Tauranga, New Zealand | Member Since 2014
Yes. The nuances of this master craftsman's voice added immeasurably to the pleasure of
a much loved book.
Its a classic. Written before we became so jaded. It is simple, imaginative and hugely entertaining.
He brings expression to the old fashioned language of the era which can become a bit stilted to our modern way of expressing ourselves.
I have read this book so many times. Enjoyed its cadence like an old friend but this time the old friend had a fantastic voice!
Tim Curry is a craftsman, an artist and whatever he was paid for doing this ..... it just was not enough. The man is a genius!
I began listening to this book on the advice of a group of people who love books as much as I do. It didn't take long before i was wondering what on earth they loved about it! But even though I kept thinking I should delete it, something just kept saying "Just one more chapter" and without understanding how it happened, I was hooked. It has a Forest Gump appeal about it that is gently and sweetly captivating. Dont expect an action packed book - and yet there is plenty of action. Just go with the flow and enjoy the antics of this remarkable 100 year old man. It is a keeper.
The main character is such a whiny, poor-me type that I just wanted to shake her till her teeth rattled. She comes across as needy and clinging and with absolutely no idea of the needs of anyone else but herself. She is a type of woman that makes every other woman cringe. I could not even finish the book.
This sort of subject needs to be handled with wit and charm or not at all. She should have left it in the bad ideas box as she has created a character who clearly does not have either wit or charm.
Tired, bored, hopeless although to be fair, if I was forced to read that rubbish I would also feel tired, bored and hopeless. Julia Barrie actually does have a nice voice to listen to and it was only her that kept me listening for as long as I did.
The drippy, pathetic, clingy main character.
Dont waste your credits.
Actually this book is one of my favorites but the audio recording is so far removed from the book that its like a Readers Digest version performed by school kids
Could be anything but it wont be something narrated by Susie Breck.
Her ordinary narration was ok apart from the mispronunciation of the word antipodean. but her accents were truly appalling. I thought my husband was the only person with the ability to make every accent the same but what that woman does to the aussie accent is not only unprofessional its so distracting that it ruins what is left of the book.
Its been a while since I read this series but I am pretty sure there was much more to it than what was in this audio version. I dislike that it was advertised as an unabridged version when it clearly is not and I would be very surprised if the amazingly talented author was happy with this version. I was not.
Have not read the print version. Loved the audio tho
I would not compare it to others. It stands alone as a book thats worth the read. I really enjoyed it. Will be exploring more from this author.
I love the part where our hero discovers he really is a dog person.
I was so involved in this book that almost everything else took second place. My husband was told to wait till the end of a chapter and I even listened as I was walking my dog....big no no but she is practically deaf so I think she will forgive me.
Fabulous, Fabulous Fabulous!
Have not read the print version but the audio was so powerful! It shocked, surprised and amazed me. Absolutely a keeper.
I would compare it to Roots in that it stretches over generations and has the same ability to shock with the way people were treated. It reminds me of The Help in that we find that some people rose above that awful attitude to see others as they were not just at their colour.
That fabulous accent!! and I think the slow pace, while initially a bit hard to get used to, actually suited the book perfectly. He was brilliant.
Interesting, compelling, rewarding
Bernadette Dunne is fabulous in this recording. Her vocal rendition of the various characters is brilliant. Kept me interested and eager.
Bit disappointed at the hints of a sad deviation into fantasy and that will probably stop me moving further into the series which is a shame but while I love Sci Fi, talk of magic and fantasy stuff leaves me cold. It didnt really come into this story but does lay the groundwork and just seemed to be a cop out in a very science based story.
Sandra Edwards? No. Sorry, it was annoying, illogical and full of holes. William Dufris has a beautiful voice. He is the only reason I listened to the end.
The plot could have been more realistic, the characters a little less two dimensional and the whole thing a tad less formulaic.
Julian. There is just something about a french accent done well and when its done in a voice as rich as chocolate and as deep as the ocean.....yum! Unfortunately even that didnt make this worth the listen.
Some of the descriptive passages were not too bad,
Be very careful of books being sold off at $4.95. I can see why this one was.
No. It was mental chewing gum. Not that I have anything against mental chewing gum - sometimes its important but this was not enough to tempt me to return.
Her blind assumption that all New Zealanders love rugby. Hint: lots of us dont although I have to say if my husband knew that I had actually listened to a book about a rugby player he would laugh till he cried.
It would have been nice if she had actually used a New Zealand accent instead of that knock off Aussie mess. The only time she came close was with the little girl. However, only a Kiwi would find fault with that. Otherwise she actually did a good job.
Once yes but I don't think it will become a regular listen
I started recommending this book to people before I finished it. It is brilliant!! The science is beautiful, the writing is witty, the characters are likable. It is absolutley a keeper.
The sheer and utter cool persona of the main character. His brilliant ability to do practical science and his wit. I also loved the whole concept.
The letters to the other members of the expedition! They were so funny. It was laugh out loud stuff. I was so annoyed that my MP3 player wont allow me to rewind a bit. Never mind....I will just listen to the whole thing again...and again.
Yes. but you have to find it for yourself.
If this is a first novel then brother bring them on. I am going to be a collector. Andy Weir you are on the top of my list of authors to watch. Thank you so much for such a fantastic and well crafted story.
The Narrator. It just sounded wrong. Really wrong. Far to dull and she made the characters seem really insipid. Maybe they were written that way, I don't know I havn't read this particular book but really.... Really??
I enjoy reading Patricia Wentworth's books. Ok she is no Agatha Christie but her books are classic, enjoyable, nice-polite-murder-mysteries. A genre I love. However...I would not try another one read by Diana Bishop.
Perhaps she just does not like nice-polite-murder-mysteries. Maybe she was bored. She sounded bored. And ancient. And underpaid.
No. I will probably delete it from my library. Mind you, to be fair, it is the first of the series and many series start of with a slightly shaky start and grow to be worth having.
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