I would gladly listen again. It was beautifully performed and very well written
Hmm, that's tough. Perhaps a mix between Harry Potter and Angels and Demons? Setting aside the fact that I am not a fan of Brown's works it has a similar layer of suspense with the mysticism and colorful characters that you find in Harry Potter.
Oh, well clearly Islington.
I laughed a good deal in this book, and had a few gasps of shock
This was just all around wonderful. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.
When you take the mythologies of all of the cultures thrown into this melting pot known as American and you leave them to their own devices what happens? What happens to the gods of old when the people who brought them to this country stop believing in them? That is the question before our protagonist. I have traveled America with Shadow on his adventures with the gods and I have left with a feeling of purpose. What a fantastic story. It has been circling around my radar for quite a few years now, but I dismissed it. I have recently been on a bit of a Neil Gaiman kick, however, and it felt as though the timing was just right for such an adventure. This story mixes the heart of mythology with the every changing nature of technology. It is a well crafted story that leaves you guessing quite a bit and though it is very long and seems to take meandering paths at times nothing left me feel as though it was not needed. I am very glad I've read this!
I recommend it to fans of Gaiman--who have probably already read it and are wondering why I took so long to get on board! To anyone with a love (or an interest) in mythology and particularly its impact on American culture.
The best thing about this story is that Tom Mison is narrating it. The story of Sleepy Hollow is fun for what it is, but there is no real horror within. Perhaps a bit horrifying how cruel people can be when they are jealous? The true beauty lies in its subtlety. Something that Mison performs well!
Everyone should read this book--or listen to the audiobook. It might be a compilation of graduation speeches, but his sage advice applies to all ages. How often do we look bleakly at the world? Vonnegut offers honest wisdom with a firm grasp on reality. If we all took a moment to appreciate the nice things in life when they happen I think we would just be a happier species in general.
This was really just an excuse to listen to Julia Whelan read :) The story is charming. There's no other way to describe it. All of Andersen's tales have a bit of darkness to them which keeps the reader engaged--and serves as a morality tale for children. This is no exception. Just listen to it. What are you reading this for?
The first time I attempted Persuasion I was left wanting. The book fell to the wayside and was not picked up again for two years. This time--with the assistance of Jill Masters charming narration--I not only finished the story, but fell in love. Perhaps this is the perfect example a book finding you at the right time in your life. I was 26 when I first attempted the story and at 28 I fully understood the brain of Anne Elliot. While I might not have acted as she did--I tend to be less easily persuaded--I admired and understood her every decision. Jane never really lets me down.
Better? That is hard to say. I would rarely say better, but I appreciated the liberties that were taken with the story. I knew the story of Hamlet quite well before I'd ever read or seen the play. It's just so ingrained in literary culture. What this version does is offer the reader (or listener) another version of the tale, expounding on things and creating a thrilling sense of urgency throughout.
a story I know rather well, but have never fully loved until this moment. With most readings of the play I find myself yelling frustratedly at the characters, "Get it together, Hamlet! Don't you see what trouble this will cause??" "Seriously, Ophelia. Why did you think that was a smart plan?" The story is filled with darkness, and long introspective monologues. I find it beautifully tragic, but hard to read. While I still wanted to yell and reach my hands into the book(err...my headphones?) and shake a character or two, I found myself understanding their actions a bit more. Fate makes fools of us all, does it not? These characters were dealt a rather crappy card and they played true to form. It breaks my heart, the reading of it, but I still greatly loved getting lost in the world.
I was certainly spurred on by the growling tones of Richard Armitage--and I have to say that I have a new found appreciation for the play and its characters because of it. He breathes life and darkness into this story. His voice perfectly matched for the tone of this story.
And the rest is silence
I would recommend this story to anyone who finds Hamlet intriguing. Perhaps to someone struggling to understand the subtler nuances of the story, but also to anyone who has never read Hamlet and is searching for a way to break into Shakespeare's worlds. Be warned (if you weren't already) the tale is dark, and there is very little light within, but I think you'll glean much from its pages. And I would certainly recommend the audiobook. Who doesn't want a Hobbit prince to read to them?
What a delightful compilation of poetry read by the perfect narrator. Richard's voice perfectly warms the heart and is well suited for these classic profanations of love.
I was relatively convinced that Jim Dale should narrate my life. After listening to both Stardust and The Graveyard Book I think I might need to change my mind. Gaiman has such an enchanting voice. You are drawn inexplicably into the worlds that he creates—and what a world this is! The Graveyard Book tells the story of a young boy—orphaned as a toddler by the brutal murder of his entire family—raised by ghosts in a graveyard. His name is Nobody Owens and he has quite the remarkable life. I recommend this story to anyone who has an interest in quirky tales with fun characters or really just anyone who loves a relatively short story, fun story with excellent narration and a few little twists to keep you wholly engaged!
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