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This series was my first Koontz and has a special place in my memory. This is very good Koontz, with great characters, good story, a good dog, and more depth than any other author in the genre. Seize the Night is a bit less great than Fear Nothing, but I enjoyed it anyway. The story is a wild, but the wonderful prose and characterization overcome any lacks in the story. These Koontz characters are only rivaled by those in the Odd series.
Although this is purportedly the second in the Moonlight Bay series, the books both stand on their own very well. Someday there may be a promised third in the series, but certainly don’t wait for the third to read the first two.
This book reads like a fantasy novel but is historically based fiction. It is an interesting tale of tribal African life at the dawn of colonization. The story and characters are captivating, especially the African wives’ tales. This book was on some lists of the best of the twentieth century. I would not go so far as that, but it is a good book, well worth the listen. As a book written by a native Nigerian that well received and praised in Africa and in the West in the late 1950’s, it deserved to be included in the lists of greats due to its good writing combined with its cultural importance.
The narration is excellent dealing well with the native vocabulary, expression of emotions, and storytelling.
This is the worst Audible selection I have ever gotten, and of my 1500 listens, this will be the first I will return…it is that bad.
Recently I lamented I did not have more stars to rate a great listen. Now I wish I could use less than one star.
This book’s only relation to Time is a nauseating plethora of aphorisms about time, then it devolves into incoherent ramblings about the sun’s death, global warming, population inversion, and antibiotic resistance. This is self-published, self-produced, self-edited, garbage.
A bunch of Alan Hall books appeared in the Science/Physics section of Audible, and I gave one a try. It will be my last.
See my review of Volume I for comments of the series.
This is book seven of Durant’s The Story of Civilization.
This, like the other volumes of this series, is wonderful. It is beautifully written, integrated history of Europe over the period between 1559 and 1648. Notwithstanding the title, this only touches on the age of reason at the very end of the volume. Most of the text is dedicated to the struggles in England and the Thirty Years War. The details of war, other than the reasons for the war and the peace, are historical, but not intensely interesting (unless you are really into war). Thus, I did not enjoy this book as much as most of the others, nevertheless the sections on Shakespeare and Bacon, and the very end which covers Galileo and Descartes was fantastic and well worth the 30 years of warfare.
The integrated history attempts to cover all aspects of society in the period, living conditions, industries and commerce, crafts, arts, politics, economics, religion, fads, leaders, and spirit. There are dates, but that is not what it is about. The writing is targeted at general readers with an interest in history, and is a very easy listen.
The narration is clear and powerful and erudite.
I highly recommend this series – at least twice (separated by 10 years). This is my third time.
One review called this racist, colonial, and an absurd farce. Another that Henderson was a Baron Munchhausen. I could not disagree more. This is a humorous book about a man facing his own mortality and fretful desires with incredible energy and love. Henderson’s quest is improbable, adventurous, transformational, and funny, but not absurd or farcical. There is nothing here close to Munchhausen riding a cannonball or taking lunar excursions.
I found the writing quite conversational yet subtly superb. The characters are well written and I found Henderson eminently likeable. He was flawed, but not more so than most, and he had an admirable and indomitable love of life. The book at one level is gruff and oozes manliness, yet under this very thin veneer one finds fear, loneliness, and powerlessness. All this, with humor on every page.
The narration is darn near perfect. It is difficult for me to imagine how it could be better. Barrett is clear and bombastic and uses tone to express the emotions just under the surface.
This is a classic and worthy of it praises. Worth listening to again.
O’Hara thought he was better than Hemingway…he wasn’t. Yet this novel has its points, examining the power of society and belief. I did not find this one of the best novels of the twentieth century, but it is more than respectable. The power of the story is the all too obvious inability of humans to be themselves. Hemingway liked this novel, which makes sense. Hemingway and O’Hara examined the same issue (society vs. individuality) from utterly different perspectives and both valued truth. Both perspectives are interesting making this, for me, a good read, if not a must read. I did not find this a downer as the point is to avoid reaching your end without ever being your true self.
The narration is good, but not great, occasionally losing intensity necessary to the story.
You will learn nothing from this, except Tesla stock will go up and up, and Elon Musk was a child prodigy and now a successful genius and a great boss. I listened to this only because I just finished The Great Race and The Powerhouse (both about the future of EV cars). Certainly not worth a Credit! Was it worth the $2.75? Hum…Nope. The narration is clear but way too peppy and too partial.
Tesla has a $25B market cap but is yet to show a profit. Maybe Tesla will be the next Google but this book will not help anyone decide.
This is a story of a 12 year old boy’s life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. The writing is first person and author narrated, but did not strike me as intensely personal, or brutally honest, or deeply introspective. It effectively tells the story of how a normal kid becomes a killer, and then returns to some level of normalcy. If you are not familiar with the issue of child soldiers, this book is an excellent introduction.
I expect quite a lot from a memoir. In this case I heard the author’s intense story, but I also felt the author held back the very worst and the potentially most powerful. It is completely understandable for a young man (now 26) to be unready to express the fullness of the story, but a memoir should await that readiness.
The narration is good, but a bit dry and in a very few places difficult to understand.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the issues surrounding child soldiers, but as a memoir, or as literature, I found it weak.
There is an appendix dryly recapping the history of Sierra Leone which seemed a pretty odd way to end a memoir.
This is a very detailed story of the scientists, car companies, government programs, and venture capitalists, involved in the development of the battery of the future. This tries to do quite a lot and may be too detailed for many readers. I understand those that feel it was boring. It covers the stories of battery development, the process of vying for a big government projects, the greed and maneuvering of venture capital funded startup companies, and how EV’s might affect the environment and the oil industry. Although this was not an easy listen, I learned a lot and enjoyed the various storylines. Overall I was very satisfied with this book. The one thing was unsatisfying is the story ends abruptly with the battery of the future still in flux. The narration was very good, dealing with the technical detail very well.
This is a highly touted, award-winning collection of nine short stories and is on several “best” lists.
I found most of these stories superficial, and the writing quite ordinary.
I love short stories, but these stories seemed to focus on the shallowest aspects of both Indian and US culture. I liked the last two stories the best, but these were only above average. The rest of the stories did not make me laugh or cry or give me shivers or move me or shock me or surprise me or make me consider deeply. Yet the stories were not bad, and the writing was not bad. I did not find myself liking, or respecting, any of the characters. Yes, real life can be shallow and tedious but I don’t need to read that part in short stories.
These stories seemed like they could be short scenes in novels, if supported by the structure and story and characters of a novel. On their own, they seemed a bit pointless.
The audio production was down right annoying. The chapters do not align with the stories and there are discordant musical interludes between and within stories. The tone of the narrator was peppy and light, as if this was a children’s book, and I found the narration clashed sharply with the material. I certainly will not listen to this book again.
Native Son, written in 1940, was ahead of its time, and represented an important voice in an age on the brink of change.
The first two books of this novel were quite excellent, a personal story that felt honest and impactful, with well-drawn characters and an exciting plot. The book then proceeds into the third book with a long question and answer dialog, and long monologs, reminiscent of Dostoevsky, but seemed too heavy handed to me. The first two books of this novel, through character and story, made the points better than the exposition of the third book.
Native Son has been criticized as being “protest fiction”, limiting its artistic value. This is true, but only true of the final book of the novel. The first two books are artistically executed and powerful. Somehow I think the novel would have been more powerful if this ended without third book.
The narration was terrific, clear and subtly powerful. The narration adds greatly to the experience.
Although I am glad I listened to this, the last book was tedious, reducing the overall experience. Yet, this was an historically important novel and may be worth reading for that reason alone.
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