Rudyard Kipling. That's it. Read more Ruyard Kipling for details of life in areas you've never been or scenarios you've never faced. For instance, where did the phrase 'learning the ropes' come from? You will learn that here in vivid detail.
Im not sure how Moore's ideas emerge but all of them are so strangely unique. I really liked the story because it included so many factual parts about the painter's lives and yet tells such a bizarre tale of where their inspiration came from. Oddly, for Moore, it is more drama than comedy and even if you read Moore for humor this is an intriguing listen.
The story continues after Leviathon, not missing a beat or a step. The characters are fantastic and the writing is wonderful. My whole family, including we parents, have fallen in love with this series of books and have read and listened to them several times. Having Alan Cumming narrate adds the the magic, fun and humor of the story. If I asked my children, they would probably give the books several more stars than allowed.
Yet another of my all-time favorite sci if novels by Clarke. The story is both profound and gut wrenching, moving quickly along a time line without losing impressive narrative.
My only complaint is the voice of the women-I felt my ears would bleed. For goodness sake, why not get a woman to voice the women?
The plot, the writing, the nausea, it just kept getting worse. It seems that DB simply wanted to have a bigger shock factor to make up for poor story telling.
Before reading this book I was one of the people offended on behalf of Pluto. After hearing this book I had a much greater understanding of several aspects of astronomy and how decisions come to be "They say...." statements that get picked up by the press.
Another book for the 'classic' shelves of my sci if library. The story was unusual and strange and yet held my attention until my last held breath was released at the end.
This book has been a favorite of mine for years before listening to the recording. It was fantastic to hear, like being read a favorite bed-time story. The reader disappears behind the writing allowing the mind free to concentrate on the exquisite detail of the story. This is not a casual listen but one that invites participation and demands attention. Zelazny was a genius.
The story is classic and has been the inspiration for so many other stories over the years. The recording is long but never boring and the reading is very good on this edition. Romance, tragedy, revenge, adventure and redemption-it covers most of the basis in such an elegant way.
I found the content of this book riveting. First the history of medical examiners and the chemistry they worked with. Allmost more importantly the resistance by the government backed by big business to take steps that would have saved lives. The book absolutey whispers and shouts situations that correlate with issues that come up all too often today. The laying out of the contents of tobacco, the ingredients of cosmetics (think back to the not too distant past when mercury was discovered in lipsticks), and the general irresponsibly towards profit.Finally I found it interesting that the curiosity of human beings both destroys and saved lives. Fascinating.
I'm not sure I'd like to see this in movie form given film's propensity for over-the-top gore fests. The subtlety would be lost and the unsung heros still left unsung.
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