Ralph Ellison's masterpiece comes to life in the hands and voices of Joe Morton. The author's prose is alive, urgent, commanding of your attention.
This is a reading which perfectly matches narrator to subject matter. Mr. Morton is to be commended for his dazzling ability to traverse generation, race, nationality, gender and regional dialects with ease, often in the same sentence. Many passages which deal with multiple voices, the narrator along with other speakers, are confronted with natural ease and pacing. I found, on several occasions, I had to pleasantly remind myself there was only one person responsible for the many clearly identifiable characters.
Invisible Man's absence from the Audible catalog has finally been rectified, and thankfully it has been given the reading and treatment it deserves.
This is for Delta, and Delta is for a Completely different story-line...
If your exposure to the Bourne character is through the Matt Damon depiction in the movies, like what is shown in the image associated with this Audiobook, and you want to experience more of that character's adventures, you will need to wait for another movie to come out. This book will not help.
Apparently, the Bourne of Robert Ludlum's imagination is very different from that of the screenwriters.
Set just after the Vietnam war, there is a strong Asian theme, which is carried through into the next books, as well.
Scott Brick does an acceptable job with the Narration, but I found it difficult to take seriously, something I chose to endure rather than enjoy.
This is the first performance by Nicolas Coster I've listened to, and I was cringing as I reluctantly continued. I found myself hoping the story would end, so I could move on to one of the other books narrated by Christian Rodska. Hopefully Mr. Rodska will record this book and there will be a better Unabridged option.
Mr. Coster's performance is slurred as if he were imitating a drunkard, his voices are indistinguishable from each other, and he attempts to deliver emotion by speaking more loudly or softly. It is more like listening to someone relating a story they have heard, rather than a story they are narrating.
My advice is to avoid this recording and wait for better material, or purchase the abridged version.
Colin Firth is a perfect match for the narrator and main character. Firth is an easily imagined embodiment of the self-centered novelist Maurice Bendrix, but he winningly takes on the voices of Sarah and Henry Miles, and Albert Parkis with equal skill and emotion.
The novel is efficiently written, smoothly transitioning between the present and remembered past, with Sarah's journal serving to provide a glimpse inside her thoughts, desires and motivations. There are many interesting twists and turns along the way. A subtext of discussion of religion, humanity, god and church provides further opportunity for thoughtful reflection. A wonderful book and enjoyable performance.
Jeremy Irons' voice is perfectly matched to Humbert Humbert, a wonderful performance, worthy of multilpe listens. My favorite book this year.
A stand-alone masterpiece, yet the beginning of a 21 volume story line, Master and Commander is a fitting beginning to a wonderful tale, of the Royal Navy in the times of the French Revolution and stretching through the Napoleonic War(s).
This novel is a wonderful adventure, with engaging characters and tremendous action. The ship-to-ship engagements are told with accuracy and verve.
Jack Aubrey, essentially drawn, in this book, from the life of Thomas Cochrane, is the central character. Clumsy, politically, on land, he acts with deadly efficiency and boldness at sea. Stephen Maturin, the Doctor acting as Ship's Surgeon, is a shadow of the character which will develop in later books, but serves as an effective friend and companion to Jack.
I return to this book whenever I feel the need for some distraction and adventure. The characters and events are enduring and fresh each time.
The narrator, Donna Tartt, states in her review of the book that her family loved it, she read and re-read it many times; it was a much loved friend. I felt the same way, after listening to her performance, and have listened to her reading several times. If you saw the recent Cohen Brothers movie adaptation, and admired the odd conversation and language, you'll find it all here, and more. The story is fresh and engaging, different than both movies, sharing elements of both. It is told in first person, as a memoir, narrated by Mattie, with her reflections of events which occur at different times mixed in, which gives the reader insight which is lacking in the films.
The odd language, conversational exchanges, Portis created and included in his book.
Buy it, you won't be disappointed
Frederick Davidson's performance is a wonderful match to the material. He makes Claudius likeable and delivers the text, which moves forward and backward through time, with enthusiasm and zeal. His female voices are aptly suited to the wicked female characters, and I found his interpretations left me laughing out loud in places where I felt had I read the text, I would not. An enjoyable encounter with Graves' masterpiece.
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