I enjoyed this novel very much. The narration was truly great. Ballerini really brought the characters to life. I am from the Pacific Northwest and have traveled in the Olympic Peninsula and I especially appreciated that his pronunciation of place names was spot on.
The novel itself is a great study in change, the relationship of people to the land, the cost of mismatched expectations and the human survival instinct.
I really enjoyed this book. The early history of NYC was fascinating. The narrator was especially good and did an excellent job with Dutch surnames and places. The only thing that bugged me was that the author was a little to obviously intentional about the fact that this history is just emerging and he was one of the first to tell it. i just wanted to hear the fascinating story. It was a small flaw however, in an otherwise excellent listen.
Tom Stechschulte has been one of my favorite narrator's for years. I bought this book because Stechschulte was reading. It was very good.
This book was fascinating. The combination of a mystery and the history of the Chicago fair worked for me. I really enjoyed Scott Brick. If you like listening to popular histories, this is worth your time.
I first read The Chosen as a teenager. I loved it then. Listening to it now, 40 years later after raising children of my own, it had even more meaning to me. Jonathan Davis does a terrific job with the narration. The story of two Jewish boys in NYC at the close of WWII and the birth of the state of Israel is a compelling narrative of friendship, family and culture, with world politics woven in. The passage of time since the book was first published has only served to underscore its importance.
There were times listening to this book that I was jut torn apart! It was a riveting story of survival, perseverance, the failure of government. Incredible story.
I have listed to Patrick Lawler read fiction and really enjoyed him. And his narration here was solid and sometimes good. But something about it wasn't right -- I thought he possibly over-dramatized. Not sure, but...
I enjoyed this book. Its vintage SEP -- not her vest, but still funny and interesting. I see from other reviews that folks are struggling with the narrator. After Anna Fields for so long, its hard to adjust. this is particularly true when the book involves characters from other stories (as this does) and the characterization is different. that said, i thought it was a solid narration. My biggest criticism is that this narrator does not do kid's voices very well.
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and intriguing. The narration was excellent. I gave the book a 3 because I think the writer takes too long to resolve a couple of the story lines.
this book was riveting. I felt the author did a great job weaving many disparate threads into a seamless narrative portraying the failures and challenges of WWI from Britain's perspective. At first I didn't think I would like the narrator -- much more intellectual and not as much character portrayal than I tend to like. But he got under my skin and I really enjoyed his approach.
I have read all the Sharpe books. A while ago I listened to Patrick Tull read a couple of them and I just gave up. I kept wanting to like Tull but in the end I couldn't really follow him. I read another review in which the writer said he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and I think that's spot on.
Anyway, Davidson is a hudge improvement. When he is doing the voices of the different characters he is especially great. When he is reading the narrative portions of the book he can adopt this bored upper crust British tone that is not only irritating but seems out of place in these books. I got used to it and his voices balanced things out for me.
I would like to see all the Sharpe books re-issues with his narration. I just listened to I and II and was all set to move on to Sharpe's Fortress only to find that there is no narration of it. Both Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Prey are only available with Tull reading.
This was a riveting listen. The story is incredible -- it involves every human emotion you can imagine. The narration was great. I could not stop listening!
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