I first read about this novel in the pages of the late (as in deceased, unfortunately) American Heritage magazine. I was intrigued enough by the review and by Wilder's comments that I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. In a beautifully crafted, tight narrative, Wilder weaves a tale that is spellbinding. I admit to being a little skeptical (Willy Wonka has written a novel?)--but I'm glad I took chance. You will too. The only disappointment was the brevity of the novel-- I just didn't want it to end!!
Without question, this was one of the most enjoyable audio books I've ever listened to.
It is obvious I hope from my uniformly giving this title two stars across the board that I am not a fan of this book. I was not expecting anything as brilliant as Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes but this book missed the mark in almost every respect. Except for a few mild chuckles, the book did not elicit much from me. The stories were unremarkable, the narration was inconsistent (changed his pronunciation of cavalry to the common mispronunciation of Calvary and back again, as an example) and passionless. I just could not muster any enthusiasm for this book. Its only virtue was that it was mercifully short.
No, I remain an optimist at heart. But I probably will preview titles more thoroughly in the future.
I will be very wary of subjecting myself to John Bolen again.
I wish it did make me react with anger, sadness, or disappointment. I just felt blah. Maybe I could call it disappointment at a low frequency. And I wanted to like this book.
It is rare for me to comment. This book is the first in a long time that I didn't enjoy. At the same time, maybe more sympathetic listeners (or hardcore Doyle enthusiasts) will fancy this book. I didn't.
Yes, if my friend was in the mood for some absolutely delightful yet totally frivolous fiction. I am not trying to sound like a snob, because I truly enjoyed this book, but it is the fluffiest pastry of a book that I've either read or listened to in quite some time. That being said, I bought this book for one reason--the narrator. Katherine Kellgren is one of my absolute favorites (is there a fan club?) and I will purchase almost anything she performs. And performance it is. She is a gifted vocal actress and I recommend her to everyone I know, with the caveat that her books tend to be on the light side. Story was fine, sweetly old fashioned British mystery. Safe enough to recommend to aged parents.
Yes, indeed! While I love reading (my favorite activity) I was entranced by Anne Hathaway's spectacular rendition of the various characters in Oz. She brings a liveliness and sparkle to all the voices which makes this one of those books where you deliberately miss the off-ramp just to keep listening a few minutes longer (you know you do it too). The book is a charming little children's tale. The audio version is a breathless leap into a world that defies imagination.
Nothing really compares to the world of Oz. But, for fun you might like Gregory Maguire's alternate take on the Oz myth, Wicked and the sequels.Not as good as Baum's originals but good nonetheless.
While it is impossible to pick out a single favorite, I have to say everything with the soft-spoken wizard was delightful. Hathaway's southern inflected wizard is a joy.
It made me grin like a maniac with pleasure. This performance is close to perfect. In fact, give it a ten! Or, maybe an eleven (with apologies to Spinal Tap).
Don't think this is just for kids. Be warned though. Stodgy people, young or old, will not like or get it. But then, they never did.
Oh, let's see...a comprehensible narrative? or, perhaps a different narrator? or, I don't know, a book that didn't seem as if written on a drunken dare? Hmm. How about, all of the above.
A non Mark Helprin book
His nasal inflected voice at times was very annoying.
Honestly, none of the characters were believable or even very likeable. They all just seemed to be bizarre cartoons.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks--a variety of genres and narrators. This is the first one that I could not bring myself to finish. I listened to about two-thirds before I finally listened to my wife's counsel of to just quit torturing myself. The book has nothing that compelled my attention. Just kind of wandered around, looking for a place to land.
I loved the quick pace of the novel and I absolutely adored Katherine Kellgren's spot on narration. It's such a good story and I was thrilled when I realized that I would get to listen to more of Kellgren in the sequel. Truly flawless.
The two urchins, Alf and
Binnie (spelling?). They were such scamps and I found myself laughing aloud at their manipulative behavior and their comically adorable exchanges.
This was a tie between Alf and Binnie. Both are charming little con artists. Maybe a slight edge to Binnie.
I loved the pathos of Dunkirk. The dilemma of not wanting to change history but finding oneself stuck in a situation that required true heroism.
I hope more of the titles I love feature truly gifted narrators like Kellgren. Gifted narrators like her are a big part of why I have fallen in love with audio books. I will look for more titles narrated by her specifically.
Well, entertainment is only one of many reasons to get this book. I have been sharing the inspirational and just flat-out amazing stories with friends, colleagues, students and family. Sacks is a good writer who does not overwhelm or, at the other end, trivialize his material. Also, the reader of this book has a fantastic voice, rich and well-modulated. You will be well-rewarded with this book.
If you like the stately pace of Victorian fiction, you'll love this marvelous less well-known Trollope novel. The reader of this work does a spectacular job--the accents, the peculiar character's voices and idiosyncracies, and very credible female voices all make this a delight to listen to. Also, the book is not overly long and is broken up into manageable chapter lengths. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Enjoy!
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