Grace Conlin does a terrific job of narrating the story. The novel itself is actually more a series of short stories more than a coherent novel. But the characters are memorable and many parts of it are engaging. The themes of pre-WW II German culture and anti-Semitism are explored well. Her insights about marriage and relationships are spot on. Definitely engaging even if it doesn't have a compelling overall narrative.
One of the best, and I've listened to dozens of them. It took me awhile to get into the book because it starts with lots of descriptions of the landscapes, etc. But once the plot got going, it became a riveting story.
Not surprisingly, it's similar to other Hardy novels -- Jude the Obscure, Tess of d'Urbervilles, Mayor of Castorbridge, etc. Unlike some other Victorian novelists, Hardy was unafraid to let very bad things happen to good people. But his characters are unforgettable. Eustacia, Clym, Thomassin, Diggory...
Never heard him read a book before, but I'd love to hear another. He did a fantastic job at the end of the book, keeping the suspense and drama moving forward.
The final scenes when Eustacia tries to leave Egdon Heath was amazingly told. As suspenseful as any page-turning thriller.
Well worth the time and money. I'd read the book in high school, some 50 years ago, but didn't understand why it had been assigned. Definitely had to have lived as an adult to understand how insightful the book is.
The story sounded interesting, but I found the narration too difficult to follow. He apparently tried to create a distinctive voice for Marlowe, the main character of the book. But it was in such a way that I simply wasn't willing to continue reading. I'm sure the story was good as I liked Heart of Darkness and other books of Conrad's.
Possibly. But I didn't like listening to the Marlowe character.
Absolutely riveting analysis of what's deeply wrong with our society. I learned so much about how the war on drugs has destroyed the black community. It has everything: lots of facts and statistics, compelling anecdotes about the human toll of the policies, and historical context that explains how things have happened. The final part of the book was incredibly eloquent, bringing everything together.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer. Both books look very much beneath the surface to explain what is happening in our country.
How the war on drugs was a backlash from the Civil Rights movement that created a new system of racial injustice.
I want to do something to change the system of mass incarceration as a result of reading this book.
Needed a good editor. Lots of it was overwritten, a reflection of the author's overinflated ego.
Too much gore and violence. The author loves telling about the bloody details of various knife, gun, or fist fights. At first it's fascinating, but by the end of the book, it is revolting.
No. But I would after listening to this one. He is able to depict an incredibly wide variety of characters and accents. An absolutely superlative performance.
Probably not. Too much violence.
I found myself mesmerized by this book. Proust is a master of describing the intimate details of his thinking. Very little happens in the book outwardly. Essentially the narrator tells of his summer in a town on the Norman coast. And the characters, including the narrator, aren't particularly admirable. But it's absolutely fascinating to listen to his riffs on a wide variety of subjects, from sexuality to arts and artists to creativity to memory. Very hard to describe, but it's like listening to someone describing the incredibly interesting things they see inside a microscope looking at human character. The reader is good. Definitely kept my interest alive.
What an incredible story! It reads almost like a thriller. Bonhoeffer's fight with the Nazis extends more than a dozen years. I learned an incredible amount about how some brave Christians stood up to Hitler. Although they ultimately lost the battle, they clearly won in the long run because of their principled position. The reader does a terrific job of keeping your interest because he's clearly very passionate about the story. You never get the idea that he's just reading a text. Anyone who wants to learn more about the reality of life under the Nazis should read this book. Can't recommend it highly enough.
A retelling of the biblical story of Cain and Abel, as well as Adam and Eve, Noah's ark, etc. Saramago's writing style is engaging because it's so unusual. But his iconoclastic attitude towards the Bible and religion wears thin after a while leaving this reader at least wanting more depth and less caricature. Worth reading if you want something quick and mildly diverting. At least Kevin Pariseau does a great job of bringing the characters to life.
Bulgakov's imagination is incredible. This is Faust on steroids. The basic plot line revolves around the devil coming to Moscow in the Stalin era. If you can accept that as the premise, you'll enjoy this highly entertaining, often laugh-outloud funny book. Despite the sometimes outrageous scenes, the book will also make you think about such issues as good and evil, Pilate vs. Jesus, Soviet secret police, etc. No wonder my Russian friends tell me this is the most popular novel among today's Russians.
Julian Rhind-Tutt is just fantastic as a reader. He has a different voice for the many different characters, making it easy to follow a Russian story where everyone seems to have at least three different names.
Well-told story of an Ethiopian immigrant who runs a corner grocery store in Washington, DC. The characters come to life in Dion Graham's narration. Especially good is his African accents as well as the various American characters. High recommend it as an engaging story.
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