Eugene, OR, United States | Member Since 2013
Having always loved the Wooster and Jeeves BBC television adaptation, I thought, "Ho!" Why not give the audio book a try? It is even funnier because you get inside Wooster's rather addled head. The narration of this one was hysterical. My husband and I were listening on an airplane and pretty much had to stuff our fists in our mouths to avoid guffawing out loud repeatedly.
I just downloaded an earlier Wooster and Jeeves (My Man, Jeeves) and am not so far impressed with the narration. Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Cecil (narrator here) have apparently spoiled me.
All the stories are basically the same theme, so It's not like one really needs to listen to every single book, I suppose. Hence, I am off, forthwith, to check on more narrated by Jonathan Cecil.
I enjoyed how Hamilton tied in so many ideas with all the characters and worlds and whatnot. I actually LIKE how the narration just flows from one scene to the next, and it is actually less monotone then I would think for reading 70 hours of the same story. The narrator changes how he says the name of a lake he has been talking about for the last book and s half partway through which was weird and there's the occasional misplaced emphasis, but like I said, not bad at all for 70 hours!The thing that lees me from giving it a 5 is that even with all these pages and this time the female characters are all just a little lacking. I can tell Hamilton is trying for strong women, which I appreciate, but all the main action/power players really are men. The women--all have some "reason" they are special and cool: Genetics/family power/sex appeal etc. He doesn't even bother to tell you what happens to one of the main women at the very end. After 70 hours I want a wrap up for everyone. I felt like he just got too tired to care by the end. Or maybe his editor made him cut it. Anyhow, I did enjoy it, but this bothered me when it was all over.
My favorite part of this story was getting to know all of the characters/planets/socio-political groups. This is some pretty thick Sci-Fi. There is no warning when you jump from one to the next, so it's a little confusing at first, but fun when you get the hang of it.
The narration is amazing. Really. He changes his voice just enough from character to character that you know who is speaking, but it's not strained or overly "acted," just really truly very honestly well and smoothly read.
I guess I go this on a BOGO sale or something, because now that I come back for #2, it turns out this was #5, not #1. I really don't like listening to things out of order and I did kind of wonder that it seemed like I should have known more about the characters than I did as I listened. Nice narration, though. There's only so much a grown man can do to sound like a 6 year old I guess, but his phrasing and inflection were in no way annoying. I am very particular about narrators. I plan to listen to more of these when I need a soothing voice.
I quite liked that the dog is a character in his own doggy way. I kept expecting Something To Happen. Well, lots of things happened, but nothing really happened. It turns out it really is just a nice long story about some fairly normal and nice Scottish People who live near one another and have sort of everyday adventures, joys, and sorrows. Once I figured out that it wasn't really supposed to have a plot exactly, I quite enjoyed it!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this fun little sci-fi/California Dreaming novel, especially as I had to laugh at myself for taking so long to "get it." The ending has a typical sci-fi "but that's not possible/that just isn't how it would work" kind of ending that sent my husband and I into typical sci-fi circular argument land: "But that's the whole point of the book!" "But it wouldn't work that way!" The Codas seemed to drag on a bit windily in my opinion, and I liked the narrator of Scalzi's Human Division better, though this one was fine. It surely passed the time on the drive to Seattle, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been a bit more sparing in the Codas.
This is one of my favorite books in the Bloody Jack series, as it showcases the power of the girls of the Lawson Peabody as a group. I think that is a great lesson for all the young readers/listeners of the book. One reviewer said it was boring meeting all the girls and characters at the beginning, but one of the things I love about this series is that it is about people--not just about Jacky--and each of their individual gifts and challenges. All of the characters are important and the plots could not go forward without the contribution of each.
I really enjoyed this whole series of fun, quick Sci-fi fixes. It is fairly tricky to follow what exactly is going on and who anyone is, but that seems to be the point. The droll voice of the narrator makes all this space travel and war and stuff seem like just an everyday kind of thing, which kind of cracked me up.
The only real problem I had with the series is that they aren't numbered in the titles, so they are all mixed-up in my library and I had to go back to the web each time to figure out which comes next. If I had know how much I would enjoy them, and that they are available in a compilation, I totally would have bought that instead. They were only $.69 each though and I got the first one free, so I shouldn't complain.
This is a great book for lovers of romance novels, and Jane Austen in particular. According to Wikipedia (I know) this was her first novel, but was not published until after her death. The heroine is even more normal than other Austen heroines, so that's fun. The best part (aside from the story) is that the narrator/novelist has a voice and speaks at length about her views on novels/novelists/readers.
The narrator was solid, and non-aggravating, though occasionally her Exclamatory Catherine voice startled me rather more than I thought necessary.
Overall a very enjoyable listen.
I think if I had tried to read this book in print, I would not have gotten very far, or I would have glossed over many parts, which are actually a significant part of the education, while searching for the evasive plot-line. Luckily, it was well enough narrated that I was kept relatively attentive throughout. I learned quite a bit about the time period and situations of British Rule and the emergence of self-identity in the ever diverse world of India during the early 20th century. I'm sure E.M. Forster would agree that no one book can cover even all of a small portion of Indian life and history thoroughly, but this was an enjoyable enough start.
If you like British word-play oriented humor, listen to this book. The narration was spot on. If you think Seinfeld is about nothing, and love it for it, you will love this, too. I gave it 4 stars for story, as I do enjoy a Bit More of a Plot, than 3 men went down the river in a boat (to say nothing of the dog). You will not be made a better, stronger, faster, more character laden person for listening to this, but you will be made a happier one!
I was about a third of the way into listening to a set of CDs my friend loaned me when my car got broken into and the thief stole the CDS (HA! S/he only got half the book I had taken some into the house!). Anyhow, there I was trying to decide if it was worth a credit to get it on audible. I thought it might be too silly, but I am glad I did. It was well narrated and suspenseful. A good twist on the thriller genre, and not gory at all. I can't really say much more for fear of spoiling. A good listen; well worth a credit even if you only need half of it!
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