There is something special about an author reading his own book. He understands the work, he feels it's emotions, and (if he has the reading talent) he can sometimes present it better then a third part ever could.
This is one of those cases.
Its a great book. Well worth reading. Even better as an audiobook.
This is a really good book that I have read several times. The performance of Mr Wiener is annoying enough that I have to listen to this book at 1.5 speed just to keep myself from quitting. For some reason, the reader felt that it would be appropriate to treat every comma and period as an excuse for an unreasonably long pause. Between sections some of the pauses are so long that you might suspect the book has stopped. Listening at 1.5 speed improves the experience, but its still quite annoying.
As always, John Scalzi delivers a great book and Wil Wheaton reads it very well.
I would say that the the last two Codas are a bit of an anti-climax, somewhat long-winded and don't really add to the book. I still consider this to be a five-star book, but it you get to the codas and feel like skipping them, you won't miss anything important.
In terms of content, this is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. In terms of quality of narration, its is far and away the best. Some autobiographies can be narrated by anyone, but this one was so much better because Penn was reading his own work.
I liked this book so much that about half way into it, I purchased Penn's other book to listen to next.
I would like to recommend this book. Its obviously a classic for a reason. The problems is that as you are reading it, it's pretty clear that Victor Hugo was being paid by the word. No one is ever just happy. They are always "happy and joyful". Similarly, no one is sad, but instead "sad and miserable". Despite that, I was loving the book. And then I wasn't. The problem was the Hugo sometimes stops the action of the story to add in some digression that is - at best - peripherally related to the story.For example, there are two hundred pages on the Battle of Bordino that are completely unrelated to the story. Finally, after 196 pages of French history, the character of Th??nardier is introduced. I got through about three quarters of the book, but after the third or fourth very very long digression, I just gave up.I love a long novel (The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite), but this book needs a lot of trimming.
About the same. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame contains long pointless descriptions of Parisian architecture that do nothing but pad the book's word count.
Mr Davidson is fantastic as always.
Not really. This might actually be better listened to in abridged form.
I really enjoyed these books when they first came out, but that was a long time ago. I tried to listen to them now, and I gave up after an hour or two. Everybody loves everybody, and everyone takes care of everyone. The author never lets a real storyline get in the way of the general lovefest. I finally stopped listening, because I was afraid I was going to get diabetes from all of the sugar.
This is one of the greatest novels of all time. I have read it at least once a year for the last twenty years. I liked it so much that I gave my son the middle name "Dantes".
I purchased this book a couple of years ago, and I have listened to it several times. The reading is very powerful and complements the material very well.
Get it, you will not be sorry.
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