The Pendragon Cycle has to be the most human and complex of all the Arthurian legend tales, linking the magic and demise of Atlantis to the birth and life of the English saviour/king. The depth of the character development is wonderful, though perhaps not to the taste of those who enjoy a more action-packed story. There were times during the story that were so poignant and tragic that I found myself with tears in my eyes - a rare achievement for a narrated book. Overall, an enthralling and engrossing look into the lives and cultures surrounding this interpretation of the legends of King Arthur.
Despite other reviewers comments, I found the narration easy to hear and follow along with. Nadia May has proven herself to be a popular interpreter of recorded books time and time again.
Thoroughly enjoyable - please Audible, publish book 5 'Grail', the anticipatition is killing me!!
By being objective - the whole thing requires you to believe that non-fact based belief can be scientific if you believe hard enough.
My first reaction to this was outrage, that someone could possibly insult my intelligence by trying to claim that historically incorrect, self-contradictory religious texts could be used to counter argue science based facts and be taught as a pseudo-science. It equally insults religious faithful by turning their beliefs into a pseudo-science akin to astrology.
There have been several really interesting topics in this lecture series but unless you want to accentuate any road-rage you may feel while driving and listening to this, skip this lecture.
Wow! What an immaculately read book. The true grimness of poverty, gangs and drug running and abuse come through in this thoughtful and convoluted mystery. The story centres around the disappearance of a spousal abuse victim from a shelter in Glasgow and rapidly takes us into the mindless violence and depravity of the city's underclass. The destitution (financially, morally and mentally) of the characters we meet is, quite honestly, depressing. However, the human spirit and determination of the main protagonist, Maureen shines through, as she supports the good soul struggling to survive in one person and unearths squalid depths in another. I was surprised by the ending to the main theme AND the multiple sub-plots which nicely avoided the traditional 'Alls well that ends well' seen too often in mysteries.
I feel I must mention again that for me the reader was perfect - excellent scottish (her natural) and English accents, though some american listeners may struggle with the slang. Be warned - there is a fair amount of strong language, but this for me is in keeping with the reality of the lives we are experiencing here and isn't gratuitous.
Oh my! How the mighty have fallen!
What a dire and torpid book that drones on and on spouting Clancy's political doctrine and seemingly random, and often inaccurate, details. Fifteen years ago Clancy was respected as a writer for the detail and suspense of his novels. Red Rabbit calls into question that previous respect. There are innumerable trivial errors in this book regarding British life which immediately raises concerns for the rest of the book and previous publications. Many of these arise from the irrelevant rambling descriptions (e.g. a British pint has 20oz not 16 Mr. Clancy. Also York is probably about the 20th largest city in the north of England - not the largest).
Also, the brilliant foresight of the 'superhero' Jack Ryan makes him out to be so ludicrously talented as to be the second coming. Way too over the top for believability, particularly as this book is trying to interpolate itself with real life events.
I listened to the unabridged version (20 hours) and was amazed to see that the abridged version is still 7 hours. The usually impeccable narrator Scott Brick, was so challenged by the 'prose' that every single one of his British characters sounded like a pantomime cockney. Despite this one of the stars I gave this book is for Mr Brick, the other is for Mr Clancy who really can do much better.
Oryx and Crake rarely grabbed my attention and I found myself frequently tuning out. The story progresses in a very jerky, back one step forward one and a half steps, fashion. From a scientific view point, the molecular biology necessary to create some of the creatures described is and will be, impossible. This indicates a lack of understanding by the author and it stretches my credulity way too far to get involved in the story (another example being White Plague by Frank Herbert).
The reading was good but with little intonation, though this is perhaps appropriate for the general despondency of the character, Snowman.
Overall, quite unsatisfying due to the lack of a story, non-development of characters and a hanging ending. If this is "Atwood at the height of her powers" then I won't be reading any other of her books.
If you are a reader of 'fantasy' novels who likes depth and intrigue (Jordan, Tolkien, Donaldson, etc.) then give 'A Wizard of Earthsea' a miss. It is a relatively straightforward, linear tale following a single character, Ged, in his quest to undo a problem caused by his own pride. I would probably rate the story as 3 stars but I have deducted 1 for the annoying and largely inappropriate overinterpretation of the dialogue by the narrator, Harlan Ellison.
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