This is a nice listening for everyone who loves the tv show, not the novels. L. J. Smith's work is always very good: there are interesting characters and situations, descriptions are apt without being overwhelming, and the pacing is the right one for a vampire story.
The narration though is not a great one: the performer is almost always using the same tone, his portrayal of female characters is sometimes comical (Stefan's fiancee for instance) and overall he doesn't create the same sense of foreboding and despair that Rebecca Mozo provides in her performance of the main novels.
It's OK if you love the tv show, but for the original series reader it's rather disappointing (though not seriously so).
My favourite character is Callista. She's the nanny/baby sitter most of us would like to have had!
Albie discovers that his father has no idea that he has already gotten him the plane toy the year before, with the same promise to spend quality time together in building it. The kid's reaction and the father's complete inattentiveness struck me as too painfully real.
Absolutley... almost! ;-) Kidding, absolutely. Galvin's performance is really great, he seems totally into it, possibly because he has liked the book.
Gone with the Wind is the quintessential 20th century novel... there's everything in it, from romance to story, from history to essay... it's a great tapestry that recounts the events surrounding the seeping away of a civilization.
Many scenes are my favourites. Scarlett at Twelve Oaks at the beginning, Scarlett and Rhett at the Yankee prison, Wade's scenes, especially the ones with Rhett. Too many!
GWTW is already a movie, one of the greatest movie of all time for that matter. It doesn't need any tagline it is pretty much able to stand on its own two feet!
Linda Stephens reads the bool with great accuracy. All scenes are narrated with the right kind of pacing and most characters are well portrayed.
As I am both a great D&D nerd and an escapist, the reason should be self-explanatory!
The last chapter. Our hero is now wiser and still plays on. In particular, the frank description of the disappointment he felt while playing with Gygax's son and his realization that style of play does matter and that all of them have the same right to be played.
Ewalt's reading is surprisingly nice after you get accustomed to his strong American accent (!). The narrative performer was more "typical" from what to expect from a fantasy audiobook performer. Still, the ensemble is not that bad. ;-)
David's visit to the old TSR strore, the shop-girls not knowing the history of the place and the old lady who vaguely remembers it.
If you love D&D, you should listen to it. If you hate D&D, you should listen to it. If you used to think that D&D was somewhat linked to the occult and satanism, you should definitely listen to it. Long live D&D! :-)
Yes, I would. Because I liked the book and wanted to experience the story again. When I like a story, I usually like it even more after listening to the audibook (well, most of the times).
There are many memorable moments in the novel. My favourite is probably the part concerning the helm and Sturm (which, incidentally, is not on my favourite characters' list!). It is a funny way to bring the characters to do things they might not have done otherwise.
Some of the Sturm-Raistlin's alliance. The idea of them together working for a common goal makes me smile.
Sandra Burr did a good job. The only flaw, in my opinion, is the way she portrays Tas. Hers sounds like Hodor from Game of Thrones. Boehmer's is too feminine. Possibly, the best one so far is Norman's, in my opinion. Still, her pacing is great and the reading is cerainly professional (and good quality too).
Hopeful, Desperate, Grey. Hopeful because at the end there's a thin veil of hope for all the characters. Desperate because fear is at the basis of many of the relationship in the novel. Grey because that's the color that comes to my mind if I think about the characters, the setting, the plot.
This is a bildungsroman for a young gay man and, at the same time, for a middle-aged man. They both have their path to follow and in the end they are on the same road.
The Windup Girl. He's a very good performer. With that book I followed along with the text and his work was very, very good.
Jerene, of course. :-)
For a gay man, this is a must, Like "Maurice" by Forster. Even if you are not gay, there's plenty about relationships that makes the few hours spent reading the book well spent.
This is a very interesting book, well written and well performed by the narrator. It ranks pretty high in my collection of historical biographies so far.
The author, even though certainly supportive of the empress's achievements, is not overall biased and is frank about certain decisions Cixi had to make in order to preserve her power and the Chinese empire.
It's funny the way the narrator switches to "chinese" English pronunciation when "performing" the empress in some of her letters or alleged sentences spoken to Ministers or Grandees or other.
"The Dragon Woman"
This book is a cohesive overview of 19th century China and establishes Cixi as the real "maker". So, it makes an interesting hearing not only for people interested in the Empress tout court but also for people interested in Chinese history. Contrary to many biographies, Ms Chang doesn't give in to gossip. The performer, Jolene Kim, does a very good job (rhythm of the narration, clarity, even "performance" of some of the personages).
I've already done that in the headline. Of course, there's more, but this is a action-packed novel, suitable to anyone who's into D&D or into combat-oriented fantasy. There are of course other themes here as well, but they are just tackled with no real intention to go deeper (gender situation, friendship, family ties, etc.)
This novel is not a chorus of different characters, all equally important. Here there's a clear distinction between main characters and extras. Of course, the reader is strongly encouraged to like the protagonist and the mentor, that is to say his father. There are a couple of other interesting characters (the masked wizard, Drittz's sister Vierna) but they are underdeveloped.
Bevine did mostly a good job. He's a pro, so he knows his craft. Still, sometimes he reads a little too fast, even though the reason is comprehensible (an action-packed novel calls for... well, action). As in this trilogy Drittz is very young, I would have preferred a younger voice but that is a matter of personal preference, no fault with the performer.
I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes the TV show in particular and the comics too. The book evokes the world of despair and
Brian, its "descent" into villainy. Philip is just a tad too crazy.
His performance as Philip was too much "cooked", if you get my meaning. He seems always on the point of breaking, it's just too much. Well done as for Nick and the Chalmer sisters. The Penny-Brian relationship too.
No, please... I'd be seriously worried if it had!
OK the southern accent: marked but still understandable for us not US residents. Berman's a professional, of course, and he does his job with a certain skill. His Philip was really annoying, sometimes too much.
It is the first installment of the second Dragonlance trilogy, probabibly better written than the first. It's less heavily game-oriented (D&D) and, as such, give room to the authors to better explore their fictional world.
Ax Norman should have paid more attention to characters. Sometimes, it's difficult to tell Raistlin and Caramon apart. Even though I'm not overly fond of "uber" character personification, he should have paid more attention to that. Still, I like his diction and I wouldn't mind if he rerecorded the books with that goal in mind.
This is a great Dragonlance story, a must for every fantasy and D&D geek reader/listener.
The performing of the stories is quite good. Ms Zackman is certainly a pro who know what she is about. Listening to audiobooks and reading a book are two such different things that I cannot compare them. In my opinion, they are two different ways to enjoy the same medium.
It's interesting the way she portrays some of the characters: she gives them voices that fit. I like the way she goes from "narration" mode in descriptions and introductions to "interpretation" mode in dialogues and stream of consciousness.
It got me interested, which is the main objective of an audiobook.
In the metatags, I'd add "Dragonlance" to the titles of the book, which in fact is following "Dragons of Spring Dawning" and just before "Dragons of Summer Flame". I'd insert it between those two.
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