You know that experience you get when you watch a DVD with the commentary turned on? This is basically a very long commentary about how the movie was made. There were parts of this audiobook which I disliked -- mostly the nauseating self-congratulatory tone. Phrases such as, "Little did we know this would become one of the most beloved movies of all times," are evident in nearly every chapter. With that being said, it was a quick fun read, a delight to hear the actual actors discussing their parts, and a few laugh-out-loud moments which make this audiobook worth a read. I especially enjoyed learning about Andrey the Giant and how the scene with Billy Crystal and Carol Kane was made. I also liked hearing how the actors had to train for the sword fight.
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.
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!
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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