I loved this experience. Karen Rose Richter is an accomplished narrator who gives vivid life to these many characters. Her performance is beautiful. Like another reviewer mentioned, her ability to distinguish between genders and all ages, is great, and one never gets confused about who is speaking. Her tone is just right for this story, warm, sometimes funny, but gentle. The story is interesting. I found the book to be like a fable at least in the first half. Feather goes through many incidents and adventures, and he learns lessons from them. Point of view switches when necessary to tell the story that the author wants to tell. So at first it seemed somewhat shallow prose--but that's only if you're comparing it to any other novel you might have read. The depth is in the mix. The second half of the story gets tense and thrilling.
The spiritual practices and shamanism in the book has a feeling of authenticity, and is described in intricate detail, narratively. I'm not sure, but I think the predictive visions are meant to be fantasy. It is a book that unfolds at its own pace. It is not "a western", or any other distinct genre. Of course, as you're listening, your heart breaks for these wise, gentle people whose way of life is about to be wiped off the face of the earth by history. It was impressive that the wise characters in the story make the point several times that not ALL of the invaders are evil. That they will find friends among them. And then that is demonstrated. That kind of grace is rare in books and in life. While I had minor emotional responses to the first half of the book, the second half pays major dividends. There's so much detail about day to day life, and the spiritual lives of the people, their decisions and thought processes, that the effect becomes profound.
Brian Hodge's Oasis is the story of an ancient blood feud between Viking chiefs, one who worships the old gods, and the other who has been converted to Christianity. But that's far in the background, for 3/4 of the book we are treated to an idyllic story of teens coming of age in the Midwest, yearning to discover their adulthoods. This first part of the book reminded me of Summer of Night or Stand By Me, a heartfelt tale of true friendship and bonding in late adolescence. I enjoyed the characters, who were vivid and distinct. Paul Heitsch's narration provides distinction between the characters so that I was never confused about who was speaking. The narration is musical and coherent, which allowed me to see the story played out in my mind's eye, this the experience I want from an audiobook.
What could have been a potboiler, contemporary fantasy, turned out to pack an emotional punch I was not expecting. So the book stayed with me long after the last chapter ended. This is not Raiders of the Lost Runestone. It displays a keen literary talent, though the story drags somewhat in the middle of the book, when only a few flourishes of the evil awaiting the heroes are shown. It doesn't build like a horror/thriller, but the ending is spectacularly fiery. I recommend this book highly.
The title seems odd and doesn't compliment the contents of the story.
Brilliant book, brilliant narration. This history is full of character and facts about Oscar Wilde's tour of the U.S. early in his career. It is extraordinarily full of anecdotes and descriptions of encounters Oscar Wilde had with the luminaries of his day, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher, Walt Whitman, Jefferson Davis, and many others. Also revealing was that Wilde, far from being a mere aesthete prancing about in knickers and dancing slippers, was a man of substance, who knew how to navigate the waters of class (the Miners of Leadville, CO come to mind), and treat even those who were contemptuous of him with dignity and respect. The force of this book is in the visceral way the reader is allowed to understand how the American Tour changed Wilde for the better, which gave him a backbone of iron, and changed his sensibilities. There was one Oscar Wilde before America, and a different Oscar Wilde after. This book reveals how that happened, with a joyful wit worthy of its estimable subject. Christa Lewis narrates with a gentle touch, and a wry sense of humor at moments that increase ones appreciation of the ironical positions Wilde finds himself in throughout his experiences. Brilliant narration. Only scant mentions are made of the scandal which looms in Oscar's future. And these are done only to serve the narrative, and not because of any salacious intent. I recommend the book to everyone. 7 hours in the contemplation of beauty and the beautiful is a treat for the soul.
I very much enjoyed listening to this book. I think Pearl Hewitt is one of the best of the best narrating books these days. Her characterizations are varied and emotionally evocative without becoming too overly dramatic -- very nice, pleasant delivery that invites me to become fully immersed in the story. I don't want technical fireworks, I just want the story, and Pearl delivers. The novel itself: I've only read a few of these WotC tie-ins, and I don't like stories that take place completely underground. That said, Jaleigh Johnson does a fantastic job of making sense of this world and structuring a dramatic, engaging plot. The characters (which are hers, and not WotC's at least to the best of my knowledge) are fully motivated by personal backstory and interesting. The wild spell scar magic is dramatic, as is the climax of the novel which features two stunning twists I did not see coming. I strongly recommend this book. I do not like all the game nomenclature--but that will be a strong plus for some readers. The battles are vividly described and narrated with coherence and flair. I strongly recommend this book for those interested in Drow and the Forgotten Realms.
Chris Andrew Ciulla brings life to these characters vividly and energetically. I enjoyed his performance, he has a fresh, youthful sound, which was just right for the main character, Dr. Parks. He does a fine job of distinguishing between the many characters and keeping their voices consistent, as well as making the female characters sound believable. He handles the 1890s idiom perfectly. After getting used to his rhythm I saw it all in my mind's eye--which is exactly what I want from an audiobook.
Saw 101: Snake Oil
The book was compelling and interesting. I was immersed in the story after the first few chapters, and I cared about what happened to the characters. I would have liked a little more sense of place, as I lived 30 years in the Pac NW, and I only got a little bit of description--but that's a matter of personal taste.
The story. Narration is also very good. The midwest accents are spot on. It takes a moment to get used to the TV Weatherman type of narrative delivery, but that sense soon passes. His dialogue is consistently excellent. I can always tell when a different character is speaking, and that's all I need.
The plot is a slow accretion of character elements and events that accumulate into a story that involves many lives, with threads that lead in many directions and incidents from decades past. It is a novel you can brood about and parse and enjoy just thinking about. The characters are very real and authentic. The conflicts are external and internal. It is everything you want in a novel.
All of the scenes from Tim Underhill's point of view regarding Vietnam. Especially the body detail scenes.
The Heart of Darkness is closer than you think.
Other reviewers are unfairly critical of Patrick Lawlor's performance. Give it half a chance already.
Stephen King has developed a sense of grace and wisdom in his writing now.
The Things they Left Behind
One of the things I didn't like about Stephen King's writing, at least before his retirement, was his prolixity, which gave everything the same weight. I gave up reading halfway through Lisey's Story. But this collection is downright brilliant. Emotional, real. Taut and graceful, like a highwire act. Several deeply felt moments. I'm loving every second. His best writing bar none, since Hearts in Atlantis.
For Scott O'Neill's brilliant performance.
This is like Hollywood Babylon meets the National Lampoon.
The Lon Chaney scene
Yes. And it's possible because it's so short.
The text is packed with fun and humor, and Scott O'Neill brings it to vivid life. He has a ratatat delivery reminiscent of the old newsreels, but then provides a unique voice for each character being interviewed. Mr. O'Neill can claim the title "the Man of 1,000 Voices" (there were really only 69, but who's counting?) Laugh out loud moments abound in this feast of hilarity.
Yes. The pacing is remarkable, which JCO manages through point of view. Nobody gets deeper into character and motivations than Joyce Carol Oates.
If You Have a Twin, Run!
I've been a fan of JCO for many years. This is a strong collection, but not her best. I'm still always floored by her gift for incident and apt words. As always you have to piece together the story--she doesn't spoonfeed you. You understand the story only after it's done, because she's so close to point of view. The characters stumble and grope. It's like life.
Don't know. I never read--just listen.
The character of Harry Bosch is likeable, wise and moral. The political subplot is current and topical. Harry has problems, but they never compromise his better judgment. He doesn't have to go through hell to get his point across. (Though his problems are problematic!)
Everything. Cariou's delivery is exquisite, perfect. He captures character more in attitude than inflection and that keeps me from getting confused. He doesn't overact, and trusts the text. He's a brilliant reader. (I've been a fan for many, many years, but this is all true). I hope he reads other titles by Connelly
This is my first Michael Connelly novel. Impressive writing skills. Brilliant technique. I enjoyed it immensely and will return for many more servings I can assure you! The flow, the pacing, the tension, the action, it was all great. He revealed details and clues masterfully. I noticed one extremely minor technical mistake in the LA demographics, but hey, nobody's perfect.
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