Manly, NSW, Australia | Member Since 2003
A friend of mine mentioned that Cormac McCarthy described his Pulitzer Prize winning 'The Road' book as his most optimistic. Having found it bleak and spare and a slice of the dystopia that seems to await us, I thought what are his non-optimistic books like. "Blood Meridian" answers this question with a punch to the consciousness that left me reeling. Brilliantly written and conceived Cormac uses starkly defined characters, almost archetypal in their construct, to drag the latent depravity and soulless nihilism embedded in the human condition. It's not easy reading. The casual descriptions of brutality are at times shocking and that, I think, is the point.
So, yes, by contrast, "The Road" is brim full of hope and optimism.
This was a surprise.
In his preface Neil tells us that Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker et al) only read Robert Sheckley after Guide to the Galaxy was published. They have very similar voices in regards to their ideas, playfulness, humour and sheer imagination. Very very similar. One suspect that Sheckley did not get the honour that is his due.
I wonderful romp with the sub-text not that sub and the humour bubbling continuously. Really enjoyable.
Get this. Gone girl deserves its best seller status because it is good old fashioned story telling where the journey is just a thrill and ride and the destination a... well, you will see. I felt myself listening without distraction (as I would if reading a book) which for me is the best test of a really good audio book. The narrators both do an excellent job.
Dan Brown has forged a place in publishing history but not in literature. The story is painfully contrived as Dan Brown reaches for the obtuse, obscure and irrational in a story that barely hangs together. It's clunky and clumsy. It also it has a 'cut and paste' feel when he describes places and things Dantesque. Travel guide stuff. He also has this odd obsession with brands from suits, shoes and glasses. Still, I did buy it. And I did listen to it. Damn.
I love this book and have listened to it on three occasions over the years. It tells Steve's story in Steve's way with asides on technique, method and practice. His excoriating views on literary conceits and sloppy writing are a hoot. He despises 'ly' adverbs which is a really good thing actually. Inspiring. And his central advice 'just write' says it all. Really.
His last book and so a truncated conclusion as you may expect given the rapidity of his decline. Have had many enjoyable hours of listening to Bryce's work over the years. Power of One was his first and best in my humble opinion. Vale.
This series is really just a light stroll over gentle hills in a city park. I've enjoyed "The Cat" series as a diversion - mainly because I like George Guidall's work. However when you are 'writing' each sentence ahead of the narrative then the word formulaic is apt.
Patrick Moy is such an outstanding narrator... so much so I was occasionally 'distracted' by his performance. The story is layered and character led and, despite wandering out where the buses don't go, it is a nourishing read with surprises, chuckles and winces. My only issue was it was a story in search of a genre... but perhaps that's what made it interesting. Recommended.
Miranda played on Australian TV a couple of years ago. Miranda Hart simply demands attention... her quirkyness, her authentic playfulness, her relish in being herself. All of this is found in "Is it just me?"
A romp. And genuine fun. Highly recommended.
Sean Barrett is a truly gifted Narrator and, once again, he takes Mankell readers on a deeply moving, original and authentic exploration of the human condition. Mankell understands the inner-worlds we all inhabit without being diverted into cliche or indulgence. His descriptions of the Swedish landscape and season augment the narrative beautifully. Highly recommended.
Fundamentalist Christians who believe god and the devil rule everything
Definitely. There is no place in the Audible catalogue for these proselytizing diatribes - it's not literature or falls into entertainment genres.
He read his own words with conviction and understands rhythm and tempo.
Annoyed at the fundamentalist rhetoric whilst advertising a diet management business despite no claims of benefit for his endorsement. As a diet book it suggests eat less, eat healthy foods and take responsibility for planning your daily diet. Astounding insights.
These sort of 'books' should not be part of the Audible offering. Would you offer books advocating racism, sexism or prejudice?
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