A better narrator and, assuming there was a director, a better director. The only way to listen to this is at 1.5 X speed. Worse than the blandness of the narrator's voice is his constant miss pronouncement of words and names. It is laughably and, at times, surreally bad.
Since this contained two novels and many short stories, it's hard to say.
Quicker pace and correctly pronounced words and names. How hard was it to consult a dictionary?
The production reeks of amateur hour. You're constantly taken out of the stories because you're scratching your head as to how this got made.
Trust me, and the other reviewers, on the miss pronounced words and names.
The writing is wonderful. Succinct, vivid descriptions; witty, erudite dialogue. The mystery, alas, left much to be desired. The motives of some of the characters just didn't ring true to me. So, as far as recommending goes, if they want to read a good mystery, then no. If you just love the sounds of well written sentences, then yes.
I felt we needed more hints about who the murderer was dropped throughout the book.
This was, I believe, P.D. James' first book. There's enough promise here that it's no surprise it wasn't her only book. Still, she could've been better. And I'm sure she was.
The prose is beautiful and the subject matter -- World War I, the early days of Everest expeditions, a mystery inheritance spanning generations -- is interesting.
I don't think all the lose ends were tied up. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it did leave me with questions that I wanted answered. Of course, this probably was the author's intent.
The meal scene at base camp in Everest. Something about the camaraderie of the men touched me. Especially since they were engaging in something far less destructive than war.
I felt there were one too many coincidences and the motivation of Imogen bordered on the irrational. Since the separation of Imogen and Ashley is one of the most significant events in the novel, the fact that it didn't seem realistic took away from my listening pleasure.
All this said, the author writes well and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
I loved the writing -- ornate, poetic, vivid. I have to say, though, that the story just didn't grip me. At the time it was written, it probably was unique, but it has subsequently been done better by others.
The narrator keeps telling us how reluctant he is to reveal what he knows he must reveal. Naturally, he does this at the end. It left me underwhelmed.
He was good.
I suppose it would be a visual spectacle-- Lovecraft does a great job describing this world of ice -- but I don't see the story really hooking people.
I love Loveraft's style. You have to work a bit to follow, but it's worth it.
At first, the story and the protagonist annoyed (and bored) me. There's a mean-spiritedness about both that I found off putting. And yet, the story and the lead character grew on me. As I progressed further into the story, the characters became very real to me. Though difficult to accept at first, I could identify with them. What I initially thought of as mean-spiritedness is Lewis being honest. Not an easy listen, but definitely a worthwhile one.
Madame Bovary. Both have protagonists that long for something that is probably out of their reach.
At first, I thought the only value of the novel was as a sociological document. A chronicle of a people, time, and place that, frankly, is of interest only to sociologists. But, as mentioned above, the characters really grew on me. I became emotionally involved in their lives.
Though it is episodic in structure, if you can get through the first third of it, I think you'll find it hard to put down.
Yes to both. Johnson writes well and Culp's narration breezes along. It was an easy listen. Alas, I just wasn't convinced of the author's claims that watching TV and playing video games has made us smarter. In fact, I'm not convinced that the people who say these things dumb us down are wrong. Believe me, as someone who's watched and played more than my share of TV and video games, I would like nothing more than to agree with the author.
Frankly, it made me think of watching less TV and playing fewer video games.
The ending. This was a challenge and I felt like giving up at times, but the last act was satisfying.
They sounded exactly like you'd expect the characters to sound. I'm not from the South, though, so I can't vouch for the authenticity.
I got angry at times listening to this. It was hard to know what was going on. Frankly, I benefited a lot by consulting SparkNotes. I was close to throwing in the towel on this, but, well, I kinda wanted to say I've read a few Faulkners, so I kept at it. It was a good decision because the characters and the story grew on me.
I've listened to many audiobooks, this was definitely one of the more challenging ones. Had to hit the rewind button quite often.
I'm no expert on life in the universe, but Lem's depiction of extraterrestrial life sounded plausible. So, if a friend were interested in this subject, I'd recommend the book. If he or she wanted an entertaining read, I wouldn't.
I wish the depiction of Solaris was suggested rather than painstakingly detailed. It was hard to follow all the scientific discourses. It felt like these meandering, jargon-filled passages comprised at least half the book.
He was by far the best thing about this. Were it not for his performance, I wouldn't have finished the book.
I'm not sure if inspired is the right word, but it did prompt me to do some internet research so I could fully understand what Lem was trying to say here.
I honestly wanted to like this book. I'm a huge PKD fan. Lem, I believe, said PKD is the best American novelist. So I'm automatically inclined to like Lem's work. PKD may not have the science correct, but he knows how to tell a story. His stories sail along, never finding any doldrums. This wasn't the case for me with Solaris.
Impressionistic. Subtle. Sad.
You're going to have to really work because nothing's straight forward. This isn't Hemingway or Chekhov. At times, one wonders where the author's going, but you understand what Modiano's saying at the end of each story.
The reason I rated the narration 3, is because it's the average of the narrators. Arthur Morey - 5 stars. Sean Runnette - 4 stars. Bronson Pinchot - 1 star. I've heard Pinchot narrate other books and loved those performances, but here, he reads with a French accent! It's annoying! It takes the focus off the book and puts it on the narrator. Bad idea.
Felt like I was having a conversation with the author.
First time I've listened to her. She did a great job, so this most likely won't be my last time.
Having read a lot of books on writing, there's nothing new here. I'm of the opinion, though, that it doesn't hurt to have these lessons burned into your memory. And the writing and the narration make this such a delightful listen that it was well worth my time.
The beginning, where we learn about the experiences of the North Koreans who've made it to China. Frankly, this was much more interesting then the arrest, captivity, trial, and release of the two Americans.
If you want to learn about North Korea, there are better books -- Nothing to Envy and The Aquariums of Pyongyang. Here, you learn a lot about Euna Lee -- her childhood, her family, her faith -- and not so much about North Korea. I'd prefer that it were reversed, but that's on me. The book delivers what it advertises. When it says it's "a story about faith, family, and forgiveness" it's not kidding. If, like me, you're an atheist, you'll do a bit of eye rolling all the times God is mentioned.
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