Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.
Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.
In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.
Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.
Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.
James Marsters is a master reader, and his performance reading the Dresden files has made the series for me. However, he also has superb material in James Butcher's writing.
Dresden. The entire series is told in first person from his view, so enjoying this character is essential to enjoying the series. However, Karon, the tough little ex-cop and the coroner are very important to this particular book.
Marsters has a way of reading the story as if he were Dresden -- acting as much as reading. The one time there was a different reader (who was not a bad reader -- he just wasn't Marsters), the change in characterization grated on the ear.
Between a rock and a hard place.
Once again, Butcher has pulled off a plot line that places the central character in an impossible position -- yet allows him to pull off a positive ending. One has to wonder if Mab is actually as evil as her public image, because she certainly allows her current Winter Knight a lot of latitude.
Yes. This book continues the story begun in Deed of Paksenarrion. It picks up Kieri's story, and examines the relationship between the elves and humans in the kingdom he has inherited. The pacing is excellent, characters well rounded.
Kieri and his young wife. They are central to this part of the story.
I have not. I like her vocal range and the way she deals with character voices. I will watch for more of her performances.
Spoiler alert for people who have not yet read the book. I was very moved by the moment when the young queen loses her baby, and the realization that food at the banquet had been poisoned.
The chief attraction in this series for me is the excellent world building and the interplay between characters and cultures.
I haven't read the print version, so I really could not compare the two. However, if you simply read the work, you would miss out on all the wonderful music clips used throughout.
Professor Greenberg's humorous way of dealing with what could be a fairly dry topic.
Now I can't see that this really applies. He covers a lot of territory in the history of opera. Figero is certainly memorable, but I wouldn't necessarily call him a favorite. Otello was also well done.
This question so does not apply to this work.
This is my second "Great Course" audio book performed by Professor Greenberg. He clearly enjoys his topic -- music -- and is adept at couching history in modern terms without getting tooo campy about it. I enjoyed this book and "how to listen and appreciate music" very much. Both added a great deal to my appreciation of music history and classical format.
The best part of Netherland was the character development of the protagonist. I disliked the rambling style. The story begins in the present, but is largely driven by flashbacks and digressions.
I can't say I was exactly disappointed. I read the book to review it, so I had no particular expectations. I simply wasn't impressed with it.
Mays does a nice job of working with this material. His reading is direct and clear.
NOT read another book by Joseph O'neill.
I am not fond of "slice of life" books, so my review is probably less than fair. However, I simply wasn't impressed with the overall approach. The whole concept of Cricket, the game as applied to "playing cricket" as keeping your dealings in life open and above board in life, seemed a little strained to me.
Understanding personal growth
Sebastian, another book by Anne Bishop. It has the same sort of gentle sweetness wrapped up in bravado "tough".
I have not listened to Alexandra Harris's other performances. This was a first for me. I was impressed with the way she could introduce voice differences without sounding strained. Since her narrative voice is a light soprano, this is truly impressive.
Yes. And I could not. It gave me something to look forward to at the end of my work week.
I have read all of Anne Bishop's books and short stories that I could obtain. I own copies of the Black Jewels series and the Ephemeral series. Like many of her books, Written in Red seems to pick up on a current social trend -- in this case, cutting -- and examines possible reasons and even an element of solution. It taps into the need for children and youth to make connections with others and to learn useful skills in order to survive. It examines values that are true "inside the tribe" and treatment of those "outside the tribe." At the same time, the plot is fast paced, the characters are believable. Her "others" are not as gritty as Patricia Briggs wolves or Ilona Andrews Edge dwellers, nor as ethereal as Charles de Lint's urban mythic creatures, but they have a charm of their own. Overall, the book comes across as light, playful, yet strong.
Use of reliable study citations.
The narrator was ok. Hard to do much with the material at hand.
I think the good doctor swallowed a copy of Dr. Spock, and tried to fancy it up. The coup de gras for me was when I looked up crib tents and found that they had been recalled as unsafe.
The subject matter.
I quit reading after the graphic clitorectomy.
the interpretive reading is excellent. You experience the dust, the pain, the rejection. The performance is well done, but I want to escape problems, not wallow in them.
It is probably a good book for someone else to read.
Academe's Fury ranks pretty high among the books I've listened to so far. Kate Reading does a masterful job of creating distinct voices for all the characters, and is an excellent narrator/story teller. The story is written in high fantasy style, which isn't my favorite. However, the plot moves right along, and there is plenty of political intrigue.
One of the most memorable moments in Academe's Fury is the fight on the stairs.
Kate Reading's interpretation brings out the pathos of the aunt's love for the boy who is now growing into a man.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction. It is well written, has a good plot line and has a chuckle or two as well as some pathos. But it did not move me strongly.
It doesn't have the grit of Dresden Files. Which should come as no surprise. It is essentially a regency romance with fantasy elements. It is still several cuts above the general run of similar fiction.
Mystical, magical, practical
The opening scene when the girl tells off her brother.
Vocal quality, and delivery.
Not yet...but I loved reading it in print.
This is a book I loved in print, and I'm sure I will like as an audio book. I keep falling asleep before I get very far, which is indicative of good reader quality. :)
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