The story was good to very good. It kept my interest since it is based on historical subject which I fancy. It has a nice historical reconstruction I like as well. Some of the actions are bit stretch but not outlandish. I like the geographic and cultural backdrops. It could be made into a movie as well. I glad I listen it and would listen / read another in the series. I do not think I would read this novel again. It was not that good.
The performance by Mr. Brick was very good. I forgot it was a male imitating a female voice.
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.
Story: I never saw the movies and I did not get some of the comedy take-offs I saw growing up. I enjoyed the story but the writing was much better. It interesting that the writer did not live or visit the west before he wrote the book.
Performance: The reader is excellent. The production was very good.
Story: Not much of a story but it is interesting background and writing. It was slowed in the middle but then came to a quick ending.
Production: The reader was excellent and the effects were good.
Overall, I would recommend to buy but do not make it an urgent buy.
I recommend this production.
Story: This is a classic so I will not comment on style. I enjoyed this slice of history, Anglo-India prior to WWII. Although the actual story was merely a short period overall, it was an intersection drama; the intersection of peoples' life in time. For this two items, I enjoyed the story.
Production: The reader was excellent. I found his females and non-English males very convincing.
I recommend this book as an easy listening story especially for teenage girls. I meant to get a work with the same name by another author but I finished the book since it was an average to good book. It is a definite read but I am not sure I would listen to it more than once.
Story: The book is clean and good for teenagers. It is set in an interesting locale as well. The pace is not slow but not high-pitched.
Production: I enjoyed the actor and she did a good job with the male voices as well.
I recommend to purchase this book.
Story: I have not seen the movie but I understand it to be awful in execution. The book is average to very good in terms of imagination as you expect from a science fiction book. It is easy to follow and shows some interesting themes.
Production: Roddy McDowall is the reader and, so, I am biased since I enjoy his acting. In fact, I think his reading raises the book to higher level. He is easy to listen to and an accomplished actor.
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