Bryson's done it again. His witty and informative travelogue series has provided hours of entertainment.
A Short History... is defintely a departure from his typical format and that had me a little curious about how he would address these issues. As a working scientist and academic I was quite pleased with his handling of the material. It's a nicely written history of science enlivened quite nicely, thank you very much, with Bill's typical flair for a fine phrase.
As another reviewer pointed out, Bryson is undoubtedly the best narrator for his own work. He is a prime example of a man who knows his own words and delivers them phenomenally well!
Get this book! You won't regret it.
As I write this I'm amazed at this review process. I JUST moments ago clicked on 'Add to cart'. I've not yet even downloaded the audiobook files, yet I'm writing a review. Why you might ask? Simple, it's a Heinlien. For those of you who understand, that makes sense. For the rest of you, read on McDuff.
Robert A Heinline was my introduction to science fiction, as perhaps he was yours, almost fifty years ago (I'm barely 50). RAH is the standard against which I judge all science fiction. I have read this book many times in pulp, I know what's coming as well as I know my own comfy pillow.
My sole criterion when a new Heinlein comes out is simple - who's the narrator and can I stay awake through the narration. In all honesty, that always secondary and even a bad narrator rarely keeps me from a RAH classic. This narrator, previewed in the sample seems up to the task.
If you're already a Heinlein fan, quit reading. My review is already approacing 1000 words and you're wasting your time. You know you will buy. If you're new to Heinlein, have I got a treat for you. Pick ANYTHING with his name on the title and settle in for the ride.
There is not a single Terry Pratchett novel on Audible that I have not purchased. There are darned few that have not made very high marks in my opinion. THIS one however feels like he simply had a contract obligation to meet and 'hammered one out'.
Don't get me wrong, there are bright moments that sing out "Terry's still got it!". However, this is far from his best.
A book by Terry though, remains a book by Terry and as such is still, far and away my favorite book of the past few months. It did NOT however meet the expectations that I had when I first saw a new Pratchett on the shelf.
So be it... listen if you are a fan, you know you'll be sorry if you don't - just don't expect this to be as good as some others.
Bill's travels have always been a favorite of mine. This one takes us on a journey back in time to a happier, more innocent, yet just a bit more twisted - childhood in a time where our own kids would be lost without the beep-beep of electronic toys. Thank you, Bill for some wonderful memories, and some of your exceptional belly-laughs! Keep 'em coming!
I based my purchase of this book on reviews of the PAPER book. I should have listened to samples first (almost always do!) but I love the idea of a good adventure that was 26 hours long.
ABSOLUTELY the worst narration I've ever encountered. Mr Bull made the first 30 minutes agony. I kept hoping it would get better but it did not.
I took the unprecedented step of calling customer service and asking that this book be removed from my library.
If you think you might want to listen to this I STRONGLY urge you to listen to the sample first. Proceed with caution.
Think of it as tag-team Jeopardy for the thinking human. A can't fail entertaining, fun experience! If you think you might like it, by all means grab it!
I actually liked this one quiet a lot and enjoyed the narrator.
For person who had such a problem with pronunciation of cities in New Mexico - please be aware that there is more than one town with a similar name... Abiquiu is the town in which the painter Georgia O'Keeffe made her home.
The narrator's perfect pronuciation of 'that other town' might have been a tip off. Albuquerque WAS mentioned quite correctly a couple of times.
If you're already a Callahan's regular you don't need any encouragement. If "The Place" is new to you, come on in, we've been waiting for you. What took you so long?
Barrett Whitener's reading does Spider's creations proud. Audible, thanks for finally getting the right strings pulled to bring Spider's books into the fold - MORE, MORE!
And, yes, as Spider once told Ben Bova - "apparently it is supposed to hit the fan"
As usual Pratchett has performed feats with the English language that appear at first glance to be impossible. Words just fit better together coming from him. We're transported back in time along with a somewhat frustrated Sam Vines who's got to save the city with the help of a younger version of himself and, gods help us, a street urchin version Nobby Nobbs. For die-hard Pratchett fans, that's all the information you need to realize that this is a rollicking good read.
Stephen Briggs performs nicely as narrator and makes the whole trip pleasant. Alas, I'll always be biased - These tales truly ought to be read by Nigel Planer. Nigel's voice will forever and always ring true for me as the 'proper' voice of each of the Disk World folk.
As a long time biologist and lover of fine words this audiobook is a double pleasure! I share excerpts of these stories with my Anatomy & Physiology classes at appropriate times during my lectures. An added bonus is provided with the author's own voice doing a splendid job on the narration. Great job, Stark! You make me, and my students feel as if we were there with the 'victims' of your examples.
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