the Netherlands | Member Since 2012
An ideal book to listen to. I was listening to Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Nothing bad about that book, but I think it's better to read it because of all the characters plotting and planning. It's not easy to go back two pages when you've lost contact with the story. So I stopped it and chose another book for my daily half hour walk towards work.The Sense of an Ending has a clear structure. It has about five or six characters who are pictured clearly. I didn't need to use the rewind button on my iPod shuffle. What results is a gripping story about the coming of age of a man who has friends that are prettier, smarter, in one word better than he. And he has to cope with their darker sides. An intriguing story in which almost all of the plot points have a functionality for the story as a whole.
I have listened to this book from Audible, and I enjoyed that. For listening to be enjoyable the book should not be too hard to follow. The Corcle has a quite easy, straightforward plot and a limited number of straightforward characters. An easy listening experience, but at the same time a disappointment. The character, especially the protagonist Mae is flat and overly naive in her belief in a brave new world. What bothers me the most in this book however are the 'Zings'. Eggers makes them in an applause machine, always supporting Mae. As on short view in social media discussions show, Zings are not filled with applause but with abusive language. Eggers has a point to make and the plot and characters fully corroborate this point, even if they are unrealistic. His plot and characters are caught within Eggers' book/argument just like they are caught within the circle... No way out.
I like to hear political views that are not mine. However, Ann Coulter is not so much giving arguments for her position as she is being witty and selling herself. Her favorite line is: I rest my case.
And, I'm afraid I don't like her voice.
So, despite the sometime hilarious parts, not my cup of tea.
This classic seems a bit too long for me. Read it, listened to it, seen the film, but it still isn't my book. Sorry Moby, maybe I'm too little of an American.
On the positive side. I liked part one better than part two.
This classic seems a bit too long for me. Read it, listened to it, seen the film, but it still isn't my book. Sorry Moby, maybe I'm too little of an American
Performance of Stephen Fry stands out! Since I've read the book before Zaphod Beeblebrox III, and their companions were no strangers to me. However, switching from planet to planet in a seriously made up world but my imagination to the test. Maybe I should listen again, with more listening experience built up.
After a couple of chapters I stopped reading. I had the idea I was missing the gist of the story. I may try it again this August ;-)
Great book for listening. Not too many characters, not too complex story lines. But, a story all the way. And while listening you have time to think about the next moves Robert Langdon or Siena Brooks are going to make. Which in some cases made it predictable (which is not a negative thing per se). It felt more attached to the story than while reading the Da Vinci Code or the Bernini thing.
I have tried to listen to this book, but it was too hard for me (non-native) to tell all the persons apart. What I heard was intriguing, but every distraction (I listen while I walk from home to work) made me feeling lost between the characters.
It's not the fault of Simon Slater. He does an extraordinary job. Maybe I will try later, but for now I think I wille have to read the book first, and even then.....
He asks for a lot of empathy, Harry, the protagonist of this book. He is the man you hate to love, just like his favorite politician, Richard Nixon is the man people love to hate.What happens, especially in the beginning of the storry is not an everyday story, but the author persuades us to believe it. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always bizarre.
And just the right number of 'actors' to make it possible to follow the story by listening while walking.
I really liked the first two stories. The narration is definitely ok. But still, I was not hungry for more than those two first fairy tales. To me, Oscar Wilde will always be the author of 'Dorian Gray', not the man of the short stories.
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