Brighton Rock is a superbly chilling novel. The characters are incredibly well developed and despite the main character Pinkie being an manipulative, murderous psychopath, Greene still manages to make the reader entirely enthralled in what happens to him. The plot is enthralling and the writing style shows Greene's genius. Samuel West's reading is entirely in character and only increases the enjoyment of this remarkable novel.
Commonly felt to McCarthy's masterpiece and a classic of American literature, this novel set in American wild west is dark and murderously violent, but the language is beautiful and poetic with a ruggedness that mimics the landscape. There are no heroes in the book and the main character, "the kid", is as blood thirsty, cruel and violent as all in the Glanton gang, but the anti-hero is "the Judge". Huge, pale, completely hairless and often naked, he is well read, educated and interested in all there is to learn. He is also supremely sadist, a child molester and child killer and kills or evokes killing purely for his own entertainment. His influence on the gang and on "the kid" lead down an ever increasingly violent path.
This book shows the birth of America not out of hard work, enterprise and strong values, but out of murder, killing and war - man's desire for war and the evil that lurks in men. The native Americans, Mexicans and even the buffalo are all slaughtered as the characters plunder and rampage through America's beginnings.
The language is extraordinary and incredibly, vast and amazingly descriptive - awe provoking. The reading of this is perfect. Poe brings the language to life, his accent, tones and understated reading is just brilliant.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I will no doubt listen to this again (in a while after recovery), but this is absolutely NOT a book for everyone.
Enthralling, intelligent, riveting, engaging, while still quaint and amusing, and sill amazingly relevant. This is thought to be Dickens' most readable book and with Simon Prebble performing it certainly is. I recently heard an English actress claim that Dickens' must be read aloud and she used Great Expectations as an example. Having listened to this I would have to agree with her and Prebble's performance is impeccable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
This is an engaging and involving spy story that begins where Tinker Tailor ends. The characterizations are brilliant and the plot intricate and involved. However the plot doesn't capture the reader in the same way as Tinker Tailor or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the ending was somewhat predictably disappointing. Michael Jayston once again is absolutely superb reading this story and I can't even imagine reading Le Carre without hearing his voice. Still a good buy for those Le Carre fans, but those wanting to start off on the spy game i would definitely recommend The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and then Tinker Tailor first.
Le Carre's classic spy novel is brought to life by a wonderful reading. Jayston's British voice goes so perfectly with the novel and the character's of "the circus" are brought to life right in front of your ears!
This novel is intricate with great depth of characters and twist and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat guessing till the end. The descriptions of the service, the agents, the "circus" and the enemy brings to life this Cold War classic. Do not go past this novel and this reading!
Brave New World is Huxley's best known novel and a classic for good reason. This is a unique novel and a gripping expose on human nature. With overtones of Orwell's Big Brother this novel is set in a Utopia where the focus is on happiness, and where freedom and truth are removed from society. Huxley explores what happens when there is a clash with tradition ideals of moral obligation, religion, family, truth and free will.
This is a novel that is well ahead of its time and the description of the world is very clever and the language and turn of phrase employed is wonderful.
Micheal York really brings this to life with a masterful performance.
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