I'm taking a break from this story 1/3 the way through because Bull/Santini is such an obnoxious, loud-mouthed character that I can barely stand to listen to it.
The hero of the story (so far) is Ben, Bull Meecham's teenage son, who has many redeeming qualities.
I believe that it was the authors intent that the title character should be this overbearing, bulldozing, testosterone driven loud-mouth of a man, so how can I fault the reader for being irritating? Though Dick Hill is far from my favorite reader, he has given adequate performances on other occsasions, so yes, I would.Perhaps he could have portrayed the man with a little less vigor? I found myself constantly adjusting the volume as Hill shifted from MAXIMUM VOLUME for Santini - to the soft-spoken wife, Lily or practically any other character.
...if I can bring myself to finish the audiobook, I will revise my review as needed.
I have greatly enjoyed the movies made from Conroy's works: (ie., Prince of Tides, Conrack...) so I don't dou bt that he is a worthwhile author. Thus I WANT to finish this one way or the other. "The other" though may be by reading the book oldstyle...
No. Not based on this one.
It would have to be free for me to try it.
The narrator did a competent job
After finishing the last of the Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher, I was looking for something in the same vein. I wan't thrilled by the sample track, but being in an optimistic mood, I thought I'd give it a try, hoping it would get better. After listening to a half hour of the "ancient druid in a young man's body" instruct his friend the vampire on how to sound "cool" in modern day vernacular (ie, poor grammar, bad diction) I gave it up. Price was low, but I suppose you get what you pay for!
Don't know - I've only listened.
Why, Harry, of course! Dresden is full of dry wit, but as his character develops, we see a man of deep conviction and committment to higher ideals. His guiding priciple is that with great power comes great responsibility - an outlook we might wish to see in our leaders in business and government, by the way.
Others have complained that Harry takes on too much blame and self loathing, but it is his committment to his friends and to others that he feels responsible for - even to the extent of honoring an unwished for agreement with a Chicago crime boss - that makes us respect him, not so much as a powerful Wizard, but as a true hearted Human Being.
Good Character differentiation, yes. ...but see additional comments...
Spike goes to Hollywood...?
Don't Give Up!: If you feel that James Marsters' delivery was a little flat in this first book, hold on and give him a chance. I inadvertently started with Book 13 "Changes" (the only CD version my library had) and there was a world of difference!
In Book 1, when Harry casts and evocation (eg: "vento ventorium") Marsters barely raises his voice from the low-key monotone that he uses through much of the book. HOWEVER: In the later installments Harry's evocations are shouted with a ferocious energy (FUEGO !!!) that makes the book come alive!
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