The words and the story of The Book Thief makes this a book I will recommend to many. Markus Zusak's prose is brilliantly crafted.
BUT THE NARRATION!!
The large majority of the audio books I have are performed. I get it. But this narrator has interpreted the story according to his mindset rather than allowing me to 'read' it and make up my own mind.
The 'sotto' voice used for Death is incredibly irritating when you listen to books while travelling as you cannot hear what is said.
That said I love Dennis Olsen's voice - a voice that is truly a gift. I wish he had chosen to read the book and not interpret it. I have borrowed a hard copy so I can honour the writing better.
I didn't read the blurb and found after 5 minutes of listening this was a story with vampires, werewolves and elves - not my chosen genre. Best mistake I have made with literature to date as I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. The reading was great to listen to and the story was entertaining and funny.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one but the experienced reading by Stephanie Daniel keep me interested. It is a rare artist who can perform male and female voices without irritation. Phryne however irritates me just a little more than she entertains me - and I'm not sure why her social standing allows her not to be called a tramp given her penchant for bedding any male she comes across. I enjoyed my trip back to the country circuses and the insight into the moral world of circus folk.
Thoroughly enjoyed this reading. The pace was perfect and the story entertaining. Off to source another similar title right away!
I have jumped onto Audible to see why I am so out of step with the world majority in liking this book. The overdone past/present genre with the added mini novel inside it is is driving me to distraction - which is a problem because I buy audio books to listen to while I drive! I was wondering if it was just the narration but I loved the way he read the war novel pages and he did the female voices well - especially the cranky old Auntie - so I do not think that is the problem.
The most annoying thing is the treatment given to Pasqualle (sp?) - it seems that the author has contrived to make him simple and dull like his broken English. Not sure at this stage that I'll bother to finish with it.
This book was so depressing if I had continued listening to it I would have had to go on medication. No likeable characters, no redeeming features for any of the protagonists. I think Rowling's thought process was "What can I write about that's the complete antithesis of Harry Potter" ?
The writing must be good as I always was feeling the need for a hot shower to scrub clean. I may one day get hold of a paper copy to make sure all the horrible people get their just desserts, but I can no longer listen to it in the car when I cannot fast forward and have to listen to the foul, depressing distasteful things described in this book.
If I never read another word about adolescent sexual 'awakenings', particularly those of spotty masturbating boys, it will be way too soon. A tired subject that bores me no end and was never worthy of any literary merit.
Horrible, horrible book. It will be a long time before I spend my money on a JK Rowling book.
I thorughally enjoyed Jim Broadbent's performance. As a female I find it interesting to listen to the male voice of a novel.
I would have made Harold a bit stronger in the latter stage of the journey. But ultimately I was pleased with his character. I really disliked the pilgrims!
Harold! He was a wonderful Mrs Fry as well.
I like the title.
I did find the third quarter of the book very frustrating and tedious - but I suppose that was how Harold was also feeling. I thought it was wrong of him to expect someone with cancer to wait for him given the terrible pain they are in but that could well be because of my recent experiences.
The description of grief being like a big hole given by Reg was spot on! A book I would recomend to friends and may well buy the printed version to keep.
Vivid, entertaining and enlightening.
When they picked the first peaches - I could almost taste them!
When the cure was giving confession through his letter box. I also liked spending time in the kitchen with the Muslim women.
I liked having the time to digest each chapter without having to rush through to the next. Having said that I couldn't wait for my journey to continue so I coulod listen to the next bit of the story.
I enjoyed this reading as the two voices brought the characters to life.
Language to caress the ears
Finding out that some authors can do justice to their written words
John Lithgow uses language that takes you into his life story. He reads with pathos and articulation. A pleasure to listen to and an education for my ears.
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