You can't go wrong with Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson. I sampled all of the Sense and Sensibility audiobooks before choosing this one. I was very pleased with the production -- Juliet Stevenson does a fine job with her narration. In my opinion, a good narrator is just as important as a good author. I found myself swept away and I couldn't wait to hear more. I'm planning to listen to more of the Jane Austen books, and I've noticed that Juliet Stevenson has done a number of them, so I'll be sure to pick her again!
If you're ready to sit down with a good "Grisham book," i.e. good characters, lawyers, action, twists and turns, then this is the one for you. Purely escapist delight. Okay, I could quibble about some of the plot points (would the lawyer/government really go along with that?) but that's not what this book is about. Also J.D. Jackson, the reader, is perfect for this book. I just spent all day yesterday listening because I had to know how it would end. I wasn't disappointed.
I love Apple and I find Steve Jobs to be an icon of our times. The book was a fascinating read -- especially the first part about forming Apple. But this book needed some serious editing. It feels like it was rushed to press. I found it to be quite repetitive since it often repeated some of the same stories numerous times.
(WARNING: SPOILER ALERT) Also, I was disappointed that the book ended without mentioning Jobs' death. That would have given the book the closure that it desperately needed rather than ending what was probably only about a month before his death.
First of all, Simon Vance is a wonderful reader. He does a brilliant job with the long Russian names which made this a pleasure to listen to. And the first half of the book I found completely captivating -- Tolstoy is an excellent writer and I loved his humor and detail. However, I'm afraid I lost interest during the second part of the book as I felt there were many new characters constantly being introduced who did not add to the story. I guess I was also a bit disappointed with the ending, but I guess it was a rather gutsy thing to write at the time.
This isn't the best book out there. I have some issues with how the book was written (we don't learn much about the author even though he is a character in the book). However, Paul Farmer is an amazing person with endless dedication to his field. I read the book nearly a year ago, and I still think about it. That to me is the sign of a good book!
I was hesitant to buy this abridged audiobook; however, I was quite pleased. The speaker is wonderful -- he really brings the characters to life. This is a great read.
I just finished listening to "Pride and Prejudice." I've read the book before (as well as seen the various TV and movie productions), so I'm already a fan. That being said, this book was a delight to listen to. The narrator does the characters very well, and I appreciate the fact that she is a true British actor. Be prepared to be totally absorbed -- near the end, I couldn't put it down.
This is a fun read. I really enjoyed the narrator and I liked getting sucked into this world. I kept wishing there was more to the story -- which I see as a sign of a good book.
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