This compilation of short stories is perfect for the commuting listener who likes to enjoy a few quick stories. A few of the books I've listened to recently have been 30+ hours long and at about 1.5 hours of listening a day it takes me a while to get through them.
Enter the short story. I've enjoyed all three of the offerings from Mr Kelly so far. He is macabre and twisted and has the ability to give you that little bit of shock and revulsion that comes from the dark and unknown. Fun stuff. Well worth the couple bucks being asked. I think you'll enjoy these short stories, give'm a try!
Overall I'm as impressed with the story in this book as with the others, but GRRM owes us! Holy cats there are so many loose ends and they need to get tied up before I lose my mind. I love this series and I -NEED- to know what is going to happen next.
A word on Roy Dotrice, dude nails it every time, but there is a subtle change in maybe the last two books from the previous three. I'm not sure if anyone else is commenting on it but a lot of the accents seem to have blended into two categories, high and low... Something is up there that doesn't bother me throughout the book but at times strikes a raw nerve. Roy, go back and listen to Brianne from 2 and 3. It might just be me, but something shifted. That being said you rock.
If you like the series you have already listened to this. If you haven't started the series you really should the whole thing is epic, literally epic.
I've had this short on my wish list for a couple of years. It looked intriguing, but I put it off. After listening to it I bought the other two Ronald Kelly compilations of short stories offered.
I bought these straight up, didn't use a credit, and I think that is what had me hold them in my wish list for so long. It's hard to burn a credit on a 5 buck book... Well worth the cash. I was able to listen to this short on the way into work and finished it just about the time I parked the car, though I sat for a few minutes to finish it.
At the end of the book I wanted to know more about the Doctor, his side kick nurse, and the little boy with the wagon full of people parts which is why I give it only 4 stars for story. I think it could have been a bit longer... yeah I know it was a short story, I just wanted more.
Good Stuff Mr. Kelly!
I like the Covert one stories, though I'm kinda a junkie for book series. I like seeing the same characters develop over long periods and Robert Ludlum does this as well if not better than most. So while I say
Neal Stephenson, while at time can make me feel like a simpleton never fails to draw me in with topics I want to be entertained by. At first I was thinking the book was going to be all about game-geeks (a badge I wear proudly!) so of course I get sucked right in. Interesting characters, accessible story, bam... I'm in, then here come the twists and turns, loved it. Long book yes, but that just means I got to enjoy it for longer. Thanks Neal!
Everyone loves it when 'they' get what they deserve.
A friend of mine lived in Italy when these crimes were being committed and his father told him (since he was just a kid at the time) that he might want to learn about this string of crimes that happened when he lived there. So on a car trip one October we downloaded two versions of this story... and only got through this one. If you are going to purchase a version of this, purchase this one it will hold your interest.
This was so difficult to follow I gave up. There is this irritating music playing in the background and sound effects like bugs, gunshots... anyway it's partially dramatized and then the narrator has a strange accent that makes certain words sound very alien. For instance
Maybe, with a better narrator. I don't mean to bash her, but dang...hard to listen to.
I don't think Max Dupre' read anything in this presentation. As far as the main narration goes it might have been tolerable without all the music and strange sound effects that just helped to further distract me from the topic.
I have to admit right off the bat I had no idea who Garth Nix was or anything about this performance prior to reading the publisher notes. I did a search for
As mentioned I'm a Tim Curry fan. He does a great job in this title as well.
Most certainly worth a good listen.
Of course someone interested in listening to this topic likely has a desire to learn more than be entertained. That is why I listened to it and what I enjoyed about it. Good information, but the presnetation was a bit off. The author does manage to stay on point most of the time, but there is alot of reiteration (which is not a bad thing if you are trying to drive a point home...)
This is a good informational text read in a way that you can learn from. It can be argued that there really isn't supposed to be any entertainment value in a audio presentation such as this, but an entertaining presentation does help to capture the audience.
It might just be me, but I've yet to listen to an audio presentation that has been read by the author that would not have benefited by having someone else read it. Authors do a good job writing, narrators, voice actors, they help to compel the listener to want to listen. The author is an expert in his field and the information in the book is interesting on that intellectual level a scripted narration read by an expert in that arena; would be more engaging though.
A good listen with as much accuracy as you can expect in a work of fiction. Bernard Cornwells' effort pays off by placing characters that ignite emotion on a historic backdrop. We both get a good story and a only marginally fictionalized history lesson which he is careful to point out at the end of the book.
Cornwells' characters are compelling at once we care about the growth of some, hoping they will become the redeemed soul we know they should be, and wishing the most foul and horrible visitations on others for their evil deeds.
I enjoyed the narrator though I've not listened to him before to my recollection. His voice was very appropriate to the story.
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