Tim Curry's wonderful voice brings alive this fantasy world. The use of bells as a fantasy power devise is unusual and dealing with the dead (and mostly dead) is sufficently creepy to keep you in your car long after the motor is off. I can hardly wait for Lirial and Abhorsen to come to the audio format as well.
A fun, if a bit predictable, mystery. The Scottish Highland setting is the star of the story. Set in the early 90's Hamish MacBeth's problem learning to use computers, login disc's and 5" floppies, was a reminder of how quickly technology has changed. Davina Porter is my favorite narrator, so if you can't wait for the next Diana Gabaldon this will tide you over.
I couldn't stop listening to this great biography. By putting such people as Locke and Halley into context, making the science (mostly) understandable, and discovering that Newton was one of the first great English detectives, makes this a must listen. The narrator does a fantastic job.
I really wanted to like this audiobook. I thought, now here's something completely different. I was right, it is different; perhaps if I had been reading this, instead of listening to it, I would have enjoy it more.
Elizabeth Sastre was unable to differentiate the multiple characters to the extent needed. With all the changes in time and place, not to mention history, the narrator really needed to have many more voices than this one was able to successfully pull off. I found myself constantly asking, "Who said that?", "Where are we?". Heaven forbid, I should have to stop in the middle of a section.
On the other had, the storyline is imaginative, the villian is interesting and Thursday Next is likable. Just be prepared to do a lot of rewinding.
OK, I have to confess that I have never liked Dickens. I would quietly shudder when recommending him to my students. I'm sure it had to do with the whole required reading thing of High School and College.
Well, this audiobook has managed to change my mind! Listening to Frederick Davidson's outstanding narration, I was finally able to understand the sly humor, political jabs, irony and pathos I had missed by reading Dickens on my own. "What larks!"
I guess now I'll have to reread, "A Tale of Two Cities"....or maybe I'll just listen to it in my car!
This audio book is just brilliant. Ms. Redgrave's undeniably great theatrical ability, is put to great use as she effortlessy voices each character. I have to admit I was a little worried about the male characters, but I was soon put to ease.
The story is delightfully dark as the evil Capricorn, read out of the book Inkheart, come to life and takes over. Poor Meggie must overcome many obstacles to find her courage and save her loved ones.
Themes of book burning, imagination and the power of the written word are skillfully interwoven in this excellent book.
I loved Eragon! I couldn't wait to get Eldest! I recognize that the author is a very young man and am amazed that he has the discipline to continue this story. That said, I felt that this book suffered from too much exposition. I don't need to know every jot and tittle about how Eragon and Saphira's training is acomplished or how magic works or what elves wear in their off hours...I felt like Mr. Paolini had learned new vocabulary and was sure going to show us he knew how to use it. Talk, talk, talk with very little action. But the book is redeemed when the action finally happens. The boy knows how to write a fight scene.
Reggie's trouble on the driving range was comparable to mine in my car,as I had to pull over due to hysterical laughter. This classic bedroom farce kept me in stitches.
The British Accent took a bit of getting used to, but once acclimated it was great. I will be listening to this one again and again.
While this is a well written, fully realized, fantasy world I have to say I found this book actually painful to listen to. Something in the audio format brings the characters to life more intensly than reading, and so when the major characters die, are brutalized, or on trial, I would only be able to listen for about 10 minutes before having to it turn off. This makes for a long listening experience as these plot lines are the norm in this book.
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