I have read Vanity Fair before, so there were no surprises here.
It is a well written and interesting novel.
My 5 star rating is as much for John Castle's narration, as it is for the novel. Superb!
This is the second time that I have read all of the "Kate Shugak" novels back to back and in order, both because the novels are exciting, darkly humorous, well written, and entertaining, but most of all, because I have either visited or lived in every location Kate has. This makes Kate's experiences all the more vivid.
Dana Stabenow has the gift of really making those locations and Kate's experiences come alive to the reader.
I will probably listen to Oliver Twist again, even though I have already read it several times.
I love the contrast between Dickens descriptions of his "evil" characters; Bill Sykes, Fagin, and his "good" characters; Oliver, Nancy.My favorite scenes are the comedic ones between Mr. and Mrs. Bumble.
Gerald Dickens is a brilliant narrator who accurately imitates every regional accent necessary to this cast of characters; a skill I greatly admire.
When I purchased this version of Oliver Twist, I had to chose between a couple of very fine narrators and was pleasantly surprised that Gerald Dickens was not just trying to "cash in" on being the great grandchild of Charles Dickens, but is highly skilled and talented in his own right.
As a loyal Dickens follower, this was still a delightful surprise
Trotty Veck was my favorite character representing all which was honest and good in the social class of the poor during Dickens time, in spite of staggering adversities.
Gerald Dickens is an unexpectedly brilliant reader who performs many voices with ease and excellence. He is obviously not just content to "ride on" the successes of his great-great grandfather.
This work was new to me, and took such an unexpected direction and so caught me up in the suspense, that it frequently made me chuckle.
This work is very similar to A Christmas Carol in many aspects. I am very surprised that it is not better known by the reading public, since The Christmas Carol is so popular and so frequently performed.
Yes, as I have read many of Philippa Gregory's books and enjoyed them.
Very well written book and historically quite accurate.
It was, however, very difficult to remain invested in a main character who was so difficult to respect or to empathize with. She was impossible for me to like, although perhaps her personality was just not sympathetic to me.
Yes. As I am very interested in that period of history, this was the second time that I listened to this book. It is of particular interest when combined with the other two books of this series: The White Queen, and The Lady of the Rivers. This series is unique in representing this period of English history from a woman's point of view.
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