Yes it was since I got a wikipedia style introduction to some great books.
That question is not applicable amazon! Why don't you just let us write free style reviews?
Southern drawl. I was amusingly distracted by his pronunciation of "dooty".
I liked the treatment of the non-fiction books better than that of the fiction. For example, discussion of Othello, 1984, All is quiet on the Western front etc was nothing more than a dramatic rendering of the summary. What I expected to hear more was a discussion of the underlying themes. For the non fiction works such as the works of Winston Churchill or Gandhi, the treatment was much better. All in all, it was an average course. I do not regret listening to it, but I was not enthralled by it either.
I loved this book. The narrator was top-notch, all the voices added to the humour of the story. Towards the end, I sort of lost the hang of the story, did not know just what the hell was going on. But that doesn't take anything away from the book. I had no idea Sheckley was this good.
This book is boring. The writing is bad, I would say excruciatingly bad. I do not think it is simply because it is an old book. The Count of Monte Cristo was written about the same time, I believe. That book doesn't have a dull moment. Don Quixote was published in 1605, and it reads like a gem even in translation. The writing in this book is bad, the characters flat and the descriptions overly detailed. The format (diary entries) just does not work with every moment of every single day recorded in perfect detail.
A not about the narration - while I liked the other voices, Lucy was always speaking in a sort of whisper, like a girl too good to be true. It does get very annoying very quickly.
I did not enjoy this book. For me it occupied a weird space between a parable and a satire. If one applies the usual rules of existence to the story, it falls apart. Yet to work as a story, it requires that the rules be applied to it. In short, I just did not buy it.
I did not enjoy the narration either. Dustin Hoffman reads it like he is reading a bedtime story to a five year old. I felt that the focus was too much on Dustin Hoffman, the voice and at no point did it become the voice of Chance Gardener for me.
This book is a gem. Every sentence is perfectly crafted. This is in fact a magical book. No matter where you are when you choose to tune into it, it will transform into you an alternate reality, peopled with dragons and wizards and what not. The coming back to the "dimension considered normal" hurts.
The performance was excellent too, bringing the book to life. Vimes sounded like he had a cold throughout the book, but it didn't bother me much.
There is not much left to be said about the book. It is Gaiman and Terry Pratchett after all, so one knows what one is in for. The narration by Martin Jarvis is good but could have been better. My major gripe about the audiobook is that there were no pauses between scenes (i.e. chapters in the book). Sometimes the lack of pause made it hard to figure out a switch of scene. I also did not like the voice given to Adam, which sounded much too adult to me.
Having said that, I enjoyed the book very much in spite of the minor shortcomings. In all probability, I would listen to it again.
Yes, I would. It was very close to perfect.
The feeling I had when I finished the book was the feeling you have after a perfect meal - every taste bud satisfied. The resolution of the story was perfect.
It was pitch perfect, so 1950s in just the right way.
I laughed out loud more than once.
Thanks Neil for sharing your love for this book. By now everyone knows how close this book is to the hitchhiker's guide. Think Arthur Dent with a lot more spunk. But if that makes you hesitate at all, believe me, enjoying this book is not going to take anything away from the guide. I'll listen to or read everything Sheckley has written!
Sure, but not because of this work. I heard Android's dream first and it was a much better book.
Yes. Android's dream was a much better book. I realized later that this is his first book. I am so glad I did not hear this first, otherwise I would not have given Scalzi a second chance. The problem is not that the book is boring - it's not. The problem is that it is unbelievably cliche'd. As the scenes unfold, you realise that inspite of an interesting premise, there is nothing here that you haven't seen already. For instance the scene where Michelle visits Tom's grandmother and her reaction after the visit could have been from any forgettable Hollywood flick.
I don't much care for him. He's not bad, but he's not excellent either. He has a way of chewing the words that begins to get on my nerves. And I am never able to forget that this is Wheaton.
No. See above.
Give Scalzi a chance. He is good. I find him entertaining, but his writings lack the depth which makes you want to listen to or read a book twice.
I have listened to a lot of excellent audiobooks, so it is tough for an audiobook to stand out among those. Having said that, this book was quite funny, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Has to be Gunilla. Loved the scene where she yells "No swearing please" at the assembly.
Liked all of them.
Not moved, but yeah the story concocted by the gang for the police was laugh out loud funny.
Very grim tragedy
Well, it is a tie between Macbeth and the witches (in a sense the weird sisters are a single character, though the youngest one is the primary one). The weird sisters are wise and repulsive, cunning and honest at the same time. And Macbeth, it is hard not to feel sorry for his poor soul - he had the heart, but not the stomach of a monarch.
Again, the weird sisters. I can imagine how tempting it must have been to deliver them in an over-the-top way, but his performance was spot on, never striking a false note.
The last words of the weird sisters to Lady Macbeth gave me goosebumps. It is not very often that you can honestly say this, but I really did not see that coming.
As the authors stress, it is an adaptation, not a slavish translation. I have not read the original, but I would love to, after reading this adaptation. Kudos to everyone involved. It was brilliant all around.
The drama, the passion, the complexity of characters.
His narration was pitch perfect, neither over dramatised not monotonous. I think this is a story to be heard, rather than read.
I would say poor Claudius.
Thanks to all involved for bringing this to life.
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