While not "high literature", this was well put together story that entertained me on my commute. The setting was unique, although the underlying thread could have been set in any time period. The narrator is quite good and I would listen to more of his works. I will check out more in this series.
Yet another Zombie novel. That's OK, because I like the genre when I'm in the mood for some light reading. This one fit the bill nicely.
This book didn't revolutionize the gene in any way, but it did provide some interesting ideas on post zombie society and how one survivor continued. As with many US stories, I always cringe when the story is exclusively American. Really, an outbreak of this magnitude is contained to the USA and stops at the Mexican and Canadian borders? As I said, it's entertaining, but not brilliant.
The narration was well done, and enhanced the story. In fact, with the narration making the story a bit better than it ought to be, I couldn't help thinking that taking it one step further and making it into a video game would make the story even better.
I can recommend this book if you like the zombie genre and aren't expecting too much. It entertained me, but it certainly didn't give me any "wow" moments.
First published in 1976, this edition has updates that amplify or correct some of the original work. The author also explains certain challenges to his theory and counters those challenges in his precise fashion.
I can only recommend this book if you have an interest in the origins of life and are curious as to how the sub-cellular world works. Having this curiosity is all you need, as the author does an excellent job in describing his theories in terms that even a layman like myself can understand.
I've experienced narration duet of Dawkins and Ward in another work, so I knew what to expect, but the switch between the two very different voices can catch the new comer off guard. I does work though, and doesn't detract from the work at all.
At 16 hours, this is by no means a quick or easy listen, but it does deliver a lot of information to think upon and does so in an easy to understand and enjoyable format. The introduction, at the end, of the "Extended Phenotype" is an excellent introduction to another of Dawkins' theories, and may wet your appetite for more.
This was my first "Great Courses" listen, and it was worth the credit and time. What I did like about it was that, much like a course, you could take it one chapter at a time over a few weeks without feeling like you needed to read on all the time.
It was fun to look at the characters from the perspectives Prof. Shippley proposed. This brings me to the one recommendation I have, and that is to try this course only if you are reasonably well read in most of the classics presented within. Being closer to the grave than the cradle, I have had the time to have read almost all of the works discussed in the course.
Prof. Shippley did indeed sound like a Professor. This was a bit disconcerting at first, as he has slightly nasal drawl and an English accent, but this distraction soon passes and enhances the illusion that you are participating in a lecture at school. This may be good or bad, depending on your perspective.
I've read the book and I've seen both versions of the movie (the classic one and the 1970's version). Without a doubt, the audio version beats the movies. This is because so much of the novel is an inner dialogue and descriptive passages that link the loss of a young generation to the experiences of warfare. While the movies capture the visuals of the battlefield, it cannot adequately show the impact.
I won't review the novel itself, as that has been done by many a better a reviewer than I. Suffice to say, this novel is approaching 100 years old and is still as fresh and pertinent today as then. If you aren't familiar with the story, then this is a "must read". There are few books that are it's equal.
I went into this work with fresh eyes. I have never seen a movie adaptation and really had read nothing about the story beforehand. I was in fact, a bit skeptical, if only because of so many other "classics" that to me, fell short.
This story however, was truly remarkable and deserves to have stood the test of time. It's not filled with violence, sex, or any of the other attributes of many modern stories, but it does have a tension between characters throughout that draws you in.
Written at the beginning of what could be called "the century of wealth" for America (which continues into the present), it offers a window into a world of money and privilege. The view presented, however, is one where not all is happiness and roses.
So, if you've never read this book, or wold like to experience a classic you've read but in an audio format (the narrator was excellent), then this work is highly recommended.
I understand the aim of the author, and that was to spoof the detective noir genre of yesteryear. In some aspects this aim is met, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek lines and ridiculous names. Unfortunately, there isn't enough meat in this story to fill out 5 hours of narrative. Numerous times the story went off on unrelated tangents that grew annoying.
I wanted to give the performance 4 stars, as the narrators did a great job. Production was also quite good with the one exception; the incessant music in the background. Used properly, it can enhance a story. Here, it was just annoying.
In the end I can't really recommend this audio book. I think there are better stories out there also having some fun with this genre.
As the second of the series, you could probably read this as a stand alone novel, but having the background given in the first book will certainly help understand the silliness that goes on here.
And silly it is. Talking severed heads, Satan at Hollywood parties, etc. It is also very dark; much darker than the first novel. Whereas the first book could be recommended to a mature YA audience, this book sits right in the mature zone.
If anything, Kadrey's humour and one liners are even better here, and I was always amused by his quirky dialogues. Elite prose it is not, but it is damned entertaining.
Highly recommended if you like comic books, the horror genre, and comedy.
Not for the easily offended.
This was surprisingly good. Given the expert execution of the story by Shakespeare in his play, I was betting that the novelized version wouldn't be able to do as well. I was wrong.
In the preamble the authors explain their reasons for expanding the story into a novel. In this, they do very well and round out the characters and back stories even more. I think the characters to most benefit the story are the 3 hags, as they are really brought to life in this book.
The other benefit of this version of Macbeth is the ease of reading/listening. If Shakespearean prose has kept you away from these works before, have no fear here and experience why this story has such power even after all this time.
The narrator was ideally suited to this book. His accent, inflection, and cadence made the experience very pleasurable. All this make this book highly recommended!
I figured I give this a try based on the excellent reviews this work has received. I must admit that as an older male I had some trepidation. After all, this is a story about a girl and with a female narrator, which to date have not been spectacular.
What a pleasant surprise! The story was enthralling and covers various aspects of late 1700 England. The narrator really was excellent. She brought the characters to life through what can best be described as acting. She is the best female narrator I have encountered yet.
The story does have it's dark parts, and some material that would best be suited to the mature YA audience. There are also a few sillier parts, but hey, it's fiction, and these parts weren't too over the top.
This audible book comes with my highest recommendation if you enjoy great fiction coupled with outstanding narration.
This was good story and, even though it was already only about 5 hours of listening time, could have been a short story. It does suffer from the overly described writing fashion of the Victorian era. Perhaps we are just less patient as readers.
The narrator was well matched to the story and enhanced the experience. He brought to life the expressions and inflections of the era.
Give this one a read, even if just for the historical place this story holds.
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