Though I am a stickler for history, and - as another reviewer mentioned - I would have liked this story to include Macbeth's "good years" as a ruler (and I don't think it would have hurt the narrative at all), I loved this audiobook. The narrator was fantastic, I loved the character development (Skena and Macbeth), and the new take on the witches. As for the take on Duncan, it may be unflattering and unfair, but so was the original play. Listened for most of an 8-hour drive...and was upset to finally be at my destination before the story was finished!
This was a pleasant "read" for a long car ride; no great surprises, but a sympathetic tale of a glassblowing town and three sisters who are a part of it. As a person who speaks German, some of the translation seemed a bit off to me, and I'm going to try to get a copy of the German version for comparison. However, the narrator was very good and easy to listen to.
"My tales of gardening" books are usually full of curmudgeons and rants; Pollan infuses this books with his humility and joy. I simply love Pollan and his elegant prose, sometimes I had to re-"wind" the book just to re-listen to a particular turn of phrase; because of this, when I found the book at a local second-hand store, I bought the paper version in order to be able to re-read those lines and sections of the tale.
Pollan is an excellent writer, and his own voice brings his prose to life in a way other narrator's haven't done.
This audiobook ranks among the best I've heard in a long time. I did not like the protagonist at first - she seemed an idiot to an American (we tend to like to plan our lives, and are goal-driven); but I could not help but empathize with the young woman. I do not intend to give the plot away, but...it's lovely. And heart-breaking and true. I am not used to sobbing at the end of my audiobooks (makes it hard to drive!), but I did with this one, even after such a luke-warm feeling about the main character at first.
Outstanding. I can still hear the narrator in my head, calling for "Clark."
Well, I'd take the hot guy in the wheelchair!
The Bone Season grows on you. It started out like any YA paranormal thing, and Paige's protestations of dislike for her Warden quickly got to be too much. One knew where this was heading, however, in the end, I cannot quit thinking about the book and the outcome. Certainly an entertaining "read" while commuting to work.
Paige's exploits seem to be written with a movie version in mind.
As for the reader, she was fine, without being stellar.
Yes, for the visual of the character types involved
Not good for a daughter of a woman born behind the Iron Curtain, but the tale actually turns out kind of banal. Sure, his early escapes are dramatic, yet his existence remains nothing but bleak. And we cannot really blame his choices on his upbringing or his dramatic early years: here's a con artist that wasn't even good at that. Narration seemed quite good, though, if intrusive, with so many voices appearing at wide-widths apart.
I wonder if anyone will do a story on the jewelry-robbing-cartel that seems to have sprung from the same regions? THAT would be a good yarn.
And worked for Ford's (didn't we wall), I have to say that this was an interesting account of an interesting car: and the psyche and ethos of the times. Slightly pre-Michael Milken, the protagonist of this story is of the same character, though, perhaps of less real passion. I got a kick out of this "snapshot in time" of the industry, and also know that major car best-sellers AND flops were made upon even less due diligence, well into the 90's and early 2000's. I also learned stuff about Yugoslavia, that combined with my fictional interests of late, have combined in an oddly interesting way. Worth a discounted buy if you're just a casual listener, maybe more if you've been there and done that.
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