I have not listened to such a fascinating book in a long time. The language is rich and vibrant; the narrator, perfect. The Night Circus (Cirque du Reve) is indeed a dream, with illusion and fact intertwined. Certainly not a book for those who live only in the real world.
Burke's descriptions of Lousiana.
Patton's accent for each character is perfect. You can always tell who is talking. Beyond that his reading of descriptions is absolute lyric poetry.
Beware of those you trust.
Lombardo's delivery was excellent and his translation reflected well the mood and meaning of the original.
Hector is probably the most engaging character because of the scene with his wife and child. Hector is three-dimensional: a warrior, husband, and father. No one else in the Iliad is shown like that.
Having Sarandon give an overview of each book is very helpful.
My! It is bloody and gory.
I have been trying for years to read all the way through the Iliad. This is the first translation that has not lost me somewhere around the Catalog of Ships (Book II).
Daisy goes on assignment for her magazine and runs into a murder at Occles Hall. She calls in her friend, a chief inspector from Scotland Yard, to investigate when the local police are intimidated by the Hall's titled inhabitants. The characters are stock. The dialogue is filled with cliches and 20's slang. With all that, I had to continue listening because the narrator did such a superb job bringing the characters to life -- at least as much as the writing would allow.
I cannot imagine how someone could find the story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt boring. While Weir's book does not have the intimacy of Katherine, by Anya Seton, it is more accurate historically. There have, after all, been another 50 years of scholarship. I found this book as compelling as I did Katherine many years ago. I listened every chance I got.
This book is for those people with an interest in history, who find in various points of view as absorbing a story as a romance.
This is one of the best ways to learn a language. I have several other Greek teaching tools, but this is by far the best. The phrasing is short enough to allow you to repeat the phrases. There is plenty of repetition without boredom. The phrases are useful ones, in the order you might use them. The book contains the Greek characters, as well as the phonetic spelling, so you can learn to identify some words as they appear in Greek.
The use of music to anchor the language learning is superb.
Stephanie has decided that being a bondswoman is too dangerous. She is off looking for another job. In the process, she just may find that being Stephanie Plum is dangerous.
I have read--or listened to--every Stephanie Plum novel Evanovich has written. For pure fluff, the combination of Evanovich and King is unbeatable. Great literature? Probably not. A wonderful bit of entertainment? Absolutely! I won't miss a single one of these. I've even downloaded some Plum that I've already read because I think King does such a great job of creating the characters.
A wonderful treatise on reality -- as it appears to each one of us. I really enjoyed Tales of the City. This is so much more, so rich, so multilevel. It ranks right up there with the best audiobooks I have heard.
Maupin's narration, while not delineating or differentiating characters as many readers do, is immediate, engrossing, and real.
I was so impressed by the narrator that I rated the entire book with 5 stars. I have enjoyed all the Stephanie Plum series, but I have read most of them. This narration portrayed each of the characters well and made the story vivid in my mind.
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