Mornington, Australia | Member Since 2009
Why I have ignored Bryce's work for so many years I can only put down to some vague sense of snobbery after all, how could an 'Ad Man&' actually write. The Potato Factory was my first choice for I have a deep, albeit new, connection with Tasmania and the Power of One with all its associated hoopla wasn't going to do it for this cynic.
Well, I bow to a master story teller and apologies for making assumptions, at least in this book, that were totally unjustified. The astringency, pain, suffering, smells, colours, sounds were so well described that even someone devoid of imagination could have all their senses triggered through Humphrey Bower's great gift of sound acting.
I urge you to listen for if you have an interest in historical tales this one cannot disappoint you in any shape or form.
That being said, I am not sure who the sound producer was but listen closely and from time to time as your mind, ears and sense of smell dwell far away in the streets of early London or in the lowlands of Mt Wellington in Tasmania, you will hear that unique ping of someone either turning on or off a computer. Very grounding maybe but an unnecessary distraction; as audios interuptus, it rather spoiled the moment.
This book is like a giant layered cake with few surprises but at the end you know you have had a feast. It is not easy to get into and stick with but it is witty and pithy and if you have a long holiday coming up with long interludes of downtime, then try it.
Other listeners have raved about Outlander and I sort of get why that might be for the story structure is good and the Gaelic imagery excellent. However, there is little or no benefit in it being about time travel for this is where the imagery fails. If one was to time travel all of a sudden without knowledge or preparation there would be so much more going on regarding the challenge of the effect upon time and place. Our heroin is just too 'accepting' of the situation for the tale to work for me. It set up an expectation for me that was not fulfilled
Perfectly stitched together tales about the world's flying greatest 'transitioners' in that they started in string bags and finished just after the moon landing. Great read, super tales, excellently researched and well balanced. Well worth a credit in anyone's money.
In truth this is not everyone's cuppa because you had to have been there to really, and I mean really, 'get it'. I was, albeit before Fry Minor and at a different school but through his recollections and story telling I was reacquainted with senses, events and people I had long forgotten. It is a magical carpet ride, a parallel universe where everything was the same, only the names different (we even had our own Stephen Fry!). Be warned, expletives are therein aplenty but when used in Fry's context, in his delivery, they are an important part of the adjectival pallet. Thank you Stephen for your intellect and courage and supreme sense of humour and contriteness. Long may you continue to scribe.
The Book is great but please, please let the listener know the order in which a series needs to be listened to. Kent just writes books, great books if you like his genre but it is essential you listen to them in sequence. Would it be too hard to ask???
The Langdon Tale continues in more or less the same places he always seems to venture. Easy listening that does show that Brown seems to love to travel and does try to find issues that naturally polarize his audience. Not a 'must have' but fun for all of that.
What I mean by that is if you like books within books that come together then this is your genre. The tentacles start far apart and come together to form the body of the tale. I listened twice because it was easy and 'hopeful'.
I am sorry but I cannot think this was written by TC, it is misses everything that makes his work work. Either he is in his dotage and lost the plot or he is being 'played' by the publishers. Couldn't follow it, the names were all over the place and you lost track, it just made me think 'what is going on here?' This is the only bad report I have ever written for TC and if he DIDN'T actually write it but leant his name to it in some way well then it is a publishing ripoff. If he did write it then it is time to stop, sorry!
I like the McNab tales but they are not always relaible and this was one of those
A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain
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