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Stephen

Sydney, NSW, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • 2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (162)

    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Nancy Bauer says: "Brilliant"
    "Thankyou for this"
    Overall

    Not for people expecting an easy read - the book is uncompromising and covers its subject matter in its own unique way. There are digressions - stories within stories, intellectual investigations and much that is magical, beautiful, as well as horrific and banal.

    If you're a humanities grad or are a bit of an intellectual - you're going to love this book. If not - keep an open mind - you might be surprised.

    Being able to listen to this work is an extra bonus - thank you Audible for making it available!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Ill-Made Mute: The Bitterbynde, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The Stormriders land their splendid winged stallions on the airy battlements of Isse Tower. Far below, the superstitious servants who dwell in the fortress' lower depths tell ghastly tales of evil creatures inhabiting the world outside, a world they have only glimpsed. Yet it is the least of the lowly, a mute, scarred, and utterly despised foundling, who dares to scale the Tower, sneak aboard a Windship, and then dive from the sky.

    A User says: "Great listening"
    "Best fantasy audio so far (for me)"
    Overall

    This audio book is a winner.

    The dreamlike writing goes beautifully with Kris Faulkner's style of reading. The whole thing is a pleasure to listen to.

    The story itself is not fast paced or simple - it is elegant, languid and funny in a wry and low key way(the narration brings this out well).

    This is the kind of book that gives fantasy a good name - its not just swords and dumb names.

    People might complain about the "slowness", however, personally, I was not bored.

    I hope more Dart-Thornton comes out in this format!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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