Compared to The Passage, a fresh and refreshing take on the vampire/living dead/viral/wolf thing that US readers have taken to devouring with their Big Mac and shakes, The Twelve is simply tedium.
Mr Cronin would have done well to retain a good editor and to have condensed his "trilogy" to one volume.
Mr Brick, a narrator of skill and accomplishment, must have thought that by sounding mystical and awed he might improve the job. He just sounds overwrought and ponderous. But at least he tried.
First, a disclaimer: I adore Ms. Williams' voice, just as I did her mother's. That said, I have always had trouble distinguishing the influences of the text and those of the narrator in great audiobooks, and that is the case here. Ms. Williams reading is so precise, her diction so engaging, and her timing so exact that she carried me along with her as if riding some stream, through lazy drifts and breakneck cataracts. But it is the writer, not the reader who crafts the text though which that stream runs, and Carey, or whatever his real name is, can flat out write. In a real sense, he too, like his Melanie, has all the gifts, and I delighted he shares them with us in this tale. I look forward to his next book and Ms. Williams' next adult effort.
I admit that I had much the same negative reaction when I started Bleeding Edge. But over time, Ms. Berlin's reading has come to charm me. Not only does she embody the sound and style of New York Jewish protagonist to a T, but in a way her bumpy reading reflects the uncertainty and disorder of her character as she stumbles from one clue to another on the journey Pynchon has laid before her. I now find Ms. Berlin's reading to be refreshing. I can see why Pynchon blessed the reading, and I find myself agreeing with him.
This review is written at the beginning of the second section of the narration. Someone needs to do a better job categorizing and describing audible's selections. This was supposed to fantasy and turns out to be mostly romance. This book starts strong, with an interesting premise, a clever cosmology of characters, and an effective dramatic problem. Little by little the work degenerates into insubstantial chick lit romance, leaving behind everything having to do with the work's point. By the time the story reaches France, just into the second section of the narration, we are deep into what kind of soap the heroine showers in, how much she knows about riding, how clever and willful and independent she thinks herself to be, how she tingles (for at least the tenth time) at her Vampire boyfriend's touch, & etc. In short, drivel that has nothing to do with the premise or plot. It completely interferes with the flow and tension of the narrative. If I were not interested in the original premise, I'd abandon this book; if the drivel keeps up, I still might.
One of the landmark jewels of science fiction, Walter Miller's Canticle will be, for some readers of a certain age, a treat for the ear, the heart, and the soul. However, so much has changed since the author crafted this work, e.g., the thaw of the Cold War, the disappearance of Latin since the Second Vatican Council in 1965, and the steep decine of the Catholic Church with its rigors and obedience, that many of the central premises and conceits of the book simply no longer commonly exist today. For me, the book was as fresh as when I read it in 1967 as a high school student. I hope that a younger audience enjoys it as much as I have.
Warning: There is a LOT of Latin in this work. This could make it difficult to parse as an audio experience unless you have a pretty good grounding in this tongue. You might want to get the kindle text to read with it. I think you will find it to be worth your while.
While I have always been disappointed that Tolkien chose to write this tale as a children's story, I bow to its elegant simplicity of plot and complex development of background and character. We see the seed of the greatest adventure trilogy in English planted and flourish. What is really impressive, however, is Rob Englis' narration which catches every nuance of mood and shade of personality. A phenomenal execution!
Not sure I understand all the hype surrounding this book. Other than presenting an overview of Google's organizational talents, it really is kind of a limp tale. I suppose it will appeal to young technocrates and those who like bibliocentric mysteries. Think of it as The Club Dumas Very Light. Perhaps it belongs on the Young Adult shelf. Despite the text, Ari Fliakos does a good solid reading.
If one has never read Lear, or any other Shakespeare, maybe this voice-over Lear would be informative. If, on the other hand, you have a passing knowledge of the play, any of Shakespeare's other works, the history and manners of Elizabethan England, or even the English language, this reviewer suggests giving this recording a pass. This series must have been conceived for high school students and this text is marred by dumbed down writing and teacherly, slightly condescending narration. I didn't think it was possible to make Lear unlistenable, but Mister Reeves and Ms. Walker have succeeded.
My five star rating is for the play, which I consider Shakespeare's finest. The two stars are for the concept and execution of the voice-over narration.
What a marvelous concept: pairing an aging Holmes with his dopelganger in the form of a clever and gifted young woman who, with charm and grace, narrates their discovery of each other as well as the growth of her formidable sleuthing skills. Ms. King captures Conan Doyle's tone and language, while taking the genre to an entirely new level.
Perfectly narrated by Jenny Sterlin. Unreservedly recommended.
The author provides a concise history of America's four fighting admirals in context with the development of sea power from the turm of the century through World War II. While not a detailed biography, it is an excellent survey of the men and the circumstances of their rule.
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