The story is good and is key to back story for Gabriel and the office crew. As for the narration, it is well read and I would listen to other books with him but he does Hebrew and Arabic accents poorly and it can be distracting.
It is a good mix of authors and reads with everything well read. Pro and a con is that it's a series of poems with minimal introduction or commentary. There is no interference with the poems but I would also like to learn more about them too.
I started this book fearing the third book in the series may have gone a bit soft (as some of the late Thursday Next books seem stretching). It seemed like some rapidly repeated schtick but that ended up being the reestablishment of the continued story line. The book then quickly shifted to good fresh Fforde story telling. Always inventive and fun with plenty for the mind to chew on. Narration is as good as previous Dragon Slayers. Good use of accents and voices.
The is a great book in a great trilogy. John lee is always a great narrator. Like most of Ken Follett's books he seems compelled to include just a bit too much sex with just a bit too much detail. (Nearing soft core erotica) Minus the copious, graphic sex I would say it is a must read for teens. The trilogy follows the world in a fantastically interlaced story of the 20th century.
It seems he does seem to credit communism for its own self destruction and to depict all on the right as craven criminals while mistakes of the left are hopeful misjudgments.
The book is well narrated though there were times I had trouble keeping the dialogue straight based on the voices.
As for the story it is very good. The character development at the beginning was a bit slow but needed. The story is well illustrated in words and sufficiently detailed to depict the period. The content is at times distressing and a discussion on moral debate, love (marriage, family, friendship), prejudges, greed, ambition, and personal growth. (The human condition)
The book seemed to me to be an enjoyable stream of consciousness. It was very well read but hard to follow. This would be better read than listened to. Seemed hard to follow and I ended up backing up to figure out the current setting several times. In the end I resigned myself to not closely following the story and just enjoying the dialog.
Simon Vance always gives a book it's justice and he does the same here. As for the book it is a good Dickens novel. I found that it took longer for the characters to shakeout. There was a larger than normal number of characters and not being able to flip back to see "which person is this" did hamper following the book.
This book is well read and does a good job at bringing the text to life. The part that most intrigued me was the essay by the author at the close of the book. His explanation of his translation was fascinating and illuminated the often told story even move.
There is a lot to digest in 4.5 hours. It will take several passes to take in the meat of the arguments. Narration was good and not intrusive. His rhythm, pitch and rate are supportive of the content and allows the Dali Lama to come though. While the book is short it is about right concidering the depth of content. If it were any longer it would become tedious and tiring.
It will take several more passes before I get a hold of all this short book's content. It does take a bit to establish the story. While there are specific lessons to learn, I think there is room left to come to your own conclusions and learn your own lessons.
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