While going through the reviews on this book I found out that this was a "classic" that had to be read. While most things these days that are 10yrs old (tech wise) can be pretty out dated, I found this book (and the reading) to be bloody fantastic!!
If you have never heard of this book (like me a week ago) or have never heard of Neil Gaiman (like me until his Dr. Who episode), this is a must read! Hell, this is a must read for anyone interested in social influence, as the creative journey taken in this book highlights the complex web of historical influence (not just in America, but worldwide).
I am really glad I found this book, and as a full cast edition..... brilliant!
While the series is long enough that I am almost ready to start from the beginning, this book ended it well enough, especially considering the extraordinary circumstances.
The story is great, and the presentation is brilliant, but there are a few places where the recording obviously skips portions of the book (for example around Chap 30 14min). Pity that such a small issue can drag you out of the story.
The story made for an interesting rebirth of a series I thought dead after the last book.
Totally. After 12 books with the same narrator who embodied all of the characters, changing it for this book was jarring and nearly killed my interest in finishing the book. It is not the the narrator was bad per se, but it wasn't Dresden. Thought seriously about returning the book.
Please make more of an effort to keep the same narrator throughout the entire series.
Mystical Childhood Journey
As a father, Neil's description of the argument between the father and son was difficult to listen to, and yet, was so smoothly told, it was like a calming hug after a nightmare.
The foot worm
It is read by Neil Gaiman.... seriously... you should need no other reason to lilsten to this book.
Wow... just finished listening to this book, penned over 75yrs ago, and am amazed to think how little the desires of men have changed, nor what we are willing to give up to obtain said desires. In the journey for happiness, stability and pleasure, what would you be willing to give up?
Science? It delivers us new possibilities, solutions to existing problems and the tools with which we can redesign our world and our place in it. But with this ability is destabilises societies between the haves and the have nots. It bends and breaks the ability of those enforcing and defining the process of our socialisation.
High art? It enables radical redefinition of our views of this world. The creativity seeks to push the boundaries of our preconceived notions, while opening us up to the potential and promise of imagined futures. With these promises, can we continue to be happy with what we have, or will will be willing to throw it all away for the promise of something better?
Religion? With faith people are giving an inner power of self belief. Their position is solidified within their society, and their approach on life becomes justified thanks to their connection to the historical links within their religion. And yet, divisive beliefs set upon the foundations of faith result in immovable forces constantly clashing, with all views seeking domination, validation, and acceptance. From these basic desires comes some of the ugliest destruction of humanity and simultaneously, the most beautiful creations of high art.
So in this journey of life where happiness, stability and pleasure is what we seek, perhaps we should hope that we never find it. Instead, let us enjoy the roller coaster that life brings with all the colour, light and shade of the experiences we gain. Let us laugh and cry, dream and discover, destroy and create.
While we may never truly obtain happiness, stability nor pleasure, the whispers of them we do find will make life worthwhile, and the journey worth pursuing...
Looks like it is time for me to get another coffee... :-)
The first part of this story was brilliant. The references were funny but.... towards the middle where it jumps into a short story not associated with the actual story, the enjoyment factor started to plummet...
I would certainly listen to the first half but maybe skip the second.
Made the second half more like the first...
When it comes to actually getting someone to sing the song of the dwarfs and the elves, it is something that simply cant be done in your head when reading it.
A great journey, and a brilliant story.
Very steady, very rich timber in his voice. Perfect for dwarfs.
Loved the character development and the rapid fire pace that the story generated, but the experience was over far too soon. Would have loved another 10 hrs+ (or few books) regarding this character. Perhaps the author could write a prequel... :-)
Creative use of the mind.
It is an integral part of the entire series, and like a stock that is simmered for hours on bones and simple veg, I am sure it will provide a rich flavour for the rest of the series...
Expansion of the tree cat role in the story.
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