I would absolutely listen to this book again. I felt like I came to know her as much more than a figure-head for the British people. I was continually intrigued by the story and I found myself admiring the queen for much more than just her role as a queen.
I have adored Queen Elizabeth II since I was 3 1/2. She continued to be my favorite queen as I listened to this book.
Overall, this book is both amazingly crafted and wonderfully narrated. The narrator did voices both consistently and believably. Sally Bedell Smith did her research for real and although it could have been easy to be biased, I felt the presentation was very fair. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a closer look at Her Majesty, the Queen.
Terry Pratchett really does know how to spin a story well. Some characters were unexpected (as per usual), some were hilarious (as always), and some were just as they always are (Sam Vimes!). The narrator's voices were superbly done and I couldn't have asked for a better vacation listen!
I think one of the most memorable moments is when Vimes and his son go to visit the children's book writer. She's so unexpected and wonderfully "Pratchett-esque." It's funny, totally spot on, and builds suspension in the overall plot marvelously.
I have listened to both "Going Postal" and "Making Money" (also by Terry Pratchett) and the performance is on par with excellence every time. One thing I love about Stephen Briggs is that I don't hear repeat voices (i.e. voices he used for other characters in the other performances he does coming back as "new" characters). The world is the same, but the characters are different and he does them true justice.
I hate to say this because it's so heartbreaking, but this is NOT Terry Pratchett at his best. At times, the book feels confused and the plot wanders off into places that don't make sense for the overall story. This is not critique coming from an uninitiated fan, I've got just about every Terry Pratchett book there is and I've listened to them all multiple times. Unseen Academicals is just not his best. That said, I don't think this book isn't worth a listen. You've got to give the man props for writing a book as he's slowly losing his memory (which has got to be more than a little irksome for a great author who knows it). Overall, while not his best, I'd definitely recommend this book.
Tamora Pierce really has done it again with the Beka Cooper series. I have just about every single one of her books and I'm of the 21 and over variety of fan. She has a way of spinning a tale that totally sucks you in every time. Be warned that because Pierce is writing within the constructs of a historically accurate "medieval time period" there will be violence, killing, and more adult situations for characters younger than you might think appropriate, but she keeps it clean for the most part. I keep coming back to the Beka Cooper series and Tamora Pierce's other work over and over again simply because I enjoy it. It's good Young Adult fiction and you can't underestimate it. I highly recommend this book.
I got this short because it was free and friends and family who have listened to it with me constantly beg me to replay it. It's just hysterical the whole way through. The narrator is perfect. The story is perfection itself. Neil Gaiman outdid himself with this one.
Neil Gaiman knew what he was doing when he narrated his own book. He's got the voice, the intonation, and the perfect presentation of the story. For an author, this is sometimes an elusive mix, but Gaiman's got it. This is a fun adult fairytale with all the trimmings of sex, intrigue, adventure, and romance. It couldn't get more fun if you tried. I don't regret getting this book on audio even though I have a hard copy of the book. Highly recommend it.
I love this book and continue to find it intriguing and fun every time I listen to it. The narrator is good and the story is both clever and perfectly paced. It requires careful listening due to the author's use of sometimes antiquated language or unusual sentence structure, but that's part of what makes this book fun. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good mystery and history.
I should have known I would tire of these books quickly, and of course I did. By the time I bought this book, my adoration of the whole series was on its last legs and this book just killed it (thank goodness). The writing is bad, the narration worse and the book itself should end hundreds of pages before it does. Don't bother with this book. If you really want to read it, get it from the library or the half-price bookstore so that you don't feel bad about wasting your money when you start to hate the whole series.
I bought this book for "ear fluff" (i.e. the kind of book you only half listen to anyway because you don't really care) and it wasn't even worth it. I stopped listening half-way through. I should have heeded the reviews I read that said it was terrible and gotten something else. It wasted time and money. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK, NOT EVEN ON A LARK.
This book was a hit when it came out and it should still be a hit. Way too much fun to simply listen to only once, Frances McDormand does it justice.
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