I remembered this story from watching Wishbone (a children's tv show going through some of classic books) back in my childhood, and finally decided to read the real thing. The story I remember was a bit more interesting than the real book but it's still a decent read. There isn't a whole lot of character development so it's hard to really get attached to any of the characters. There was a lot of missed potential to delve into the theory of the two halves of man, into morality, into internal perception, which this book just barely touches on. Still, it's fun to listen to the other characters in their confusion and waiting for them to realize who Hyde really is. If you want a quick and easy listen, something a bit different than the average, I would recommend this book.
I needed a break from some longer, more intense audiobooks, and this was perfect! The story is quick-paced and interesting, set in a time long ago surrounding pirates, treasures, mutinies and betrayals, doctors and young men... All great elements for a thrilling book. The reader is very expressive and carries the pirate dialogue so well it's like you're listening to real pirates. Highly recommended, arrr! :)
This was an incredible book, starting at the point of insanity and showing the mentally ill logic behind a killer's plot. It also shows the torment after the crime itself, which is almost worse than prison. There's an underlying explanation of how society brought Raskolnikov to commit such an act, and how there was no saving him once he had committed it. The ending was a little anti-climatic and somewhat a let down. The rest of the story, however, was captivating.
George Guidall's reading was, as always, outstanding. He can pick up the overall emotion of a section and really draw that out in the reading, whether that be tension or confusion or fright or anything else.
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand reasoning gone bad!
A timeless classic. This is a great listen for anyone stepping into a new aspect of their lives, symbolically explaining that things aren't always going to go perfectly, but if we keep trying and keep smiling, we'll end up exactly where we're suppose to be. John Lithgow does a great job of emphasizing the important points and narrates very well. Highly recommended!!
The love story is well written and romantic. Jane is a well educated, if not simple girl, who learns to become a strong woman. The writing is an old English style, which is a treat for me and helped to draw me into the time frame this is set in. Emma Messenger did a great job with the dialogue, giving proper emotion into the tense situations and lending an accent to the characters that I really appreciated. Overall, it's a fairly decent book.
Already did. This is a great story that really draws you into a different time and place.
The background universe. I love the future painted here, with internet discussion boards as a major thing to follow, and schools with detailed hierarchy and games to teach the children. The author wrote it very well, and it's so similar to our present situation that you can really imagine it in our future.
Both are amazing readers. They put a lot of passion into the dialogue, give it a roundness with meaningful expressions and tone.
This is the story of a child growing up a genius in a time of need. The feelings are raw, everything seems so real. An excellent listen, something I recommend to everyone!
I can't say for this specific book. I love audiobooks in general because I can still get through books with my busy daily life, so in that way yes!
Trying not to spoil anything, I would have to say I was shocked at the scene with Tom and Myrtle where she gets hurt. The shock made it memorable.
'See Leonardo DiCaprio prove his skills at carrying an otherwise average movie'
It was a good short read, but because of that it isn't very memorable. Jake Gyllenhaal does a pretty good job at giving emotion to an otherwise pretty bland plot line. Quick and moderately fun!
Absolutely. Wonderful character development, provoking dialogue, intriguing ideas... A true classic.
Either Jean Valjean or Bishop Myrial. Valjean is very dynamic. His struggle to find himself and become either good or evil mirrors a lot of what goes on in society, and puts on display what astonshing changes can overcome a man who is given a bit of good luck and compassion.
Bishop Myrial is also an interesting character, although a bit more 1 dimensional. He is nearly the definition of good and selfless, and listening to his story compels the listener to be more charitable in their own lives.
I haven't read the book, but Guidall is a fantasy reader. His passion reading the dialogue, changing tone slightly so as to easily let the reader know who is speaking, and his pronunciation of the French words draws you into a different world.
There's also a lot of history and background information that I surely wouldn't have been able to read through if it hadn't been read to me. Guidall puts good effort into keeping the less exciting sections bearable.
60+ hours? No.
The book itself does have a lot of sections that move incredibly slow, discussing Water Loo or the whole history of the convent, or some other detail that isn't at all necessary to what is otherwise a very captivating plot. Many times I've been frustrated since I wanted to hear more on what happened to the characters and had to listen to literally hours of history. But some of the history is at least appreciated, as it gives this book a wonderful depth to fully immerse oneself into.
In short, a bit long, but definitely worth it all the while!!
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