Book - Rated as a classic it not sure if it should be in the top 50. However, I see it is a classic and a very good piece of work. The chief asset is the narration, characters, and description prose. I did not find the plot terribly grand but that was backdrop for the chararacter.
Production - A very good production and presentation.
Mr. Hosseini's books are always interesting. Like the "Kite Runner", it explores Afghan-Iranian world in the near past. This time, it is from the women's point of view somewhat like the "Book Seller of Kabul".
Reader: The reader was excellent and seem to have great command of the culture, language, and tone.
Story: This is nice novella that explores one thought. I was surprise by the end since it could have gone any way.
Reader: Nothing much to say about Roddy McDowall. His voice and acting are always superb.
Buy this book.
Story: Overall, it was an unique book. It showed three remarkable things: the character of the explorers and their backgrounds, the incredible organized chaos that was tribal Africa during this time, and the unique opportunities for these people versus the calm, stable Great Britain. At the end of the book, the discussion of the East Africa after the colonial period was not really relevant and open to debate. The exploration narrative was dramatic enough.
Reader: The reader was excellent and very easy to listen to in all his characters.
Story: I got the book since I was going to see the movie. I found the book much more interesting since the movie did not make it clear the impact of the Giver / Receiver's function in the society; that they took away the bad memories and held them. I am interested to see how the other books will work out.
Reader: The reader was excellent and I saw no flaws.
Story: I got the book since I will see the movie soon. It is an interesting adventure of low-middle class Pakistani family from their homeland to France with a strange twist of events that seem slightly unbelievable. The book is about high French cooking and restaurant business but it dives into the Gallic psyche. Finally, it was about the food. Some of the dishes described seem to reach to the heavens while others seem there were the invention of a madman.
Reader: The reader was excellent and show great range. I am unsure if it was westerner speaking with a south central Asian accent for vice-a-versus.
Story: I bought this book before I would saw the movie. It is teen book, which it means it does not rely language, drugs, alcohol, and sex to sell. Yes, I know that real people do all these things but they do not make it the focus of their lives. People wash cars, eat soup, and watch TV but there few writes who write books focus on those activities because their publishers tell them to do it to make a marketable product. Thus, the good thing about the teen books they have less crutches to use in building a book. In any case, this is book, versus Hunger Games, has less technology and the story line is more predicatable. The book is more of a coming to adulthood. Some of the story is strange with the leaders of the groups being young; most trainer in any group will be the older members who survived, still competent but losing their competitive edge but I assume this is an adaption for teen book. Overall, it is slow parts but the author paints interesting characters in this semi-dystopia.
Production: The effects are good and the read is good though not excellent. But, then, again, this is a teen age girl speaking.
Buy. In addition, I recommend you read the Wikipedia article on Ayn Rand. She is a very controversial person and crosses the usual group parameters in politics, economics, religion, and society. Because she does fit into the usual groupings, she is shunned and embraced by many. In her own life, she was non-conformist and difficult to deal with on many issues; she an ego, very sure.
There are plenty of reviews by the scholars and the readers alike. However, here is my opinion:
Story: The story is bit sophomoric, it has some unbelievable portions (even though it is mildly a science fiction and fantasy novel), and there is a long soliloquy that presents the author's philosophy in a nutshell. However, the author's dystopia rings true today in Europe and as warning to other developed countries. It explains some of the problems in developing countries; some I seen personally. The story can run slow but it is not action novel but one on philosophy and personal development.
Production: The reader is a personal favorite of mine both in books and on the screen. The production effects were good.
Buy, but not an urgent buy.
Story: The story is good but it is anticlimactic. The writing is better and the story presents life on a different WWI front.
Production: The reader is excellent; he makes the characters all believable: men, women, English, American, Italian, etc.
Story: This is nice fictionalization of a historical person. The work weaves the personal, societal, cultural, and strategic threads of the early Roman Imperial period through the recalled memories of a Roman Emperor. Unlike the television mini-series, the book ends at his ascension to the throne versus the series which ends at near his death.
Production: The reader does an excellent job and the production effects are good.
Story: Since this is not a fiction novel, I rate it based on presentation. It is starts with a catcher: it starts in the middle and then goes back to the beginning. Unlike most POW / Concentration Camp stories, there is less death and less treachery by fellow prisoners such as "A Train in Winter".
Production: I am fan of the reader and enjoy his professionalism and art.
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