I really enjoyed this book - kind of a different look at what some of our most famous artists (cuisine, music, literature) were attempting in their work - and how they were coming close to uncovering, consciously or not, some of the mysteries of the brain and human perception. I first heard about this book while listening to back episodes of Radiolab – Specifically the show entitled Musical Language.
Excellent world building, great characters, interesting use of standard fantasy lore and a great story! Narration provided by Tim Reynolds was also excellent. Looking forward to the next in the series!
Although basically a plot about the schooling and coming of age of a group of young magicians, and easily compared to Harry Potter, Lev Grossman's novel is much darker and the emotions more raw. On some levels it becomes a more 'realistic' story of the main characters and how the road to mastery of magic runs parallel to the road to adulthood. At some points I was disappointed with the story, but in the end I was satisfied. Perhaps this is as good a review as you can give; that a story surprised you in some way, but ultimately led you to a satisfying conclusion.
I enjoyed the narration provided by Mark Bramhall.
I'm looking forward to reading the next novel "The Magician King".
Second in the Jack Reacher series - really enjoyed the plot and characters. This novel again uses the 'wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time' motif to start the initial conflict, but moves forward quickly, catching up the reader in the fast pace.
I enjoyed this novel in audio format, narrated by Dick Hill - his narration was excellent - easy to listen to, and excellent in performing the narration in tune with the pace of text.
I really enjoyed this novel. A form of military fiction, but with much more depth. The characters are very well fleshed out, and the story moves forward, taking various twists and turns. I found that the pacing of the novel really improved the feeling of suspense - I think Lee Child has an incredible 'ear' for moving the story along at the right pace, but not just splashing the plot twists onto the reader like a pail of water. Instead, the plot progresses methodically along with the same measuring consideration that the main character uses in evaluating his own situation within the plot.
I 'read' this book in audio form, and the narration provided by Dick Hill was excellent. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
This was an awesome and fitting ending to the Dark Tower series - tying up loose ends, addressing the plots of various characters, and resolving the central plot of Roland's quest for the Dark Tower. This has been a long and detailed plot that Stephen King has masterfully produced, and I find now that I already miss the characters and their journey.
George Guidall's narration was steady as ever, providing a sort of dependable consistency that mirrored the same steady resolve of Roland himself.
It's interesting that the pacing of the novels continues to increase as the series continues - in book 1, we have the Gunslinger making his way across the desert, seemingly without any particular deadline but still with a purpose. Now in book 6, the characters seem to have so much to accomplish and so little time to accomplish it - pulled in so many different directions by their fears, their duty and Ka (their fate). It is unimaginable that I not continue reading these books - Stephen King's masterful story weaving has tied me to the fate of the characters as surely as any rope or chain.
Great reading by George Guidall as usual.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book via the Audible version - the narration (by Christian Rummel) was good; well paced, well toned and easy to listen to. It is a fairly easy read, developing plot along the lines of managing a large fleet of ships in enemy space. I am looking forward to further books in the series.
This is an excellent book that provides a very grounded explanation to the various ways that people are deceived (or deceive themselves) via the internal workings of the mind in their every day life. I 'read' this book via Audible's audio book service, narrated by Dan Woren. It was very easy to understand and dispels a number of commonly held beliefs along the way.
An incredible novel, with a stellar narrating performance by George Guidall. I read this book when it was first published and enjoyed it immensely. I found that the narration added a second layer to the novel. It increased my enjoyment of the novel and it increased my appreciation of the craft of narration. Bravo!!!
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