This has always been one of my favorite stories. Being able to listen to it just makes me love it all the more, and allows me to approach it in a whole new way.
I might have just had high expectations because of how much I love this story, but I think he could have done a better job with the emotion of the characters. He has great voices (and there are a lot of those), but each character seems to be shown only by their voice, and doesn't have much personality beyond that. It makes it feel a little gimmicky. All said and done, though, this is not a big deal. The book was a joy to listen to.
Some yes and some no. It's definitely a book that only certain people will like. But the semi-awkward, upfront, candidness of the characters has a very fresh feel.
Schmendrick, by far. A despondent, hopeful, anachronistic man just trying to make his way. He knows too much, but can't put his knowledge to practical use. Peter S. Beagle really brings this character to life in a good way. You don't pity him, you don't sympathize with him, but you really understand him.
This book is a tricky one. If you liked the movie, you'll definitely like the book. It's one of the few stories that works well in both formats, like the Princess Bride. If you liked the book, the audiobook is a great buy. But if you've never seen the movie or read the book, I would do some research before buying this to make sure it's a story that's worth spending money on.
Holter Graham does a great job of switching between voices, giving each character a distinct personality, and grunting like a self-conscious minotaur. The transitions betwen narration and dialogue were seamless. Very skillfully done.
I bought this cold. I'd never heard of it, I just knew that Neil Gaiman recommended it and that it looked interesting. I'm so glad I took the chance on buying it! A great book about being the outsider, not knowing how to find what you want, and persisting in a time and place where you don't belong. The Minotaur's journey in this book simultaneously spans eons, and just a few weeks. If you buy this, you're in for a good listen, no matter what. I especially like how the author combined the mythical and the realistic in this story. It could easily have been heavy handed or ludicrous. Instead it was very natural.
Better than expected
This book had been recommended to me, but I've never been into the whole "zombie" thing so I never gave it much thought. Then a friend recommended it again, and I had a long drive coming up, so I figured I'd give it a try. Man am I glad I did. This is not just a story for zombie lovers; it's a story for people who have ever wondered why people can't JUST GET ALONG. Relationships, government, military, survival, conflict... it's got everything. This is a fantastic novel, not just another good zombie story.
Yes, and over and over. I love this story, and I don't know if I'll ever read it again if I have the option to listen to this reading.
World War Z. They are both epistolary, and have different voices for the different characters. Both are done very well, and talk about a war between the living and the dead.
They were astounding! Each reader really captured their character, and had a large degree of variation in how they read the parts (in a good way, I'm not sure if that conveys what I'm trying to say accurately). This is probably my favorite listening experience so far.
I recommend this book to friends all the time. I don't know how it would be listening to it without having read it, though. There's a LOT going on, and the language can be a little hard to follow if you're not used to it. I would definitely recommend this listening experience to anyone who has already read the book.
Listening to this story is different from reading it. Listening allowed me to connect to the narrator more, and feel more involved in the story. Reading it allowed me to be critical and judge the narrator more clearly. Both experiences were worthwhile.
The reading was great -- Robertson Dean really captures the emotion and hectic fraying of the character's identity.
The performance was amazing. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed listening to this novel. I've read it before, but this was a whole new experience. Buy it, listen to it, love it. Thank you, Neil Gaiman, for giving us your two cents on the process. I couldn't have enjoyed this more.
Absolutely. Stories like these are timeless, and I enjoy them every time I hear them. They're great for when you need to kill 10-20 minutes, or when you want to half-listen to something you've already heard before. I like to put them on when I'm going to sleep. And, they're fun to listen to with kids because they are short and fun to talk about.
Surprising, nostalgic, entertaining
She blew me away! I would never have expected her to read so well, but now I just hope she'll do more recordings. She was able to change between different characters' voices and emotions almost seamlessly, and has a great pace.
I never read this book, but I did read some of the other Oz books. It was way more engaging than I thought it would be, and Anne Hathaway did such a great job! Pick this up, it's well worth it.
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