Trollope is an incredibly good writer and his words are brought to life by the incomparable Timothy West, who may be the best audiobook performer I've heard. I've read all 4 books in the series and now, less than an hour after finishing Framley I'm off to Allington.
This is a pleasant enough time travel book with a good narrator and an interesting protagonist, but it's nothing special.
The plot struck me as weak and at times I felt like I was listening to an abridged version (but I wasn't). IMHO it pales in comparison with some of Connie Willis's books which have more well developed characters and feature plots with much more tension and drama.
This book is excellent on so many levels: an erudite but very accessible history of pre-war America; a feels-like-you-are-there view of jazz bands battling for supremacy at the Savoy; a phenomenal account of what its like to hop a train in Kansas City and ride to New York City (and how that train ride is a metaphorical change...not just a geographical one)...and so much more.
This is volume 1 of what will be a 2 volume biography of jazz great Charlie Parker. Author Stanley Crouch does an amazing job of describing the social, political and musical context that influenced Parker. He makes the reader (or, as the case may be, listener) feel like they are there. The only other author I encountered who has done as good a job of providing absolutely fascinating context to help drive a biography is Robert Caro, author of the multi-volume biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson.
The performance by Kevin Kenerly is superb and he is up to the task of performing a wide variety of material--whether it be describing the love story between Charlie Parker and his first wife Rebecca, the evolution of jazz, the sociopolitical condition of African Americans in the 20s and 30s, or dialog between a drug addict and an hobo.
This is much more than a niche book for jazz fans; it's highly recommended for all Audible members who enjoy engaging biographies supported by outstanding narration.
Well document and highly accessible, this book is must reading for any investor, regardless or experience and the amount available to save. It provides a sound framework for thinking about investments.
Adrian McKinty is a terrific writer and the Troubles Trilogy (about a pot-smoking Catholic police officer working for the British forces occupying Northern Ireland) is a really good story.
But the most important thing to say in a review of this book is that the pairing of author McKinty with Narrator Doyle is pure audio book magic. It is transformative, adding depth and nuance to the story.
I'm sorry that this series ended.
This insider's view of Nixon's political comeback gives us a glimpse of an era when successful politicians (both Democratic and Republicans) tried to build coalitions around the center rather than appeal to the extremes of their respective parties.
While the underlying themes of domestic violence and bullying are crucially important, this book dilutes them with hours and hours of meaningless gossip and the "problems" of this group of highly privileged preschool parents.
The first four hours were the most tedious I've ever encountered in my audio book journey, with one exception. I slogged on through it because of all the good reviews, but in retrospect I wouldn't do it again. Eventually I went to 1.25x speed then 1.5x and ultimately 2x speed to get through this bloated work.
This would have been a super-compelling book if it had been edited down to an 8 hour unabridged edition. At 16 hours, it is torture.
Dr. McGonigal provides an overview of the theory and practice of willpower, much of which is drawn from McGonigal's course at Stanford. I thought it was interesting, but I think the same content could have been delivered more efficiently if, perhaps, 1/3 of the text was edited out.
I'm sure that many listeners would say that Walter Dixon's narration was pleasant and well delivered, but it was way too slow for me. I played much of it at 2x speed (a first for me) because it seem to be going in slow motion.
Josh Bazell is a stunningly effective writer whose prose crackles with energy in this book about a former mob enforcer turned physician. Robert Petkoff gives, perhaps, my all-time-favorite narration bringing a wide range of voices to life.
This book features the synergistic pairing of Daniel Suarez and narrator Jeff Gurner, in a thriller whose premise is definitely not far-fetched.
I thought the first part of the book was especially good as the plot unfolded. The action lagged in the middle third, but picked up toward the end of the book. I am sure there will be a sequel.
I don't want to disclose any of the plot, but suffice it to say that when you listen to this book, and reflect upon related newspaper articles, the premise is entirely believable. It would not surprise me at all if some (maybe not all, but some) of this stuff starts to happen in the near future. Scary.
High-speed trading has revolutionized the stock market over the last 10 years and brought with it a whole array of risks, including flash crashes. And it could get worse as the computer-driven system becomes increasingly autonomous and too complex for people to understand.
This book tells the story of how it happened.
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