Murakami is a wonderfully gifted writer - he has a magical ability to evoke multi-dimensional visions through his words without having anything lost in translation. However, the publisher decisions regarding using white, American readers ruins the depth of the listening experience.
Purchase the hard copy, read it and relish his writings for their beauty, but don't suffer through having the words presented through such an inappropriate filter.
Book highly recommended, Audiobook not at all recommended.
Great narration, the story reels you in and then..... then..... wait for it....... it stops.
If you *must* read or listen to this, borrow a copy, check it out from the library, ask for it as a gift, then realize that you're going to sacrifice a bit of time on something that could have been oh, so much more.
If only Flynn had actually written the last few chapters.
A sense of urgency and excitement.
Nope. No way.
I'd give this a 5 star if it weren't for the reader - the slightly "off" accents, the controlled lisp - although she's an excellent writer, Tartt should leave the reading to someone with more skill.
The story, rich in detail and wonderful character development, is intriguing and very well done. I may have found a new favorite author to explore in print.
Clarke does a fantastic job capturing the attention of the reader with this fantastical tale of historical magic, social politics & entertaining backstory. Although the reader didn't grab me right at the start, I found that I was quickly absorbed by the characters and wonderful story.
It is refreshing to find a writer who so thoroughly develops her characters that, as the reader/listener, one is able to easily form a mental image of each of them. Her incredible attention to detail allows one to clearly envision each encounter as the prose unfolds.
I'm eager to settle into a comfortable corner with this tome for a relaxing read, and will undoubtedly listen to this tale again.
I had high expectations for Sara Douglass based on peer & regular reader reviews, but found listening to this story a constant uphill battle. It "reads" as an unimaginative piece of bodice ripping misogynistic historical fiction disguised as fantasy fiction. Perhaps I should try her in print, or perhaps another book, but this was a disappointment.
Shiva Rea gently guides you through several asanas, linking breath with movement, in an easy to navigate format. I discovered this cd (which comes with a visual guide) after practicing for one year and have utilized it in my home practice ever since. IF you are unfamiliar with the basic vinyasa flow asanas, not having the visual will be extremely challenging to you. Recommended for a solid beginner (exposure to vinyasa flow style and some sanskrit terms) and well beyond.
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