I tried to read Moby Dick twice but the rambling nature of the text stalled and defeated me. Frank Muller's reading actually made Melville's rambles meaningful and carried the central thread of the plot along strongly in the midst of the diversions. This is a compelling story of revenge and greed and a interesting picture of the now defunct whaling industry that covered the globe with sailing ships manned by an odd mix of adventurers. This is the best way to enjoy what I now think is a classic novel.
I've been listening to Audible books for more than ten years and this is the first book I didn't finish. I think Tesla is an very interesting person and his achievements are pretty amazing but the pace of the story was very slow with lots of detail about the fights over patent rights to his inventions and his personal relationships with other scientists. There's also some Serb nationalism and a weird attempt at doing a psychoanalytic analysis of Tesla. Simon Prebble is a great narrator but he didn't have much to work with.
This is my first Tana French mystery and it was excellent. Her characters are real and complex, the reading was great, and I was in doubt about the ending until…the ending. Now I have four more books to read!
I enjoyed this very vivid description of how people who survived a nuclear war in an rural area could have created new lives and moved forward. This is significant since I think in those days so much attention to paid to how many megatons of bombs each side had that survival after the war was not a seriously researched subject. The characters are well rounded in a 1950s style (heroic men, women who cooked and cleaned) and the performance is very good.
I'm a big fan of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, so a coworker suggested I try this book. I loved it right away. There are great characters, both good and evil, and lots of adventures. Like Jim Butcher's other books, there's humor, anger, and sticky situations that our hero, Tavi of Calderon, has to find his way out of. Kate Reading does a wonderful job voicing a wide variety of characters. All around, a very good choice for your credit!
Let me start by saying that I'm a Marisha Pessl fan but I understand why some people might not be. She has written what I think are two stunning books but they are books that require the reader to wander through complex plots among characters with lives that are out of whack, away from the norm, until we reach the end of the book when we have to decide what just happened. All questions are not answered at the end of her books and I can see how that could bother some people. In Night Films Pessl creates a disturbing mystery involving a legendary but unseen horror movie maker, a diverse set of people connected to those movies, and an odd group of investigators who are thrown together to solve the mystery. Jake Weber's reading brings all the tension, anger and uncertainty of the plot through to the listeners.
I really enjoyed Marcus Samuelsson's life story and particularly liked hearing about the path he followed to prepare to be a top chef. From his youth in Sweden through his career so far and his rediscovery of his family in Ethiopia, Samuelsson tells the story in an honest straightforward style and though he stumbles in the narration occasionally, it's an enjoyable listen.
Mary Roach has a gift for delving into topics we don't like to talk about, digging out the most interesting aspects, and then presenting that information in an interesting and humorous way. Gulp discusses all the gross things involved in digestion (e.g., saliva, your colon, fecal transplants) but was only occasionally gross. I learned a lot of fascinating stuff that I can't talk about at the dinner table but which connected to my own digestion and my recent colonoscopy. The reader was excellent.
Like lots of people, I followed online for two election cycles and came to believe that Nate had the best methods for election prediction. Because of that history, I was very interested in this book when it came out. While there was a lot of interesting information in the book, quite a bit of time is spent on Poker, the way he made a living for several years. Not knowing Poker, those sections were not meaningful to me. His analysis of baseball, another area where he did statistical work, was interesting to me although others may not care about it. The discussions of politics were also interesting to me but they were shorter than I expected. Overall, it's pretty good but no more illuminating than other well know books on prediction that you can find on Audible.
What a great story and performance. Just imagine normal people finding themselves in a really bizarre situation. It's suspenseful, scary and satisfying. Don't be put off by reviews that claim it's way over the edge.
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