Around a decade after Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, many of my friends were quite taken with Bradbury's works. I never found his work interesting. I thought the 1966 film simply "weird". After spotting this story on a librarian's "must read" list, I gave it a try. So, now I can say that both the film and novel failed, in my opinion.
I can't recommend either.
Can't figure why this audiobook has so many good reviews. I made it through only the first of four sections (and even that was a chore).
I can't recommend this at all!
This was my first try at Copperfield and only my second Dickens audio book (first was A Tale of Two Cities). From my rating you can see that I loved the story and performance. The story seemed to begin a bit of a drag about midway through the second of four segments. As I began to see how Dickens was developing characters, the "dragging" phenomenon was short-lived. The final two segments flew by.
The performance was great. For me, the narrator made the story far more interesting than it would have been if I had read a printed book. I'll look for other books narrated by Martin Jarvis.
Overall, very well worth the investment of time and money.
When I was in high school (mid '60s) the paperback version was a must read by numerous classmates. The shear size of the book kept me away for 45 years. The advertised length (57 hours +) of the Audible version was a concern but price is attractive and I loved Shirer's "Berlin Diary" so I downloaded this version.
It's hard to imagine but the 57 hours flew by. The narration is smooth, well paced, and informed. The story-line is chilling. I too noticed Shirer's few moments of homophobia but that was limited to but a few sentences and addressed those in "the enemy" (possible rationalization, I know).
I loved this audio book. It's likely you will also.
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