This is another triumph for Robert Whitfield, the master narrator of the classic novel. Readers who assign a low rating to such a great work of literature and such a masterful reading should probably stick to popular, lighter modern works. There are lots of great pieces in that catergory.
Yes, listening to this book was time well spent. It was a good and interesting story
Probably, even though I was not overly impressed with this one.
Emma Galvin provided a very credible voice to the characters in this story
Yes, since I feel that it was time well spent.
I feel that this book would appeal to younger, even beginning reader. I am a little awed by the rave reviews this book received, especially from older listeners. The foundation of the book was unique and very sound, but the story built on this foundation was mildly enjoyable, but not very impressive. The idea that at some age we are segregated by our dominate personal traits which are then cultivated and directed to the greater good of society is a unique and interesting idea. It would seem that a society built around this advance thinking would itself be advanced and complex. However, the small glimpse we get of this society indicates that it is rife with petty jealousy and primitive competition. The disenfranchisement of the masses not suited to one of the five dominant groups is unworthy of even the most basic and ancient civilizations. The story precedes along the common line of good guys and bad guys, villains and heroes. And no surprise, the good guys win. Again, for a younger mind I can see the value and appeal of this story. I can also see why so many listeners who liked "The Hunger Games" also like this story. And though I found them both mildly entertaining, I am was not overly impressed by either.
I read 3 other reviews of this work and they all gave it 5 stars and for reasons I can relate to. Robert Whitfield, the narrator is a true master. In fact, I found this work by searching for books he narrated. The story is a 'good' one and makes for good, though light entertainment.
The problem I find with this work is that Dickens redeemed two character without clearly explaining why. Bella Wilfer is a spoiled, petty and very materialistic young lady. It is hard for me to buy her transition into a simple, generous, caring and loving wife and mother. I get the feeling that she was redeemable because of her great physical beauty.
Eugene Rayburn is the other character I can find NO redeeming qualities in. He is arrogant, hostile and insolent. In his case, Dickens made no attempt to explain why he was redeemable. At the same time he choses to villify the love-smitten and passionate Bradley Headstone and the formerly loving brother Charlie Hexom.
We often make allowances for works written in earlier periods because of advances in social thinking and awareness, among other reasons. And yet even today, woman are still charged with the need to be "beautiful". This work would have been infinitely better had the author invested more time in discovering the inner beauty verses the physical beauty of his characters. And while anyone can be redeemed in theory, their path to redemption should be clear and understandable.
This book is a GREAT and beautiful work of art. It is touching, poetic, educational and inspiring. Hosseini tells his story very, very well.
Michael Critchton generally does an good job of weaving fact into a unique and imaginative work of fiction. But first and foremost, his works are "fiction". This novel fails because Critchton decided to take one side of a controversial issue, and in a very "heavy-handed" way he lectures us on all the virtues of that point of view. At the same time he paints all opponents of that point of view with all the vices under the sun(from naive and misguided to down-right evil). Ultimately, the action of the novel is weak and unmemorable as it is centered around the lectern.
Often in reviewing a great performance, it is difficult to determine which worked best; the actual performance or the material on which the performance is based. In the case of this audio book, both the story and the reader are very well done.
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