Like many reviewers on Audible, I first learned of this book from watching the film, and while reluctant to listen to it for fear of reliving the same tale, I went ahead and listened anyway. I'm so glad I did. The book is quite different from the film, and in a good way.
Matheson borrowed ideas from many religions and spiritual literary sources to masterfully weave a tale and create a universe so concrete in the reader's mind that one hopes that an afterlife does indeed exist, and conforms to everything Matheson has written. Summerland, as this heaven is called, has laws that seem to make perfect sense in that its very existence is given form by the minds of those who dwell there. Everything comes from thought, and as such, Summerland is place that is only as limited as its inhabitants' imaginations.
The story of Chris's death and survival thereafter is fascinating. We learn everything he learns and his journey to be reunited with his loving wife is moving and heart-wrenching. Robertson Dean's narration is strong and although it is at times dull and lacking certain conviction, it suits the somber mood of the book perfectly. There were moments in this story when I was brought to tears, and that is not an easy thing for a book to do.
I thought this was a good book. It is well-written and mostly easy to listen to. At times it gets a bit too existential, but the story itself is a good one: A young boy has a dream of a secret treasure and sets out on a long journey to find it. What follows changes him in ways he never would have thought possible.
Irons' narration is good, fitting for such a deep subject. This is a tale about stepping out of your comfort zone and having faith enough that you will withstand whatever comes after. The book contains parables within parables and most are easy to understand and apply to everyday life. Some are a little more obscure. But the message is clear enough.
When the book focuses on telling the story of the boy's adventure, it is a delightful listen. It's only when it starts prattling on about the "soul of the world" and speaking the "language of the universe" that it gets a bit too abstract. But it's worth a listen.
I'm not normally a biography reader. However Apple has become so ingrained in society that the story behind its founding and one of the men who made it the most valuable company on the planet makes for a fantastic read. Perhaps it also drew me in because I love technology.
The story is told warts and all. We see how Jobs could be a fantastic motivator and also a cold and callous spirit-breaker. But his ability to create incredible designs by merging art with technology has made for elegant products the world has fallen in love with. The book also gives us a look at all of the main players in Jobs' and Apple's life (as well as his competitors). These people were just as important as Jobs in creating a lasting technological marvel of a company.
Baker's narration is smooth and engaging and never falters the whole way through. Anyone interested in technology owes it to themselves to listen to this, whether you are a fan of Apple or not.
Ian Fleming's second 007 novel is probably not the most intense or action-packed of his repetoire, but it is a fairly enjoyable read. Bond's investigation into illegal currency trafficking leads him into a culture entrenched in voodoo superstition.
Rory Kinnear does a great job of narrating the story. His crisp British tones are perfect for the story and he brings Bond to life superbly. His voicework for Mr Bigg's goons is a joy to listen to, however his attempts at American accents are terrible and thankfully infrequent.
One thing this audiobook has done is instill in me an incentive to get the next in the series. I've always been a huge fan of the Bond films, but never read the books. While it is hard to listen to the story without thinking of the films that were based on them, they are worth the time.
When I was in school, I always hated Shakespeare. His distinct style of writing was at times hard to understand and frustrating. However it wasn't until ninth grade that our class studied Macbeth and, although the painful writing style was still there, the story drew me in.
Without even knowing it, "Macbeth: A Novel" is exactly what I have always wanted to read: Shakespeare's grisly story of ambition, murder and betrayal presented (albeit with some minor changes) almost entirely intact and without that painful poetic style everyone knows so well. The major characters are all present and fully fleshed out. New details have been added to the story, taken from real historic texts. While one may feel that such additions would detract from the original work, they do the opposite, adding more depth and character to the story and adding a rich authenticity to the setting.
Alan Cumming's narration is superb, bringing to life every character, both major and minor. At first I couldn't quite understand why he chose to speak in a Scottish accent even when characters aren't speaking, but after a while you forget about that and are fully drawn in by his authentic-sounding voice.
If you have never wanted to get into Shakespeare's works or found it hard to follow the original Scottish Play, you owe it to yourself to listen to this book. It would be a mistake not to.
I've never read the print version, but I found Jeff Woodman brought a personality to the story that would otherwise be lacking if I was just reading the book.
Well seeing as how there is pretty much only one character for the majority of the story, I would have to say Pi. His courage and determination in the face of death makes for a solid read. His account of every little detail (including eating faeces) brought the story to life in unexpected ways.
For starters, the accent. I don't know if Woods is Indian, but he definitely sounds like one when he tells the story. As previously stated, he brought a personality and vulnerability to Pi that I believe I would not have experienced if I was reading the book.
It's already a film.
I particularly enjoyed the slow dawning horror of Pi's discovery on the island. It was something I didn't see coming and was very eerie. Very good storytelling.
Yes I would. The novel has a good premise and deep characters. It is definitely worth a read just to witness their struggles in the wake of a world-destroying plague. Every character has their flaws and it is interesting to see the choices they make in the face of the battle between good and evil.
Perhaps a more climactic ending. The ending to the book did come together quite seamlessly, however it just felt that there was a lot of buildup to something that didn't really deliver as expected. The epicness expected just wasn't there. Flagg is an interesting villain, but not the big bad boogeyman he could have been. At times his demeanor is more comical than fearsome. Whilst I understand this underlines his more psychotic moments, I felt it took a little of the menace away from him.
Gardner's performance is done very well. I have no criticisms besides the fact that he isn't as talented as other narrators I've heard when it comes to giving life to a massive cast of characters. But he did well enough.
Stephen King's take on vampires was a surprising read. He uses all the classic elements of vampire lore, rather than invent his own (sunlight, wooden stakes, holy water etc.). He does however put his unique spin on it and coupled with McLarty's narration, the book ends up being a fun read.
There is nothing truly original here, but it is a worthwhile story for fans of King that was written in his early days.
After being recommended this book by my father-in-law, I was intrigued to hear this stunning tale of disaster. Peter Fitzsimons has crafted a terrific retelling of the ill-fated voyage of the Dutch East India Company's flagship vessel. Eloquently narrated by Aspel, the story seems so fantastic that one cannot deny that truth IS stranger than fiction.
From the telling of the VOC's founding, to the Batavia's journey and subsequent shipwrecking on the Abrolhos Islands, to the murderous tyrannical short-lived island regime of Jeronimus Cornelisz, this tale is both amazing and horrifying.
Every Australian should read of this disaster that took place off the coast of Western Australia. It paints a chilling portrait of just how far power can corrupt those who have naught to fear from the outside world. Murderous executions, sexual slavery, survival and heroism: these are all present in this adventure that many have forgotten or are not even aware of.
Although told in present tense and actual dialogue spoken could be contested, Fitzsimons states this at the beginning of the book. It makes for a vivid story that places the reader there at every chilling moment.
"No Easy Day" is a no-BS account of the mission that brought one of the world's most reviled terrorists to justice. Engagingly narrated by Holter Graham, the book is short, to-the-point and hasn't a shred of self-aggrandizement.
From Owen's training to make it to DEVGRU (formerly known as SEAL Team 6), early missions as a member of that elite SEAL force, to the climax of Operation Neptune Spear, this is a remarkable firsthand account. At times I had to remember that I was listening to a true story that was as factual as possible from a real SEAL who was there. Some of the events are hard to believe, and make a larger impact because of that fact.
The story is told matter-of-factly with no chest-beating. These were simply men who had a mission to complete and did so as professionally as possible. An engaging read, do yourself a favour and see how the top soldiers do their job: listen to this book.
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