A very to-the-point guide. I didn't expect it to be so comprehensive and practical considering it is only 3 hours long. It gave me a structure that I can actually see myself using.
This is not a literary historical novel with something to say about the time and society it is depicting. If you want that, read e.g. Hilary Mantel and stay away from this (unless you enjoy scoffing).
This is entertainment fiction; an atmospheric murder mystery with elements of horror, centering around a witch trial in a colonial village. In creating its atmosphere and drama, it evokes plenty of the tropes associated with this setting in popular fiction. However, as such it is very well-written and good quality. I was pulled into the story from the first chapter through great characterization, intriguing setting and an entertaining plot. Perhaps it could have been shorter - it did drag out a bit - and it did get really lurid in places. But overall this was a good find and I recommend the series to anyone who likes gritty historical, horror/fantasy or crime *entertainment* fiction.
This was my first Neil Gaiman novel. I love his writing - it's vivid and real and magical. It really causes you to see the world through a child's eyes again. It's not exactly a book for children, as there are some pretty adult elements in the plot and themes. But the adults who enjoy it will be those who still love a good adventure story or fairytale, and who are happy to revisit childhood along with the main character.
Perhaps it's because I've only read a couple of Discworld stories before, but I didn't see anything wrong with the narration. I really liked the characters and I really liked the character voices. The story was just what I was in the mood for - something light and funny but still cleverly written, fantastical and with a decent plot. Pratchett has a wonderful way of both satirizing witch stories and creating an engaging witch story at the same time. It's fantasy for those who love fantasy but have a sense of irony about it.
This had a good atmosphere and, as a 7 hour audiobook, is worth a listen. It fits well into an early summer lazy weekend. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more tension in the plot, as I expected a ghost story and murder mystery. Those elements were there, but without any real feeling of danger or suspense, so the narrative felt like more of a memoir/coming of age story.
The reading is fine. The reader's intonation tends to fall at the end of phrases giving the narrator a sort of sad, tired vibe. But that suits the story quite well.
This takes some time to build up, but if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. The last part of the novel is brilliant - classic heroism, but so well done. The rest of the novel is well-written, with a believable, imaginative world and enough character depth to keep you invested. I'm looking forward to the next.
For me this novel is up there with 1984 as being both shocking and believable. It's a quiet, contemplative narrative, as it focuses on the main character's inner world (she is not able to have much of an outer world). There is very little melodrama. It gives the reader a lot of thinking space and a lot to think about. I'm very glad I finally 'read' it.
Claire Danes reads it very well, with just the right tone and rhythm to make the prose really feel like a stream of thoughts
Truly insightful. I find a lot of self-help books patronizing, unrealistic, and repetitive. This on the other hand doesn't offer simplistic slogans, but rather an academically and philosophically grounded overview of human nature and happiness. It makes you think.
The writer sometimes took quite a distance from the views he reported, contrasting different arguments, so it can feel a bit contradictory sometimes and I wasn't left with very clear, stand-out conclusions. On the other hand, I think there's so much subtle wisdom in there that it warrants a second listen.
So, if you are analytical, I recommend it.
This was one of those rare books that you want to listen to while getting dressed in the morning, hurry home from work to listen to in the evening and fall asleep listening to at night. Complete escapism. I really enjoyed it.
This is an excellent overview for anyone who wants a summary of key events into which they can slot all the details they might have learned previously.
It strikes a good balance between creating a coherent narrative but still including surprisingly comprehensive information for such a short recording.
It's also a very fair price.
More of these "history in an hour" productions would be very welcome!
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