I've never written a book review before because I would hate someone to buy something on my account and then not enjoy it. However, I can confidently state that "The Company" is a top notch listen in every respect. History has never been so entertaining or personal. I hesitate to imagine the hours of research that went into its writing, for, although it is a work of fiction, the factual events are covered in amazing detail that shows uncanny clarity and insight on behalf of the author. It is easy to get lost in the names, places, titles and relationships, but it is worth the effort. The narrator was perfect. His readings were well prepared (it is probably difficult to switch from German to Russian accents back to English), and he put real emotion in the reading when required (without overdoing it). I can't really overstate how much I enjoyed this audiobook, and I am sure that you well also.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Life of Pi". This is so much more than just a story about survival on a boat for over 200 days (how boring would that be?). It is a treatise on several topics such as religion, prejudice, courage, and sanctity of life. The narration is also excellent, to match the prose. I believe every personal account of survival against all odds must delve into the philosophical realm, and this story has many such layers. However, the author uses humor as an effective counterbalance to keep the story from getting too heavy.
My wife wanted me to read this, and I really resisted for a while. Finally, I got the audiobook and started to listen. I didn't tell my wife for a while, because I was afraid to admit that, well, it was really good. I was really moved by the depth and tragedy of the main character, Angel (aka Sarah). I am not a fan of romance novels, westerns, or christian fiction, but this book will stick with me for a very long time. It is a very encouraging story, and will challenge you to rethink your place in life, your values, and the value of the people around you.
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