in the Aubrey Maturin series. Patrick Tull cannot be topped as the narrator -- he takes me right back to the 19th century and makes me feel that Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are old friends. This is a wonderful book and a great listen.
Disclaimer: I am a total sucker for dogs and stories about them. I can maintain my composure in a movie when a person dies, but never when a dog does. Unless you share this mindset, this book may not be for you. But if you love dogs, you'll love this story. I highly recommend the narrator, George K. Wilson, who somehow sounds exactly as a dog should. The book got me 1) even more tuned in than before to my dog's point of view and 2) panting (ok, bad pun) to read the second book in the series, A Dog's Journey. I will admit that the story is a little bit Disney-esque, in that almost everything turns out fairly well, and some people are a bit too good to be true, but hey, I like my dog books happy. Enjoy, fellow dog fans
Gripping, poignant, memorable
Under the Dome, as I think King also re-worked that book and released it recently.
A wonderful Jimmie Stewart sort of voice for the narrator, a real ability to convey regional accents -- and he handles female as well as male characters adeptly -- and some superb mimicry of famous voices. (I do think he should try to speed up a bit when doing Cronkite or JFK -- he put in so many pompous pauses that both sounded like spoofs of themselves. Also, he needs to work on Russian and German accents, both of which were rendered as Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian intonations.)
What would happen if you tried to stop JFK's assassination?
A beautifully researched book, which taught me plenty I hadn't known about Lee Harvey Oswald and the events leading up to the assassination. King's mastery of the period is almost perfect, with only a couple of minor anachronisms. As usual, it is a good story, too, one almost impossible to leave. And the ending is heartrendingly sweet, an unexpected denouement in a Steven King novel.
I rarely write reviews and this is the first I have been inspired to write while still listening, but I am simply entranced. The writing evokes immediate gorgeous visual imagery. The combination of genuinely funny, scary and magical themes is also hard to beat. I can't wait to get in the car and hear more. Yet I don't want to finish this book!
I just loved this book. It made me laugh from beginning to end, and the plot is nothing if not original! Somehow I found all the supernatural goings ons more credible because the book is set in San Francisco, and picks up on the zaniness and tendency towards eccentrics and strong characters in that city. One flaw I do want to point out is the racism -- per this book Chinese Americans don't just eat pet dogs but any pet they can find. Aside from that, enjoy . . . I'm sorry this book ended.
I bet no one has listened to all of this program much less made themselves over using it, because it is deadly dull, incredibly slow (MINUTES between exercises) and incredibly uninspiring. Give it a miss.
This is a fun listen. The best part as usual is Koontz' language, and unlike some of his recent works this book has a plot, albeit not an inspired one. Koontz is getting very religious lately which sometimes irritates me but this book also asks some interesting questions about how redemptive faith really is -- and how much human ego can interfere with it.
This is a boring, un-challenging and uninspiring workout mp3. There are far better out there -- via podcast, or sites like Itrain.com. Don't waste your money or credits on this so called workout.
An excellent listen. Banks writes beautifully, though his plot circles over ground he has already covered a few times. It was fascinating listening to a book discussing the life and travails of a character I thoroughly disliked. Hannah/Dawn is cold, cold, cold, really disconnected from other human beings and even from the animals she claims to adore. Yet the book grabs hold and does not let go. Listening brought back memories of our recent American past, especially the Vietnam era, and also enlightened me greatly about Liberian history. Beware -- the book is also graphic and it is very hard to shake the dreadful bloody images it conjures up.
If you like Ed McBain, and I do, you'll love this listen. The narrator does a fine job and the snappy characters and cynical story carry the novel. I also enjoyed being in Florida, where this novel takes you -- I always marvel at McBain's ability to place the reader/listener in both place and time.
I discovered the Narnia books long ago in the children's section of the Boston Public Library and spend Saturday morning after Saturday morning in that magical place, lost in CS Lewis' magical world. It is hard to believe that more than 35 years later, this book lost nothing from being heard instead of read. In fact, I loved Michael York's narration, which added warmth and life to this wonderful book. York somehow gives you both a strong sense of each character -- including Aslan, a very tough character to bring to life -- and a sense of the narrator, CS Lewis, writing a book for a dear child. Don't miss this one, for yourself or your children.
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