There are many versions of Lewis Carroll's novel and this version was not one I would recommend for children. While Jim Dale is a wonderful reader/narrator it did not quite match the surreal quality of the writing.
I looked forward to the audio version of a fun book. Sadly the narrator chosen is just not right for this book. Usually you can tell right away if the narrator works for you, but I have had at least one occasion when it took a while to become comfortable to a narrator. So I tried very hard but this narrator is all wrong for this book. I recommend you read the print version.
You have to suspend your logic and just enjoy the ride. This is a funny book with laugh out loud plot twists, snarky humor and a great introduction to an interesting cast of book characters.
As a fan of Gini Koch's Alien book series I had wondered who would be the most appropriate narrator and looked forward to who would be selected. Sadly Ms. Nordlinger may be fine for other books but not this one.
Purchased the Audible (audiobook) version first (may have been one of their Daily Deals) and was immediately pulled into this quirky little story. Love the premise of Leeds who is acknowledged to be a brilliant mind but odd due to his hallucinations which he calls "aspects". That is well named because each "aspect" character has a unique personality and one is led to believe that each is a different part of Leeds own personality and intellect.The intro is funny and a little puzzling but the story pulls you in quickly. You can become very fond of the different "aspects" and the (excellent) narrator Oliver Wyman gives each one a unique voice. The story is over all too soon. One can hope that Mr Sanderson will invite us back to Leeds world.I found this story so fascinating that I looked in the local bookstore for a paper copy. Alas, no copy found but thankfully a Kindle version is available. So now I get to enjoy the story again from a different viewpoint (from listening to reading or both together).
So many to choose from, but a definite chuckle in the beginning when Leeds interacts with his butler Wilson (after making a visitor wait for 4 hours).
The narrator Oliver Wyman did a wonderful reading giving each character a unique voice that matches and enhances each one.
Wil Wheaton is the perfect reader for this book.
Unique and funny
There are lots of great scenes so it is too difficult to pick just one.
It had a relatively slow build up so I would say 2 sittings.
Laughed out loud and since I was listening during my daily commutes there were a couple driveway moments.
I read a hard copy version of the book and excited to see that an audiobook version is available. It took some patience but worth it to enjoy the book again from a different (audio) viewpoint.In the un-dated future a worldwide catastrophe (which is not explained in the book) has transformed London (and presumably other places) into a crowded city of refugees. Simon Petrovitch is a Russian refugee with a past. While he just wants to blend into the crowd he surprises himself by acting when he witnesses a kidnapping in progress. That one event triggers a whole sequence of events while he tries to extricate himself from crime lords, an interfering police detective, an angry priest, a nun bodyguard, and the birth of an artificial intelligence (AI) which takes control of the city.
The pacing was slow and it felt like he was reading each sentence like a paragraph. Since I was already a fan of Simon Morden's work I was patient and eventually Mr. Moore's reading began to slowly flow into a rhythm.
It was a book I wanted to read in one sitting but not listen to since the performance took a while to become comfortable.
While some people may not like the performance, the book series (3 books) is well worth reading.
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