Genoa City, WI, United States | Member Since 2010
I would listen again, if only because I enjoy listening to nearly all of my Audible purchases multiple times. If I like a story, and I do like this story, it will absolutely get more than one listen and I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's body of work, not to mention the life that Patrick Tull breaths into any story he narates.
If you like one Sharpe's book, I would be surprised if you would be disappointed in any of them.
It is difficult to pick only one thing and so I feel the best part of this book is the fact that you may see the root from which so many other hero stories draw their inspiration.
I have heard a number of Mr Davidson's performances and I feel that this one maintains the high standards that he has set before.
This is not a book for a single sitting. Putting it simply, there are just too many stories, characters and events for a single sitting (I had to break it up with something more modern; Hamlet). This is not truly flowing story because you are introduced to a astounding number of characters and the heroic events of their lives, which, putting it directly, makes this book better to be taken in sections in order to digest the events just listened to.
I was initially nervous about purchasing this book due the number of complaints about Mr Davidson's reading of it, but I can honestly say that his reading was excellent and that I have no idea why there are the complaints that there are or what provoked them. The reading was done by an Englishman about Englishmen and his variation of accent and attitude were excellent. The only complaint that I have ever had with Mr Davidson's characterizations were in the way he reads American accents, but as there are no Americans in this book I have no complaints about his performance.
Compared to previous Moist titles, this one lacks something. I am not sure if it is just me, but where as Going Postal was brilliant and Making Money was at least fun, Raising Steam seemed, for lack of a better word, forced.
Of course I would! There are too many examples of where TP has clearly hit the mark and made me laugh out loud in my office for me not give him a great many more chances if time and his talents permit!
I have listened to Stephen Briggs a number of other times and this one is no exception in his ability to give the characters presented their own voices.
If you are new to Terry Pratchet's books, Do Not read or listen to this one first! Hogfather, Mort, the afor mentioned Going Postal and even the first two books of the series (the Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic) are much better starting places.
Being a fan of Napoleonic war and that strange time in history with new military geniuses, swords, pikes, halberd, guns and cannon, how could one not appreciate the talents of Bernard Cornwell's "in the moment" take on, what would arguably be, the most brilliant and lopsided sea battle ever fought.
Sharpe's perspective on the approach to breaking the combined fleet's line.
Patrick Tull brings life to each of the character's that he performs and I truly appreciate his ability to let me know who is talking, just by the accents and inflections that he brings to each character.
If you like Patrick Tull's reading here, you should definitely listen to his reading of the O'brien Aubrey and Maturin series starting with Master and Commander.
Honestly, the voice of the narator was fine, but the delivery lacked the emotional quality that I have come to expect. Also, the sound of the narators voice remided me vividly of the voice of the narator that I used to hear accompanying film strips when I was a kid in grade school.
I would not, though as an additional source it has much to recomend it. Own this book if you do not already, since you may, like me, wish to make notes and check references.
Very practical book with concise explainations of the fundamentals of "Christianity" and not of religion.
One of the all time great stories and its prologue, put simply, ruined by the narrator's droning delivery, constant mispronunciations and an east coast accent that insists on putting R's on any word that ends in a vowel. Even though you get the earlier "Youth", this reading is NOT worth it, in my oppinion, at any price.
While I have seen many of the movie and tv productions of this piece of work and thought I knew the plot (in a very general way), I could not have been more wrong. For the price and the massive scope of, what I feel, is Dumas' mangnum opus, you will not be disappointed with this reading. This oral edition may not have some of the finished polish of some other editions, since you can clearly hear page turning and there are more than a few stumbled words and sentences, but Andrew Timothy was like listening to your grandfather read you a story and that rather added, than subtracted from the whole fee.
In short, this is the best purchase I have made so far from the enjoyment of the story itself and the reader.
The concept of this story was excellent, however the main character left me flat. I gave it a 3 star rating because of its depth of secondary characters and side stories, but the protagonist I found I could never quite get behind or really care about.
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