I enjoyed the way the author kept the plates spinning on the characters on all fronts. I thought the strange convergence of characters at the end and some of the later character transformations were quite ingenious. I have to confess that the narration did leave a little to be desired. Some solid characterizations, some not.
Book about future tech from 2007 so there's that... But was a great listen otherwise!
... not the least of which was that a few times I caught myself wondering "how did they get such a good recording of Douglass?" Many, many pats on the back to Mr. Allen.
I've held Douglass as a hero for many years even without knowing the fullest details of his story. Knowing them now, I'd say first that it was WELL worth the 21 hours of listening to find them out, and second that it only builds my respect for one of our country's great heroes. Any student of American history should invest themselves in this audiobook.
Karen Krause does an excellent job on the narration. Many pats on the back there. Lots of texture, lots of nuance. It's difficult to narrate that many opposite gender characters, but she handles it well.
I think some of the book was lost on me for not knowing all the details of the original Alice in Wonderland. It probably resonates more with AIW aficionados. But having said that, there are some very good payoffs in the final chapters for things that I had been wondering about for most of the book. And there's a good tension toward the end as Alice finds the line between what is happening in the real world and what isn't. I liked it.
Robert Neil DeVoe does a very good job with this book. I was impressed (also relieved) when the main female character undergoes a transformation and becomes much more likable (and easier to listen to) in the 2nd half. All other characters solid, and the first conversation between the navigationally challenged aliens is the strongest point in the piece.
The plot structure is quite interesting. However, I found the character development somewhat lacking. Primarily, I could not reconcile the lack of incredulity of the characters given the bizarre situation in which they find themselves. Not much there to back up the plot.
It took a bit to adjust to listening to the cast perform, but once I got it I enjoyed how, in this style, they could do some layering of voices and sounds and really texture a scene in a way that can't happen with a single narrator. The script also excels in keeping the simultaneous action going. I did miss the level of character background and depth of a longer book, as well the deeper exploration of the title's meaning, but that's just a personal preference. It is written as a screenplay rather than a novel. So I give it good marks for being a different approach to the theme.
Sharp, engrossing, intelligent
Cannot pick one moment. Little flashes of genius pop up constantly.
The first time Moore delves into the etymology of the name "Poop-stick."
Christopher Moore and Euan Morton have just created a new fan! Although everything about the book is terrific, for me the way Morton's narration exactly captures Moore's sharp wit and characters kept me longing for each person to come back into the scene so I could see what they did next.
Road to Serfdom is every bit as applicable today as it was 70 years ago. My mind was taken many different directions over the course of the book.
William Hughes does a fantastic job with this book. His voice is very engaging on a piece which-- profound or not-- is still 9 hours of economic nonfiction... I have listened to other similar books that I wonder if the production company chose the narrator most likely to put people to sleep. Not here.
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