British history isn't something I learned in school but have always found fascinating. I picked this up shortly before a trip to London for a quick background for sight seeing. It did not disappoint.
The history itself is plainly represented by the narrator, who is not particularly memorable but is neither distracting. Be aware that this is an abridged version. It runs quickly through history and before you know it, the narrator has covered an entire century! My primary complaint about this book is that it is too short. Many of the subtle context that is necessary to understand why particular events occurred are missing. But it gives enough fact to surmise.
If you're looking for a quick and easy guide through British history, I'd completely recommend this book -- it is an easy listen and very informative (especially to the layperson). But without a supplemental text, chances are you will be left wanting more.
I grabbed this book because of its high rating and recommendation and was not disappointed! Clines artfully unravels a mystery that hooked me right away. Ok, maybe not right away, but at least within a few chapters.
The story starts with Nate, a likeable enough main character, looking for an apartment. Upon receiving a strange recommendation from somebody he barely knows, he finds a perfect place (for its price) and begins exploring the oddities that make up his new home. He meets an enjoyable cast of supporting players in his quest for answers and maintains a likeable demeanor until the very end.
The reader discovers new and exciting secrets slowly as the book unfolds. New mysteries keep the reader enthralled. And the fun way Clines introduces new secrets literally had me laughing out loud! Sure, the book can be campy at times. Some plot twists are amazingly convenient (or transparent, depending on your point of view) but this book exists for entertainment, not for deep analysis.
Overall, if you're looking for an enjoyable science fiction mystery that is completely novel, give 14 a try!
When I first downloaded Sabriel I was skeptical. I received a strong recommendation for the book, but the audio seemed faded and less clear than many of the crystal clear books I've listened to lately. The opening music was more of a distraction than a mood setter and the prologue seemed to drone.
Once the story started, though, I became hooked! Nix creates a world of magic that slowly unveils itself as the book continues. Trips into the grey and flowing world of death add even more intrigue into this mysterious world. Though not grand in scale (like books by Robbin Hobb, for example), the world is certainly one that deserves exploration.
The story starts with Sabriel, the main character, leaving school on a quest into a magical kingdom. She knows nothing more than the reader. Magical secrets reveal themselves one by one until a very exciting and dramatic end to her journey.
The style of writing lends itself to quick revelations about the plot. Nix often reiterates past plot elements and flashes back to important points to ensure the listener is following along. I found it helpful given the complexity of some names. Others who enjoy a more subtle unfolding of plot hints may find it transparent.
Overall, though, I'd recommend Sabriel as an enjoyable read. I fully intend to continue onto the second book in the series of three.
It's an enjoyable, short read that fans of Brandon Sanderson will greatly appreciate.
The book is short (only about two hours) so it's definitely a book for one sitting. It's delightful how the main character and his highly skilled cast of imaginary friends interact and solve the main conflict.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a must listen for everyone. It's engaging, fun, and a popular choice in literary history. Most people know the story from Hollywood's rendition but there's more to hear than to see. The audio book is only about twice as long as the movie, so sit down and enjoy!
Anne Hathaway is delightful to hear. She has a unique and fun voice for each character. Some voices had me literally laughing out loud! Her performance makes this listen a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The second book in A Song of Ice and Fire is gripping in its chaos. Martin yanks the reader through several intertwined story lines without any regard for how much he portrays a character as likeable or dislikeable. You'll follow a character for several chapters, become engaged in his or her story, then suddenly find yourself across the sea in a somehow related (though mostly unclear how) story. But that's Martin's style and if you enjoyed the first book, the second book is on par.
This book, like the first, has a high death toll. Fewer favorite characters die, which is refreshing. Martin tricks the reader a few times, which makes for a tantalizing treat for listeners who pick up subtle details.
As with the last book, Roy Dotrice provides an amazing performance. His ability to distinguish between the dozens of character voices is nothing short of amazing. Good thing, too, because that's the only way to really keep track of them all in audio format.
I would recommend the second book in the series for those who enjoyed the first. It feels longer, so be prepared for that. Overall, I'm glad I finished the book and will (after a break, because the second one wore me out) listen to the third.
A Song of Ice and Fire series is a great series, but George R. R. Martin has a tendency to drone on forever. There are so many characters that it's difficult to keep track of them all without a book to reference. I'm bad with names so I had to rely on Roy Dotrice's excellent performance to identify most of the dozens and dozens of characters.
The story was gripping enough that I moved on to and have finished the next book in the series. It gets very tedious in parts but watching the series on television helped renew my interest.
Martin kills off his characters frequently and with no regard for how much you might like them. If you're a fan of following a hero through an entire story, this book may not be for you. That being said, it is interesting to see how skillfully Martin can introduce new characters and develop their story lines (since, you know, the other main characters are dead).
I would recommend A Game of Thrones as an experience that any fantasy lover needs. If nothing else, you can join the myriad of people who got through it, enjoyed it, but still complain about how hard it was to get through.
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