Unquestionably. Vance is a master narrator
Nicholas' encounters with Mr. and Mrs. Squears.
No tears or excessive joy - Dickens' sense of irony keeps the reader on an even keel in the face of disaster or great joy. This is one of teh reasons I endorse Dickens to my children. His stories are not epic but his perspective is worldly beyond his years.
The very next audiobook I purchased was David Copperfield because I was not ready let go of Simon Vance's narration.
Half of the books I've listened to are non fiction, with the greater part of that being history. I would rank this audio book in the top half of these.
While not what I originally chose this book for, I found Churchill's perspective on the home government rather illuminating. All taken with a pinch of salt as he was a politician.
Reading history with verve is tough. Since this book is written in the first person it gives the narrator some leeway to embellish. Rodska does this just enough to heighten the intimacy of the read.
Not at alll.
I recommend for those who already have a good knowledge of WWII. The book's value lies more in giving the reader the perspective of one individual who among very few who can lay claim to having been a principal player in shaping its outcome.
No I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend
Hard to say....I didn't finish it.
I have enjoyed Patrick Tull's narration of at least one other audiobook. However, I found his style of narration of this title so halting and retiring that I alternately became distracted by it or lapsed into stupor.
Hard to be fair - didn't listen to very much
Many others found Patrick Tull's narration more than satisfactory so try a sample befroe buying.
Yes to the narrator, Toren, NO to S. A. Smith the author
Not write a textbook for admirers of Communism.
The scene at the end where the author sympathizes with the good intentions of Bolshevik butchers.
Lenin, Stalin, the author?
It is quite dishearening, knowing what we know today, that the Russion Revolution shattered so many lives and convulsed and twisted a society of tens of millions into an unimaginably wretched state, that somoeone feels no compunction about writing a short history of these fateful events....from the perspective of teh perpetrators of the terror. While you read this trash, you are given little signals along the way....why is there barely any perspective of the disenfranchised, thte starved, families of the murdered?....are the bolsheviks really just responding to outside pressures the best they can?....until at the end when the author's conculsion pulls back the curtain and you find where the author's sympathies lie, with the idealists who were only trying make things better.
Throw me in with the lot that truly appreciated Frank Muller's narration. Audiobooks are a great convenience. In this case I belive that Muller's narration is superior to actually reading the book on paper.
Hardy does a marvelous job of portraying life amongst the small hamlets of Egdon Heath. The story line though, is fairly typical and it belies Hardy's status as a literary heavyweight. The physical description of people and place are extraordinary and more than makes up for the somewhat flat plot. Hardy does require something from the reader (listener) and can display near cunning in his use of English.
Hardy's attention to accent and intonation in the dialogue of his characters really set this book apart and help the reader to become immersed. I attempted reading the print version of this book 3 times and the dialogue did me in each time. For this reason an audio version of the book is much appreciated.
The narration does not disappoint but the audio quality is uneven. I might have rated this a 5 star work if the audio was pristine.
I am currently making my way through the classics and felt that Anna Karenina was a must. This is the first I've read of Tolstoy The work translates well into English I think. I recommend this audio book.
My one complaint is that given the lenght of the book, I had hoped to finish with the feeling that I just wrestled with a "big idea". This was not the case. It is simply great storytelling.
The narration is very clear and consistent and by itself deserves 5 stars.
First Audiobook for me. Fantastic.
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