Mason, OH, United States | Member Since 2010
I'm not sure why I bought this, because I'm not the target audience (I'm in my 50's, but this book is clearly for young adults). That being said, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. The two-narrator presentation was good, although Blas Kisic sounded a little old for the part. The story has some intense scenes that are better for young adults over the age of 16 or 17 - but I also don't think this book would interest kids much younger than that, since it doesn't feature wizards or mythical creatures.
This was, I believe, the first novel actually written by Jane Austen, although published much later. It is a gentle spoof of the overblown Gothic horror/romance novels of the day. It differs from Austen's later style but is still fun. Juliet Stevens, as always, narrates beautifully, with well-defined voices for the different characters.
Professor John McWhorter is fascinating and entertaining as he takes us through a whirlwind tour of linguistics, presented via assorted topics from A to Z. His teaching style is fresh and engaging. I only wish each lecture was longer than 15 minutes - they finish far too soon! Prof. McWhorter is now my favorite lecturer in the Great Courses Series - and that is saying a lot. Strongly recommended!
This is the concluding volume to the novel "Daemon," which I reviewed previously. The first book shook me up, and it took awhile to listen to this one. Once again, the narrator does a superb job. The story is fast-paced and keeps you guessing - maybe the bad guys are really good, and the good guys are not?
As always, Juliet Stevenson does a superb job. But, for some reason, hearing the book instead of reading it brings out Emma's annoying and controlling personality. Reading it, Emma is charmingly misguided - hearing it, Emma is an unpleasant jerk. This has never been one of my favorite Austen books, but now I don't think I can read or listen to it again.
... but fortunately Thursday Next can roll with the punches. I love this series. I especially loved the tender and moving last chapters, when the narration point-of-view suddenly changes.
So many folks have told me that I simply MUST read this series. So I gave the audio book a try.
The good - the performance was excellent. The reader does a fine job of seamlessly shifting from English to Scottish accents, and her characters are well-defined vocally. No problems following the plot or which person was speaking.
The bad -. I simply could not stand the central character. She stupidly gets herself into trouble repeatedly because she won't accept that her values and mores clash with the time into which she has been thrust. I also hated a lot of the dialogue. Do people really talk like that? Conflicts continually arise because characters jump to bad conclusions and won't say what's on their minds. The prolonged and frequent sex scenes were frankly boring after awhile. Finally, the male characters - no matter how wounded, no matter how close to death - were almost always the savior of this annoying damsel in distress. She does get herself out of a few scrapes, and helps to save her beloved at a couple of points, but mostly she waits to be saved. Very tiresome!
I finished the audiobook but have absolutely no interest in continuing the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of P&P. At first, it drove me crazy when Ms. Fox would read Mrs. Bennett's lines - she would shriek and wail in a very obnoxious manner. Then I realized this is probably exactly how Mrs. Bennett would have spoken!
It is interesting listening to Greene as he struggles with the complexities, frustrations, and passions of his Roman Catholic faith. This book deals with these themes well, although to someone not interest in Roman Catholicism, the book may seem to beat the same dead horse repeatedly (and I found it tiresome at times). I intensely dislike the literary convention that the best way for a romantic triangle to resolve itself is for the central woman to die. ("Madame Butterfly" anyone? "Miss Saigon"?) However, Colin Firth's performance is outstanding. As one of the other reviewers said, Firth makes the main character angry, misanthropic, and cruel, but still very human and someone you care about despite his many great flaws.
This book was quite riveting. I usually listen to audiobooks before going to bed, but not this one - it made me too wound up! This was strictly daytimes-only listening. Now I look at our dependence on technology with skepticism and anxiety. Computers make our lives easier ... or do they?
I enjoyed listening to this, though I found it a bit slow sometimes. Didn't realize this was basically the first detective story ever written. As a detective story, it seemed a bit thin, but then again it's hard to get everything right when you are inventing a genre! I've also read that Collin's description of laudanum addiction is remarkably accurate. The reader is excellent. For folks who enjoy 19th century literature, be sure to give this one a listen - you will enjoy it.
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