Atwood created a compelling feminist dystopia
1984 by Orwell
Haven't listened to others by Danes, but she did a fine job. The story
required an actress of her range.
Women are Losers
The Handmaid's Tale can be a bit of a slog. It's humorless and grim, although
certain ideas resonate even today. I told my wife that I went the distance
Dickens on Drugs
Great depiction of Dickensian England, and Charles Dickens the man as seen through the eyes of his colleague and fellow writer, Wilkie Collins. Suspenseful, although it carries the device of the "unreliable narrator" to new extremes. Collins has a bit of a "laudanum" habit and tends to hallucinate at times confounding the reader (or listener) as to what is real and what is not in the plot. This can sometimes be a bit confusing.
No - but he is a really good narrator and actor. Really the best I've heard from Audible.
It kept me 100% engaged.
Yes, I have read Mohammed - A prophet for our time and Buddha and found them highly readable and fascinating.
I couldn't follow this for the life of me. I guess she's making the point that we can only know the divine through Zen Buddhist or yogic type mystical and often severe practices. That point has been made by other 20th century writers in a more accessible manner. This is really a book meant to be read, not listened to in Audible format.
Karen Armstrong is an good reader, but after a while it gets to be like listening to a tape of a Religious Studies class . I've never listened to her other titles, but have read two of them.
Who did she write this for? What is her intended audience? I'm a relatively educated and well read man, but found myself dozing off. And the Audible format serves her poorly. You need a glossary to understand what she is saying - she is using Greek and Latin terms to express various religious states and relationships. What the heck do they mean?
The first time she uses a Greek term, she parenthetically mentions its meaning but after that she doesn't and there are so many it gets confusing.
Sorry I used up my credit.
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