It's always special to listen to Stephen Fry read. It's extra special when he reads something that he himself loves and he loves Oscar Wilde.
This is a collection of very entertaining children stories. I'm not sure if we would consider these 'children stories' today but like Grimm's fairy tales they were at least intended to be for children when they were written.
I had a bit of a hard time listening to this book and I imagine it would have been better if I would have actually read it as opposed to listening to it. At one point in this fantastic tale comes a type of dream sequence and that sequence is a bit difficult to differentiate in contrast to the the fantastic tale.
Now of course this could have just been me. When I listen I tend to listen while doing something else like driving and I wouldn't be surprised that either another listen will help me enjoy this book more or a more attentive ear would have been better in the first place.
However, this is a VERY complicated plot so unless you can devote more attention to it than I was able, you might want to consider a Gaiman book that has a more simple plot.
This book made brain hurt more bad!!
This is a very interesting book, I've listened to it twice and got so much more out of it the second time but I know that there's just a bucket load that I still missed. Someday soon I'll give it a third listen.
I'm a bonafide Douglas Adams fan. I've read everything I could find that he wrote, I've listened to all the dramatizations that the BBC did for H2G2 and I played his computer game and watched his talks on Youtube.
That being said I'm sad to have to write that this book "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" was not his finest effort. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just not up to his snuff. Normally he ties up all the loose ends quite neatly and quite imaginatively but here I felt that there was a bit that wasn't quite finished. If I was to guess I would say that he was rushed to finish the book and just didn't have the time to polish it to his usual high luster.
Douglas reads this and he reads it wonderfully. His tone, inflections and rhythm makes the story so wonderful to listen to that I found myself sitting in my car lost to where I was and just listening to him read. Quite wonderfully hypnotic.
If you a Douglas Adams fan you'll HAVE to listen to this because ... well ... you know why, but if you're new to Douglas' work then you might want to skip this and listen to either "The Hitchhikers Guide ... " or "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".
I've heard so often how Jules Verne's writing inspired so many people to go into science and engineering and I now know why I've always hated science and engineering.
I found this book to be so tedious that I couldn't finish listening to it. Every single time a new discovery is made he goes on for pages describing the family, genus, sub-genus, related genus, genus that have no relation but are similarly spelled and so on and so on and so on. Ugh!
The characters are so two dimensional as to almost make one think that Verne must have written it like that was on purpose. Nemo never reacts any other way than cold, distant and unfazed.
The best word to describe this book is 'monotonous'.
I think it's safe to say that I found myself park in my car, sitting with the door ajar, still listening to this book more than any other book I've listened to. The format is very simple and it's conveyed in such a way that laypeople like me can feel smart for understanding it's complexity. [cute play on words huh?]
It's an amazing book of self deprecation, of laughing at yourself as you drive because you do the exact same thing the book is describing, word for word and you did it just this morning and you thought you were so clever when you did it. The man who reads it does a superb job and is just as effective as hooking you as the book itself.
It's also a real and serious help if you at all interested in working on yourself in a way that isn't something touchy feely and an even better way to understand and gain empathy about all of us and why we do the stupid s**t we do.
You can listen to this book in the same way you watch "How do They Make That" documentaries on the Science Channel and get some great information out of it and/or as a book that can help you identify deeper thought issues you might have.
It's not Faulkner or Hemingway, but it's very very entertaining and worth the credit. It's funny to think that it's read by Wesley Crusher. He does a great job BTW
This book could have been so much better if the woman who read it didn't read like. Every. Word. Is. It's. Own. Sentence. And. Over. Enunciate. Every. Single. Syllable. And. Inflection.
Her reading is so annoying that I could only listen to this book in small doses. However, there is good information within ... just buy the print version.
Not my favorite Christopher More book, it was just a little too slap stick and a bit too silly for my taste.
What an incredible listen. Everything I could say about this book has already been said and the only negative I have to say is that Christopher's voice is just low enough to be difficult to hear over the traffic so take the bass down on your stereo to compensate.
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