I had read all of Heinlein's books over the years and noticed his growing pre-occupation w/sex. Forgot that this book was the culmination of them all w/incest, sex and little else going on in the book of note. There was a storyline but that is what it involved.
I like the narrator but was unable to give many points because couldn't listen to the story after a while
I was so anxious to get this in audio that I had ordered the CD's years ago from ISIS (the UK audio book publisher for TP) and it was narrated by Stephen Briggs. I have listened to it many many times. I have wondered when/if Audiobooks would ever acquire it.
I do prefer the Stephen Briggs version (maybe because he has done a lot of the TP books lately or because he does understand the 'silent pause' or because I just like him.) The new version is enjoyable. Again, you have to have a different sense of humor - ie pg whode, monty phython and a love of words. Parts of the dialog remind me of Mark Twain in "Letters from the Earth".
I do still hope that my older cd's never get a scratch on them but am very glad that I now am able to download it for a walk or two!
I read this book years ago, and liked it a lot, but then forgot it. The graphic novels (comic books to the uninitiated) came out and they are fun. The audio book is fantastic. Richard is a rather indeterminate unassuming person, and Neil gets the character across really well. The book is a "this is silly now it's getting scary, but it is really happening to me" feast. When I visited London I looked for someone from London downunder, and am rather glad I wasn't able to find them or it. Not a cosy place to live but fun to visit
I seem to be in a minority, but there are several books that Nigel Planer narrates I cannot listen to. Since it is because of his voices for women characters, I was thrilled to find this one with the witches that was narrated by a woman. she did a great job - the story itself is one of the first, and TP is still finding the world. It is interesting how the character of granny weatherwax is so different from the later books - almost a trouser leg in time difference. the humor is not as broad as later books.
Expected a pretty entertaining listen - not a sneezing-snorting giggling laugh out loud experience. I had a cold while listening to this, so let me tell you that the sneezing was especially painful. I don't really know what to say about the flow, the narration and the characters - they just seemed so natural, not forced. I hope that audible gets more of his books. I have read some of the author's other books (Bloodsucking Fiends, Fluke) and each has been completely different. Can't wait until they are in an audio version!
I do have to agree with the reviewer who wondered how long it took for the listener who decided it was a great road trip story for the kids to realize that a mistake had been made. Definately an adult tale. Not necessarily due to the language or sexual references (heard any rap lately??) but because the context needs to be understood to be appreciated ie barbarian warrior princesses, barking bats, and - most importantly - relationships.
thank you for responding to my request for G Heyer's audio books! I have rented some from the library, but now I will be able to have some of my own. this is one of the better ones. The characters are fun, the story and the atmosphere are quintesical 'cozy'.
I happen to love this rendition. It fits the mood of the story, and I think it flows really well. It is quite mythical. I have been reading the books for over 15 years and was quite excited to find the audio versions. I had listened to some of the previous ones, and was quite disappointed. This vindicated my 'waiting'. Just be prepared to listen as to music and to a song-----
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