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After having seen the film, "Solaris," from Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky several times, I had been looking for the novel upon which it was based. Instead I listened to the Audible version -- only my second audiobook experience. I see now why Lem decried the film (and the subsequent American remake). The story as written is not "love in outer space" (Lem's phrase), as the films (particularly the American version) would have one believe. Instead it is a meditation on how humans try to understand, scientifically, that which cannot be understood.
Not being a big fan of science fiction, I was hesitant to give this title a go. I'm glad I did. Lem has written one of the most intelligent novels in any genre. The narration by Juliani was superb. Even the voice he gives Hari -- the lone female in the story -- is believable and heartfelt.
Overall, "Solaris" is a highly recommended choice for a thought-provoking novel which, despite its setting in deep space, is not your standard science fiction tale.
A solid biography, well-researched and objective. The authors focuses his attention on Jimi's life and his relationships with family, friends, lovers and business associates. He places less emphasis on Jimi's music, which is not necessarily a bad decision as there are so many books and articles dedicated to his otherworldly guitar playing. The narrator, while perfectly serviceable, was a bit too level in his reading for me. While I don't appreciate narrators who go the other way and try to make themselves the star of the book, Room Full of Mirrors could have benefited from a reading that conveyed some of the drama of Jimi's life. Still, it's a minor criticism and I would not hesitate to recommend the book to fans of Hendrix.
I've been a fan of Dylan since I was 14 years old. I've seen him in concert a dozen times, spanning 25 years, and have read countless books about him. This one held my interest entirely. It's not a Dylan biography, nor a critical interpretation of his lyrics. There are many books that cover those grounds. Rather, "Bob Dylan in America" is one man's thoughts about "Bob Dylan" viewed in a larger cultural context. I actually found the opening chapters on Aaron Copland highly interesting, and relevant to Wilentz's goal of presenting Dylan as a continuer of an old tradition, the traveling troubadour, a modern minstrel. The book does seem disjointed at times, but not to the point of being distracting. The highlights for me were the sections discussing Blind Willie McTell and the recent allegations of Dylan's plagiarism. If you're Dylan-obsessed, you'll enjoy this book. For casual fans, read the detailed reviews on the Web before purchasing this book to determine if this is for you or not.
So much has been written about this bestselling account of the Manson murders and subsequent trials. All the praise is deserved. Focusing on the audiobook, I found the narration by Scott Brick to be a perfect match for the subject. His delivery is full of restrained drama, and enhances a story that needs no enhancement. Highly recommended, not only for those interested in true crime, courtroom proceeding, etc., but also for those who have already read the book (or have viewed the film based on the book). The performance by Brick will give you a new experience -- one both chilling and highly entertaining.
While I highly recommend this selection, I can only recommend it to those who have read the printed novel first. Nabokov's book consists of a long poem written by John Shade, and a rambling, often hilarious, "commentary" written by Charles Kinbote, self-proclaimed king-in-exile from his beloved country of Zembla. As the commentary refers to specific lines of the 999-line poem, I was curious as to how the producers of the audiobook would handle these two distinct components. I was delighted by the choice to employ two narrators, Robert Blumenfeld for Shade and Marc Vietor for Kinbote. Both are excellent, but Vietor's Kinbote is what makes this audiobook so special. His unidentifiable (slightly Russian) accent and self-assured cockiness bring the exiled king (or plain madman) spring to life. Fans of the book should not feel they are wasting a credit by buying a book they've already read. Listening to Pale Fire will bring a new level of appreciation to Nabokov's brilliant novel.
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