I can't stop listening to this! I'm half way through and I just couldn't wait to write my review. Excellent narration, story, pacing and characters. You will not regret listening to this. I don't want it to end! If you are a fan of Oryx and Crake, The Hunger Games, or even the His Dark Materials trilogy; you will enjoy this book. The main character is a thoughtful, resourceful, strong-willed and smart young woman. The world Veronica Roth has created here is fascinating. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.
I am a big fan of both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which makes me pre-disposed to enjoy this story. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys their work or work like theirs. My only complaint about the audio version, is that Martin Jarvis does a very poor American accent- especially a sultry female one. BUT, seeing as these characters are not the main ones it was not difficult for me to ignore the very off accents. He's a great narrator otherwise and did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.
What a wonderful story! Just a good book- hands down. Susanna Clarke did an excellent job of fleshing out her characters and story. They are not fully good or evil, wrong or right... they just are who they are. Simon Prebble brings this story to life and I was very sorry when it ended. This is on my "listen again" list.
I found Cormac McCarthy's work difficult to read. His writing style is very specific and not for everyone, although his subject matter is. So to be able to listen to The Road was the only way this story could come alive for me. Of course, because of the subject matter, it is not the easiest listen. But I think it is an important book on survival, love... humanity. Everyone should read or listen to it. Tom Stechschulte did a great job and I would look for his name again.
Christopher Lee is the perfect choice for narrating any Tolkien book. An excellent actor all around and he really brings each character and scene to life. You can hear how much he loves and understands the story, which only enhances the listening experience. I found it hard for me to get into at first and that is only because of all the new names. But after a short while, I was fully engrossed. I found that this was an excellent book to listen to when I didn't have to keep stopping it- like in a daily commute to work. Much better on a long trip or a day of housecleaning where I can be left alone to submerse myself in the story.
I love this book and I think the audio version is wonderful. I just wish that there was an unabridged version out. If you are a fan of the book, this will be a fun diversion for sure. I've listened to it many times and because of the format, it's easy to listen to a section or two and put down for a while. Just remember that you won't get the full story. A real bummer, true. But what they have put forth here is really well done and excellent. Great voice acting with a full cast that only enhances the stories that are highlighted in this abridged version.
One of the best stories ever. Imaginative, funny and full of great characters and adventures. Stephen Fry does a perfect job- it doesn't get any better.
Hiaasen's stories are always dark, fun, and fully of surprises. George Wilson does a good job but I've heard better. It's tough when you have such a gruff voice and you have to do a woman's voice.
This is a great story for all ages but especially those with a strong sense of whimsy and a deep love of books. There is plenty of action, twists, turns, and creativity. Lynn Redgrave is perfect. Truly a wonderful narration by her and one of the best narrations I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
This audio version of Dune is the best I've ever heard. I got more out of it listening to it than I have the multiple times I've read it. I think the reason for this is how well the narrators bring the story and characters to life. The story itself is, as most people know, a classic. The narrators are varied and it never feels like they are reading the story to you. The only thing I found odd was the accent used for the Freemen. It didn't distract from my enjoyment of the audiobook, but it wasn't how I imagined they sounded like, so it took me a little while to get used to it. This is a true performance piece and not to be missed.
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