HISTORY OF THE WORLD is one of the best books I have yet to listen to, and I have listened to hundreds. Barnes is brilliant with his wide ranging intelligence and splendid writing style. Alex Jennings is one of my favorite narrators and has done equally well with other of Julian Barnes' books.
These are stories that are linked in the most subtle (and not so subtle) way.
Alex Jennings' narrations of other Julian Barnes books are truly wonderful.
Some of these stories are quite funny, and others serious and philosophical.
I would not recommend this book because of the narrator.I'm a big fan of Jo Nesbo's work but I have no idea if the story is any good because i could not listen beyond three chapters.
I would have found someone who knew how to narrate an audio book
Robin Sachs. Even though Knai knows how to correctly pronounce the author's name and Harry Hole's as well, he's far from the reader Sachs is. It's too bad Sachs didn't take the trouble to find out that Hole is not pronounced as it is in English (at least according to Nesbo himself).
Never listen to a book narrated byThor Knai.
If I could only get my credit back for this one.
I would certainly try another Patricia Highsmith book but if the setting were Italy I would avoid Kevin Kenerly who seems unfamiliar with the Italian language. One would think that the producer of the recording would have either found someone who could speak Italian or have given the narrator some tips. It was the same as finding a printed text full of typos.
Strangers on a Train or any of her stories are worth a try.
Kenerly's a fine reader, except for his Italian. This was just a bad match.
It was a film.
It you can take the time for this VERY meditative narrative, it finally pays off.
Dell isn't as interesting an observer as Frank Bascombe and it's best to ignore the logic of a 66 year old man recalling so vividly his 15-year-old self. A very good reader but someone should have caught the idea that 'row' meaning argument is not pronounced (twice) like what one does in a boat...and Ipana (the toothpaste) is NOT pronounced e-pahna. Picky picky
Vintage Frayn...clever as ever. Martin Jarvis is the perfect reader for this unusual 'epistolary' novel.
No one can write about DC politics better than Christopher Buckley.
I doubt anyone could make an 'act of congress' any funnier than he.
Having read all of Alan Furst's wonderfully cinematic novels, I was especially glad to discover David Downing's. Downing mines the same territory as Furst. His descriptions of time and place may not match Furst's brilliance, but his characters are more developed and his novels have a real plot. And he has, blessedly, none of the embarrassingly described sex scenes that Furst seems to think are erotic. Simon Prebble is a splendid reader.
I am a great admirer of Howard Jacobson's writing, Some have considered him the English Philip Roth. To me he is far a better writer -- wiser, more perceptive. But this is certainly not the Howard Jacobson of books like Kalooki Nights and The Finkler Question. It isn't the writing nor the excellent narrator that I found so unpleasant -- just the theme of the novel. Proceed with caution. There are so many other Jacobson books far more worthy of being offered in audio.
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