This is certainly one of the best books I have read this year. Previously, I had read David Brock's Republican Noise Machine (also a very good book available at audible.com), but this book was even more thought-provoking, including a much wider range of examples. I was thinking this book might be some light-weight fluff, but instead it is the real stuff, very smart, well-written, and thoughtful. You will not look at your local TV news the same way after reading this book!
In the spirit of this book's themes, I should note that I am NOT being paid by any company for endorsing this book, ha ha. Anyway, it's an excellent book, well worth reading!!!
I have been listening to audio books at audible.com for about 10 years, and this is the only time that the narrator was SO WRONG for the book that I could not manage to finish the book. I enjoyed Ellison's reading style for City of Darkness, but his style (identical for both books) is completely, totally, absolutely inappropriate for Wizard of Earthsea. All of Ellison's stuttering, pausing, hemming, hawing and stammering, breathless dramatic crescendos, all of that is just plain WRONG \for LeGuin's measured, even, concise, careful prose. The pacing of Ellison's reading is constantly out of synch with LeGuin's own pacing. Given that LeGuin's book is very much about the right use of speech, about the profundity of silence, about the power of words, it is just maddening to hear a reader who insists on imposing his own, alien style on the text. Ugh. Absolutely awful.
This is a great Heinlein novel, but what the reader is unfortunately very monotonous. He uses exactly the same voice for every single character, making some of the dialogue scenes pure torture. If you are looking for a good Heinlein novel to listen to, try Stranger in a Strange Land - that book is read by the genius reader Christopher Hurt. if only he had been the reader for this book!
I hesitated to get this book because it said it was a "parody", so I thought it would just be a joke, a joke that might be funny for a few pages and then run thing. but instead this turned out to be one of the most beautiful and sad books I have read in an age. I cried twice while listening to it. then I listened to it again all the way through the next day.
if you like this book, read The Known World also. it is availabe here at audible too.
unlike other books that are critical of today's media, this book by Brock provides a fascinating perspective on the historical evolution of the current situation throughout the 60's-70's-80's-90's. FASCINATING. the reader is also first-rate, making this book compelling to listen to from start to finish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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