Maybe the best Audible purchase ever! Victor Hugo may be the greatest novelist to write in any language. Julie Rose's translation is a beautiful work of art. George Guidall couldn't have been better. The long essay sections on Waterloo, convents, slang and the Paris sewers were okay - DEFINITELY not a reason to avoid this moving, funny, riveting masterpiece.
I loved Dylan Baker's narration of Grapes of Wrath. Not so much this one. Despite the nods towards Jobs' terrible interpersonal skills, the book still comes off as a bit too adulatory. However, for a story about a very unique and influential man who impacted so much of our day-to-day lives, it's a "5." He would have liked the karma of listening to the story on my IPhone. Very much appreciated Jobs' own words at the end.
I didn't care so much for the long recounting of his childhood. When he hits his professional stride, the story became more interesting. He's a good, but not great, writer but a great actor who brings the non-actor into the heart and purpose of drama.
Extremely clever. Worked the idea of time travel to a tee. King obviously is an experienced and gifted story teller. Very, VERY much enjoyed Wasson on this.
In the '70's I read and enjoyed The Stand and The Shining, but burned out on the ridiculously long books so stopped reading SK. Listened to and loved 11/22/63 so checked out the reviews and heard so many good things about Steven Weber I figured, "What the heck." Glad I did. Weber is a master reader. His acting background clearly helps. Weber makes this story come alive. I don't know if I would have read this book but loved listening to it. SK is really a master story teller. The story about the relationships between the main characters drew me in. Get it. Enjoy.
When John Lee was finished with his incomparably beautiful reading of this book, I almost cried (seriously) at having to bid adieu to this magical world. Ken Follett is a wonderful story-teller and I'd say that if I could give this combination of story and narrator 10 stars, I would.
Really an exceptional volume. Reynolds weaves together political and cultural history in one of the most enjoyable history books I have read (listened to) in years. You will set this book (your Ipod) down and marvel at how little we have changed in almost 200 years.
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