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I've listened twice and I expect to listen a few more times shortly. Why? Well, something in the telling of it really brought home that I don't need to try to be what I already am: God's child. Hallelujah!
the best tagline for this book: For God's Children: Stop trying to be what you already are
Yes, if I could get the unabridged version I'd listen to it again.
Wonderful main character doing what he's best suited to.
Thomas of Hookton who did was he was best suited to and so made his greatest mark- as himself
an Archer's Heart
the only thing wrong with this is that it's abridged! I want all of it
Uhtred is a warrior and a kind man. I like to hear his reactions to other less kind warriors and his distaste for them.
A very talented narrator who holds my attention during passages about sailing, the look of the water, the wind, the lay of the land... things I pretty much skim over when I'm reading but really listened to as I heard this narrator.
I cried to think that this is the last book in the series. I laughed when I found out there's another book coming out in October 2014.
Absolutely. You learn history through a great read.
The relationship between a king and a war lord under his authority. Well written
First I've heard by this narrator. Really enjoyed his narration
A War Lord and His Kings
Fascinatingly written history
I can't think of anything that compares other than the breadth of Herman Wouk on WW!!. It's a total experience - both a history of characters and of people groups.
Narrator brings so much to the story. The accents, the easy transition between characters.
Yes, I think I listened in just three or four sittings (or walkings).
I got to know Alfred, Uhtred, Ragnar, and so many others. Good character development and I think about these characters and about the story as I go about my day
Uhtred. His deep sense of honor and the sanctity of his oath gives him a character easy to like. And this is the character attribute best explored by the author -- Uhtred is sometimes tempted to betray his oath but is always philosophical. I appreciate the author's musings (through Uhtred) upon character with unfettered freedom versus a character under authority (whether under the authority of God, or gods, or of an oath given to another person or king).
It is easy to discern between the characters and they all sound manly. The women sound as women yet without any nasality or high pitched vocals on the part of the narrator.I think this narrator portrays each character's attributes in the voices he gives them.
For over a year I've looked for books on western culture about England, Scandinavia, the movement of people, what it was like, and what character of people shaped our history. I've listened to so many books and then I found Cornwell's series. This is the best of this series so far... however, I think that same thing at the end of each book.
Uhtred's rumination on Alfred's character and the "aha" moment as he credited Alfred worthy of honoring because Alfred was under the authority of a God who demanded the best of him and who demanded that he always strive to become a better person.
Gisela is my favorite. She is strong, knows what she wants, and what a gutsy, stealthy thing she did in shadowing along to conquer the fortress -- unbeknownst to Uhtred. She knew Uhtred would return against all odds.
Uhtred has an ironic side that equals Guthred's sweet side.
Yes, so another could hear it also.
Uthred, after victory over Uber, holds Uber's twitching dying hand as he dies.
First time hearing this narrator -- easy to listen to and easy to hear every word. I like his voice.
Uthred's character is well developed as are they all.
Very fun - Jane Austen writing about the sweetest fan of Gothic tales yet who is the perfect antiGothic heroine.
Northanger Abbey complements the oh-so-tragic tales of such figures as Heathcliffe and Kathy. However, it oh-so-not such a tale. Only Austen's narrative can make one chuckle at the difference.
Stevenson's portrayals are easily understood, well formed, and never condescending.
Very fun novel. I enjoyed talking to friends about this book and hearing what they'd thought when they'd read it.
I'd recommend this book. It's engaging and the characters of Kathniss and her games partner are engagingly interesting
It's somewhat like the Girl Who... series. However, Kathniss isn't quite so hardened as Lisbeth Salander. She is hardened to relationships in completely different ways and for different reasons than Lisbeth S.
She's easy to understand and I can walk around, cook, even play music sometimes as I listen.
I always moves me when Kathniss places other peoples' lives above her own -- especially her games partner.
Pip is so much like me, like any of us. He gets caught in his obsessions, ignores what is beautiful in his life, and then misses every great opportunity for love and fulfillment.
Joe, his adopted fater. It's hard to fathom that such a humble and humbled character should be able to embody such profound self dignity, such forgiveness, and such sweetness over every other character in the book
Magwich. His voice would be difficult to speak in the same way that the character would have done. It probably would have been unintelligible so I'm glad the narrator made it easy to understand -- yet at the same time it conveyed the gruff character etc
Joe told Pip he wouldn't be coming back to dinner and immediately afterward Pip experiences repentance and then "self-swindling". At that point Pip gives an elaborate description of his obsession with Estella and decides that his "devotion" or obsession with Estella is his greatness. Fortunately, the mature writer notes that this "devotion" was actually the young Pip's smallness and meanness.
Dickens's ability to describe the nature of obsession is frighteningly real and I think that reading Dickens could substitute for a therapeutic relationship. Obsession is so real in so many peoples' lives and Pip's character shows how it can suck the life out of a person.
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