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DavidOfOz

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  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (615)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Bundling rather than plot"
    Overall

    Firstly, the narrator does a magnificent job with all the voices. You know who is speaking before their name is mentioned. Well Done!
    It's a pity the narrator is let down by Heinlein with a slipshod plot concentrating more on "bundling" between anyone and everyone - it seems bundling is a sizable proportion of every character's conversations, actions and motivations. From an interesting start, the story wanders about with inexplicable action and mysterious unrelated antagonists settles into a loose and meandering meaningless conversation soaked middle and finally a rushed non ending. This book attempts to be a third in the Moon series - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Very Good), The Rolling Stones (Excellent) and finally this book (Pathetic). Characters have the same names as those in the earlier two books, but their outlook has changed. The moral standards of the Stone Family do not at all belong in the mythos Heinlein created with his "family" structure for Lunies and the free-for-all considered normal in this book.
    As Heinlen often states, "There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" (TANSTAAFL), which doesn't excuse him from a book without a cogent plot. This is the first audible book I am deleting from my iTunes library.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Daisy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Ned helps his grandmother clear out her attic, he finds a very unusual Victorian doll – she speaks! Ned and Lady Daisy soon become fast friends, even though he's teased at school for owning a doll. Ned learns to stand up to his father and the school bully in order to protect Lady Daisy. But then the doll is stolen – will Ned ever find her again?

    DavidOfOz says: "A boy with a doll? But the story works!"
    "A boy with a doll? But the story works!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dick King Smith has the amazing ability to tell a story about a young boy who gets to take care of a talking doll - and he is meant to be an action loving boy. The relationship with his parents and grandmother is excellent, proving a very believable response from a father that loves his son. I won't give anything away other than say that the father's reaction to finding out his son was taking care of a doll - and a very pretty Victorian Era doll at that - rather than concentrating on being a better football goalie is spot on. The result is not a whitewash of the father's desire for his son to be a man, or irrational actions either.
    The narrator captures all the voices very well.
    Once more, Dick King Smith made our long country drive very memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse! This lovable creature is the perfect pet. The only trouble is, he can't stop growing.

    Julie M. says: "good childrens story"
    "Better than the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Dick King Smith has a knack for writing compelling stories without irrational conflicts. Family relationships are believable and the reader can relate to the personalities of all the characters. The drive on which we listened to this story went so much quicker.
    The movie added in the War, violence, conflict and broken families.
    The book has an intact, loving family that reacts to a unique situation well.
    Our children already want to listen to this story again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (827)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Theory OK but strained and then fails badly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Adventure of English?

    The adventure in English anthropomorphises the English language and is an interesting take on how English grew, was challenged and became the international tongue it is today. However, once Bragg gets onto the translation of the Bible into English he loses all objectivity. The Church didn't fight Wycliffe because he made an ENGLISH translation. It was because he made a very bad translation and wanted a destructive transformation of society in line with his faulty translation of the Scriptures. At this point there was little need to continue. If Bragg can get this area so wrong, how can I trust the rest of his story?


    What about Robert Powell’s performance did you like?

    Robert Powell does an amazing job of pronouncing all the examples in the appropriate Old English, Dutch, German, French and other accents. Very well read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed that Bragg could so fall for religious propaganda of the reformation period and not attempt to delve a little deeper. If the Church wanted to keep the scriptures from the people, as Bragg claims, why did they have all the artwork and stained glass windows depicting bible stories and lessons? Most people couldn't read, so even if the bible was in English, it wouldn't have helped. The Church was the main source of learning and instructions to read so more could come to love the scriptures.
    I was so amazed, the book has been removed from my system, as such a basic misunderstanding of history makes his whole argument flawed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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