It goes without saying that the story is "5 star" for a rating, but I really wanted to know how this stood up as a radio drama. Obviously I'm from the generation were Star Wars was the best movie ever. This also means I can remember long drives with radio theatre as an entertainment medium. I must admit that the voice acting and production was expertly done.
If you want a commuting story to bring you back to your youth, before you needed to commute to work, give this version a try. I think you'll find that it's quite enjoyable.
Wow! This is the quintessential pirate. It has stood the test of time and is still as accessible and entertaining as it was centuries ago.
What made this version special was the outstanding performance by Jasper Britton. This was my first experience with this narrator, and his inflections, voices, and cadence were flawless. It really made for an exciting listen and I will definitely search out more of his performances.
So, even if you read this years ago, give it a listen. I think you'll find this format and narrator brings the story to life like never before.
In reading other views, and thinking about the book afterward, I realized that you must read this book and form your own opinions. I don't think many will take a middle ground on this novel. You'll either love it or hate it.
For myself, I wasn't really into it for the first half. The book seemed more about the dog's owner Willie, than about Mr. Bones (the dog). To top it off, Willie's monologues were the rantings of a madman, which is what he was. I understood the authors intent of showcasing the mentally ill and their challenges, but it seemed to go on too long.
For the second half, it was more about the dog, as told through his thoughts and actions. This drew me in and eventually complemented the first half.
While not a perfect work, I thought about the story for days afterward. This, in my mind, is a hallmark of a top notch novel.
Joe Barrett did great job with all the voices, inflections, a cadences. I'll listen to him if afforded the opportunity.
Like many, the character of Sharpe was not new to me, but I had always seen and read various stories in an order very different than the series progressed. This book is where it all starts, and it is a must read for those interested in the series and the character of Sharpe. As with most, if not all, of Cornwell's works, this is well researched and written.
Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where the narrator detracted from the story. I found his cadence disjointed, with frequent pauses in areas that interrupted the flow. Inflection and modulation was also missing, no matter how urgent the action or scene. Maybe it was just me, but I found the audio version hard to listen to.
My final recommendation: read the book. The book itself is a "must" for fans of the series, but avoid the narration.
I wasn't all that familiar with George Carlin before this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I certainly wasn't let down by high expectations. In the end, I didn't find this work all that funny or engaging. There were some very funny and pertinent commentaries that showed a clever brain behind the man, but the in-your-face blustering wore me down.
It was well read by the author, but his voice enhanced the feeling I had that Mr. Carlin is a curmudgeon. I'm not sure this is a person I'd want to meet in person.
So, if you like Howard Stern or similar comedians, then you may like this book. For me, I'm just glad I got it on sale.
With the cold war 20+ years past, this novel is starting to show it's age. Who knows, perhaps with the rise of Putin, we'll see a return to this type of east/west relationships.
Old school soviet politics aside, this novel was still very entertaining. I haven't read Gorky Park nor seen the movie, but that didn't prevent this novel from being excellent on it's own accord. Frank Mullers deadpan inflection matched the somber "grey" Soviet era atmosphere created in the book, and greatly enhanced the listening experience.
Of course, as in most thrillers, there are some incredible leaps of logic on behalf of the hero in order to solve the mystery, but these were easily overlooked and is a minor criticism. Only one other complaint, and that is that this author, like so many before, felt the need to write in a "sex scene" for no apparent reason. I'm not a prude and I understand the need for these in some story lines, but in this story it seemed placed specifically for a certain demographic, but not to enhance the story.
So, if you like a solid thriller/mystery that is outside the standard US major city setting common to most of these stories, give this novel a try. It's worth the credit.
This book, for the first 90%, was very well written and, as indicated in the title, I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction. The author did a first rate job of creating a set of characters and describing events and conditions so that the entire story seemed very real.
My only criticism comes towards the end. It almost seems like the author was rushed to complete the story. There is a contrived coincidence that allows the hero to confront the antagonist and a quick wrap up with an escape across the border. The final few chapters deal with highlighting how insensitive the USA was to the plight of those in the death camps during the war. Not the best ending for what had been one of the best books I have read in quite a while.
These criticisms are minor, however, when compared with the excellent work that is the majority of the novel. This work was greatly enhanced by the narrator whose inflections and accents were well acted. The cadence could have been a bit faster, but that's likely my personal preference.
In summary, this book is highly recommended. It paints an excellent picture of life in the death camps of Nazi Germany while keeping the reader engaged from start to finish.
Zombies that are sentient! That should scare you. Actually, this book really wasn't that scary. What made it so interesting were the unique concepts in this work. From the origins of the "zombie disease" through to the concept of zombies evolving and being very smart, this book kept you engaged.
Another interesting aspect of the book was the exploration of human conduct under duress. The comparisons of the monster like actions of the researchers to the innocent demeanour of the zombie children made me cheer on the infected.
The narrator was very good and enhanced the work. With the majority of the characters being female, the narrator was a perfect match for this book.
To sum up, this book is very much worth your credit. Even if you aren't a fan of the zombie genre, I think you'll find this book moves beyond the stereotypes associated with the majority of these types of books.
Yet another Zombie novel. That's OK, because I like the genre when I'm in the mood for some light reading. This one fit the bill nicely.
This book didn't revolutionize the gene in any way, but it did provide some interesting ideas on post zombie society and how one survivor continued. As with many US stories, I always cringe when the story is exclusively American. Really, an outbreak of this magnitude is contained to the USA and stops at the Mexican and Canadian borders? As I said, it's entertaining, but not brilliant.
The narration was well done, and enhanced the story. In fact, with the narration making the story a bit better than it ought to be, I couldn't help thinking that taking it one step further and making it into a video game would make the story even better.
I can recommend this book if you like the zombie genre and aren't expecting too much. It entertained me, but it certainly didn't give me any "wow" moments.
First published in 1976, this edition has updates that amplify or correct some of the original work. The author also explains certain challenges to his theory and counters those challenges in his precise fashion.
I can only recommend this book if you have an interest in the origins of life and are curious as to how the sub-cellular world works. Having this curiosity is all you need, as the author does an excellent job in describing his theories in terms that even a layman like myself can understand.
I've experienced narration duet of Dawkins and Ward in another work, so I knew what to expect, but the switch between the two very different voices can catch the new comer off guard. I does work though, and doesn't detract from the work at all.
At 16 hours, this is by no means a quick or easy listen, but it does deliver a lot of information to think upon and does so in an easy to understand and enjoyable format. The introduction, at the end, of the "Extended Phenotype" is an excellent introduction to another of Dawkins' theories, and may wet your appetite for more.
This was my first "Great Courses" listen, and it was worth the credit and time. What I did like about it was that, much like a course, you could take it one chapter at a time over a few weeks without feeling like you needed to read on all the time.
It was fun to look at the characters from the perspectives Prof. Shippley proposed. This brings me to the one recommendation I have, and that is to try this course only if you are reasonably well read in most of the classics presented within. Being closer to the grave than the cradle, I have had the time to have read almost all of the works discussed in the course.
Prof. Shippley did indeed sound like a Professor. This was a bit disconcerting at first, as he has slightly nasal drawl and an English accent, but this distraction soon passes and enhances the illusion that you are participating in a lecture at school. This may be good or bad, depending on your perspective.
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