This was torture. The first three hours of the book could have been condensed into about 30 minutes, and nothing would have been lost. The final two hours were mildly interesting, and the ending was less than satisfying. Don't waste your money on this drivel.
It was fascinating to learn how much more toxic the world was in the early 20th century than it is now.
All of it! I thought at first the narrator was a computer-generated voice. She seemed to have little understanding of the content, and made many mistakes. I think the most glaring mistake was when she said one of the characters wrote a "one-letter sentence." It then became apparent that it should have been a "one-sentence letter." Does no one "proof listen" to audiobooks?
I found it very interesting, but it wasn't a particularly emotional book.
Re-record this book with a different narrator!
I agree that the production values are a little unprofessional, but I love Gabriel Woolf. He is a brilliant actor, and he brings the characters to life. Yes, once in awhile you hear a car horn honking, or occasionally the faint sound of an airplane flying overhead, neither of which belong in a book set in the 19th Century. And Woolf does occasionally stumble over a word here and there. But it just makes me smile when those things happen. It's rather like having someone read you a bedtime story, albeit someone incredibly talented and erudite.
And Middlemarch itself is brilliant. The characters are so fully drawn, the subtle nuances of their emotions and actions are so skillfully rendered -- little wonder this novel ranks at or near the top of every list of "bests."
Yes, there is a sameness to Burke's Robicheaux novels. But that's what I like about them. Over the years, I have come to know and care for Dave, Clete, Alifair, and all the other regulars, and the new and intricately-drawn characters that populate Dave's world. Why would one want to skip Dave's ruminations, reflections, and insights? Those are the things that make these novels more than just chase scenes, gun battles, and easily-solved mysteries. Every character, from victim to perpetrator, innocent or guilty, is much more than a one-dimensional "good guy" or "bad guy." And Burke's insights about the Katrina disaster, its aftermath, and the long-range effects were interesting and heart-breaking to anyone who has a love for New Orleans and its unique culture and people. I was sorry to have this one end, and look forward to my next visit to New Iberia.
I can understand why this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's exactly what it says it is -- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Surely it's obvious that it's going to be both the original comedy of manners, along with the zombie element. What I found extraordinary was how funny it was. I found myself laughing aloud as I drove to and from work every day, and could hardly wait to get back into the car and hear what was next. It was very well done, the narration was exquisite, and now I want to re-read the original as soon as possible. I'm sure that's the reaction many people will have, so Miss Austen's original work will probably be more popular than ever. I hope there will be more similar works to come.
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