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I am really enjoying the book. Simon Prebble could read me the telephone book and I would give it five stars but the format 2 version that I am listening to is full of pops and hisses.
Yes, it is stupid questions like this one that have me cringing each time I read a guided review. How the heck can I compare two things when I've only experienced one?? This question should be expunged from the guided database forever.
Finally, though still lame, a question that just might open a door to discussion. Actually, the whole book was memorable.
Though outside my normal reading genre, I truly enjoyed the book. It showed true imagination and yet at the same time, a knowledge of history and other factual information. It is easy to write a fantasy novel when you are making up everything but having chosen an actual time and place in history, Wecker pretty much stuck to the constraints. The book is well-written, the characters have depth and interest, the descriptions are vivid-- well worth the 20 hours of reading time. BTW, if you are looking for a book that gets to the point quickly, you have chosen the wrong book; this book is about the journey and the scenery, not about the destination.
This is a repeat of the first stupid question. Stop trying to compare listening to a book to reading a book. They are two different but equal experiences that in most cases has more to do with the talent of the chosen narrator than the skill of the author. Even worse, stop trying to convince us that listening to a book is a superior experience. First, you are preaching to the choir and second, even for the choir, it isn't a question of superiority, it's just a question of difference.
Really, is this question going to help people decide whether this book is one that they want to read or not? Personally, I think not. If the title isn't already the right title for the book, then there is an editor who should be looking for a different profession.
I got this as a "daily Deal."
I've managed to get through two lectures. I love Beethoven's music and would be happy to learn more about the composer himself and about music in general but I find this lecturer excruciating to listen to.
For a couple of minutes in the first lecture, I thought maybe the man has some insights to share as to why Beethoven's music is genius (or not) but all too soon that brief insight was over and we were back to the meaningless cliches. The insights are too few and far between to continue to put up with a lecture style that is, to me, at best annoying If I were in this man's university classroom, I would be dropping the course before the end of the first week.
I wish that I could say it as elegantly as Jerry did in his 10-16-14 review but "patronizing, supercilious" and "so desperate to be 'cool' and 'hip' " describe my reaction to a T--and I'd rather quote than plagiarize.. This guy is not for me. Jerry, I can only hope that I get as many "Not helpfuls" as you have for daring to say that I don't like this lecturer.
My advice: Listen before you buy. This lecturer's style is not for everyone.
Sorry. I'm just as blown away over this novelization as others readers. While I enjoyed H&H's take on some of the situations, there were other parts that just left me cold--or even laughing. I thought they did a much better job on MacBeth. However, if nothing else, it makes you think about the play and the characters--and why plays are so different from novels.Yorick made me thing I'd been suddenly dropped into Christopher Moore's recent novelization of King Lear, Fool* and for that one reason alone, I think the novel should have been written without the fool.
Another fine outing by John Scalzi. Loved it for all the reasons already given and won't bore anyone by repeating them.
I managed to pre-order my copy before the offer deadline and was able to get both versions for one credit--and I am so glad that I did. I will tell you straight away that it is very strange listening to this story in two different voices but rewarding. If you never thought that the narrator was key to an audiobook, listening to both readers will show you just how much the narrator influences the read.
This book was just not for me! Buying it in the recent BOGO sale, I relied on the description in the pop up and didn't really see the full description with its 'erotic content' warning. Reading this was like reading a Harlequin romance, right down to the requisite three explicitly soft-core 'encounters.' IMHO, the author couldn't make up his mind if he was writing a mystery or a romance and in the end did justice to neither.
I can't believe that I haven't written a review of this book!! I've ready the whole series already. I love Mma. Ramotswe. I love how she takes me to quieter and more gentle place. I was hooked the minute I started listening.
Here's what I say. This is one series of books that is absolutely brought to life when read out loud by Lisette Lecat. If I were to read this book in print, the voices would all have my distinctly 'American television' sound and, in spite of being set in Botswana, there would be no feel of Botswana in the read. If you have picked up the books and put them down unimpressed, try listening to them. You will have a completely different experience when you listen to them.
Sometimes I'll choose a book just because I think that I should at least read something by a particular author--expand my horizons a bit, as it were. Walter Mosley is one of those authors on my list and so when Devil in a Blue Dress appeared in the sale pile, I took the chance. Glad I did. Mosley's reputation is well deserved. While I am not hooked on Easy Rawlins and racing out to gather up as many in the series as I can, I'm sure that more may make it into my library in the future.
I fell asleep while reading this one and didn't even bother to go back to read what I had missed. The stories felt very repetitive and even though I slept through some of the book (not unusually for me), I didn't feel like I had missed anything. I didn't feel like I learned anything that didn't already know. I just was not impressed by this book.
I love the Dortmunder series for what it is! Give me more and more of the gang that could shouldn't shoot straight. I am happy to laugh my way through their escapades time after time. Here is a book that you can read with a light heart and a big laugh. Here is a book that isn't pretending or even trying to be great literature. It has no depth. It has no message. It doesn't even call out for a review.
It wasn't a horrible listen but I am just not enamored enough of the main character to want to continue to read the series.
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