A Stephen King book that comes in under 8 hours. Who would have thought. The relative brevity of this book makes it more like classic King than anything he's written in year. Highly recommend.
I loved Oryx & Crake and am thrilled that the brilliant Margaret Atwood has chosen to continue the story.
The narrators were good, but the production suffers from the hairbrained idea that it would add to the story to actually record Atwood's song lyrics as actual songs.
In the same way that some actors go overboard in "performing" certain books (not this one thankfully). The producer here went WAY overboard by adding something that is ONLY possible in an audio book by adding music.
I don't listen to books from Audible to hear a performance, I listen because I don't have time to sit and read, so I prefer my books to be as unadulterated as possible.
I hope the producers of this book recognize that such over the top adulteration is a mistake and stop it in future.
I saw the film many years ago having not read the book. Picked this one up recently and loved it, but couldn't remember anything from the film. So I re-watched the film after I finished this and realized why. They changed many, many key points (as often happens). This is a long way to say that if you saw the movie and haven't read/heard the book, the movie is a faint shadow and Grisham fans will love it.
Obviously the story is dated, especially from a technological point of view, but it's still worth it.
I heard a lot of books narrated by Scott Brick and this is by far one of his finest performances.
In reading the other reviews I was expecting more of a general 80s nostalgia. This book, first of all, takes place entirely in the future and the 80s nostalgia is very, very specific and will appeal most strongly to men who were teens during the early 80s. Bonus points if you were also a geek.Don't get me wrong, I loved this book. Some of the gamer references got past me, but none of the music or film homages did. My point is that this one isn't for all 80s lovers as the gaming aspect overrides all others.Wil Wheaton did a spectacular job. Other actors could learn a lot from his subtlety and skill (yes, I'm talking to you, Craig Wasson.)
My favorite Irvings are Owen and Cider House. Everything else is judged according to those yardsticks. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. At the outset he tells us his main character is uncomfortable in his native country. That discomfort is then allowed for the reader as he takes us deep into the mire that is modern-day India. Fantastic.
I've come to expect epics from TW so my only complaint here is that the story ended much too soon. This is classic Tom. Down in the dirt with the over-privileged and posers of the art world. His writing becomes more poetic with each new novel. Lou is a terrific narrator, as good as any I've ever heard.
Wow. I was already irritated with Roy Dotrice in the first few books insisting that every other person had to sound like one of Shrek's elderly relatives, but making Daeneryes sound like an 80-year-old Disney witch and Millesandre and Missandei suddenly French was just too much! (Never mind that Strong Belwas now sounds like a Smurf!)
How hard would it have been for Dotrice and the producer to listen to each character before embarking on this 49 hour dragon fest?!!
How many of these complaints does Audible have to read before they get an explanation from the publisher for us?
The narrator does a valiant job of "performing" the book, but I would have much preferred he just read the darn thing. His characterizations of the older people work just fine, but every young person also sounds like their pushing 70. The women often sound like old men or drag queens. A couple sound like old pirates.I don't know how or why he gives certain accents to some. There doesn't seem to be any consistency there at all. Sometimes they're low class Brits, sometimes shanty Irish, a few Scots sneak in there now and then. On top of these things, was the overall pace. The actor gets so deep into his performances that the book often slows to a crawl, which would be okay if there weren't 5 of them clocking in at 200 hours total. During book 4 I finally turned the pace up to 1-1/2x.
My second favorite Irving book. (Owen Meany, #1.) Anyone who thinks abortion is a black and white issue should read this book. It is as relevant to today as it would be to the time about which it was written.
A beautiful, emotional novel.
This book addresses and answers nearly every argument the true believers of our world make to convince us that imaginary beings are in charge. Great ammunition when confronted with aggressive proselytizers.
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