It is a middle of the pack read, maybe between the top 25 and 50%.
It is atmospheric and there is a good amount of suspense but somehow I found The Yard much more gripping. The narrator is terrific as my ratings suggest, each character speaks in a different voice and accent all of which struck me as well done.
I loved the description of the houses sinking due to all the mining activity going on underneath. I think the arrival of the men from the yard was probably my favorite, I seem to like the beginning of the book better than the end.
I have had the privilege of attending a live seminar from David Allen years ago, before he was super famous. It was work life altering, I have never thought about organization the same way again. This book is an awful lot like that presentation, and you can listen to it at your leisure, in whole or in part. I love it.
David Allen doesn't overplay it, his live presentation is a bit more over the top which I don't think would be as effective in an audiobook. The beginning review of the process, which is said in his calm, you can do it voice is great
David made his mark with live seminars as well as the book, he is a natural and gifted speaker. I have heard interviews and other forums where he is rushed or doesn't put his heart into it, this is a great medium for him.
No, you will want to start to implement long before the end of the book.
Absolutely, the whole point of audiobooks for me is to explore interesting subject matter that I may not have, or have the inclination, to read during otherwise free time. Destiny of the Republic is exactly that, interesting, mildly engrossing but probably not interesting enough to read on vacation
For me, it is all about the context. The place, the time, what was going on, it is a fascinating point in the history of the US and you never learn that much about President Garfield in school.
He is an excellent reader, with a terrific voice. A bit of a New York accent for my ear but he broke into a bit of a brogue, not great but not terrible, for Alexander Graham Bell.
Couldn't say but it would be close. My main comment is that while Wil Wheaton (see that alliteration) has a very good voice, he doesn't provide different voices for the primary characters so the audiobook is littered with "he said" and "she said"s. I feel like in other books, the narrator finds different voices for the characters and thus identifying the speak for every phrase is unnecessary, unlike with Fuzzy Nation
Believe the hype
This is an epic book, there are alot of scenes that make it happen but I think that this is a rare book in this category whose finale rewards the reader's commitment up to that point.
I like this much better than I liked the Wheel of Time readings, no comparison in my mind. I can't pinpoint why but they both seem more relaxed and natural in this series.
The characters coming to grips with their respective destinies are terrific - no spoilers here
It was truly different from the books I have been listening to most recently. I just didn't know where the story was going and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
I guess that's the charm of the book, it is different. The beginning felt, to me, a bit like The Secret History but unlike that book, which ended with a thud, just as I felt 14 slowing down, it kicked up again in a whole new way. Very satisfying
We all love the reveal, is that the prestige? The exploration of the building was the best.
Ready Player One was a pleasant surprise, entertaining, engrossing and lots of great geek references. The story was fun, the performance strong and I couldnt put it down
I found the book to be somewhere between Ender's Game and Name of the Wind, in a good way.
Wil Wheaton does a mean Kevin Smith impression that is so in sync with the 80's geek chic attributes of the story. I found it very effective
The explanation of the world situation and the personal computer history were very interesting to me. Some of the video game references and D+D elements were very nostalgic.
Yep, I absolutely will. It is like a Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell set in early 20th century New York City.
I liked just about everything in the story. The narration is terrific, the story was engrossing, suspenseful but not manipulative. I found it a very satisfying listen all around, really well done.
Absolutely but not possible given the length. But I did want to savor it a bit, not rush through.
One of my top 10 books of the last year for sure -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The setting and the premise. It may sound a tad pompous, but I liked the focus on the classics and found the characters interesting if not overly deep.
I didn't really know where this was going. There are parts that feel like the old movies where a bunch of rich, prep school kids hang out but the book goes to places the movies don't.
I love the idea of hearing the author read better than I liked Ms. Tartt's actual reading. I detected a slightly southern drawl which her characters would not have and the voices were not sufficiently different. It goes to show you how difficult it is to perform a great audiobook and makes me appreciate the great narrators that much more.
It is a lush story with a variety of accents and cultures
Prabu for his joy and perspective
Probably Vikram, the Client Eastwood obsessed Indian whose English was perfected in Denmark and includes a lot of "ja's"
This was one of the most gratifying and satisfying books I've ever read. Highly recommended
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