I'd say somewhere in the middle or a bit higher.
I had never read the Fleming stories. I'd only seen the movies. The stories are much grittier without all the hollywood witty quips and over the top stunts, etc. I was really surprised at the quality of the Bond audiobook. Should have read them long ago, I guess.
No one scene in particular stood out to me. It was more of an overall feeling of satisfaction.
Don't think I have the qualifications to be changing the author's work!
I am excited to download more of the Bond stories now that I have gotten a taste of the originals.
I think many listeners will enjoy the stories of HPL even more when they are read by a good reader. Some of his style is hard for people to read compared to modern writers that they may like better at a first read. I've had more than one person that I have tried to turn on to his work tell me later that he too difficult to keep interested in long enough to finish the story. Especially some of the Cthulhu stuff can be very tedious to read, but if someone reads it to you it seems to go much faster and is even more enjoyable.
It's pretty tough to compare HPL to anybody else from his era. His style of writing wasn't always the most polished, but his creativity and originality was in a league of his own. I am surprised there haven't really been any modern filmmakers that have been able to nail any of his ideas on film. Most of the films inspired by his stories have been pretty lame which is sad because he really was ahead of his time in many ways.
FNH does a pretty good job, especially with all the difficult to pronounce names, etc. His vocal style is a bit monotone, but other than that I enjoy his reading very much.
I think I'll stay away from trying that...I'm better at criticizing than coming up with my own ideas!
Can't wait to download more HPL.
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