A complete package, but this narrator is excellent! Obviously classically trained, he manages all voices most expertly. The story is good, and it must be remembered this is fiction. Die hard historians should look elsewhere.
The best narrator I have listened to so far. I will take notice of any other work he takes on.
Again, this is fiction. I love "true" Roman history as much as the next person, so I had to remind myself those times the story wandered from actual events.
I've read the book and I've seen both versions of the movie (the classic one and the 1970's version). Without a doubt, the audio version beats the movies. This is because so much of the novel is an inner dialogue and descriptive passages that link the loss of a young generation to the experiences of warfare. While the movies capture the visuals of the battlefield, it cannot adequately show the impact.
I won't review the novel itself, as that has been done by many a better a reviewer than I. Suffice to say, this novel is approaching 100 years old and is still as fresh and pertinent today as then. If you aren't familiar with the story, then this is a "must read". There are few books that are it's equal.
I went into this work with fresh eyes. I have never seen a movie adaptation and really had read nothing about the story beforehand. I was in fact, a bit skeptical, if only because of so many other "classics" that to me, fell short.
This story however, was truly remarkable and deserves to have stood the test of time. It's not filled with violence, sex, or any of the other attributes of many modern stories, but it does have a tension between characters throughout that draws you in.
Written at the beginning of what could be called "the century of wealth" for America (which continues into the present), it offers a window into a world of money and privilege. The view presented, however, is one where not all is happiness and roses.
So, if you've never read this book, or wold like to experience a classic you've read but in an audio format (the narrator was excellent), then this work is highly recommended.
I understand the aim of the author, and that was to spoof the detective noir genre of yesteryear. In some aspects this aim is met, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek lines and ridiculous names. Unfortunately, there isn't enough meat in this story to fill out 5 hours of narrative. Numerous times the story went off on unrelated tangents that grew annoying.
I wanted to give the performance 4 stars, as the narrators did a great job. Production was also quite good with the one exception; the incessant music in the background. Used properly, it can enhance a story. Here, it was just annoying.
In the end I can't really recommend this audio book. I think there are better stories out there also having some fun with this genre.
As the second of the series, you could probably read this as a stand alone novel, but having the background given in the first book will certainly help understand the silliness that goes on here.
And silly it is. Talking severed heads, Satan at Hollywood parties, etc. It is also very dark; much darker than the first novel. Whereas the first book could be recommended to a mature YA audience, this book sits right in the mature zone.
If anything, Kadrey's humour and one liners are even better here, and I was always amused by his quirky dialogues. Elite prose it is not, but it is damned entertaining.
Highly recommended if you like comic books, the horror genre, and comedy.
Not for the easily offended.
This was surprisingly good. Given the expert execution of the story by Shakespeare in his play, I was betting that the novelized version wouldn't be able to do as well. I was wrong.
In the preamble the authors explain their reasons for expanding the story into a novel. In this, they do very well and round out the characters and back stories even more. I think the characters to most benefit the story are the 3 hags, as they are really brought to life in this book.
The other benefit of this version of Macbeth is the ease of reading/listening. If Shakespearean prose has kept you away from these works before, have no fear here and experience why this story has such power even after all this time.
The narrator was ideally suited to this book. His accent, inflection, and cadence made the experience very pleasurable. All this make this book highly recommended!
I figured I give this a try based on the excellent reviews this work has received. I must admit that as an older male I had some trepidation. After all, this is a story about a girl and with a female narrator, which to date have not been spectacular.
What a pleasant surprise! The story was enthralling and covers various aspects of late 1700 England. The narrator really was excellent. She brought the characters to life through what can best be described as acting. She is the best female narrator I have encountered yet.
The story does have it's dark parts, and some material that would best be suited to the mature YA audience. There are also a few sillier parts, but hey, it's fiction, and these parts weren't too over the top.
This audible book comes with my highest recommendation if you enjoy great fiction coupled with outstanding narration.
This was good story and, even though it was already only about 5 hours of listening time, could have been a short story. It does suffer from the overly described writing fashion of the Victorian era. Perhaps we are just less patient as readers.
The narrator was well matched to the story and enhanced the experience. He brought to life the expressions and inflections of the era.
Give this one a read, even if just for the historical place this story holds.
Let start by admitting that I am a naval officer, albeit of a nation other than the US.
For me, the characters of this story displayed an elitism and arrogance that was disturbing. These traits, coupled with racism and a sense of entitlement paint a disturbing picture of the US officer corps in late WWII and the decade afterword. I'm hoping that, as a work of fiction, the author has it wrong, but knowing human nature, he is probably right on the mark.
The story itself is well crafted and held my interest. The characters are interesting, but I don't think there's a single one I would like to personally know. They are too self serving.
For those seeking an action oriented novel, look elsewhere. This book is about the politics and social structure of the officer corps. It is a good read though, and I will continue the series.
First up, the performance was excellent. I wish I could have seen the stage production after listening.
As for the story, that suffers from the time constraints that a play imposes. It seems like the book is just getting going when it ends. The subject matter itself is a little on the week side. It highlights the cut-throat atmosphere of high pressure salesmen, but this is a segment of society whom with anyone would have a hard time empathizing.
A short listen, I recommend you give this version a try even just to experience the full cast performance.
This book/series is not for those easily shocked, especially those with a pious background. If, however, you enjoy stories of the touching on the occult then this should appeal to you.
The hero of the story is indeed a dark hero. How else would you describe a character that is basically the spawn of Satan? This brings me to second observation: familiarity with Christian concepts and mythology is almost a must. I can't see someone from Tibet understanding the religious references in this book.
The irreverent part is the dry humor suffused throughout. This was one of my favorite aspects of this book, as I have a bit of a penchant for dark humor myself. Some one liners are true "groaners", but there are also some pretty good ones in there. The book is a bit silly in places, but hey, this is a story about someone who returns from hell and moves into a video store.
Give this a try if you enjoy the fringe. This is like a dark adult version of Harry Potter that is centered around Christian lore, but with much more humor.
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