Not necessarily. If I like a book on tape I will often also read it as a novel. Listening first makes the novel easier to visualize and to move through the story.
Burton of course - The author makes him a real person albeit one with extraordinary capabilities but very vulnerable and human emotions. His blatant character flaws balance out so some of the incredible (maybe even hard to believe) physical accomplishments .
He is pretty good at reading different characters. Not the best but he definitley adds to helping keep the story clear. I haven't had any problem with following the story and the characters.
Creative book with clever weaving of ideas and staying true to the story. This type of SciFi literature could quickly get away and become ridiculous but Hodder keeps his characters and story grounded.
This book is in a special category due to its subject matter. I love Bryce Courtenay writings but this one was about his son and his son's tragic but lovely life. It will definitely make you feel and become emotionally involved, so not a book for those needing an uplifting or inspirational read/listen. I especially liked the book (it is hard to say enjoyed because of the subject matter although I did enjoy it) since I had listened to so many of Courtenay's books. That is, after a dozen or so of his books I felt I was able to get to know this author finally. It is truly a heart wrenching tale.
David Sheff wrote a book about his sons addictions and the son Nic also wrote a book about his addictions. These books too were tragic but so self indulgent - especially the son's that they had a somewhat of a theatrical nature about them - Aprils Fools Day was long and sometimes rambling but Courtenay was not self indulgent.
Nothing - I look for books narrated by Humphrey Bower.
Pretty strong emotional reaction - it was hard because of the pain and agony expressed by the author. Albeit he tried his best to express love and joy and humor. It just was not possible to feel the tragedy and heart break.
Upon listening one hopes that in writing the book he lessened his pain and agony over losing his son.
The book was intriguing and held my interest. It wasn't predictable and common. The author put a lot of thought into the story and it held together well. Normally I can't listen well to sci fi complicated stories with lots of visual interjections and multitude of characters. But this one was well-paced and one could get into visualizing the characters and surroundings. I like technology and history so I like this strange dual world/future concept.
The Difference Engine by William Gibson. Similar subject but not as involved as Spring Heeled Jack. And although I am a great fan of William Gibson it took me reading his book twice and listening to it on Audible to finally make some sense of it. The Difference Engine was much harder to follow.
It was a complicated story with lots of characters. He did a good job in helping the listener keep characters straight.
Just intriguing and kept my interest.
Looking forward to the next book in his series.
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