Not only has she made her name as a radio performer but Disney/Pixar saw fit to cast her (voice) as Violet in The Incredibles. I always enjoy hearing authors reading their own work, even if they don't have James Earl Jones' voice. They add an element that no narrator can; the true intended intonation.
This is formulaic thriller material that kept my attention but really didn't do much for me. This will always be a matter of taste and I'm not really here to review the writing.
What really disturbs me is that the producers decided to add background music at "key moments" - exciting music for the chase scenes, heart-rending music for the emotional scenes and neat little codas in case you're too dumb to see the end of each chapter as it comes up on the horizon.
Maybe this isn't new but it's the first time I've heard it and I hope never to have to put up with it again.
This sounds like it was recored on a cellphone. Levine's material sounds good but I couldn't make it past an hour as the sound quality was so poor. Watch out at the end of the first meditation (about 12:00) as there's a sudden squeal that will jerk you out of any meditative state you may have achieved.
Wish I could say more about the content as this is a very important topic.
Yunus describes the history and operation of Grameen and microcredit in general in simple, effective terms while consistently projecting his passion for the process and his frustration with the global banking system for not seeing its potential. This is no dull economics lecture but a lively human tale of dedication and commitment, with many real-world examples. It was published before the Nobel Prize announcement but you can sense that Yunus is a real game-changer.
Ray Porter (narrator) does a nice job on communicating the passion (almost anger at times), and handling the Bengali pronunciation.
Highly recommended, you'll believe that one man can change the world.
Who could have thought that a combination of craftsman's tale and musical history could be so addictive? Brookes intersperses the construction of his new guitar with a detailed account of the guitar's place in global and America music and I couldn't stop listening. Only two regrets, one of them already fixed:
- After such a detailed description of the custom built guitar, I wanted to see it. Fortunately there are pictures available at www.npr.com (search for "brookes" and "guitar").
- The audio-book format could have been used to great effect to illustrate the many musical styles discussed in the book. Brookes is almost poetic in his description of the many sounds that can be had from a guitar and some clips would have just been the gravy on the cake. Or something like that.
Highly recommended, probably best for middle-aged guys like me who have 25 years+ of fascination under their belts, but have never really stopped to think why and how it all happened.
Like the last reviewer, I could not finish this. They have clearly tried to copy the Car Talk format and apply it to construction and remodeling but failed completely. The constant sponsor credits and feebly engineered jokes totally miss and the advice is shallow and built around the questions that they wanted to hear, not what was actually asked (a bit like a presidential debate...).
It seems that they are trying to address two very different markets (a) professional construction folks who attract advertizing and (b) home owners who keep the overall ratings up. I guess they missed both, but the construction guys listen for the classic rock.
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