Haven't read the print version.
The climax is good, and the conclusion was excellent.
David is a great reader but he was the wrong choice for Dante. Aside from the minor annoyance of sounding too old, he sounded FAR too cheery throughout the whole book as he reads the part of a very unpersonable character who is tortured (by himself and others) throughout the book. There was no anger, which is probably the single most defining quality of the character.
Definitely. It's rare to find a book about India, let alone a science fiction book. As an anthropology student of the subcontintent, I was pleased that McDonald just jumped into use of terms like bindi, crore, etc. without explanation (it wasn't until I hit the glossary at the end that I realized it even existed -- one of the few limitations of audio books).
The philosophy of self and the great portrayal of India.
I would have happily done so. I usually listen to books on my commute, but I found myself putting on my headphones at home whenever I could steal a few moments to listen.
I have a huge issue with readers (and directors!) who let pronunciation issues slip through. It seriously irked me that McDonald's phonetic shortening of "artificial intelligence" to aeai got pronounced as "ah-ay-ee". It's Ae-ai. Æ-I. A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Someone should have caught that and made a correction the first time it was uttered so strangely. It's like the director didn't even read the book.Keeble's performance was otherwise great -- doing distinct voices and accents for that many characters is more than admirable and I look forward to finding more books read by him.
This book is incredibly well-written but the more literary style is quite slow compared to other books that fall under the fantasy category. You are probably more likely to love this book if you have a thing for period dramas and historical fiction than you tend to prefer Tolkeinesque fantasy. This book is elegantly composed but it's definitely slow. As another reader pointed out, it takes about 8-10 hours of listening before the story starts to draw you in, and I'm not sure I ever truly did.
In the end, I can appreciate the amount of work that the author put into this book (it really is a beautiful piece of literature), but it was just a bit too dry to sate my desire for a good mental escape.
One note on the reading. Mr. Prebble did a great job with the accents (though not being from the UK, I don't know how precise his renditions were), but he kept mis-pronouncing "sidhe" (which is a Gaelic word pronounced more like "she" than "sid-hay"). Call it a pet peeve, but when an author goes to the trouble of using a very specific word, I feel bumped out of the story whenever it's mis-used.
Pillars of the Earth has long been one of my favorite books, but it pales in comparison with this sequel -- it is clearly obvious how much Follett's writing has improved between when the two books were written. John Lee's performance is excellent.
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