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Ry Young

Molecular biology professor and researcher. I love history, historical fiction and future/alternate history. Mostly I listen while jogging, about 30-45 min per day.

College Station, TX United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1049)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Perfection in story and the telling"
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    Would you listen to Bring Up the Bodies again? Why?

    After listening to this and the preceding Wolf Hall, I despair of ever having so much satisfaction on an audiobook and its performance. Mantel's writing is exquisite. Each sentence is carefully crafted, balanced, purposeful. The story is amusing, engrossing, horrifying, comforting, and always compelling. If feels like history but somehow one is transported into Cromwell's head and behind his eyes.

    And Vance must feel the same way I do. His reading...his performance....is absolutely spot on.

    I will NOT enjoy any other book, or pair of books, as much. It's all downhill from here.

    I just wish we would get another volume...perhaps it will yet come. The last words in the book state that the end is the beginning.


    What other book might you compare Bring Up the Bodies to and why?

    I feel like I have had a course in Tudor history, but with a lot more of the important social and economic detail than you would ever get in a classroom.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Pure magic. Seriously, there must be a lot of scholarship....the details are so dense and believable. But the primary thing is the lyrical writing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was too short.


    Any additional comments?

    Regret that I am done with it. Play it again, Sam.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3117)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2757)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Painful and nauseating to listen to."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would be great as a class project on how to write a bad novel. I cannot find the right words beyond trite, predictable (in the worst way)., boring in the extreme. I resolved to continue listening about half way just to recalibrate my standards. But it was tough. I have never been so glad to finish anything.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I like doomsday books, but mostly I read fiction that deals with real history.


    What aspect of Tom Stechschulte’s performance would you have changed?

    His reading was OK. It must have been hard to keep coming up with the emotive cues when a book is as bad as this one is.


    What character would you cut from Swan Song?

    All of them. Not a single character was believable. The Josh character is a horrible racist joke. The Swan character might be the worst fiction creation I have ever experienced. I was rooting for the devil character by half way through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is just possible that the author wrote this as a gag, putting in every cliche he could think of. It is a gag, one way or the other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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