Dandelion Wine is one of those nostalgic stories that attempt to summon a true memory of childhood. Ray Bradbury is one of few authors with the magic to pull it off. This production is a full cast reading with music and sound effects. A production like this can come to grief in any number of ways, but this one works well. The boy playing the role of 12 year old Douglas Spalding is just right. It's not a replacement for reading the book, but if you can enter into the spirit of the story, I think you will love this recording. Green light.
Les Miserables is no doubt a very great novel when read in French by a reader somewhat familiar with the subjects treated. It is still a great novel when read in English by a reader (listener) to whom great chunks are incomprehensible. I think it is more difficult to read closely than War and Peace, a book to which it might reasonably be compared. Frederick Davidson (David Case) was, of course, one of the great masters. He is wonderful in narrative and equally convincing in male, female and juvenile characters. I especially admire his petit Gavroche.
I really enjoy Bart Ehrman's lectures. As fine an historian as he is, I think it is his personal involvement in the lectures that keeps me listening. He tends to start his talks speaking calmly and becomes increasingly passionate as the lecture proceeds. Strongly recommended to anyone with a secular or liberal interest in the history of Christianity.
Craig Johnson???s Longmire books are one of my favorite series. As the Crow Flies is typical: Engaging characters, interesting situations and a satisfying plot (though the characters struggle to come to grips with the central clue in this volume). It???s probably a good sign when at the end of the book you wish several of the regular characters had had more prominent roles. George Guidall deserves a lot of the credit for the popularity of this series in audio. I can???t imagine any other voices for these characters. I wish the new television series well, but I will probably pass on it. Watching could only detract from the conception of the characters Guidall has crafted. There is a cute self-referential gag in this volume.
This is the second best collection of Wodehouse golf stories available on audio, the best being The Clicking of Cuthbert read by Frederick Davidson. In this case, second best is still very good. The stories, narrated by The Oldest Member, play upon the unquestioned sanctity of the game. Expect terminology from the twenties.
The missing piece of the Annals of the Former World series finally appears on Audible. I can???t recommend this series highly enough.
This is one of the good Tom Clancy novels. I prefer Michael Prichard over the other narrators of Tom Clancy's books. These are long books and I find Prichard's voice easy to listen to. His unaffected readings always hold my interest.
It is no criticism of Catton???s excellent three volume history to say it is a lesser work than Shelby Foote???s Civil War: A Narrative. Foote???s work is on a much grander scale. It is, moreover, great literature. There are no other American histories that really compare. Think Gibbon. No one reads nonfiction better than Nelson Runger. I look forward to the other two volumes.
This book is half biography and half science. Feynman was one of a kind and had a remarkable career. You can???t help thinking that this is how brains are supposed to work. The science exposition is clear and easy to follow. The narrator is a perfect match to the material.
This book is a consideration of some current topics in Physics and Cosmology. It is the author's contention that resources being devoted to string theory are disproportionate to any returns received or envisioned. While some points made were well over my head, the book is not at all difficult to follow. It is clearly acceptable today to be agnostic on the string theory/multiverse. Science seems to have gone a long way out on that limb. The book is clearly and expertly read by Walter Dixon.
This is a good book which served as the basis of a very good film. The story of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin and his father is a natural for anyone interested in chess and is a must read for anyone involved with children's competitive sports. See the movie as well. Lloyd James does a good enough job, but the editing is a bit spotty, some sentences unfinished and others repeated. Not a serious distraction, though
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