Curry, yes; Verne, no.
Heavens no! Although I won't purchase another Verne novel.
Curry's elocution is perfect, his dramatization remarkable! I would have stopped reading the book after the first three chapters had it not been for Curry. Verne is a boring writer; his descriptive passages are too long.
Curry reads this book at a somewhat slower than normal pace, which can be helpful if one has trouble with accents or just likes a bit more time to proccess the spoken word. Curry's destinctive and highly entertaining voice inspired me to NOT press the STOP button on my MP3 player after Chapter 3.
Be warned: the 1959 movie Journey To The Center of The Earth, starring James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl is based VERY loosely on Verne's novel. You'll be very disappointed if you expect this audio book to be a dramatization of the movie.
Change requires self-sacrifice
After Woodbury's attention to historic and cultural detail and the alternate universe elements , I enjoyed the way so many of the characters in Children of Time accepted personal change for the benefit of their family and their country. David especially.
Schroeder has hit her stride on this, the fourth Cilmeri book she's narrated. In the previous three books she made each character's personality vivid and distinct. However in Children, it seems that she is more comfortable, her narration more relaxed and confident. Perhaps she isn't trying so hard to perfectly recreate the Welsh accents or pronounce the Welsh words, which is great for my old American English ears! Whatever the reason, Schroeder's performance (again) makes 13th century Wales come alive.
I gasped once or twice at the intrigue and perfidy common to Medieval politics. Was saddened by David's reluctant acceptance of power thrust upon him. Also touched by Meg's courageous, and literal, leap of faith to save Llywelyn's life.
Don't make us wait so long for Book 5!
The racist language and illustrations, as well as the blatant imperialistic and chauvinistic attitudes.
I haven't listened to Case before. His performance was great. I won't hold the author's words against him, that's for sure. It seemed almost brave of him to have his talent associated with a book that most modern readers/listeners would find offensive.
It gives the listener a glimpse into the social mores of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. .
I'm glad I didn't pay for this recording. I chose it from my Christmas In July offer. I wold have demanded my money back immediately after hearing the N word!
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