Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008
Sci-fi or post apocalyptic for the literary lover.
Toby really shines in this final chapter of Atwood's trilogy. In Year of the Flood, Ren was very compelling, but she fades away into the background here. Bernadette Dunn reprises the role wonderfully.
Zeb's character and his narrator where a little bit irksome after a while. Bob Walter has a lovely rich voice, but his narration took on an annoying, rhythmic lilt that really got under my skin after a while.
I love how this tale is a rollicking, good hearty adventure novel, in addition to being an exquisitely crafted piece of classic literature.
Lee is an excellent narrator and his style especially well-suited to a novel of this length. I think I speak for most avid, non-abridged audiobook listeners in saying that melodramatic narration is irritating. Conversely a completely monotone narrator is equally insufferable. Lee strikes a great balance between the two. I especially appreciated how he was able to do a distinctly different voice for each character. There are often characters who tell in-depth tales within this overarching story and the carefully voiced characters make it easier to distinguish who's speaking. In this especially long novel full of very verbose characters, this is an invaluable quality!
Absolutely not! Hope Davis wasn't half bad, however Patchett's novel is easily one of the worst I have read in the last 5 years. I cannot believe it has received so many glowing reviews! I would certainly give Davis another chance were she narrating a different book I was interested in.
This novel is full of horrible, self-absorbed characters who do awful things to one another. In and of itself, this isn't a bad thing; great literature revolves around just this kind of character. However, a good author is able to make us understand why the characters do what they do. We are supposed to feel torn between judgement, sympathy, empathy and even self-loathing for feeling this way about a character. These characters were awful and I couldn't stand any of them enough to care how they treated one another or what they did. Furthermore, the plot was so ridiculous, far-fetched and patchily strung together, I found it difficult to believe any of the characters would have been in such a situation in the first place.
I have to say David Pittu was incredible. His accents were executed perfectly and he was neither too dramatic, nor too boring nor too forced. He was just perfect.
Absolutely Boris. Theo gets a bit tedious and irritating at times, but how can you know love the self-destructive, Artful Dodger-esque Boris who of all the characters sees the most clearly despite his drug and booze induced haze most of the time.
I listened to him read The Marriage Plot and thought he was okay but nothing out of this world, but the Goldfinch was definitely his time to shine. I absolutely loved his rendition.
This book evokes a lot of thought about the different kinds of people in the world. the characters were so well drawn, I felt like they all might be people I went to high school with at one time. Boris alone was the only character to make me laugh out loud though. His self abasing, easy going personality and random sense of humour even in the most extreme of situations was infectious and much appreciated amid so much dark content.
I loved how each character (even Popper the dog) was carfully and intentionally drawn up and inserted into the book. Unlike many expansive epics, there are no characters in Tartt's novel that are randomly inserted and forgot about. You can be certain they all serve a very specific purpose and will be returned to and revisited at some point in the novel.
Initially, I hated the narration and was on the verge of either returning the book or just quitting and not bothering. I've read Lonesome Dove before (in the traditional sense of the verb) and loved it, but the experience of listening to it was very different. The accents irked me and initially I thought Lee Horsley was irritatingly melodramatic. But somewhere in the first hour or two, I got hooked and just couldn't stop listening. I still feel like Horsley's a little too melodramatic for my taste, but somehow, it suited this book. The accents were still there, but after a while, I adjusted and they stopped bothering me. Suddenly, I was just enchanted by the story and the voices didn't matter anymore - they were even perhaps charming. It was a similar sensation to what I felt when I was a kid, and had trouble listening to my old Scottish grandfather's heavy brogue accent. Somewhere along the line, I started understanding perfectly what he said and the accent didn't seem so obvious anymore.
I found a Gus a little annoying at first (especially the way Horsley voiced him), but as with Lorena, it didn't take me long to be completely charmed by his personality, spirit and his genuine goodness of character. He seemed so real. Deets also, I utterly feel in love with. A true Jean Valjean-esque character. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to love Deets, and not to find some of his scenes the most moving in the entire book.
I sincerely hope no one thinks they have a better name for this masterpiece!
I might. I know for good reason a lot of people that are not me really love this book. I am a BA, MA English graduate and I feel slightly guilty for not enjoying it more than I did. It's certainly well-written and the characters well crafted. I personally, though, just never really fell in love with the book. I found myself anxious for the book to be over so I could start reading something else. There were bits and pieces that moved me and I will always remember, but I can't say that for the book as a whole.
Like many others, I love The Hobbit - it was one of my all time favourites as a child. I have read it multiple times and enjoyed it more with each reading. But, for some reason, I really didn't dig Rob Ingllis rendition of the book. I have a sneaking suspicion that this stems, not from any failing on Inglis part, but because my father bought us cassette tape copies of Nicol Williamson reading the abridged version of the Hobbit. Williamson is so incredibly talented and his narration so masterfully done that no one else ever compares. Also, one of my earliest memories is listening to his narration of the Hobbit and I have listened to it repeatedly since, even as an adult. It's not Mr. Inglis fault, but I just can't listen to anyone else read the Hobbit now, except my father, and he says I'm too old for that now!
Absolutely. I always read or listen to anything Jhumpa Lahiri writes several times over. She's one of the few authors who's writing is close enough to perfect that I'll repeatedly reread her work.
It was a good narration, with excellent pronunciation and not too much melodrama, which I appreciate. I did find his voice a little bit monotonous at times, and sometimes jerky, but as I got into the story, it grew on me and by the end of the book, I quite liked his voice. I would certainly listen to him again.
This has to be one of the most obnoxious and grating narrators I have come across in all of my time as an Audible member - and I have over 100 audiobooks! The worst of it is, the man's normal speaking voice is actually quite pleasant. If he just stuck to his usual voice, this would have been a great listen! Unfortunately, he is melodramatic x 10! I was annoyed long before I got to the Texan accent, but the horrific rendition of what is often already considered a difficult accent to listen to was the last straw - I had to stop listening. There was no way I was going to suffer through another 14+ hours of that! The frustrating thing is, the book seems really good! I'm going to go buy a hardcopy because I'd really like to know what happens, just not with Lyndam Gregory's clownish, insufferable narration.
I can't even entirely blame it on Mr. Gregory - if whoever produced and directed this had just told him to knock it off with the silly voices, he could have done a great job!
I for one, was very surprised to find out how young Tom Rachman is. His characters are so diverse and so convincingly narrated that I was convinced he must be a much older gentleman with years of life experience and writing experience behind him. I was quite touched by the multiple character threads and in the end, very impressed with how Rachman brought them all together tidily and convincingly. A very well done book with a solid performance by Christopher Welch.
It wasn't an emotional roller coaster for the most part, but there were a few moments that really got to me.
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