Originally posted on my blog Good Books & Good Wine.
I’ve come to discover that I like rereading books via audio. It’s a whole to way to experience worlds I’ve already inhabited. In preparation for The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, I spent one of my audible credits on The Name Of The Wind.
The audiobook opens with the strumming of a string instrument, I think it’s a guitar, which feels very appropriate to the story, as it feels like tavern music. This is a great opening. It sets the mood perfectly, as the entirety of The Name Of The Wind is told in a tavern – the Waystone Inn. Plus, I think when it comes to audiobooks the opening music should fit the themes of the book, and this one does quite wonderfully.
Nick Podhel, the narrator of the audio version of The Name of The Wind does an excellent job voicing the large cast of characters. I thought he perfectly nailed Kvothe’s emotions. With Podhel’s expert narration, certain events in the book just slammed me all over again. Certain characters took on a new life, as I now have a voice to go with the words — such as Trapis, the guy who takes care of Kvothe and other street children in Tarbean, also although he doesn’t need it, Ambrose is a bit clearer to me. Podhel nailed pompous ass. ALSO he did different accents for different characters who aren’t from the commonwealth which adds a certain flavor that I appreciated. I love it when narrators do different voices for their characters and put in accents, so it really feels like the book is brought to life.
However, this is a very long audiobook and took me a month or two to get through. It’s about 28 hours long. Yet, while I was listening, I never felt the length to be a burden. I guess when you are transported to the world of the university and Imre, length becomes unimportant.
The Name of the Wind is an excellent audiob
After finishing the audiobook for And Then There Were None, all I could think to myself was well played, Ms. Christie, well played.
Obviously there is a reason why Agatha Christie is the grand dame of the whodunnit genre. I’ve only read two of her books so far, pitiful, I know. Each book that I’ve read by her has a twist ending that I honestly couldn’t see coming (then again, I am quite dense).
The audiobook of And Then There Were None is relatively short. It is 5 hours and 32 minutes unabridged. It is narrated by Hugh Fraser. Fraser is an excellent narrator. I felt he was very well suited to the book, what with his proper British accent. He was very posh sounding. His voice changed and never remained at one tone or pitch. I thought the varying made it easier to listen to. The audio publisher is The Audio Partners.
Okay, so ten people get invited to this island off Devon called Indian Island by this eccentric millionaire for a variety of reasons. Each person accepts the invite to the island without question. At first glance, the characters have little in common. It is then, as readers, we discover each character has a shady past and has committed something like murder. Anyways, one by one each character is whacked via poison, gun, blunt object in different areas of the mansion on Indian island. As the story unfolded, I tried to figure out which of the ten guests was the murderer.
Ya’ll this book has such a BRILLIANT conclusion. Seriously, I did not see the solution coming from a million miles away. Also, I am left wondering if this is the book where the phrase ‘red herring’ comes from, as there are a few red herrings. I felt this was a great read. I highly recommend this mystery, especially the audio version.
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