Auckland Park, South Africa
This narrator is almost perfect for the part. It's a big job -- there are tens of characters across the stories. He's got a great accent and keeps the characters straight.
But he mispronounces words.
So he speaks with what *sounds* like an English accent, but he mispronounces common words like "disconsolate" which he says "disconSOlate" instead of "disCONsolate" and he calls Charing cross (which should rhyme with "bearing"), Charring cross. He rhymes it with "barring".
He calls Sydenham, Sidenham (it should be Sid to rhyme with Hid not side to rhyme with hide). And he calls Norwich nor-which instead of the more proper "Norritch".
He pronounces the word "clerk" in the American fashion rhyming it with Berk instead of the proper English pronunciation Clark.
It's infuriating and maddening. It ruins a perfectly good delivery. His narration is practically flawless in every other respect, but holy smoke: if you're reading about England, try to learn the names of the places before you start.
And it's strange because these Americanisms come out of a very plummy if old-fashioned Engish accent.
If you can bear the occasional mangling of a place name or an unusual adjective (he says trusulent for truculent) then this is for you. But if you're English, then maybe it's more than sanity can bear.
My suggestion: buy the first one and see if you can stand it. I've bought two volumes now, and it's touch and go if I'll buy the third.
But maybe that's just me.
The stories hold up surprisingly well, 120 years after they were written. They pre-date fingerprinting, for example, and even the internal combustion engine; but the principles of forensics laid down here, and the structure of the stories is echoed across the decades by everybody we now know, from Kathy Reichs to Lee Child.
I read them all as a boy, of course. This has been a wonderful way to re-read them. Barring of course the egregious pronunciation which is slowly driving me completely mad.
I know my wife loves me. I also know that our needs differ. This book offers a model of how Open Marriage can be enriching. It's inspiring in its normality. There are a few glitches with the recording -- the editor missed a few times where the narrator repeated a sentence. And there were some small issues in the reading that a good director would have improved. But those are just quibbles. Thank you for this wonderful book.
I like it when authors read their own work. He gets his own jokes and delivers them well.
The book reminds us there is probably something sexual about us we wouldn't want the neighbours to know; and explains why disgusting things are incorrectly seen as immoral. Very worthwhile read
This guy is the real deal.
He's completely unpretentious.
He's got a charming Swiss-German accent which just adds to the credibility of the work.
I read this book a the same time as the book Mindfulness and Byron Katie's Loving What is.
All of them are excellent in their own way.
If you're interested in growing your spiritual practice, you can't go wrong with this book.
This is the most amazing book.
It's hugely abridged -- I don't have the print edition but this is MUCH shorter.
But MAN, it's good.
It's a completely different view of what makes a successful consultant.
It has changed my life completely -- not to mention my clients' lives!
I can't recommend it highly enough.
And if you're a consultant and you ever have a chance to hear Peter speak, go and listen to him. Amazing.
I don't know if this is true -- it's certainly narrated as if it is -- but what Suzanne gets up to is nothing short of astonishing.
Erotica and funny, I really enjoyed this book. And Suzanne's narration is spot on.
I was really disappointed to find out that there's a third and final book in the series. I thought it was just the two books.
This one has a very interesting twist in it. Old enemies are forced to work together against a common foe making for some wonderful interplays between the characters.
I can't wait to join the old gang again for their climactic adventure.
And Bronson Pinchot's performance is just amazing.
Heinlein was interested in alternative ways of setting up societies.
In this book, a human arrives on earth from Mars, where he had been living since infancy.
As he learns our ways, he questions why things should be organised the way they are.
He is lucky to find a tough but kindly mentor who shows him the ropes and who helps him navigate the legal system and society in general.
This is the book that gave us the word "grok", which I find myself wanting to use again, like some ageing hippie of my mother's generation.
If you're interested in polyamory, human relationships or spirituality, you'll find this a really interesting read on many levels.
If you're a writer, this is a fantastic refresher on everything you know you should be doing.
If you're not a writer, this is an excellent primer on writing.
It's good for fiction and non-fiction writers -- and it's improved my writing tremendously (can you tell by how well-written this review is? ;-)
Of course it doesn't take into account blogging or twitter -- but it's written by a master. Very good indeed.
I read a review of Friday as "The best book ever written without a plot."
I read that review after I read the book.
It's just about what happens to a woman called Friday, set against a background of a future where society is very different from how it is today.
It's dated now -- the book pre-dates the Internet but anticipates it, for example. So it's an interesting snapshot of what people in the 1970s would have thought of us in the 21st Century.
The world is at war (surprise, surprise) and Friday is a courier -- a dangerous job -- which involves getting physical objects past inquisitive border guards.
She's resourceful, sexy, sassy and fun.
One day, her whole world goes completely pear-shaped, and she has to dig herself out of a deep hole.
I liked the narration. The writing is engaging, the characters are charming and menacing by turns. All in all, a wonderful escapist read. I loved it.
This couple has such an interesting and new perspective on what they call the Standard Narrative of Human Sexuality.
They show us how the ideas that we all know about romantic love have no basis in anything. They also point out glaring inconsistencies in the Sociology research for the last 50 years.
When you first encounter their ideas, they seem radical and dangerous. By the end of the book I'm completely convinced of their thesis.
How do you know something is academically rigorous? The research comes up with a conclusion you weren't expecting.
By that standard, this book is academically rigorous, counter-cultural, and brave.
Read this book before you get married. And if you are married, get two copies -- one for each of you -- and prepare for the roller-coaster!
It will make your marriage a more interesting place to be -- and bring you closer to your partner.
Marriages of the next 20 years and beyond will be shaped by this ground-breaking book.
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