I enjoyed the entire series but none more than "The Revenge of the Witch." (The others are sequels.) "Revenge" has the cleverest plot and the most emotion; a real warmth about it. While all may not agree with me on that, most will agree that this book is the one to read first. It opens the series and introduces the main characters, gradually letting you get to discover their mysteries along with Thomas; especially the Spook, Alice, and mam. Great fun, and you don't have to be 13...
Marvelous performance by the narrator.
Well, a new author but he's got the style & characters down pretty well -- I would never have suspected.
But: elsewhere on Audible I noticed "The Spook's Destiny," which according to the sample audio is the same book as "Rage of the Fallen" but without the credit to the coauthor. The really bad news is that it has a NEW NARRATOR (no longer Christopher Evan Welch). If Welch is not the reader, then count me out.
But thanks for a good run of eight or so books.
I've been hesitant to write a review of "The Witch's Boy" for fear of not doing it justice. What the heck, my superlatives, for what they're worth: This is a great book, a beautiful book, and I believe that one day it will be considered an important book. The story is engrossing, at once fantastic and believable. Believable partly because one wants it to be true, and partly because the tale is so elegantly, poignantly, wittily told. But mostly, it's believable because of Michael Gruber's vividly human personalities who drive the story.
I love this book.
Denis O'Hare makes the book better than even it is. His voices are humorous & creative (I -- like the rest of us around here -- am picky about readers). Here the term "performer" is most suitable. His accent and reading of Bagordax's lines alone is worth the listen.
Great book by Levin and a learning experience for me that I am grateful for.
However, I'm through with Jeff Riggenbach and I will not listen to him again. It's a shame for me since he narrates so many titles that interest me.
He mispronounces Mark Levin's name. Even worse, he mispronounces David Souter's last name. How can you read a book about the Supreme Court and not be aware of the current justice's?
I had long suspected that this reader really doesn't know what he is reading; that he merely pronounces sounds (meaningless-to-him) with dramatic enthusiasm. This ignorance of David Souter makes the case. No more Riggenbach for me.
Blackstone: please send Mr. Riggenbach to another section of your library -- give him material that he can understand.
Radical Son is a courageous and truthful self-examination. The confession part is fascinating, but the reader also gets a broad history of the radical movement and, within it, one radical's harrowing journey from belief to apostasy.
It IS entertaining, thoroughly. We get nasty inside dirt on leaders & criminals he got close to: Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman and others. He explains how his former friend, Tom Hayden, had direct ties to Viet Cong leaders, how a Soviet spy once awkwardly bribed him, and the heartbreaking story of his friend who was tortured & murdered by her employer, the Black Panthers, after he had recommended her for the job.
After growing up watching the hippie revolution told on TV and in Time Magazine, and eventually seeing the 60s radicals advance to positions of highest powers on Earth, I now get to learn the unguarded truth from someone who was inside the movement.
I am grateful to David Horowitz for telling us his story (he has suffered for betraying the Left).
I love the narration by Jonathon Marosz(?). Expressive and sturdy but never "too much" -- so you don't tire of him. I listened through twice.
(Jeff Riggenbach, who narrates the other version of this title, I find intolerable.)
This book re-wired my brain. The author's open sympathy for the confederate cause is backed by rational arguments and historic facts that the public schools in the north didn't impart to me. Crocker is fair to the Northern heros, too, giving credit where it's due.
The narration is excellent, couldn't turn it off.
Annie Wauters, the reader, over-dramatizes events and over-characterizes voices. Must she lower her voice to a grating rasp to depict Roger Chillingsworth, or raise it to a squeeky falsetto for Pearl? A tiresome listen.
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