True, this doesn't give an indepth account of Beethoven's life, but the production's lively and entertaining--it reminds me of great radio. The Life and Works of Chopin is another great title.
The protagonist Carl.
The mystery. It's good one, though it feels like the novel could be cut by a third and not lose anything essential.
The accents he uses when speaking dialogue! Why? It calls attention to itself and takes one out of the story. Had he spoken the dialogue with the same voice he does the narration, I would've given him 5 stars for his performance.
I enjoyed this to the extent that I want to listen to the next book in the series. But, please, for the love of all that is holy, enough with the accents!
Orwell paints vivid portraits of people and place. Got claustrophobic listening to him write about visiting a mine.
The aforementioned visit to the mine.
I thought he did a serviceable job.
The problem I had with the book is half of it, it seems, is devoted to Orwell's thoughts on government. Frankly, it wasn't interesting at all. This book needed more people, less ideas.
If they are into mysteries, yes. Not sure if the plot made sense at times and it was hard to see how everything connected in the end, but it is a unique plot.
It had a lot of twists and turns and I wanted to see how the different plot strands tied together at the conclusion. Alas, for me, it wasn't done to my complete satisfaction.
Can't really think what he did do, but I know what he didn't do: he didn't take me out of the story. In other words, I never really thought about the narrator as I was listening, which is a good thing. Too many times, with other narrators, I find myself annoyed at a voice they adopt for a character or a too dramatic tone they take when describing something.
The introduction of the female detective. Thought she added a lot.
He just did a good, solid job. Too many times a reader's performance takes away from the narrative. Pittu's performance blends in smoothly.
I enjoyed the investigative process.
I thought the first book in the series was good. But the mystery in that story wasn't as compelling as the mystery is here. Whatever the audio equivalent of a pager turner is, this is it.
Lee's words and Spacek's narration completely transport you into the world of the story. I can only say ditto to all the praise from the other reviewers. There's nothing more for me to add, except this, do yourself a favor and get this.
The narrator should have read the dialogue with the same voice he read the exposition. As it is, this is a horrible recording. I'm returning it. I have all the other Murakami audiobooks and they are great listening experiences. For some bizarre reason, someone thought it was a good idea to have the dialogue spoken in an accent that I guess was supposed to be Japanese, and yet sounded like no one I've ever heard in my 47 years on earth.
Tsukuru was interesting, except when we had to listen to his dialogue.
If he doesn't try an accent, I suppose so, but otherwise, not a chance.
You endure the dialogue rather than enjoy it. Frankly, having the narrator speak in this dialect is one of the stupidest decisions in audiobooks history. The story might in fact be better than 4 stars, but, due to how terrible this listening experience was, there's no way I can give it a 5.
I'm not sure. It's an easy listen, but the resolution left me unsatisfied. Part of the fun of a mystery is being given the clues to solve it. This didn't happen here. Too much information is given after the fact -- a la Scooby Doo.
Probably, but it will be dependent on good reviews.
The voices of the teenagers were a little too childish.
Frankly, the book could've used a rewrite to deal with structural problems. There were twists and turns but, as mentioned above, not enough clues dropped throughout the narrative to make the big reveal satisfying.
A better narrator and, assuming there was a director, a better director. The only way to listen to this is at 1.5 X speed. Worse than the blandness of the narrator's voice is his constant miss pronouncement of words and names. It is laughably and, at times, surreally bad.
Since this contained two novels and many short stories, it's hard to say.
Quicker pace and correctly pronounced words and names. How hard was it to consult a dictionary?
The production reeks of amateur hour. You're constantly taken out of the stories because you're scratching your head as to how this got made.
Trust me, and the other reviewers, on the miss pronounced words and names.
A recording of a lecture on screenwriting, not comprehensive but not bad either. Covers all the basics. There is a MAJOR PROBLEM, however, the lecture is about 15% Q and A and while the lecturer's voice is clear, the questioners' voices aren't. At all. Not an enjoyable listening experience.
No music. I was hoping the narration (which is okay, not great) would be broken up now and again with samples from the composers' works.
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