This was quite a departure from Melvin Braggs novels; unexpectedly a refreshing change. It made me marvel at our language and how it had evolved - in a rather Darwinian way. Now I do understand a lot more than I did about the curious anomalies we have acquired in our language and why it is so impossibly 'irregular'. Very well researched (from my lay point of view anyway).
I cannot think of any I have read like this.
Truly wonderful. Quite impressed by his ability to convey this complex language within its historical context - especially his convincing attempts at old English. One wonders how much Direction from Bragg was given.
No extreme ones but then it was a field I knew nothing about so I found it enlightening and educational. I could not stop listening. That is always my marker for a good book.
No. Well worth the read especially if you are interested in linguistics or just want to know where our language came from and how it evolved to modern times.
The irony of Bryson's memory as always. Despite a US upbringing it found resonances in my own UK boyhood.
I had no complaints. Some actors might have made it even funnier.
Funny, observant, ironic.
No but nothing to do with the book only my time.
Classic Bryson. Adults probably like this more than kids. Mine thought it was 'rude' which makes them seem a lot more naive than I was at their age (14/15).
It had such a rich classical feel with humor and tragedy.
Some of them. Those who like the 'Classics'. Here we re-live our own lives, emotions and realise not much has happened in literature in hundreds of years.
No. But his rendition of this novel was indeed a most wonderful performance. Rich and textured. A delight to hear his characterisation and his sympathy to the culture of long ago in Southern Italy.
I cannot recall her name as it is a while since I read this. But the the lady who recognised she had never been aware of the affection of her beloved. Very Shakespearean.
No I need to read this over and over again. Short enough to do so. However, I am listening to more than 10 x more than I used read - and enjoying Audible.com so much so that I am not exactly free to do this!
Surprisingly Bill O'Reilly's enthusiasm for his text. One got a sense of tragedy for all the characters that were involved in this extremely brutal and messy affair. Difficult to envisage the brutality of the world at this time without such biographies or to understand the primitive nature of both politics and medicine. These conspiracies continue but one really hopes we have more consideration for mankind (which involves both the good and the bad in this a story). Then there was Kennedy. They did a better detective job with Lincoln's Assassination than his.
The moment of assassination and the wind up of what happened to everyone.
Nothing. Maybe a bit journalistic but despite this he kept me enthralled by the evolving story - as a BRIT (in NZ) - much of which I did not know.
If only.... but it was one I could not wait to get back to.
No, a great read. Worth every cent (penny!).
Although potentially interesting material I found it rather unexciting rendition of Dylan's life. One hopes it was more than his pursuit of a musical career, considering his great contribution to the scene over many decades. Maybe this medium is not his best and he best communicates through his lyrics and songs. Sean Penn sounded a bit Dylanish but I might have preferred to have listened to Dylan's undeciferable drawl than his. He did not really 'lift' the story as much as I would have hoped. A missed opportunity.
No. Keith Richards book was very interesting.
Lack of enthusiasm
I suspect I will still listen to Chronicles 2 etc. but I hope his later years are a bit more enlightening.
This is a biography which deserves accolade. This seems both balanced and human - drawing from many sources from both sides of the divide. The narrative lays bare the man that symbolizes all that is evil - his strengths and weaknesses. Yet in this man there are fleeting moments of humanity and a vision too unbelievable to imagine of anyone living at that time in the Western world. And his henchmen? How could he dominate and influence these to the extent that he did. How could man have such hatred of fellow man? Hilter was a man steeped in a philosophy that could not be spoken, and he did everything he could to achieve his aims with no sense of what was fair or legal. How a man from so humble origins came thus requires a book like this to string things together. Although only one historical version, a mean feet for the author and the (almost) 'in period' narrator who's diction takes me back to the 50s and 60s. A great listen. I could not stop listening and now I am sorry it has ended. A true classic. I could never have read it.
The death of Hitler
Great characterization, comedy and wonderful read.
A classic. Absolutely compulsive to listen to his wonderful accents and characterization.
My 13 year old son (who hates reading) LOVED this book.
Yes. It tells a real story which resonates to many who have been in relationships and had unrealistic expectations.
I just accepted it.
Her sincerity and honesty (if it is true)
She encouraged me to read Lolita again! And I agree with her.
A wonderful book of great literary significance read by a remarkable narrator/actor. I was never once doubting of the central character who's complex personality was admirably portrayed by Irons.
The central character.
A remarkable rendition of this classic work. A huge talented narration perhaps equal to this great piece of writing. Like Shakespeare performed by the National Theatre. It amply raises this book by making it accessible to many who may have struggled because of its complexity, in addition to the authors intended confusion of reality and paranoia of the mentally insane...or was he?.
Lolita is a classic, a narrative that crosses the social line but never alienates its reader because of it.
Great literature, great rendition. Irons nailed it!
Yes. I had little or no sense of her accent or personality. I was a little surprised by her grasp of affairs of the day, and her love for her husband. Quite touching.
Not disappointing but not very inspiring.
Less background noise but maybe this is part of the history.
Several moments. I was touched by her love for her husband and family. JFK was a remarkable man (I was only 13 when he was assassinated) and I await his own tapes which were recently released from the Archives.
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