I almost gave up on Maupin after the bitterness of "Sure of You," but I decided to give the book a try. I'm so very happy that I did! This is classic Maupin in some ways: the bawdy humor, the soft irony, the sharply-drawn characters, some of whom will wring your heart.
The plot device of a story about telling a story, or of a storyteller explaining why he can't tell a story, may seem hackneyed, but in Maupin's hands, it becomes so much more than a cliche.
Maupin is a perfect narrator for this story ... something that you can't say for all authors who record their own audiobooks. DO NOT MISS THIS.
This fantasy story is NOT just for children. Part quest, part coming-of-age story with a light touch of romance, this is a wonderfully entertaining book.
Sabriel is a dignified young woman who is just graduating from a private school when she discovers she is also the youngest in a line of powerful necromancers whose job it is to keep the dead at rest and away from the living. With her father's tools, and her father's servant, but without her father's knowledge of the Old Kingdom and its ways, she sets off to rescue her father from death.
Tim Curry is a perfect narrator for this audio version; he reinforces characterization, humor and dramatic tension with his versatile and alluring voice.
Please, dear Audible rights managers, bring us the sequels (Lisrael, and Abhorsen) as quickly as you can!
Twain's Joan of Arc is a good book, though not a great one. Twain's narrator, with his adoration for Joan and his distinctly medieval outlook, carries us along well and provides both pathos and unintentional humor.
Alas, the audio version's narrator doesn't seeem to know French. I could have coped better with his mispronounciations if they were consistent, but they varied at different times.
Perhaps I'll try the Blackstone version of this book later on. I don't think I'll listen to this one again!
This is a delight. John Grisham, Peter Straub, and Stephen King read from their works. Pat Conroy tells the story of his writerly beginnings.
There is also a lovely speech by Erica Muller, Frank's wife, and an uncredited performance by one of their children...
Don't miss this. (But don't listen over dinner!)
And there's a good reason for that.
While there's historical interest in this collection, the quality is very uneven. There are too many observations hidden from the reader, too many passages of repetitive prose. There are ethnic and religious stereotypes that mark the stories firmly as creatures of their time.
At least one of the two Chesterton stories is available in another collection; the Lincoln piece is interesting to history buffs, perhaps.
Not a waste of time. But Audible offers many better mysteries.
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