In this delicious mystery, the flamboyant author Oscar Wilde and his friends (including the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) explore 1890s London in search of a murderer. Wilde's powers of observation hint that he is clearly the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, and is perspicacity and wit pepper the book.
The story is littered with the quirky peculiarities of the 1890s culture, and stuffed with the gluttony of Wilde's endless train of Champagne, Pouilly Fuisse, Claret and oysters. When he's not solving the mystery, Wilde is having a good time or eating another course.
The narrator sounds a little too old and stuffy to make this book sing in audio format, unfortunately. Alan Cumming would have been perfect.
Steve Wozniak's geeky, almost-asperger's-sydrome-like personality shines through in this story about the life of the creator of the first PC, the Apple 2. The underlying text was clearly written in a series of interviews with a ghost-writer, as the biography is entirely told in the 1st person. Fortunately, the narrator makes good use of this and brings Steve Wozniak's quirky personality to life.
The story can get slow at times because Woz tends to dwell on some topics, but it's worth listening to if only to understand Steve Job's polar opposite.
A fascinating story about erratic Jobs' quixotic rise to power, unfortunately undermined by the irritating narrator and his sing-songy nerd voice.
I can't believe I didn't listen to or read this book sooner. Ursula K. Le Guin has rekindled my believe that fantasy can be a legitimate literary genre.
Charming and entertaining like a fairy tale but simultaneously dripping with the suspense, drama, and authenticity of a Viking Saga or Epic Poem, A Wizard of Earthsea (the first of the series) cannot be ignored by any serious fantasy reader. So much sub-par fantasy is written in this, age of World of Warcraft and Eragon, that it's refreshing to have Ursula K. Le Guin to discover and delight in.
The narrator of this book makes it sound like he is recounting an ancient tale around some campfire in the Iron Age. Amazing!
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