While there is definite continuity across the entire storyline, it is largely a series of episodic adventures. This plot structure conveniently enables short listening periods (30 minutes to an hour) during which the listener can enjoy some real excitement. Even still, there is enough character and plot development that I was left craving for what would come next. The plot is great at both macro and micro levels. Additionally, the author includes a wealth of subject knowledge, securing both my attention and respect.
I happened to listen to 'Genghis: Birth of an Empire' around the same time. Genghis simply had none of the structure or subject knowledge necessary to keep my interest.
The narration of this book ranks up alongside The Help. I doubt I could have ever imagined the characters half so well had I read it to myself.
Huck and Jim, it's a tossup. Huck seems to be the voice of our own selves, struggling to make sense of it all. Jim has a gentle charm with his eccentric beliefs and naive tenacity.
Everything. He does an amazing job of setting each character to a unique and appropriate voice. It's not over-dramatized, just very well done.
Now showing: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Almost as colorful as the audiobook.
I'd heard disparaging remarks about the book, primarily due to extensive use of the N word. To be fair, this work is a looking glass into a time period that describes the world in its own words. I don't believe the word is being intended as a damaging label, but it was still surprising at first. I was more disturbed by the casual brutality inflected upon people of all types during that time period. It's a beautifully told story of a not-so beautiful place.
I nerd out with exploring interesting scenarios, but the majority of these "what if" scenarios are probably more interesting to middle-school kids, maybe.. if they don't have any hint of ADHD.
Yes. It's my first time dipping into the "hopefully cool" bucket and now I'm washing my hands of it.
He honestly fits the material - more style and pizazz than content or relevance.
Nearly all the parts that started with "what if."
I wanted to love this book, especially after SciShow gave a plug about it. Definitely they lost credibility for that one. The book basically has one or two interesting "what if" questions, but even these are ruined by the hardcore whack-braininess of the narrator. It's like listening to ignorant kids at a coffee shop jump up and down in their seats about "what if we could like totally all shrink to the size of bacteria and be ejected in to space?" I really had hoped for more enlightening topics.
The narrator has an excellent voice and fits the genre, but honestly the story in itself is simply not compelling. It provides neither adventure nor historical interest. Several hours of story telling led only to there being some kids who climb up a mountain during a storm to steal eagle chicks from their nest. This was as good as it got, and it wasn't particularly great. The rest was rambling character development of rather mediocre individuals.
If you are seeking an exciting adventure story (even for children) or something of historical note, this simply won't keep your attention.
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