I was delighted to see an old favorite show up on Audible in a new audiobook format. So lovely. I enjoyed the fact that, while this is a police procedural and two murders occur in it, there are also two very subtle and sweet love stories that run parallel through this novel. Both iconic characters, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, wrestle with issues of destiny and the miracle of finding true companionship and come out, dare I say it, happy, at the end of the novel. Sweetly and gently in love and happy. Not the usual outcome for either of them.
Harold Blizzard, a loud-mouthed "city" Navajo, helps move the murder mystery along, but also keeps up a smart-mouth patter throughout the novel that contributes to Chee's love story as well.
I have and I liked them very much. Hillerman's novels are famous for vivid descriptions of the stark beauty of the landscape of the American Southwest, and Mr. Baskous has painted those sweeping evocations of land and sky richly and well here. Quite a lot of the "action" in Hillerman's novels happens in quiet conversation with the various local people in and around the Navajo Resevation, often after long rides in pick up trucks through canyons and mountains. The solution to the mystery comes always from careful consideration of each of several individually wrought characters, delineated through tribal differences of religion and ideals of achieving harmony in their world. Mr. Baskous is quite accomplished at delineating characters in his performances of novels, and as usual, with a number of very different characters moving the action forward, he provides distinct voices for those characters so that the listener knows who is speaking at every point in the narrative. He crafts every word to fit the thoughts and actions going on in the novel and I appreciate his artistry with different American accents, something not many narrators do well.
Mr. Baskous's performance is always excellent and the temptation is certainly there to listen all the way through! I listened to this in three big chunks - kind of like watching a mini-series on television over three days. Wonderful experience!
Even though I had read this book many years ago, I was surprised by the power of the story. While the novel is a straightforward police procedural with two violent murders that occur in it, it is also a subtle lesson in history and philosophy, with an unexpected twist that shows a different kind of justice than we usually get in murder mysteries. I highly recommend it. Hey, I listened to Chapter 26 twice because is was so lovely - you really get into Jim Chee's head by the end of it. Great stuff.
I loved this book. It is 20 hours of very intense English History and it is great from every vantage point. If you are watching The White Queen or Braveheart or something similar, you will get the details from this book like no other. A big recommendation.
It is the real Game of Thrones.
I love his voice. He has a great accent and his performance is superb.
I might have wanted to, but there was no way. It is 20 hours long. But, I did listen to it in big chunks over a couple of days. Seriously, I bought it because I am watching The White Queen on television and this is the real story behind it all.
This is a very comprehensive history of a very complicated time in English history. It really will help explain a whole bunch of historical fiction that you might not be totally familiar with.
"Women" ranks very high on the list of audiobooks I have listened to, though it was kind of rough slogging. Mr. Baskous turned in an astonishing performance of this almost pornographic novel - it is clear to the knowledgeable fan of Bukowski's work that Mr. Baskous did his homework with regard to Bukowski's voice and mannerisms. Like all of Bukowski's work, "Women" is raw in its narrative style with frank descriptions of the hero's sexual acts. Be ready for some words you don't hear often except on premium cable tv. What makes this novel "not" pornography is Bukowski's surprise that his art inspires hot young women to seek him out for sex. His wonder at his own power to command the attention of women from all over the world is childlike, as if his juvenile yet authentic (and autobiographical) scribblings were getting an A grade from the sexiest teacher in the whole seventh grade. The subtext of this novel is "I can't believe she came all this way to fuck a guy as ugly as me!"
It is essentially a love story.
Mr. Baskous brought everything to this story. He has Bukowski's voice down. I mean really, really DOWN. I can't imagine anybody doing it better. This is a master work of tremendous power. You would have to go to Bukowski himself to experience a more accomplished piece of voice narrative.
The Poet Reborn
Take this one slowly. It is scarrifying in its brutal description of sex acts. If you tend to see, and are easily offended by, anti-woman attitudes in popular fiction, this book is not for you. If you can see through the brutality to discover the hero's search for real love, you will be overwhelmed by the power of this audiobook.
I love the ugly truth of it. It is a stark description of a time and place in American history that rings true in every line. Some of it is shocking, some of it perilously ennervating, sometimes both at the same time. If you are at all familiar with Bukowski's work, you will love this narrative version because it IS Bukowski. Mr. Baskous's narrative is studied and perfect, capturing the crude as well as the lyrical parts of the novel in what I imagine would be just as Bukowski would have wanted it (though I a pretty sure, knowing what I know about Bukowski, he would have complained).
The ugly truth of it. It is timeless in its description of despair of the modern world coupled with tiny lights of joy and happiness that extinguish almost the minute they take light. Nobody does it better than Bukowski.
I have listened to and really loved some of his other work. I think this series of Bukowski novels will showcase Mr. Baskous's particular talents more than the other work he has done. Mr. Baskous has a feel for this kind of writing, a genuine understanding of its importance and its grace and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. He knocks this one out of the park, essentially. A truly excellent work of art.
Light and Dark in LA
If you have the guts and the time, buy this audiobook but don't try to listen in your car on the way to your day job. Wait until it is dark and you can listen without interruption.
The Eye Of God kept me up most of last night in the most pleasurable, heart-pounding way possible. I love this audiobook! I am new to the Sigma Force series so every chapter was a revelation to me. I love the intricacy of the characters as well as the story lines. I mean, wow, Mr. Rollins packs so much history and politics and science and technology into this book - I was torn between surrender to the breakneck pacing of the narrative and wanting to experience some of the more rip roaring chapters over again right away. My heart is still pounding as I write this. Can't think of a better recommendation than that, truly. Can't catch my breath!
Oh my goodness, yes. Edge-of-seat maintained quite nicely, thank you.
Christian Baskous creates every character with grace and a richness of detail that makes his narration absolutely cinematic. This is a complicated story, with lots of characters and very big, explosive and exciting action. Mr. Baskous is a marvelous narrator and his performance throughout this long and detailed story is supremely evocative and energetic. Each nuance of intimacy is carefully expressed, just as every bold and startling plot point builds in intensity and magnitude. Instead of talking about a favorite character, I totally recommend listening to Chapter 22 (Chapter 18 in the book - I can't figure out why it isn't the same as on my Kindle). This chapter is literally explosive and showcases an amazing line up of characters, major and minor, all different and distinct from one another; it is irrefutable evidence of Mr. Baskous's astonishing talent with voice and character on a vast artistic scale.
I think you would have to say yes, I did have an extreme reaction. My heart was racing throughout this book. I stayed up all night and into the morning to listen to it. I couldn't stop myself. It was like watching a movie that I couldn't take my eyes off of. Honestly, it reminded me of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time way back when (ok, so I admit to being in the over-50 crowd!). I got lost in the action and in a way it was over too soon which is saying something about a novel that is fourteen hours plus in length.
I originally bought this audiobook because I loved an earlier novel of Mr. Rollins's, Blood Gospel. I enjoyed The Eye of God even more. In fact, I bought the novel for my Kindle this morning when I got done listening to the audiobook. I will definitely buy more of the Sigma Force novels, as audiobooks and in the Kindle versions. I want to know more about all of these fabulous characters!
I read this book many years ago and I was delighted to see it come out on Audible. While it is a straightforward police procedural and two murders occur in it, there is so much more at stake than solving the crime. The two iconic characters, Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, each solitary men at the beginning of the novel, find love by the end of it. Lovely stuff. If you are new to Tony Hillerman or a fan from way back, I highly recommend this audiobook.
I am fond of all the regulars in this series, of course. I did appreciate the comic quality of the character of Harold Blizzard, who inadvertanly helps Jim Chee solve his murder case and his love problem simultaneously. Clever stuff.
Mr. Baskous has a lovely voice and his narration perfectly captures Hillerman's vivid descriptions of the dramatic beauty of the landscape on the Navajo Reservation as well as the more personal revelations of the principle characters. Hillerman's novels are famous for having lots of the "action" occur in the minds of the two detectives, with intimate examinations of their thoughts about the tribal world they live in and the universe at large. This novel takes on big questions in a quiet and contemplative manner. Mr. Baskous expresses all of the actions, observations and expressions of philosophy with proper reverence while creating distinct characterizations of many different voices in the novel.
I was tempted to listen to it all at one sitting, but eight hours plugged into my headphones is a little hard to fit into my schedule! I ended up listening to it in three big chunks, kind of like watching a compelling mini-series on television. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There is some real wisdom in this novel, along with a very sweet dual-track love story. I confess, I listened to Chapter 26 twice. Check it out if you want to find out why!
This book was narrated by Jon Ronson himself, and if you look at a picture of him while listening, you can almost duplicate the excitement of listening to him in person (he is on the Daily Show and Colbert every now and again). Lots of fun and, well, I don't want to spoil anything, but he is very funny.
This book really helped me understand the convoluted brain functions that create procrastination. It is very detailed and I did listen to some parts of it more than once, but it helped immediately. Just knowing how procrastination works helped me do less of it right away.
This is a how-to book so there were no favorite parts. The whole book is useful information for making everyday life better right now.
Dr. Fiore is a fine narrator of his own work. It is like having him for a teacher.
All of them. Mostly the fact that procrastination is a way for your brain to protect you from pain - and the realization that the pain you fear is pretty much imaginary.
I recommend the book to anybody who has trouble starting projects of any kind, personal or business.
I loved this audio book. James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell worked together to create a hybrid of their individual genres and I think it works. I like the twists on accepted wisdom with regard to the Church. It is certainly possible that devout Christians might be somewhat offended by the storyline and they should consider reading something else. As an amateur scholar in First Century Christian History, I really enjoyed the extrapolations from real history into a really wild, romantic "what if?" story. Let us remember that vampires in the story allow the writers to time travel with characters in real time which is a very effective literary device. The story can span many centuries and provide first person perspective on remote events in history without the worry of how the flux capacitor works. Christian Baskous, who did the audio version, did truly excellent work with the reading. He created each of the myriad characters as utterly distinct from one another, from a mysteriously menacing 16th century priest to the doe-eyed and intellectually voracious blonde archeologist with a nice rack. I was amazed at how atmospheric his reading was. This story has plenty of atmosphere, let me tell you. It swings through history and geography, science and the supernatural, and Mr. Baskous's reading is beautifully evocative of each time and place and character. Wonderful.
I loved Professor Erin Granger. She is a true scientist with the real understanding of human emotion. Perfect as the primary perspective through which this story unfolds.
Rhun Korza. Romantic, tortured, fabulously male and richly realized in Mr. Baskous's wonderful voice. Jordan Stone was a close second. He is heroic and manly in a straightforward, very American way. Both men so different. Mr. Baskous is a really talented artist.
Blood Gospel: Sacred Revelation
I can't wait for Book 2.
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