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Anyone who would like to know more about Shakespeare, but not be bored by the lesson, will like this audio book. Bill Bryson absolutely brings his words to life. I listened to the audio book twice. You'll get to learn more about events that happened during Shakespeare's life, his competitors, the Globe Theater, document preservation, and more.
I liked that the story cleared up misconceptions about who Shakespeare really was. He was not any of the proposed imposters - Bacon, Marlowe, etc.
I love his voice. He's spent a lot of time outside of the U.S.; therefore, his accent is a blend of British English, Australian, and American.
Yes. I will likely listen to it again.
Serious fans of Anne Rice may enjoy this book. Personally, I found it tedious. I think Rice's best book is Interview with a Vampire, and I largely attribute its success and acclaim to the fact that it was finely edited. Rice's latter works tend to run on and on with boring description after boring description. The Wolf Gift suffers from this verbal diarrhea. I gritted my teeth to the very end.
As I mentioned earlier, Rice gets caught up in describing details which weigh the story down and bore the reader. Additionally, there is nothing unique in this story. It's been done before. I again have to mention Interview with a Vampire - a unique Gothic novel that turned everyone's idea about vampires around. Rice did not deliver a unique werewolf tale.
He was okay as a reader. I did not like his female voice at all.
I'd cut out long descriptions of furniture, room settings, hospital settings, personal characteristics, etc. I'd boil down to the essentials.
I recommend Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat to those who want to read a book by Anne Rice. Skip her series on witches and the series on wolves. The latter vampire novels should also be skipped.
Absolutely. Frank Delaney is not only a marvelous writer, he is an amazing reader, perhaps even more so since he created the characters and the realms they live in. I not only listened to the audible version of the story, I read it as well, but my reading and Delaney's reading were very different things! I couldn't wait to return to his narration. Delaney lives in every character, most particularly the Storyteller who wanders across the landscape of Ireland. Delaney is the Storyteller in more ways than one!
I don't know if I would have felt such fondness for the story if I had merely read the book. I think it is Delaney's reading of it that makes it wonderful. I laughed. I cried. I was on every adventure. I felt I had met some of the most marvelous people and I was sad when I had to leave them.
I liked the anticipation of the Storyteller's audience before he began a story. He told stories in different settings, and there were different people present for each new story, but every time there was a palpable excitement (wondering, whispering, stirring, settling, etc.) before a tale began.
John, Ronan's father, is the most wonderful character. He is the man you wish were your father, your husband, your brother, your friend, or your business partner. He is extraordinarily kind and loving to everyone. He is the glue that holds the family together.
This story has mystery, history, mythology, and so much more. I can't say enough good things about it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, historical fiction, and romance.
Jamie Fraser is my favorite character. Those who love the hero Darcy, will truly appreciate this fine and noble gentleman.
Davina Porter does an excellent job portraying all of the characters. Her reading of the male characters with their Scottish accents is fabulous. She has great reading ability and elicits the perfect tone for humorous, somber, adventurous, and romantic moments. SHE IS CLAIRE. I can't imagine any other voice reading the part of the heroine.
Epic fantasy tale full of romance and daring adventure.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The reader spoke clearly and with interest. The story is compelling, and I learned things which altered my perceptions about all of the candidates. I felt that each person was painted objectively; however, I'm not naive: I'm sure the authors had some prejudices. Yet, I do not feel that there was any content which was blatantly biased. The primaries and the general election truly were historic, and anyone with an interest in politics or American history should consider listening/reading this book.
This is a story that had to grow on me. At first, I did not like it very much. I was reminded of Swamplandia by Karen Russell, in which all of the characters are eccentrics. I want a character or two to have traits and habits that are conventional. I guess about halfway through this novel, I became more interested, and that may be because a mystery surfaced. The resolution was on one hand surprising (related to Fang parents) and anticlimactic (related to children A and B).
Therese Plummer is an amazing reader. I am impressed with her range of voices, especially male voices. I will look for other books read by her.
Beautifully performed. The readers/actors were able to interpret the beauty of the English translation very well. I found myself listening to portions of text over and over. This book is heavy with ideas and it required adept readers who could not only tell a tale, but skillfully share knowledge.
The Help is an amazing and powerful story. I'm so glad I began my Audible experience with this novel. I listened to the novel on my Android phone as I walked around the neighborhood park. Often I found myself walking longer so that I could hear more. The performances of the readers/actresses are outstanding, making the listening experience even more profound. I highly recommend Audible and this novel.
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