This was a great way to read Homer's The Odyssey. Ian McKellen was wonderful. The story is one of the greatest in world history, in fact, it is the story that most other good stories borrow something from.
The only issue with this recording (which is why the overall is missing a star) is there are some brief glitches and then starting around Audible chapter 9, the voice is really slowed down for about two or three chapters. It was annoying but I simply used my Audible App speed feature and sped through those parts.
If you've always wanted to read the Classics, but felt intimidated, this is an excellent place to begin.
A good novel entertains you and perhaps doles out an insight or two but a great novel transforms the world around you as you read and you aren't quite the same person who started reading the novel.
Kafka on the Shore is a great novel.
I enjoyed Mike Mayo's first detective novel, set against the backdrop of the Lindbergh kidnapping and U.S. prohibition era crime, very much. The world Mike creates is rich and textured and felt very real.
I first came to know Mike Mayo as a movie critic and his love of and expertise in movie history made this book particularly enjoyable. Mike's narrative and my imagination combined to create a world that was a softer sort of Dark City without The Strangers and I look forward to reading the other two novels in the series, either in audio format or in traditional paperback should it take a while for them to appear in audio format.
My biggest criticism would be the performance, which for the main character of Jimmy The Stick, I think the voice was fine most of the time but it was harder to distinguish other characters and at times the reading struck me as flat and uninteresting. Not a terrible performance but lacking inspiration.
If you are a person that can overlook an lackluster performance, and enjoy the mystery genre, there is much here to like and to look forward to.
I started this story just after finishing up on Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell and I was immediately pleased I bought this book, thinking it was all a collection of Lovecraft stories from a different perspective, as the first story has to do with the events that happened in The Mountains of Madness.
But, as it turned out the whole book is a novel that takes different characters from Lovecraft's stories and brings them together on a mission to stop something from coming through.
Overall, I enjoyed the story although the choice that Oliver Wyman made for the main character, Robert Olmstead was both appropriate yet grating and while I do not fault him for his choice, I did mark the story down by one star. All of the characters are distinct and it is even masterful.
In my mind, though, Olmstead's voice would have changed as he gained more confidence.
The story itself will be familiar to any fan of Lovecraft. While not an expert on all of Lovecraft's writing, I was able to identify the majority of characters and their situations and I especially liked the bits that expanded on the Mountains of Madness
I had tried to watch The Room a few years ago when The Cartoon Network showed it but something was so alien about the movie that it gave me a headache so, even though I am a fan of bad movies and I had seen Tommy Wiseau interviewed on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld I put this one out of my mind for many years.
Then I was in the middle of a book on Hitchcock and The Disaster Artist came up as an Audible Deal of the Day. Well, my first instinct was to pass but I am glad I didn't.
The Disaster Artist as read by Greg Sestero should be the Audio Book of the Year. It is funny, well paced, insightful, and heart-felt.
The format of the book is to tell two stories, one being the making of Tommy Wiseau's now-classic cinematic misfire starting from the day before the first day of shooting through to its big Hollywood premiere. The other being the story of a young, struggling actor meeting and befriending this visionary outsider who's thinking is like that of quite-no-one-else.
It is through Greg Sestero's words that we are given insight into Tommy Wiseau's unique thought-processes and while we laugh a lot through this book we laugh mostly because of the child-like novelty of Tommy's thinking. While reading this book, I went through some of the reviews on IMDB, the Internet Movie Database for the uninitiated, for The Room and was saddened to see one reviewer snark "...we are laughing at you, not with you..." and there is never that kind of pettiness in Greg Sestero's account.
While I laughed out loud through most of the book, there were times I felt very sad for Tommy or exasperated with him. To a lesser extent, I experienced Greg Sestero's fears and hopes as he pursued and, for a time, gave up on his dream of being an actor.
I think this book speaks to anybody with a dream, even if you haven't seen nor have any interest in ever seeing The Room, this book is for you.
This book is currently in development for a major motion picture but I urge readers not to wait for the movie in this case. I think this book is untranslatable to the silver screen, unless the Hollywood Frat Pack intent on making this book into a movie surprise us and show us their own inner artist yearning to break free from the fratty sort of movies that make them money. I don't think this book can be made into a movie by a Hollywood insider. David Lynch or John Carpenter might have a shot and making this a good movie. David Cronenberg too. But these are not the people who will be making the movie.
I hope that whoever makes the movie, they are able to at least bring out the love that Greg obviously feels for Tommy out in a meaningful way and bring the audience to the point where they laugh more out of surprise at Tommy's thinking than at Tommy himself.
The performance was adequate but the story was dismal.
It is just a bunch of words strung together by a affect-less character. It does not depict amorality so much as it encourages it.
I suppose bits of the trial approached interesting but since everything comes from the narration of a flat, disembodied character it made no difference.
I would replace it entirely with Philip K. Dick's The Golden Man which tells the story of an amoral character that, by mutation, is fecund and irresistible to women and thus the amoral animal ceaselessly reproduces itself threatening the existence of human life only that story doesn't come from only one perspective as this one does which is, no doubt, why this story is successful at creating monsters while Philip K. Dick's story was destroyed by Nicholas Cage in the obscure movie adaptation known as Next.
It is because the world makes banners out of, and marches behind books such as these that the world can never extricate itself from the mire.
I didn't read the print version. Why would you ask this question as a default? Well, I'll answer the questions I wish you would have asked like a politician at a debate:
Pines is hands down the best action/adventure story I have ever read. I was hooked from the very first. While the story shared some similarities some TV shows I had liked, most of them either died before they could go too far or just decided to go all in for a totally surreal ending. Pines is both enthralling and logically consistent with the world and characters Blake Crouch created.
Ethan Burke, hands down. The greatest action hero of all time! To be fair to the other characters, Ethan dominates the pages of this book. I guess he is part Jason Bourne and part Ethan Hunt and part Number Six. He is the indestructible man who's mind hungers for the truth and his body is strong enough to seek it out. No other man nor any monster is his match. His intellect and brawn are integrated and support each other.
Well, this book was a real page turner and I don't want to give too much away. The reader should find this novel on his own and devour it. Each scene either builds upon or gives detail to support the entire structure of the novel.
The major emotions I experienced while reading this book were wonder and curiosity. I moved through the book relatively quickly because I wanted to know, just like Ethan.
I see they are making this into a TV show. Well, we have had so many good TV shows lately I hope the TV show makes the grade and whatever changes are made to the source material I hope I can recognize the underlying world an characters that were written about in the novel.
Yes, as well as the first two books. I bought the books because of the TV series and even though the TV series made numerous changes they kept true to the characters and the world of the books so that I could enjoy both. All of the characters remained true to their character and the book world remained true to itself.
I would say Fet the rat catcher was my favorite character. In a sense, he is like Roddy Piper's character in They Live in that once he knows what his mission in life is, he throws himself fully into it.
Daniel was a good reader I think much better than Ron Perlman did for the first book. At the same time, the characterization the authors did helped both the readers.
"Face the world with open eyes."
Finally a good scary nonredeemable vampire story. I'm so sick of romantic vampires.
I would turn it into a cable mini-series. In the novel format, I had trouble staying interested. None of the characters really resonated nor did I have a sense of the world the story took place in but as an episodic television show there are plenty of places to leave the viewer with cliffhanger. In the right hands, this property would be better in the visual media.
I would have made this a smaller subplot in a bigger world. A building block of a larger story instead of a story within itself.
She was a very good voice actress for this story. Her voices were distinct enough most of the time that I knew who was speaking.
It was okay. If you are a fan of some of Blake Crouch's other work, you're probably going to want to listen to this one no matter what the reviews are but I would say this is a lesser Crouch work.
The story was interesting enough, if this is your first Blake Crouch novel you might enjoy it more but after reading Pines and the Thicker Than Blood trilogy, there isn't enough world creation that I look for in my fiction.
I've listened to a lot of audio books. It certainly isn't the top but the story was compelling and I was interested in the characters and the plot all the way through and I'll get the rest of the series at some point.
I read a book in high school called House of Stairs which has stayed with me all this time even though I only read it once. That book was complete in one novel and was a story of conforming to authority versus the ultimate rebellion. This story is similar.
Also, Philip K. Dick's short story The Pre-Persons is what this story reminded me of the most. Although Dick was far less ambiguous.
I did find it to be a real page turner and did read through it quickly. I don't think I would have wanted to do it all in one sitting as there is something to be said for the cliff hanger that real life brings to the enjoyment of a good book.
It was well written but there really is no light here.
Andrew Z. Thomas even though he does some really stupid stuff but he's the only character you can really identify with. You just wish he had a little more ruthlessness. Even though he's not a New Age male he's certainly not enough of a man.
I was moved negatively. It is a very dark book. Kind of hopeless, really. Whatever universe this is taking place in, I hope i never go there.
I bought this book because I really liked Pines and it is well written, only, I cannot really recommend it. It is dark, it is almost like a ritual to draw the reader into the world of the serial killer. The first two books, I guess you could get away with saying it is entertainment. But taken as a whole, the whole experience is pretty mean-spirited.
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