This isn't so much a review as a warning. The author(s) take an exquisite delight in the gory details - especially of the deaths of several of the characters. If you're squeamish, you might want to pick another book.
Otherwise, the book was entertaining and a bit thought-provoking. You'll never look at your lawn in the same way ever again!
The beginning of the story was quite strong - in a small New England town, a young boy meets the minister who will end up changing his life. The end of the story was incredibly disappointing and unusually weak.
It is not one of his best.
The narrator was good enough that I continued listening.
No. The story just wasn't strong enough to need an additional book.
Plays, of necessity, are short. Even someone as great as Shakespeare could not give the full back story on the characters in the time allotted. The authors fleshed out the characters and the situations.
Probably Ophelia. In the play, she's a weak non-entity who goes mad and kills herself. In the book, she's smart and passionate.
I particularly liked the authors' spin on the confrontation between Hamlet and Gertrude in Gertrude's chambers - the one where Polonius is killed.
The most memorable character is probably Claudius. The book got more into his reasons for killing is brother. Hint - Hamlet, Sr. is NOT King Nice Guy.
This book is a particularly well-done blending of "zombie apocalypse" and hard-core old-school SF. The characters and story are interesting and complex. Simon Vance does his usual excellent job of narration. The subtle accents are especially well done, from Skyler's Dutch to Tania's Indian to Platz' Australian. I look forward to listening to the other books in the series.
Yes! The author takes tragic subject matter (the exile of leprosy patients from their homes and families) and turns it into a story that is beautiful, life-affirming, emotional, but definitely not maudlin.
The book had many memorable moments, but the one that most touched me was when Rachel and Sister Catherine saw their first airplane.
No - there was a great deal to absorb emotionally.
I'm recommending this one to my friends.
The relationship between the three main characters, Damiata, Macciavelli, and DaVinci, is very interesting. All three are brilliant, passionate, and driven.
The plot was interesting, although it relied to heavily on gruesome murders to advance the story.
The narration was only so-so. I could have done without Adrian Paul's bogus Italian accent, and his attempts at the voices of DaVinci and Cesare Borgia. He should have either not attempted it, or the producers should have added cast members.
If you aren't able to catch Father Barron's incredible TV series at a PBS station or a Catholic church near you, this is the next best thing. The good Father walks the listener step-by-step through Catholic doctrine and history in an insightful and non-threatening way that still manages to respect the listener's intelligence. Particularly good are the discussions of Jesus' identity, why Catholics honor Mary and the saints, why Sts. Peter and Paul are "indispensable". I strongly recommend this book for Catholics who want to know more about the faith, and for non-Catholics who want to hear "the other side of the story".
This was a fascinating book. Jacob Kuisl is the hangman of the town of Schongau, some years after the infamous Schongau witch trials. When two children are murdered under mysterious circumstances, the town midwife is accused of witchcraft. While Kuisl believes that the midwife is innocent, he must do his duty or lose his position. The book moves slowly in spots, but builds to an exciting finish. The details of town life, medicine, the aftermath of war, etc. give the book life and dimension. I highly recommend it.
Danger - do not read / listen to this book unless you want to become addicted to life on the Disc.
The Colour of Magic introduces the Discworld in the person of its most inept "wizzard", Rincewind, who is pressed into tour guide duty for Ankh-Morpork's first tourist, the gentle and oblivious Twoflower. Along the way, the hapless pair run into sentient luggage, imaginary dragons, fire insurance, the color octorine, geriatric barbarians, and other memorable characters. This isn't the strongest book in the series, but it's a good beginning. Two thumbs up!
There's not a great deal of depth here, but that's not the point - it's a survey of what went on in Europe and Asia. But it is interesting and balanced. However, the narrator is both dry and dull. A different narrator, with a bit of life in his narration, would have made for a much better listen.
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