The narrator would be great doing some old time gumshoe novels or older characters, but it's just a touch too gravely and a whole heap of insipid when it comes to the females. The different character's voices are hard to take.
The book itself seems like it'd be interesting but I've given up on the audio and will probably read in text to save myself a headache.
I do have to wonder... Randy... when writing a love scene... "iridescent pubic hair"? Really? Oy vey. That whole "evening" was painful to hear in audio.
Avery Brooks has a voice like warm butter. He's wonderful to listen to.
I loved the first part of this book. The second part, not as much.
I was disappointed to find that there were parts of Roots plagerized from another book (The African). However, the story is still good, and in terms of Brooks' performance of it, I can't complain. I feel therefore torn between a good story, excellent narration...and my distaste for the questionable ethics behind behavior attached to it. While the book is educational, I find it ironic that a falsified personal history (rather than letting this be what it was: historical fiction) is to be the vehicle for that message.
but, if you want to hear another version of a similar story with similar characters, this wasn't bad. I'm somewhat convinced that John Lee could bring any story to life and make it enjoyable. Thus, his narration makes up for the areas the story falls flat, or repetitive.
Follett definitely likes his plucky female characters. I can't say I disapprove. His lovelorn males are a mess, though. His villains... dastardly.
Well told story. Some moments drag and the second half of the book is not as colorful as the first. I felt Marion was treading a little heavily (read: tromping on land mines) into his self-pity and outwards expression of bitterness.
Contrasting painfully with the raw, graphic nature of some of the medical scenes in the book is the reiterated praise and longing for Ethiopian food. One minute I'm trying not to gag, the next I'm thinking "ooo Injera sounds SO good..." I even went so far as to make some.
I feel it's worth a 1 credit purchase, but not 2. I'd wait for it on sale.
Well told story, excellent narration. I've rewound and listened to some segments again without feeling bored or sidetracked. Started over again after finishing to listen with my husband, who is also loving it. Excellent.
Horrible narration...very forced and "trying too hard.
I am sorry I blew the 5$ for this one on sale. Had to shut it off.
I had never heard of these books until people started talking about the t.v. series. I caught the first on sale and thought I'd give it a try.
The story is excellent and reads with an unvarnished, but vibrant, style that pulls you in without anything becoming too 'fantastical' or far fetched. Characters are easy to invest in and enjoy...which as any Martin fan will tell you, sometimes backfires brutally. Or always. I suppose I'll find out!
Dotrice brings it to life in such a compelling way that I will always hear his voice for Tyrion Lannister, Syrio... he brings the characters to life. I have the first 4 books in print now, and am still contemplating buying them in audio. I will never watch the tv show. I do not want to alter the vivid imagery provided by book and voice, with tv pre-made settings and characters.
Well done. I recommend this one!
There's a library...I always like a library.
I liked the take on Demons.
I liked the "alchemy" angle, and the "genetic" information.
The "mother/daughter" scene was emotional and well done.
Many feel the book is very well researched. It certainly does not lack for information, so I will toss that in as a "pro."
What power does she not have, really? Girlfriend is like the Swiss Army Knife witch. This wears a bit thin.
The narrator just could not do the male characters justice. I suspect if they had been done with a different narrator, this book would have improved considerably.
A vampire that does yoga? As far as he goes, it's Twilight for the middle-aged. He all but sparkles in sunlight, but since we have a good chunk of foggy setting, who is to say he doesn't? After all, what big buff burly vampire would NOT sparkle in yoga pants?
Overall a decent story, but didn't really sweep me away or move me in any way. Hamish made me think of Four Weddings and a Funeral. I didn't count it as a positive point that I was so distracted.
Perhaps the next will be better.
John Lee is a fabulous narrator.
The book took one restart before I settled into it and sorted out the characters. After I sorted out who was who, I enjoyed the novel. Loved the accents and portrayal of characters. Well done.
I would say, if you're going to listen to any of the books in this series that Scott Brick narrates - listen to the others first, THEN this one. I listened to this, then started The Lion, and ended up returning The Lion. I loved his narration here too much - there's a flippant, snarky cheeriness that he conveys beautifully in this book.
In the next, he seems to go for a more gumshoe/hardbitten vibe and I missed this book's narrative style. Alas.
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