I believe that there was a good story in there somewhere, but sadly I had a hard time seeing it. The author wrote a weak story, I am sorry to say, which is unusual for this writer. The last few he wrote have been very good and fun to listen to. Also, the narrator was not the right one for a Doctor Who story. I understand that the setting for the story is in New York City USA, but the characters of Doctor Who are from the UK and the accents need to reflect that. Unfortunately the narrator did not seem able to perform a feasible Scottish accent (Amy), nor a believable British accent (Rory and the Doctor).
That being said, it is a passable quick listen for when you are doing something around the house - like washing dishes - and don't want to have to concentrate too much on the action or the storyline.
Normally, I abhor foul language. I believe if you have to lower yourself to crude expletives, then your school teachers have failed you on an epic scale. However, having dealt with small children via my brother and friends, I can easily see how you would devolve into four letter epithets. This made me laugh. It shouldn't...but it did.
Here is my problem. I love this series. I have read and re-read these books for years and that means that I have formed an opinion of how certain names and words should sound - even if the author might pronounce them differently - so when I hear the narrator say a word that I think should be said differently, I wince. I shouldn't, but I do. So, in a sense, this might be a good version of the book, but my experience with the material has jaded my listening opinion. Sorry.
That being said, I do want to take issue with the way in which the book was read. I had a hard time distinguishing between characters. The narrator has a few different voices, but they are not distinct enough to tell which character is talking. Also, I was taken aback by not being able to tell when the narrator was moving from scene to scene. It all seemed to blend into one great big paragraph instead of sections of story. I didn't enjoy that aspect.
Like I said, it might be my experience with the material, but this reading was only an adequate version of this story. I am happy to have bought it, but it does not rank high of my favorite purchases.
I wasn't sure I would like hearing a story from 3 points of view, but after a very short amount of time I got used to it. The book picks up where the last one left off, and I mean right where it left off, so the surprise of who Atticus finds on the time island is still registering. As usual, Atticus is his cool self, and Oberon exudes Oberon-ness with aplomb, but what is fun is to have Granuaile take a front seat in her own adventures. I am glad to see (or hear in this case) that the character is not going to relegated to just a side kick forever. Yes, Atticus is the main character and I want that to remain true, but it is nice to know that Granuaile can hold her own in the book.
I will admit, that I wasn't sure where the story was going in this one, and the ending left me wanting more, but overall, a good set up for another battle to come. I look forward to the next installment, and perhaps reading Oberon's Zen book of the Five Meats. It sounds yummy.
I don't know if it is the decriptive words of the author, or the voice of the narrator, but I was totally enthralled with this book. I had read the previous book by Lawrence Anthony (The Elephant Whisperer) and was hoping that this one would measure up. It did. It is very evident that Lawrence Anthony is a "man of the animals" and his passion glows in every word. Listening to the descriptions offered, I could close my eyes and see myself walking the roads and animals tracks with this conservation warrior. My hope is that some day I will be able to visit Thula Thula and put to reality what I have only read about.
Well written and while perhaps not at "exciting" as the "Elephant Whisperer" I would recommend this book to all my friends without a second thought.
I stumbled across this book while looking for something easy to listen to on my way to and from work, and consider it a very lucky stumble indeed. This book was fascinating from the first chapter until the very end, and I was extremely sorry for it to end at all. The tale of how this herd of elephants and this man who loved all things wild grew together to form a more synergistic part of planet earth was...well it was just down right breath taking. I loved the personal stories by the author about the animals he loved and why he loved them, but also reveled his familial stories from hearth and home (especially about his wife and dogs) as well as the admission that there was a great deal that he did NOT know when it came to the animals that he cherished. The description of the other animals (beyond the title elephants) on the preserve was in depth and very easy to picture in my mind.
The narrator was the perfect choice for this book. He was able to embody the "passion" of the author, which was deep and fiery, and made me feel as if the author and I were sitting around a campfire in the bush and hearing the stories first hand.
Perhaps someday I will get a chance to visit the wild life preserve and see the amazing elephants myself, but in the meantime, this book paints a good enough picture in my mind to believe I have walked beside the author and seen and experienced his adventures with him.
I have always been a fan of historical novels, but usually I steered away from ones about WWII. For me it was clear, there were good guys and bad guys and I knew exactly who was who in that war. However, I was wrong. This book changed my point of view. Not drastically, but enough that it gave me pause. Who were the German pilots? Why did they fly? Were they all nazis who blindly followed the "party" or did they have thoughts of their own? Did they have a code of conduct, acknowledge the Geneva Convention or was the goal to just shoot down as many planes as they could? What happened to them after the war?
This book was very addictive. I looked forward to each chapter and loved how the story isn't told from the "American's" point of view, this isn't his story. That isn't what it is about. This story is about find the human being, the person, behind the term Luftwasse and what it means to serve a "higher call".
My one regret isn't for me, but for the author. There is moment in the book where he talks about seeing a German pilot at an airshow and how the man was somewhat shunned, and how he didn't go up and speak to him. I regret that he did not. That man probably had stories of his own to tell; Stories that he would have liked to share with someone, a dignity that should have been recognized. I would like to have heard his story as well. Ah well, what is missed is missed and the only the wind hears its song.
This is a good story, and I recommend it.
I have always been a fan of the space program and the stories behind how those great men put themselves on top of a "bomb" and said "Light it up!" However, all we knew about the wives was that they were always smiling, always supportive, and nothing could get them down. Thanks heavens for this book. Guess what? They were human beings. They had their own dreams and goals and lives that we knew nothing about.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I loved hearing from their points of view how things did and did not work in both the NASA family and their immediate families. I respected the choices that were made by all the women, whether or not I agreed with them, and I am better for this glimpse into the world of women who were strong, if not stronger, than their husbands because they really had no choice. Well done.
First let me say that I have nothing against Ms. Eve. She is obviously a talented actress and is a good narrator, but just not for this book. I will admit that I really enjoyed Mr Quinto's reading of the previous Star Trek book , so perhaps I am a bit biased. The story is action packed, and unfortunately her version, her way of reading was distracting.
Having said that, let me say this, the story is good. I enjoyed the way the writer was able to fill in the holes in the movie, explaining or better phrased, fleshing out scenes that seemed to be missing something on screen. The descriptions were concise and vivid and I enjoyed listening to it very much. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
Star Wars fans, you know how you have questions about the gaps in the SW storyline...well, some of your questions are herein answered. Have you ever wondered what Han and Chewbacca were up to between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back? Well, here are a few of the answers. Want to know why the Hutts hate Mr. Solo so much? This might help. Want to know why Lando wants to drop kick Han and Chewie into a Bantha pit covered in Sarlaac slime? This story might shed light on that.
The narrator was very good. He was able to VERY distinctly voice the numerous characters and there was never any doubt that he knew how Han, Lando and Chewie should sound. That was great. If you get the cadence of a main character's voice wrong, you will loose your audience quickly, but not here.
The story was fun, and intriguing. It had enough mystery to keep me guessing, but enough of "cannon" Star Wars to link the movies to what I was hearing. I was pleased with how fun the story was and I am glad I bought it. It will be a welcome addition to my listening library and I will recommend it friends.
If you like Q, and if you like Spock, and you have always wondered what would happen if the two actually met, then this is the meeting you have been waiting for. The two actors creatively pull of a "meeting of the minds" on a stage somewhere and what follows is just pure fun. Sure, there were parts that seemed a little stilted but you know what? Who cares?! The actors made it possible to see exactly what was going on just with their voices and it was worth every cent I spent.
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