The movie version is an all-time classic, but it is good to revisit the original story again (and again).
There is nothing quite like it--fantasy, romance, and utopian vision rolled into one. Prophetic of the age of darkness that was about to tall over the world.
Have not heard him as a reader before--slightly below the very best Audible "voices."
Extreme relief that it lived up to my recollections of having read it in youth.
Sadness that there really are no longer any places beyond the edges of maps. It is flabbergasting that this could be the source material for a classic movie (1937?) and then one of the worst remakes ever--the musical version from 1973.
This was a book that I bought in junior high school as part of a school reading program, so re-reading it (listening to it) bathed me in nostalgia, but I am surprised how good a story it remains, although it has practically become a historical novel. What a window into the 1950s nuclear arms race and a "prehistoric" Florida.
The quiet decay of everyday life among the survivors of an apocalyptic event. The protagonist stocks up on frozen food, just before the power goes out. A near-sighted physician who loses his eyeglasses is a catastrophe for the isolated survivors of a calamity.
The characters are well drawn and clearly delineated by the narrator's performance.
The brief, but completely plausible account of how an accidental nuclear war could begin. The fact that Syria remains a flashpoint all these years later is eerie.
I'd love to hear more of books of this genre/from this period.
Having read this book when it came out--and audiobooks were in their primitive infancy (remember all those cassettes in large boxes that came through the mail?), it really is difficult to compare the printed and audio versions of this series. I actually can remember when the earliest Travis McGee titles were paperback originals back in the late 1960s.
This is a book where Meyer has a star turn, but the first victim (in the story line) and the villain are three-dimensional, well realized characters.
He has been remarkable consistent throughout this entire series--it must be approaching 175 hours of reading. It always is difficult taking on a well-known character, but for the most part his "voices" have been well thought out and logical. I would be happy to listen to him again.
I was pleased that this series recovered nicely after it flagged a bit as the number of titles approached twenty.
In the future (now) sociologists and environmental historians will have a field day reading through these volumes for the commentary on the decay of the American dream--and the destruction of Florida through over development--from the 1960s through the 1980s. These must be some of the earliest soundings of environmental alarms to appear in mainstream literature.Listen to these now.
Rumor has it that one of them will become a major motion picture soon and I would be surprised if they can do it without "damaging" the original material. Just compare MacDonald's "The Executioners" with either of the movie versions of it (both titled, "Cape Fear").
This is an extremely well done systematic retelling of the Holmes short novels and stories in the order in which they appeared. Charlton Griffin, clearly a very talented actor, seems to relish the many characters he is called upon to portray. An unexpected pleasure was the amount of 19th-century social history contained in the stories. A world where the new--typewriters and telephones--collides with the old, rigid class system of Victorian England. I had forgotten that Dr. John Watson is a disabled veteran of the Second Afghan War--chillingly familiar in the world we walk around in, 130 years later. There is much more humor in the stories than I had remembered: Watson's hilarious description of how he met and courted his future wife during the course of a story (that I will not spoil by describing further) is a good example.
When Holmes--whom Watson claims was entirely innocent of any knowledge of literature--quotes from Henry David Thoreau to explain deductive reasoning. I did not see that coming.
And another spoiler alert: When Sherlock Holmes is bested by "the woman"--Irene Adler--but still saves his princely client, all he asks for, when he might receive any reward that he could name, is a photograph of her.
There is no accounting for taste, but I have been sharing my pleasure with these stories with many people--to the point that I probably seem to be obsessed with them, and I still have parts II and III (almost forty hours--including both "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and the "The Valley of Fear") of listening pleasure ahead of me.
Make note of the descriptions of Americans who play a surprisingly prominent role in the Conan Doyle novels and stories--an interesting combination of admiration for what are perceived to be our admirable qualities--and more than a few familiar and sometimes painful stereotypes.
While Alan Cumming's presentation of the Blue Carbuncle was outstanding--it shows you how much of acting is contained in voice and presentation--the old chestnut of a story also is, as many Sherlock Holmes stories are, a wonderful "slice" of 19th century social history. It also was a perfect holiday gift (this is a rather tardy review) in that Holmes, who can sometimes come across as a sort of living, calculating machine (if that is what you would call it in 19th century London); a stern upholder of right over wrong, is shown to be merciful at the time of the year that calls us to be so, and (who knew?) a proto- prison reformer.
O'Henry meets Raymond Chandler?
The biography of a mystery man created from his old, battered hat is a classic Sherlock Holmes set piece, but the best scene of "Holmes at work" for Baker Street enthusiasts probably is when he plays the upper class twit to con information from the sturdy yeoman proprietor of the poultry market. In his "comeupance" and perfect-pitch reading of human nature, he (Holmes) gets the information he needs.
See above, the "good will to man" denouement.
It is wonderful for a company that I deal with entirely by email to take the time and effort to develop and maintain a "human" face.
There are so many good authors, books, and narrators on this site, what would possess you to use this excerpt as a preview?
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