I've tried several times on my quest to read the "great books" to read The House of the Seven Gables but never made it through the first chapter. I found it a bit of a struggle to get through the first chapter of this audio version but, once I did that, the book "took off" and I throughly enjoyed it. The narrator did a very good job of a book that must not have been easy to record.
I don't know why this is not usually listed up there with THE CALL OF THE WILD as one of London' best works. It's an incredible look into the mind of an artist. Very well read, too.
This made our long, long, ten hour car trip just fly but. Whole family loved it. We especially liked how the various sections were read by different characters. Made it seem very real, even if it was written a long time ago. Five stars from a car full of might have been bored otherwise people!!
If you are a fan of the detective story, this is a must listen. Excellent renditions of stories from the early days of detective stories.
Excellent renditions of some incredible stories.
This was not an easy book to listen to, but the narrator did an excellent job and it was worth the effort.
I've listened to many readers do Sherlock Holmes and, in my opinion, this one ( Walter Covell ) is the best. Can't wait to hear his other stuff.
I was so sad when this book finally came to an end.
It was a wonderful experience and made the long drives that I take for my job just fly by. I may make this a once a year listen. It's that good.
The reading was very good, as well.
If you are looking for a book with a clear plot, this is not it. But if you are in the mood for some wonderful characters in absurd situations, get this book! I don't think I've ever laughed so much in my life! Wonderful book and very well read.
This book has has many strange twists and turns and is both historical, in the broad sense of historical fiction, and an adventure story. It is written, as were most books back then in a rather rambling and wordy style. This was, after all, way before radio and TV and people liked their entertainment to last. Some readers of today, however, may not have the patience for a work like this. I like to do a little research on the classics I get and found an encyclopedia article that said the book "may be considered one of the first ecological novels in the United States." ( from Wikipedia.org ) That statement intrigued me but turned out to be quite true. There are many discussions in it about conservation and the use of natural resources. Amazing insight
for its time! The narrator was pretty good but made what I thought were a few pronunciation errors. However I checked them out and they were ok - alternatives pronunciations in a couple of cases, but acceptable.
Stories were quite good, although a bit uneven i.e. some were just good and some were very good. The same can be said for the narration. A bit uneven but, overall, I'm glad I got this book.
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