I found this collection of short stories very 'hit or miss'- I either really liked the story or really didn't, and not being a fan of Jazz music I really wasn't impressed with the Jazz interludes that separated every story (I wish they'd have been sectioned as 'chapters' so that I could just click past them). Neil Gaiman does his usual great job of narrating- except in the first selection where he tries to put on a fake accent (think film noir detective) and fails miserably. Most of the stories have some adult content (language or situations) but nothing too graphic. While Gaiman claims that collections such as Bradbury's "R is for Rocket" were inspirations for his "M is for Magic" this series is not written for the same age range as Bradbury's. That said, as I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman, I'm glad I purchased this audiobook and will undoubtedly listen to some of the selections over and over (I especially enjoyed "Chivalry" and "The Price").
The information in this lecture was interesting and well organized but the lecturer delivered every quoted passage- and there were a lot of them- in cringingly bad accents which was, to say the least, distracting.
While the subject itself was interesting, the presentation was painfully bad. Every sentence had at least one "um" or "uh" cluttering it up, and most had several- some to the point that you couldn't follow the train of thought from beginning to end. There was also the problem that whenever she calculated timespans from B.C.E. into C.E. her math was wrong which is not only annoying but makes one wonder if there were other less obvious errors in her material as well. Over all, I would not recommend this particular lecture. To anyone.
Neil Gaiman is great at narrating his own stories and this time is no exception. While I listened to him tell this story I was taken back to those times as a kid when my friends and I would all sit around in the dark telling ghost stories and trying to scare ourselves silly :) This isn't a "horror" story, there's no blood or gore... just a good, old-fashioned spooky story.
This is my favorite story from the Dragonriders series and Dick Hill is an able narrator. The world is wonderfully fleshed out and inviting. McCaffrey does an interesting trick with the third book in this trilogy- the main characters from the first two books become supporting characters for the third which allows different aspects of their personalities to come out because you see them from a different point of view. I strongly recommend the first two books in this series, Dragonflight and Dragonquest, as well as the Harperhall trilogy (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger and Dragondrums).
I really like Christopher Lee's voice and his pronunciation of the taxing Tolkien names and language is excellent. That said, as a purely audio version, this book is really hard to follow. It was much easier for me to actually read than to listen to (much like the Silmarilion, which I loved when I read and couldn't follow in an audio format) although it works remarkably well as a read-along!
This is a good end to an amazing series. I won't spoil the ending, but it is within keeping of the rest of the series- no other ending would have been as true to the characters. I strongly recommend this series to everyone- even if you don't like it, it makes you think which is never a bad thing.
I enjoyed this. The narration is good and the writing, the language itself, is beautiful. You do have to pay attention if you want to be able to follow it- it's not something you can have on in the background while you drive or do other things. Not something I'd recommend to the casual listener, but if you are interested in history- not just 'story'- I recommend giving it a try.
This is written incredibly well and the narration is a treat. Are you supposed to laugh out loud at a history book? You will at this one. Are you supposed to stay up late because you can't wait to hear what she's got to say next? You'll do that, too. Usually I don't like to listen to history (the narrators tend to put me to sleep) but I am happy to have this in my Audible library.
This is the second title in the series (unfortunately, as of right now Audible doesn't have the first book, Stoneheart) but you don't have to have read the first book to understand what's going on. Mind you it's better to have read the first one, just not necessary. Jim Dale does his usual fantastic job as Narrator and the story is fast paced and exciting. I found myself wanting to go to London to see the world Fletcher describes! I was so enchanted with this story that I purchased both the audio and hardback versions of both books and am eagerly awaiting the release of the third.
This whole series is wonderful! I was especially impressed with Redgrave's narration; her reading is clear, her voices good. There were a few minor glitches in the recording, places where there was some hiss and a few places where words were clipped, almost skipped. These problems are on the store bought disks as well, so I suspect the issue lies with the master copy. Still, I recommend buying this story.
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