Just read Julian's review and you have my exact same thoughts. I also have read all the books and this one has none of the brilliance of the original Dune stories. And it is mind numbingly boring... The narrator sounds like he is going to cry at any moment... Maybe he is because he had to read the whole book out loud...
The intelligence of Sherlock Holmes and the comedy of A Hitchhiker's Guide? It is difficult to describe this book (or the entire series!) I rarely take the time to write any sort of review, and an audiobook must amaze me before I feel the need to tell others about it. This is one of those books. I came across this book by accident and took a chance on it after being intrigued by the description. I cannot say enough good things. The writing is beyond witty, and the reader picks up on the nuanced comedy so well that it results in an incredible performance.
I have gone on to listen to the entire series, and while the first book remains the best, all of them are worthy of a listen. Jonathan Howard is proving that good writers still exist and that intellect can be entertaining and amusing!
Not much to say. It is a decent story, fairly well written and read. I bought this as a "sale" item and for that price it was worth it. It is not a story that I will return to though.
This book will break your heart. The reality of Lewis' pain is too evident throughout the entire narrative. The reader does an excellent job, he reads it in a way that is real, not dramatic, and I think captures the feeling perfectly.
Lewis possessed one of the finest minds in modern theology. This book is a brutal image of when an academic understanding of God comes into conflict with the reality of a fallen world. If you are married it will make you look at your spouse with a new sense of what value means.
I highly recommend reading / listening to his earlier work "The Problem of Pain" which is a very academic look at pain through the eyes of a theologian, and then listen to this book. It is very eye opening, especially for Christians, but really, for any one who is interested in spirituality, philosophy and theology.
This book meets that fine line where history becomes a fascinating story without surrendering academic quality. This is an excellent book for any one curious about the history of epidemiology, urban development, or even just a picture into how frightening the world of the not so distant past really was...
The story seems like a great one, but the reader's voice just sounds silly as he changes characters. A story this long requires a strong reader to get you through the slow parts(and there are definitely slow parts). Overall, the concept of the story is great, but due to execution and length, I just couldn't get through it. This is not usual for me. I will usually "power through" any audio book, but I gave up on this one. Too bad, because the basis of the story is very original...
Chesterton was clearly brilliant, but some of his ideas are dated. The most valuable part of this book is not necessarily what he argues, so much as how he argues. Chesterton is a contrarian on a few major views, and I think he supports his arguments in a clear and reasoned manner.He is witty and has a great sense of sarcasm. The book can seem a bit dry, but if you are looking for a history/theology book, then I guess you don't mind dry ( I don't). He reminds me of C.S. Lewis, except that Lewis' arguments tend to be more universally applicable, whereas Chesterton addresses some very specific topics.
The reader is excellent.
If you liked Alas Babylon, (which I gave five stars to all the way across) then you will enjoy this book. The introduction and Epilogue are quite disturbing... The story is solid and decently written and the reader does a good job. Worth adding to your audio collection.
I am usually too busy (or lazy) to write reviews, but this book deserves praise. It is a great insight into the way people thought at the height of the Cold War and just how much was on the line. Plus, its just a great story and the reader did an amazing job.
A good look at the human soul. A bit slow at parts, but a really fascinating journey.
To take a subject as debated as the establishment of modern Israel and write what genuinely seems to be a well balanced book is in and of itself an impressive feet, but to do so in a well written narrative that holds the readers attention is amazing! Despite the length of this audio book, I never felt that it became bogged down. The readers voice and cadence well match the subject matter.
The only thing I would add if I could is that surely the print version of this book has maps in it. I wish Audible would offer those maps as part of the download. After listening for a few hours to the book I go back to the computer and try to find the locations the authors were writing about... But that is a complaint about the audio book format. I have absolutely no complaints about this book or the reader!
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