There seems to be a lot of different opinions about the narrator in the reviews. I think Mr. Ledoux's performance is rather uneven. He does well when delivering dialogues and internal monologues and I had no issue differentiating between the characters and telling who talked when. On longer descriptions and historical background, however, Mr. Ledoux is somewhat difficult to follow and I'm having a hard time putting my finger on exactly why. Perhaps the best word is that he is overly monotone in these parts, whereas he does tend to be a bit theatrical and drastic with characters.
It was a very interesting read but did take me a couple of weeks to finish due to the sheer length.
This book is by no means an easy read and it is even more challenging if you are listening to it. There are a LOT of characters and information introduced early on in the book all of which as vital details later on. You have to pay attention when you are listing, otherwise you could easily get lost in the connections between the characters, etc. Granted, the performance of the narrator adds to this.
I have to say that it wasn't clear to me that this book is the first part of a trilogy and I only found out after I had finished the book. Initially I thought that there was a lot of background work done and loads of information presented, the plot was very slow-moving and then towards the end things just sped up and the ending was very abrupt and left a lot of things hanging in the air, a lot of questions unanswered. However, now knowing that this is part one of three, I am hoping that the other books, which I do plan to read, will pick up on all of these.
I think Mr. Iles will do a good job with it. I have learned a lot about the reality of the 60s in the South. Many reviewers have commented that the violence and the brutality is unnecessary in the book. The truth is that this was reality for people in the past regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us feel now.
Absolutely and I already have! I thoroughly enjoyed the time travel idea to a period of history I love. The cultural details from the late 50s-60s were great. I think King did a good job with researching the period and the central event as well.
Having this insight into the events leading up to the assassination made me realize how deranged Oswald really was
I thought Craig Wasson did an excellent job on all the mail characters. Great mannerisms, accents, etc. If I had to pick one particular character it would either be Al or Harry Dunning. Whenever they "spoke" you could always tell a 100% that it was them.
Perhaps Sadie was the least well done, but not to an extent that it would have been disturbing. She sounded so dreamy and overly fragile, which didn't really fit her personality.
The first time Jake goes through the rabbit hole and is only there for a few hours was really striking. I tried to imagine what it would be like. People acted different, spoke different, I don't if I'd be able to pass a test of having to fit in like that. But I love the 50s and 60s and that first glimpse of it, the root beer and soda fountain, the car - it stayed with me.
Nowhere near as much horror, gore or suspense as other King books, which made me feel relieved. I've only read a couple of his books and they were not for me but I couldn't resist 11/22/63 because of its topic. Keep in mind that this is fiction and King has the right to make the plot and the characters go any way he wants. He cannot be reprimanded for inaccuracy regarding the historical event or details as it is just a novel.
So just enjoy the ride back to obdurate past and perhaps listen to "In the mood" a little more often :)
Thought-provoking, in-depth, inspiring
Theodora because she had such spiritual and emotional poise in light of her full awareness of her husbands dealings and how she treated Sarah. I would like to think that there were a some wives like her around at that time
The narration absolutely made this book for me. I believe it would have been a different experience, I might not have even liked it so much, if I had just read it and not hear the characters come alive. I could choose one or the other. I thoroughly enjoyed the typical way of talking of these ladies and those who they represent. A superb job by both narrators!
Yes, I finished it very quickly after I caught on to the pattern of the book. I was very interested in hearing the "flip side" of the same events.
I loved the narration by Hope Davis it made the book come perfectly alive. I loved the way she did the British and French accents (her German was a bit off). It was like listening to someone talking to you.
I enjoyed getting an insight into the mindset of a woman growing up in the 50-60s and being fully emancipated. I did constantly have to remind myself of the period the story takes place. Amazing how progressive in tought and subject matter Fear of Flying must have been when it was first published. Today, after Sex and the City and 50 Shades of Gray, we are used to women being so outspoken about such topics. No way was that so in the 70s!Self-analysis was a bit annoying at times. I kept thinking whether I was so naive and clueless when I was 27. But then again, I had to remind myself of when Izadora grew up and how analysis was the answer to everything at that time.
Izadora! Her attitude and internal monologues and dialogues cracked me up
Don't try to judge the book according to 21st Century standards and background because you will have a completely different experience.
I absolutely loved the writing, the descriptions, the details (like "he had a tall voice"), just such wonderful associations.
The book also showed everyday life in Germany during WW2 and how people had no choice but to carry on with the weekdays. The story showed the little miracles that made life in a war bearable, things that we take for granted in our world and our times. Makes you appreciate things more.
When Liesel is waiting for Max to get better and Rosa goes to the school to let her know (in code) that he woke
It is without a doubt the best performance from an audio book I've ever heard. Loved his voice and the accents he did, slightly German for Papa was my favorite. Also his pronunciation of the German words was flawless and he switched back and forth between English and German seamlessly. An absolute joy listening to him. A true performance, not just a reading.
I would take Rosa Hubermann. I'd like to find out more about her and why she showed a completely different personality and attitude to the outside world than what she was actually like
I highly recommend the book to anyone. Beautifully written and outstandingly performed, it shows the details of life in Germany during WW2 that few books do.
I enjoyed the British accent of the narrator. It added to the story. It was easy to listen to and kept me entertained for hours. It certainly ranks among the best audio books I've listened to.
His first volume of the Century Trilogy: The Fall of Giants. I like how he shows various layers of English society, down to the tiniest detail of their everyday routines. Classic rags to riches storyline, but I didn't find it predictable.
I loved Augusta Pilaster's character and the narrator's rendition of her.
The books starts off a little slow as the many charaters are introduced (again, typical Follett). That's the only reason I gave 4 stars to the story. But then things take off. If not all in one sitting, but it took me less than a week to finish it.
If you love Follett's books, this will not disappoint! The performance is great and the story line is full of love, intrigue, murder, the rich and the poor all mixed up in late 19th century London.
An absolute yes on Follett! I love his books and will read the printed version of this one. An absoutely no on the narrators. The "female" voices were laughable. I don't know how a self-respecting director could deem these performaces acceptable.
Yes and I already have - with a different narrator and it was great as I believe all of Follett's books are.
I didn't get far enough in the book (maybe an hour or so only) to find any
Don't buy the audio version of the book by these narrators. It is money out the window...
Without wanting to spoil the plot for those who haven't read the book yet, I thought that the idea of the "plague" was brilliant. I never saw it coming. It is also interesting to think about the moral issues lying in the background.
I love "travelling" through his stories and finding out so many details about places Langdon visits.
I got exactly what I expected from the book: another great Robert Langdon story. I don't see how those who say the plot is the same old pattern expected anything else. Dan Brown is good at what he does, why should he stray from it?
The structure was very interesting. I was frustrated with how it jumped around and it was not always obvious how the story lines were related. I do believe that this lack of understanding stems from the bad narration that I sometimes just couldn't follow. I'm assuming that when read, it is a lot more enjoyable.
The woman's performance was ok. I found it a bit contrived and over-acted, but at least understandable and I could follow along.
The other man's performance (not Mr. Hosseini's) was absolutely dismal. Could not understand the story. Words were mispronounced, he put the stress on the wrong syllables and the intonation of the sentences was completely off. I really can't remember a thing of the story line that he narrated.
Yes, buy it in print and re-read it. I hope that I will come to like it as much as Mr. Hosseini's previous books.
After reading the Kite Runner, I was excited to dwell into this book as well and did not disappoint. The characters are so vivid and well-rounded, I felt like I knew them. Their individual and then merging fate and stories are gripping. I had a "book hangover" after I finished it for several days. So memorable and meaningful.
Atossa Leoni's performance absolutely added to whole experience. It was beautifully read. I felt like she was sitting with me and just telling me a story.
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