Robert Anton Wilson described himself as “agnostic about everything” and called his writing an attempt to break down conditioned associations and look at the world in new ways. It is with this understanding tucked under our hats that we approach “The Earth will Shake”. This is the first of three books in a series called the “The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles” and follows the adventures of a young Neapolitan noble, Sigismundo Celine. Set in the late 18th century, Sigismundo is a young man perfectly conditioned to his station in life. A member of a wealthy aristocratic family, he is dutiful to the codes and expectations of his class and is a devout and obedient catholic. Piece by piece Sigismundo is impelled by circumstance to begin questioning everything he believes. Beneath a worldview dominated by the Church of Rome and policed by the brutal Dominican’s he discovers a subculture of secret societies and heretical thinking, but even here truth is difficult to determine. In his search Sigismundo must explore deep within himself and learn to question everything he is told. Along the way there is plenty of adventure, a swift flowing plot and a bounty of interesting and complex characters to keep the listener engaged. For those who enjoyed John Crowley’s “Aeygpt”, this novel covers similar ground but is an eminently easier listen. Wilson was an erudite writer with a great skill for disseminating psychological and esoteric concepts within the framework of a fictional story. This is a superior audio production with an excellent narrator. A hugely entertaining and profound work. Well written and deeply appreciated by this reviewer.
While I have enjoyed the music of Brian Wilson in a casual way, I have never really gotten the point. After hearing the music from a aficionado's point of view I have revisited Pet Sounds with a changed perspective and real enthusiasm hear more of The Beach Boys. This was a very entertaining and extremely well written treatise on Pet Sounds.
Read this twice in my youth so when it recently appeared on Audible I took the opportunity to re-visit it. After a dubious start I found myself sinking into the story and was soon hooked. Still a fantastic story all these years later. Good old straight forward sci-fi with all the elements.
Really enjoyed it.
Very entertaining on many levels, this novel is smart, humorous, self - effacing and never dull. Grady Tripp is one hell of an anti-hero and a totally memorable character. Another fine Chabon experience.
No novel by Trevanian is a straightforward matter. Part thriller, part satire, EIGER SANCTION is an extremely well written treatise on mountain climbing, a dig at celebrity culture, an examination of the mind of a killer and in the final analysis; a great story. While a little slow to get going, the novel quietly builds up a head of steam, and while there is lots of diversion along the way,once the tension starts rising the pace never lets up.
The narrator is really good.
I totally enjoyed Ron Carlson's last novel FIVE SKIES, enough not to hesitate for a moment when his latest novel appeared recently on Audible. Again, a vivd exploration of the wild backcountry, and the wilderness of the soul. Mac, a rancher battling a crippling mortgage, searches for redemtion after a fall into darkeness. A deep penitration story, with perfectly paced laconic narration. Involving and moving. Highly recommended.
Lou Arrendale is a high functioning Autistic whose world is turned upside down with the news that there may be a possible cure for his condition. Set in the near future this is a deeply absorbing story that makes for a compulsive listening experience. A deserved Nebula award winning novel that would certainly appeal to fans of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME. If you are not a Sci-Fi aficionado, relax. This is a deeply compassionate journey into the mind of a man trying to find his place in the world. Joins my all time top 10 Audio experiences.
This is not an easy book. The narrative is not one of those that pulls you along, rather its one that you need to work at - participate in. A highly stylised work(think classic Russian writting of the late 19th Century), it is a deeply descriptive journey into the heart and mind of a Russia on the cusp of great change. The characters are deeply memorable, the portrait of the land and its people vivid and loving. The narrator does an outstanding job.
May be appreciated by fans of Haruki Murakami.
A penetrating and original re-visitation of the classsic hero's quest. A dreamlike and magical journey through Majipor, world like no other. The narrators deep chocolate tone is perfect and only serves to broaden the listeners pleasure.
This is not Fantasy, nor Sci-Fi, rather a genre all of its own, perhaps Jungian is the world. The only comparison I dare to consider is the work of the British writer Christopher Priest.
Great story, compulsive narrative - highly recommended.
What an awesome trilogy. By the third installment the whole thing is on fire, great writting - marred only by occassional clunky narrative device, outstanding narration and what a story. Inspiring, spellbinding speculative fiction. This lifts Brin into the realm of the great masters: Clarke, Silversberg, Heinlien, Asimov.
A story about perception, social experimentation and lots more. The author explores many interesting themes and provides a diverting 2 hourish narrative. In the vein of Silversberg - THE WORLD INSIDE /Harry Harrison - MAKE ROOM MAKE ROOM. Dystopian fiction with a hopefull twist.
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