This is a complex book based around a failed medical experiment - an experiment intended to help one control exactly the emotion they need at any given time - which goes wrong. The test subjects, some human, some animal, end up out of control, violent, raging - killing - and in many cases dead.
There is an array of characters lined up against the pretty much
The variety of characters
Sort of copping out here, but the narrator's voice behind the story is my favorite.
An interesting, if rather long thriller. Should appeal to Stephen King and Den Koontz fans - particularly their earlier works.
I'm frankly baffled by some of the negative reviews I've read here. Prince LeState does a remarkable job of dredging up nearly every loose end, relationship, and story left hanging by the other books of the Chronicles, and manages to do so in a way that blends the stories into one very neatly. Without making this a thousand page epic, I don't see how it could have been handled better - and the new material on a host of wonderful characters leaves things open for so many other stories...
This is my favorite of Anne Rice's novels since The Vampire LeStat - it feels like getting back to the roots, and I loved revisiting the cast of characters that have stretched out over all those pages.
The narration by Simon Vance is nothing short of amazing. Again, I think people reviewing this book may have something stuck in their own mind that they can't let go of. Simon is one of the most award-winning voice talents of modern day audio. He gives LeStat and Louis actual French accents behind their English - something that has not happened in earlier audio to my satisfaction. All of the characters are distinct, and there are a LOT of them, so this is important. One reviewer said they all sound English... To me, they sound like French, and Indian, and Egyptian characters who learned to speak English... from the English. Historically accurate, and perfectly executed.
I enjoyed every word of this book, and hope that we'll be back to visit LeStat and company again, now that Rice has returned to their world...
Made me smile
Not sure that I can make a comparison, because the book crosses genres...humor, very light-hearted, some fantasy...maybe Piers Anthony writing mystery...
Scott's performance was perfect for this book. He caught the various oddball characters just right, didn't overdo it...and his timing was spot on. His voice reminded me, at times, of Johnny Heller, and at other times of Jeffrey Kafer, two narrators I enjoy.
Get into the SPIRIT of things
This story requires a good bit of suspension of disbelief, but it's funny, charming, witty, and the dialog is wonderful.
The fact that I was able to combine listening to Karnazes' achievements, and goals, and the stories of his life, while I was also out running. I'm no ultra-marathon man, but a book like this causes "connections" and was very inspiring.
The thing I keep coming back to is where he was running along a road, called ahead, and ordered a pizza ... and the guy delivered it while he was still running...
I have not. I like his voice, but the reason I gave this four, and not five stars, is that the pauses at breaks, ans chapters were much too long. There were some issues with the production, I think.
No, just thoroughly enjoyed it, and immediately went to find more books by the same author - which I already did, and listened to.
Weird Wild West
"Shorty" the midget bounty hunger, because he had a quick temper, a quicker mind, and a very broad grasp of life, and the world. He improved his lot in life by dreaming.
This is Will's coming of age story. While reality whittles away at his high moral standards, and the things he believed he knew about it, it hands him the tools and relationships to forge stronger beliefs of his own. He's honest, true, and a real-world sort of hero in the making.
Hog, because how many times do you get a supporting character that is a wild, smelly animal treated like one of the team?
This book reminds of the author's "The Magic Wagon," and treats the old west in a very realistic way, as opposed to the fast-shooting, trail-riding westerns that line most bookstore shelves. Gritty, and strange, littered with memorable characters and unforgettable action. A great book.
The message the author was trying to get across (and one I don't think he handled well) could have been compressed into a short story. I would like to have seen more of the ideology portrayed in story - with something actually happening - than with endless intrusive conversations on the same subjects.
He could have written more about the team, the things they did, and shown what they believed through their lives and actions instead of writing a long boring string of conversations about socialism.
I have been listening to Dick Hill's performances for years. He has a very wide range, and has narrated some remarkable books. I think he handled this book - such as it is - well. He is believable as the voice of the protagonist. Performance wise, I have no problems with this one.
I find something worth the experience in most books. It's worth the time, but the reader / listener should be aware it's not about baseball at all, and not really even about any events or characters, but mostly a long, drawn-out diatribe on the injustices of capitalism.
I would, with the caveat that this is not a happy, shiny story. It is gritty, and real, and at times very painful, so not for the casual listener or reader.
The moment we find out the secret of the ruby cup. Any more would be a spoiler.
The ending, because it was complete and satisfying.
Keeping Secrets can more dangerous than letting go.
This is a deeply insightful novel, dark and bleak. It's not escapist fiction - but the opposite. It removes layers from the real world surrounding us and a glimpse of what lies beneath the veneer we call normalcy.
Yes. I've read Margaret Atwood's CLEOPATRA and I find this a perfect companion piece. Both cover the historical events surrounding the fall of Alexandria perfectly from different perspectives. The narrator's voice is rich and well modulated. You are drawn in, and that's what good audio is all about.
Charmian, who is also the protagonist...it would be difficult to choose a different character in this one because the book is invested in that one character so deeply.
Ms. Shane captured a variety of voices and managed to remain true to them. The emotion feels very real - genuine. By the end of the book, as far as the reader is concerned, she IS Charmian ...
Again, Charmian, and again, because most of the book is her interacting with the land, and the other characters.
This book takes you places you don't expect to go, and is also a good primer on the events surrounding Rome's wooing, and final capture, of Alexandria. You come to love, and to hate the characters right along with the narrator - and the protagonist - and when it's over, you find yourself withing for more.
I love the storytelling quality of John Lee's narration. He has the perfect tone to carry a story forward and draw me in.
Louis, because of all the challenges he faced, and the way he stepped up and overcame adversity.
I love the big chase / fight on the airship. It's well written, and brings that very unique setting to brilliant life.
Just enjoyed it thoroughly and looking forward to the next adventure for this crew.
Yes. Bob Walter has the kind of voice that I put on a short list of those who - as narrator - could influence me to listen to a book I might otherwise have ignored. The story is rich and complex and the characters are vivid.
Without giving anything away, I would have to cite the scenes where the protagonist and his cousin interact closely.
This book tells one of those rare stories that tightrope-walks between genres. It is a mystery. It is a thriller. It has historical aspects, and a bit of romance. It brings things like the art of creating stained glass, and the deaths of martyrs into focus for the reader. In a word? Memorable
I would. There are a lot of levels to this story, and the narrators voice captures the characters and the laid back pacing perfectly.
Probably Sue Jean. Particularly after you get the entire story of the characters and come to realize why she acts as she does in the earlier segments of the story.
I believe it would involve fighter planes and Jesus, but if I was to explain that, it would ruin an important part of the story.
Roundup at the Drive-Inn Corral
This is the sort of slow-burning story that sticks with you. When you listen, you get drawn in - you feel like you know all of the characters, and as it gets stranger and stranger, it happens subtly so that nothing strikes you as off-kilter until...it is. I would recommend this book to anyone, though there is some adult content that would be inappropriate for teen listeners.
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