South Carolina | Member Since 2012
I feel like this book would have been much more interesting written from an unprivileged minority's perspective, then a whiteboy looking for "adventure".
Nothing. I know that it is a classic, I just really found it boring.
His voice was boring to me. He didn't make me like the main character. He made me loathe him even more.
Maybe. Maybe the movie would take a different spin on the main character. Give him some interesting qualities.
I just have to say, if you are looking for adventure in this book you wont find it. If anything I find this book is important to America to show that it is still full of hipsters trying to make their lives more meaningful. The answer to that is to do great things, not bum off of people who really are unprivileged, and then make a mockery of their lives as a way to make yourself more interesting.
Idk. I prefer audiobooks in general because I can multitask with them...I'm sure I would have enjoyed the written text too if I had the time to read. This is not to imply that the actor reading wasn't fabulous. He portrayed the characters perfectly.
Toulouse Lautrec was portrayed as such an interesting, charismatic, optimistic person. You would think the opposite considering his paintings and ailments. But maybe he was much more light than dark, who knows?
Yes. This book was so heartwarming and funny at the same time, two of my favorite feelings.
Paul, David's brother. He is so different from the rest of the family. He is simple, and country, and I think secretly David was more like him. Keep it Stupid Simple.
Paul, David's Brother. David has such a high pitched, feminine voice, and when he switched into full fledged North Carolina country bumpkin accent, I burst out laughing every time.
Yes. The story about the beach house, and how the family got so excited about it and finally had stopped fighting and had even grown closer in the process of looking for one...but then at the end of the day, David's parents were alcoholics and unreliable, and he had to sit with the fact that they were going to be that way for the rest of his childhood. I suppose it moved me cause I could relate.
Romantic, Epic, Suspenseful
When Jaime is locked in prison and Claire has to save him. The suspense of her waiting to see if he will be alive or not, after each plan is completed is dreadfully painful, but wonderfully rewarding in the end.
She is fabulous at the various accents needed to create the characters, from Claire's modern British accent, to Jaime's Scottish accent mixed with Gaelic, to the French Monks.
Review contain's spoilers.
If you love Jane Austen's other works, you'll love Emma. But this wasn't just great writing, it was a great performance. Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job at narrating each different character. I could have started listening in the middle of a chapter and recognized exactly which character was talking. Unfortunately I was unaware that Emma is the same exact story of the 90s movie hit Clueless, but despite that I already knew the plot twists, it was very interesting to me to hear the actually text and compare and contrast while I was listening. If I was a british lit professor, I think I would definitely make that an essay of some kind from that topic...
Anyway, overall it was a great length and very entertaining.
I think Emma's father, Mr. Woodhouse was my favorite character, and I think it had a lot to do with the reading of his character by Stevenson. He somehow was grouchy and adorable at the same time. I loved the irony of the fact that he loved his daughters more than anyone on earth, but despised marriage; he loved that he was married and had them with his late wife, but was too selfish and grumpy to ever let them enjoy the same life of pleasure.
She brings the personalities of the written characters to a new dimension. The voices she gives them, though a personal interpretation, to me was spot on and gave them a new depth.
I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction. I think most people, even if they've never read Jane Austen know what they're getting into when they start. I don't mean to be sexist, but she is a women's writer, in that she is chatty and wordy, and dramatic and emotional. Her books are about small town dramas, which can be extremely relatable to anyone, but I think those of more rational taste (as opposed to dramatic and emotional) might have an extreme reaction of it being pretty boring.
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