The Narrators. See below.
I would have to say Margo Solovei, as she seemed to be the most fleshed out. Oddly, off-screen character and uber-douchebag Smallweed is a runner-up, as the whole situation with him struck me as morbidly funny. Wouk also did a very good job writing himself as a self-insert.
There were two narrators, a man and a woman. The male one was fine, the female one was bad - Margo sounded like a teenager reciting her diary. Also, if my memory is correct neither of them gave separate voices to the characters unless they had to - every epistle written by a male character had the same male voice, and second voices were only if the epistle contained dialogue.
Not really. The Lawgiver isn't a weighty story: some light humor, some light romance, some light discussion of religion. All in all, a nice little story, if you're not expecting anything deep.
Oh, yes. I've read short story collections before, and this one has the best hit-to-dud ratio of them all. Personally, I think Hammett was one of the best writers of the 20th century. He could write immersive tales with moments that, as Chandler said, seem like they've never been written before.
He travels all over in this collection: there's a caper story, some slice-of-life fiction, even a fantasy tale. Given his prose, and his eye for detail, I'm sure almost anyone can find something here to like.
Some of the longer stories did, and in different ways. Some stories were less than ten minutes long, and couldn't build much suspense.
Nothing stood out; the narration was good all around.
Tough one. I'd have to go with the eccentric jewel thief in "The Diamond Wager"; he was fun.
The film treatments were pretty meh. They sound closer to Wikipedia articles than to actual stories. "On The Make" was cool, though.
Probably not. I listen to my books on the road, and it took me like a month to go through this behemoth. It's not that this was a bad book, or that I regret having heard it, it's just that it's not so UTTERLY AMAZING that I would spend another month on it. I'll definitely be getting the sequel.
I liked the vivid pictures Wouk gave of the time and place. I especially liked von Roon's fictional memoirs.
Any scene with combat in it. Or a famous historical figure.
At forty-five hours long, I would say no.
The narrator is excellent. He tells the story well, and manages to credibly pull off all the various accents.
I'd put it around the middle.
That's a tough one. All the characters contribute to the story in some way, but if I had to choose, it would be the tod. I do have some fondness for Digby Driver though, despite the fact that he's the pretty much the villain.
He's OK. His reading wasn't anything special, but it was competent. I'd have no objection to listening to another one of his readings.
The "interaction" between Snitter and the hunter who tries to befriend him. Also, the scene where he tells the story of what happened to his first master. Poor doggie can't catch a break.
It's a lot like Watership Down when it follows the dogs, but it shifts to satire and black comedy when we follow the humans. There is a certain absurdity to this book. This is a world where a guy named "Dr. Boycott" does experiments on behalf of (A)nimal (R)esearch, (S)cientific and (E)xperimental. If you're in favor of animal experimentation, this might not be the book for you, as Adams can be quite bitter in his satire. However, it's made clear by the end that he's only against pointless and sadistic testing, as opposed to legitimate medical work.
Depends on the friend. This book is character-heavy, melancholic, and somewhat philosophical. It's very slowly paced in the beginning, and the main character can be frustrating, but both pick up as the story progresses. Dying Of The Light is a soft sci-fi character piece, and I would recommend it only to the patient.
As with A Song Of Ice And Fire, I like how Martin fleshes out both the main and secondary characters. I like the ambiguity, the prose, the shifting alliances, and, although there may have been too much of it, I liked the universe-building. I also like the plot, once it picks up two-thirds of the way in, and I liked the thoughtful anti-climax.
My favorite character is probably Jaantony Riv Wolf high-Ironjade Vikary. I found most of the Kavalaar characters to be more interesting than Dirk or Gwen.
The climax/ending, for one. There was a certain character death outside Kryne Lamiya that I found affecting.
I thought the reading was excellent. Jorah Mormont should narrate more books.
I would recommend it, but with the caveat that while this is a good hardboiled novel, listeners wanting to introduce themselves to Hammett should go for "The Maltese Falcon" read by William Dufris.
There is one point where The Op gets into a car with some gangsters and, going to another gangster's building, firebombs it like the Rojos in "A Fistful Of Dollars". The whole thing gloriously devolves into huge gunfight in the street.
The Continental Op is, like, the most hardboiled dude in the universe. Before this, I've only listened to Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Glass Key", and The Op leaves Sam Spade and Ned Beaumont in the dust.
There were a couple points in the reading where I believed Ferrone was misinterpreting character dialogue. I also think, but am not sure, that at one point he got voices mixed up.
Other than that, I liked him. His gravelly first-person narration adds yet another level of hardboiled to this already ridiculously hardboiled book.
Reading this after the (relatively) restrained "Falcon" and "Key", I was delighted at just how over-the-top the story is. If memory serves, less than ten people die in "Falcon" and in "Key". Here, I wouldn't be surprised if the body count hits fifty. Even The Op seems surprised by it all, given his worries at going "Blood Simple."
In my mind, Hammett essentially took a B-story idea and elevated it with good plotting, prose, and dialogue. This really is a fun book.
Psychopaths are jerks. Or, in three sentences: Without Conscience is a good overview of psychopathy. Hare discusses the history of the diagnosis, symptoms, theories on cause, common misconceptions, possible treatments, and so forth, using anecdotes to flesh everything out. He struck me as a bit alarmist, and a little preening when it came to his Psychopathy Checklist, but nothing too bad so long as you view at the book as a layman's introduction.
How Hare discussed every facet of psychopathy moderately, as opposed to discussing a couple facets deeply.
I have not, but I didn't have any real issue with Boehmer's reading. A dry and clinical reading for a dry and clinical book. The only thing that struck me as odd is that whenever he reads a series (X,Y, Z...) he gives a full pause between items as though they were separated by a period instead of a comma.However, I don't know what the punctuation looks like in the printed book, so maybe it was typed like that.
That perhaps is the weirdest question Audible has ever pitched at me. "Without Conscience: A Fascinating Look Into The World Of Psychopaths"? Maybe?
If they like Star Wars, then yes. In a heartbeat. The story itself is good, and the audiobook is superbly read.
I like how the author fixed some of the movie's problems. His prose is a bit flowery at times, but I think it fits the epic feel of Star Wars. All novelizations should be this good.
Davis tells the story wonderfully, doing everything one would expect from a first-class reader. On top of that, the audiobook includes Star Wars theme music, sounds for blasters, lightsabers, and spaceship fights, along with machine-like enhancements for the voices of robotic characters (C-3PO, Grievous). I think they even brought in other voice actors for supporting roles. As far as readings go, this is the best one I've ever listened to.
I very much liked the scene where Palpatine revealed himself to Anakin.
Probably not. This is mostly for true-law fans. I happen to be one, and it was worth the listen, but there's no re-listen value, as I know what happens.
As I was interested in the trial, yes.
Nothing. Jarvis was nothing special, nothing bad.
The first trial is abridged to the prosecution's opening statement and Wilde as a witness, the second trial is just the prosecution witnesses (with a directed verdict motion), and the last trial is condensed to Wilde as defense witness, and summations. It's a short and sweet summary of the proceedings. Nothing less, nothing more.
Near the middle.
I liked Hammett's prose, the noir atmosphere, and the portrait he painted of a 1920's political machine.
I didn't particularly like the ending, which I can't explain without giving it away, or the pacing, which lags for a bit in the early-middle.
All in all, The Glass Key isn't Hammett's best, but it's still more than listen-able.
I can't think of anything special that Mr. Thorne brought to the reading, but he was perfectly competent. He did everything that I would expect an audiobook reader to do, and I would have no problem listening to him again.
It's not really a book that induces great emotion.
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