This audio has white fang and a couple other short stories. Jack London is a great writer, he picks up the story at the perfect spot and end it at the perfect spot.
When Buck first heard the "voices" from deep in the woods and you understood what the book was about. It really touched that spot in you that makes you want to get way and back to nature.
try listening to it at 1.5x the speed, I think it adds to the performance, it makes it more suspenseful and puts more an urge or eagerness in the characters to fulfill their destiny.
I would say I'm part of the anti imperialist.
the background is after the spanish american war, in the treaty of paris, spain gave america control of the philippines (apparently you can do that) so most of the philippines had already surrendered to spanish rule with the exception of some southern islands of the philippines and the inhabitants were mostly muslim.
now the muslim filipinos thiught why if spain ever had control of us would we let america, and america couldn't understand why someone wouldn't want a foreign nation to control them.
so the book goes over the major events of the war and the key players.
was it important that the insurgents as they call them, someone who rebels against the govt were muslim? not really, maybe to sell books but the muslims in the philippines may have had more resolve then the non muslims when 1st the spanish came and then america.
I couldn't help but make the parallel with the propaganda of today with the propaganda of this war.
the conclusion was better then most with lessons learned and greater impact of the war.
it was good, at about 2 1/2 hours in the story is over then goes off on a tangent with other stories then goes back to the story through the family in the last part.
the writing style was ok, more big word verbs instead of similies and metaphors that would have brought the story more to life.
good overall, there was more detail then I thought. a little more realistic then the movie that I thought was pretty pretentious.
Yes and I even started to, great story and awesome narration.
Favorite character was Tom and Mattress.
shed a little tear at the very end, but my favorite part of the book was in the beginning setting the stage and scenery.
yes laughed, cried. The narration was awesome, so good it's been hard to find another audiobook I enjoy. the narrator did the voices of the different people wonders.
This was a unique book in the way it was written. As Tom the main character was telling it back to you, and the style was that it was like an oral story told back to you because he would say oh and I forgot to tell you this happened, or you were probably wondering why I knew this. So listening on audio is probably better then reading. It really puts you in the time and place the book took place in. Highly recommend.
the book is so much worse then the movie. Even the movie was boring at the beginning so I gave it a chance. It was hard to follow. I had to go to wikipedia to read about the plot and after listening for 3 hours I didn't remember anything that went on. I actually wanted to punch the author when I was reading it, but I guess the narrator was reading the footnotes at the same time. I like to get lost in the book but the author and narrator take you outside the book. Like the 1st scene with the mohicans the narrator says I will tell translate the language of the mohicans into english so you can understand, then kept referring to hawkeye as the white man then the narrator said I will no refer to the white man as hawkeye as he is known. It felt like I was listening to a text book with a little bit of dialogue thrown in, very hard to follow what is going on.
not very good narration, no changing of the voices when switching between characters.
don't have the narrator read the footnotes, perform don't huff and puff your way through it.
pass on this one.
the language was very academic and the narration was hard to pick up on words you didn't know. Vassal, Fife sounded like vessel and thief. The latter chapters were a little better once I went and did some research on feudalism and was able to follow along a little better.
the reading was dry
there were no characters
skip this one unless you really know what you are getting into, and if that's the case you should probably just read the book.
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