I accidentally got this one instead of Barbara Rosenblat and was appalled. I couldn't even get through an hour of this monotonous American voice. It is so atonal that one cannot discern the difference between the characters--which makes getting through even a half-hour more frustrating than entertaining or relaxing. What a waste of a credit!
Around the middle--this one, being a compilation of the author's previous works, isn't suspenseful or exciting, but it is well done and, for the most part, interesting. Some satire, some history--just a collection of previous short works.
Some of the author's descriptions of travel. The least interesting was the sad fact that Buckley is, frankly, a bit of a name-dropper and something of an elitist--sad, really. But, considering that many of the articles are taken from his Forbes fluff-pieces, that's the sort of thing that does appeal to that demographic. Also, some of his faux lists or questionnaires fall short of the satirical mark they aim for. Fortunately, Buckley is an excellent writer with a remarkable command of the language, and for the most part that saved the day--IMO, 70% of the thing was excellent, 30% was a bit tired or reaching. Not a bad ratio, all things considered.
His tone was great at all times; his pauses well-considered; his pronunciations of foreign words excellent--he imbued the material with a life it would not have otherwise had.
Not by a long shot. When he goes on a name-dropping spree, you really need a break. Even one article that appears to want to satirize the whole name-dropping thing (quite reminiscent of JP Donleavy's Unexpurgated Code) was a bit odd because it appears that Buckley doesn't fully realize he's been doing that the whole time, as if the list of his "good friends" somehow validates him in a way the popularity of his prose does not.
Buckley is a well-educated and thoughtful writer, but those expecting purely satirical works may be disappointed.
Amusing light story. Mollusk reminds me of a Neptunian Sheldon Cooper. Fabulous narration and satisfying conclusion. I'm off to find more of both the author and narrator.
A better book.
Disappointment. Protagonist was a loser when he started, couldn't take responsibility, couldn't finish what he started, and remained that way. Only reason he finished was someone else forcing him to. Fine, he accepted his memories but never seemed to learn anything and never made the sacrifice of another meaningful or worthwhile--if i were Queenie i tell you i would be regretting my selfless actions all the way into the afterlife. Why is this a best seller? Silly question, here I went and bought it myself...
The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society was a better listen in this genre, though the narrator was truly talented in bringing you into that story.
Not particularly. The narrator read as if she was reading a book to a child; Honor came off as something of a goody-goody at times, and I would have enjoyed the ship's cat more if it actually did anything. That bit was shades of that gods-awful "catalyst." Barf. So, if the narrator hadn't been so--what, didactic? prissy? condescending? I would have enjoyed the book.
The narrator. Yeesh, I can't think of anything but that voice.
Narrator could sound like she was actually narrating, not just reading the book at a children's hour.
No. It would have to stand in line behind Jack Campbell and Lois McMaster Bujold, just for starters.
Not bad if you're desperate and have run out of Scalzi, Bujold, Correia, sort of thing.
Keeps your interest; better than the dirk pitt or the l'il pitts. Little slow in portions, but lots of action--typically miraculous at times--it is a classically cussler/dubrul adventure story where the worst of both authors gives way to the best of both. Definitely worth a credit.
Very bad. The narrator sounds like an 8 year old reading a story to her baby sibling and the content/dialogue is about that level as well. This book might be great for kids who exchange pictures and anecdotes of their cats' cutesy antics AND dress them up in baby clothes with a little bonnet. Nauseating. It can't be McCaffrey unless she's been body-snatched by a prepubescent alien with a troubling cat fetish. Wholly agree that the thing was long on cat-thoughts (and not particularly intelligent ones, mind) and short on everything else.
Partial spoiler alert. Barbara Rosenblat's narration was the only thing that got me through this book. Regrettably, I didn't fully hearken to earlier reviews and bought this, but I fully agree with the review that classified the psychologic ruminations of the characters as "drivel," and also with the reviewer who pointed out that for all the investment of time listening, it is difficult or impossible to determine what the point of the book actually was. It had a disappointing ending too, not so much because it was tragic, but because it seemed almost too tackily predictable--perhaps the author bored herself to tears as well and had to end it all quickly.
After having listened to the Aubrey series, and read the Lord Ramage and Hornblowers, I can say this one is right up there. The narrator is excellent,and enhances the story line immeasurably. THis was a true pleasure to listen to and I am disappointed beyond words that there are no more audible books in this series, let alone by this narrator.
I was taken by prior reviews, thinking this might be akin to a Pratchett novel--amusing as a work of otherworld fiction, but tucking in some very satiric and witty adult observations. This is a book appropriate for the fourth or fifth grade. No more, no less. I hung on only by virtue of dogged determination and was unrewarded at the end by anything other than a sense of relief that it was over. By all means, tuck it onto your child's iPod, but don't go there yourself unless you need to put yourself to sleep on a transatlantic. Sound quality is not good; and the narrator sounded remarkably like he (as well as I) was nodding off from sheer boredom by Chapter 20, which was 20 chapters too long for any adult not seeking to rekindle a previous memory of "when this book was interesting." Be told.
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