To be honest, I had seen the film this novelization was based on, and bought it based on that positive experience. The story so not what I expected; not that I remember what that was. I was spellbound by the film. And decidely to appreciate the whole story a bit more slowly. Without the visuals. And the story holds up. The narration works with the tone of the story. And I have listened to it several times since my first purchase. Perhaps not the greatest of literary works, but a rememberable experience nonetheless...
perhaps it was the faux accent, who knows. I found this book intolerable. Restarted half a dozen times, haven't gotten past the 3rd or 4th chapter.
Pictures at a Revolution offers a well researched detailed account of a time at which an industry and a nation was shifting values. I only saw Doctor Dolittle in theatres of the 5 discussed in the book. As a child I had no awareness of the political or social climate of the times. As an adult, I was to appreciate the relevance they had to the history of film and Harris' assessments are spot on. His description of Dede Allen's editing brought the film alive for me despite the fact that it has been decades since I last saw the Bonnie & Clyde.
As someone who works in "the industry" I found this book insightful and believe it would appeal to anyone with an interest in film. It makes accessible the process of actually getting a movie made; the business and politics of it all in addition to the creative process. It is so much more than you will find in a glossy magazine.
But really, someone should have done something about the mispronunciations. The narrator is very listenable, but Sidney Lumet's name is, as mentioned in other reviews, NOT pronounced LUMMIT. It's just not.
The multiple narrators create a rich and full picture of Jane's world. It's wonderful to see Henry from the point of view of his family. And his court. The readers are all excellent, I believe that i originally found this book by some of the narrators.
To hear Jane grow from a child of 3 was captivating. On Jane's description of her birthday I paused when I suddenly realized that, my God, the girl was 4! And to think that the girl never reached 20.
Alison Weir gives a well rounded look at the circumstances of Jane's experience from a variety of people in her life. The effect is stunning. The details of a dinner party create a lush picture of daily experience in Tudor England. And show how individuals navigated a complex social structure. And the intrigue.....
Can't recommend this book enough. I plan on listening to more of the Author's books.
Ray Bradbury and Christopher Hurt. Great book that is a well know and well deserved classic read by the perfect selection for an author. Hurt's reading reflects perfectly Montag's world. And Bradbury's afterwords is relevant given the direction the 20th century has thus far taken. Purchase and enjoy! May the images of these firemen haunt you for as many years as they have haunted me.
While not my usual fare, it was offered as a free incentive as an introduction to a new series. It was awful. I could tell that it was poorly written in the first 5 minutes....I kept listening as it was the only book on my iphone I hadn't listened to yet and I was stuck in LA traffic. After an hour I kept listening if only to make sure I never wondered about the characters again.
As far as I can tell, half the attraction of SciFi is the futuristic worlds created. Not sure about this future as there was barely enough description to give the characters a sense of location. And as the character arcs were weak and predictable it was rather hard to really care enough to follow which alien race was which.
I am absolutely positive that I will never listen or read to anything in this series, free or not.
I love Davina Porter's narration of this series! I bought this audio book the day it was available and listen all day while doing housework. When will the rest of the series be available in unabridged versions!!????!!!
I am admitted addict to historical fiction of any kind. Add a bit of intrigue and mystery and I am hooked. However, for me to rate a search highly (4 or 5) it also needs to be literate and as well narrated.
The Thirteenth Tale is all that and more. The story structure kept me listening for hours straight instead of just on my daily commute. The twists were wholly unexpected. And the characters vivid and remember able. I have recommended this to several of my friends who all agree....WOW...RIVETING!
I am not a big sci-fi fan, and had I known the genre of this book, I would have never purchased. That would have been a tragic loss. I purchased this book because George Guidall is my favorite narrator. After the first chapter, I was unclear WHY I was still listening. Except for the narration, which is captivating, I just thought, "this man is a convicted felon, why do I care??" But care I did, and as the tale unwinds and then begins to weave in upon itself (am I mixing metaphors? sorry) I found myself taking sides in a non-existent conflict. I felt, along with the American Gods that my entire existence was at stake. I have not, by any stretch of the imagination become a Gaiman fan. But wow! I have re-listened to this book several times and will listen again. The originality and complexity of the characters is delightful and well thoughtout. And perhaps more than a bit relevant today.
Joan Didion is one of America's treasures. She has always skillfully held her matter of fact mirror up to Americans and says, "This is who you are...love yourself for it."
In this book she provides an honest telling of what a human being does when confronted with ordinary, extremely emotional, sudden shifts of life when their world as they have known it is somehow no longer that.
This is not an inspiring book if you expect to feel as you would after plugging yourself into an episode of OPRAH. It is an inspiring book if you are moved by how the machinery of the human being moves through daily life when that daily life has become unreal. And that unreality becomes what is normal, if even for a time. And, although we know we are not mad, we supposed others are. Because they are not walking the path of our magical world, where somehow we are able to make sense of the chaos. This book is a comfort to anyone going or having gone through mourning. It doesn't give you any answers. We don't need any. We only need to know that our magical world an ordinary experience and it is ok not to feel or be as those not on the path with us think or say we should feel or be.
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