The story. I'm a huge fan of the Vimes books, and they may be my favourite of the Discworld series.
Vimes' speech to Carcer at the end of the book. Raised the hairs on the back of my neck.
Stephen Briggs is good, though not to everyone's taste (my wife doesn't like his reading) and his characters are always distinct and fairly consistent across the series (I think his Sergeant Colon changes from "The Fifth Elephant" version).
No, but it does get a reaction. The comic moments are fewer than they used to be, but it packs a punch.
Anyone who started with Guards, Guards and has been following the career of Sam Vimes and the Watch will appreciate this chapter of their story, dealing with time travel and some of the recent history of Ankh Morpork, including a glimpse of a young Vetinari beginning to take hold of his destiny.
Having it read by an actual person. Having listened to the first five minutes, I am convinced this is assembled syllable by syllable by a synthesized voice. It's a horrible listening experience.
When I stopped playing it five minutes in.
By swallowing the first syllable of "Alorns" in a non-human fashion. By pronouncing every occurance of the sound "a" exactly the same, regardless of the word.
I do love the book. I've read it a dozen times. But my nine-year-old daughter could read it aloud better than this. Seriously, that's not a person reading, is it?
Did you pi9ck up the fact that it sounds like a robot reading? I'm sure an actor leant his voice to the production, I just think they should have let him read the book. It's a god book. It deserves better.
The wealth of information about so many people. I learned - actually learned - interesting things about people I have read and known about for years. George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and the Pixar stalwarts like John Lasseter and Brad Bird. Plus I learned about the people behind the company about whom I knew nothing.
It laid out the company's success chronologically, but took side trips to lay out the biographies of the characters involved.
Building failures into success.
This isn't a "How-To" business building guide, or just a dry success story. It's inspirational in its own way, and a grand tour of the influences of my generation.
Yes, I'd listen again, and have done so. The story is excellent, and very well told. By story, of course, I mean Scalzi's version. Not to take anything away from the original tale (which is included in the recording) but I'm not interested in the first version. I'm sure it's fine, but I don't always get on with vintage Sci-Fi, whereas I do enjoy John Scalzi's writing.
The courtroom scene at the end of the book. It's tense and exciting, and you're not sure where it's going to go - we all want a happy ending, but happy for who?
How is this question different to the previous one? I like the moments when Jack interacts with his dog when other people aren't around. I like the first few days in the cabin with the Fuzzy family.
Papa Fuzzy describing the murder of Baby in the courtroom. Even with a silly voice, that moment has gravitas.
There have been mentions of the "he said, she said" nature of this story. I certainly noticed it more in this than in "Old Man's War" or the sequels, so maybe it's Will Wheaton's delivery. Whatever it is, though it can grate, I find the story transcends it and carries me along. I understand some people finding it too much, though.
I already have done, three times. The story bears repeated telling, since it's part of a greater story being told in multiple chapters, and the nuances show with each replay.
The denouement when the conspiracy is revealed to the main character.
He has a soothing voice and produces recognisable character voices without apparent effort.
I'm enjoying all these chapter releases by John Scalzi and William DuFris
The performance by Anton Lesser is very good - he has a great range of voices, but they're not overdone, not charicatures. Just easily distinguishable from one another.
What other book? To be honest it has a flavour of the original Sherock Holmes novels. Of course, the period and the setting have a lot to do with that too, but the storyline and the characters reminded me a lot of the world of Holmes and Watson.
Mrs Holland. It can't be easy to pull of a convincing "Old Woman" voice, but his is good and chilling.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I did feel the tension in the story. It's a god tale, and I enjoyed the production.
It's aimed, I thnk, at the YA market, although when it was originally released that was still referred to as "Children's books". But it has interesting characters and a solid storyline so there's no reason it can't be enjoyed by adults as well.
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