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If you want a real treat - download this unabridged recording.
I have been meaning to listen to Atlas Shrugged for years, but I have been put somewhat off by its length.
When I discovered that a new recording had been made with no other than THE narrator Scott Brick the case was settled.
Atlas Shrugged is a story that will stick with you and make you reflect on The World, your life and the future.
It is set in The US and describes what would happen if you took away the initiative of the individual and deprived all of the intellectuals of their rights.
While I understand why many people will find the story political, controversial and even disturbing - it cannot help you appreciate how lucky we are living in democracies.
Download this recording, listen to Scott's mellow voice for 62 hours and prepare yourself for utter joy.
Almost 400 audiobooks under my belt and this one represented the biggest disappointment so far. And it could have been avoided so easily.
Here is the situation:
Khaled Hosseini is an amazing author and a brilliant narrator, so I could almost not wait to get my hands on "And the Mountains Echoed".
Opening chapter is awesome and Mr. Hosseini is narrating. I was sure that this would be a memorable book.
And then catastrophe strikes: There are two additional narrators that do not have English as their mother tongue, but unlike Mr. Hosseini, they have STRONG accents. Although it got better as the book progressed, I had to use 90% of my brain capacity on understanding what was being said. Completely ruined the experience.
And to add insult to injury, the director of the audiobook decided that Mr. Hosseini should only narrate two chapters and that the two other narrators should share the rest.
Big disappointment and a horrible decision by the producers of this audiobook.
And what about the story itself ? No idea. Lost track. Ask someone that did not try the adiobook version.
If you have read or listened to “Pillars of The Earth”, you will not be disappointed with World Without End. It is yet another masterpiece from Ken Follett that – despite its length – is an easy and rewarding experience. No other author can mix history, drama, love, battle and suspense like him.
World without End follows a number of characters in Kingsbridge during 40 years – beginning approximately 200 years after the end of Pillars of the Earth. It is therefore not a prerequisite to have read this book first.
I have now almost 200 audio books under my belt – and this is one of the best ones. After the usual first listening hour with confusions about all the characters that are introduced, the remaining 47 hours is pure and utter joy.
I really look forward to a third book about Kingsbridge – which Ken Follett has indicated might come in a few years.
I almost forgot: The narrator John Lee is just outright brilliant, with his pleasant and mellow voice.
If you are an incarnated Preston/Child fan, you are most likely asking yourself: “Is it of the same quality as the Brimstone trilogy?”
The short answer to this question is: Absolutely!
It is yet another unputdownable page-turner from the dynamic Preston/Child duo – that seems to continue to write mega-hits together. In my opinion, they are much better together than when they write solo.
If you listen to this book while commuting to work, please be advised that you will find yourself sitting in the parking lot to hear “just one more chapter” after you have arrived.
This is how a thriller should be.
Your second question might be: “What were they thinking, when they decided NOT to use Scott Brick as the narrator?” In that case, I have more good news: Rene Auberjonois does a tremendous job.
I hope you will enjoy this audio book as much as I did.
This was a very pleasant and fast read – and a classic Joseph Finder at that.
If this is your first Finder book – you can think of him as John Grisham – with the court rooms exchanged by the corporate highlife.
The first 1½ hours of the book is fairly slow – but it quickly picks up pace from there on.
Not a book that will stay with you for years – but simply plain old entertaining. And I guess, that’s probably what most people expect from a book....
I was hugely disappointed with this book - as it had been given fantastic reviews (especially in Europe where I live).
There is no clear point to the story, there are no climaxes, it ends very very strangely - and the narrator keeps a monotone voice throughout.
I'm baffled - and I just don't get the point what the author is trying to tell....
This is truly a great audio book – and a steal at 1 credit. The author not only describes Einstein’s life in fantastic details – he also dedicates a fair amount of pages to the explanation of the theory of relativity. He does this surprisingly well – and in a way that makes you understand what it is all about. To this end, you can regard this title as both an Einstein biography and a “Relativity Theories for Dummies”. The narrator Edward Herrmann (as always) was a really good choice for this book. I enjoyed this book immensely – and can only urge others to download it and learn more about this incredible human being that Albert Einstein really was.
There are a few things you should know before downloading this audio book.
Let’s take the positive first: It is a fast listen – easily finished in a couple of days. It is (as always) narrated to perfection by Nelson Runger. It reveals a lot of interesting and surprising facts about Lincoln – that I bet you did not know about.
And the negative: It is, in my opinion, not a book well-suited for audio. After each chapter, the author summarises the essence in a list of “Lincoln Principles”. I constantly found myself wishing that I had the book in front of me – especially if I wanted to look at the lists later on. Please also be aware, that this is a very unusual mix between a management book and a historic narrative – maybe not appealing to all readers.
Although somewhat disappointed, I have given it three stars anyway – because it has opened my eyes towards Lincoln in a new and more exciting way.
This was my 52nd audio book – and it was the best so far. As a European (I’m Danish) trying to learn about the WWII aftermath, I was stunned by the impact that Harry S Truman had on this. Mr. Truman was a good man in the classic sense and he was overall responsible for the wealth we are enjoying in Europe today. The book is extremely well written - and narrated to near perfection by Nelson Runger. As other reviews indicate: Do not be frightened by the length. I finished it in 17 days, and I had hoped that it would have been twice the size. It was unputdownable. The Pulitzer Prize awarded for this book is well deserved. If you are interested in American history – this is a must read.
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