Spade wasn't too bad, which saved it, and non dialog was just fine.
I felt no need to listen to this book all in one sitting, but that's not my style anyway.
If you're a fan of detective fiction and noir, are on the lookout for light entertainment, and haven't seen the movie for so long you don't remember the plot, I would go ahead and give this a try. It's a good story. If you are picky and feel life is too short to spend on anything but the best, then give it a pass.
I've been trying to take the Sharpe series in chronological order. I listened to the first two (Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph), read the third (Sharpe's Fortress), and then skipped a couple to listen to Sharpe's Rifles. Of the three audiobooks, I rate the first two as five stars. These were written a decade later than Sharpe's Rifles, and Cornwell seems to have honed his skills during that time. Sharpe's Rifles is still a very enjoyable listen, but if you are sampling the series for the first time, start with Sharpe's Tiger..
Yikes. This is the last time I trust a 4.5 star review on Audible. If, to go with your historical novel, you would like plausibility, period feel and accuracy, three-dimensional characters, literary grace, and clever plotting, look elsewhere. If you start this book and then start frowning, trust your instincts.
Hooray for Audible for adding this and Framley Parsonage to their library. Doctor Thorne is considered one of Trollope's finest novels. Simon Vance does a nice job reading. Now let's hope they add The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire.
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