I enjoyed this very much. The narration and story immerse you in another, different world. It is hard to fathom how difficult life was when this story developed, but the authors place you there through their details of the smaller, and the larger, picture.
The plot twists are good and unexpected. I enjoyed the length because the characters and the plot have plenty of time to develop, and they do! The story is a thriller, and it is thoroughly modern. It had me from page one until the end, and I hope he follows it with another. I like the flawed main characters.
Probably the first Le Carre I read. I was enthralled and thought I was learning a lot about crime and espionage. Who knows if any of it was right, but I believed it. Same here.
I enjoyed the accents and the narration, but particularly liked the voice of the spy "the Whisperer". All of his scenes are nicely whispered.
Lordy I am not presumptuous enough to re-name someone's life work.
READ THIS BOOK. It is one of the best in the "long books that I wish hadn't ended" genre.
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The title "The Idiot" is enjoyably ironic.
The matriarch of one of the families is, as we probably still are, consumed with how her family appears to society. It gnaws her. The narrator casually tosses off a comment that describes her. "If you have wart on forehead or nose, you always fancy no one has anything else to do than stare at your wart , make fun of it, despise you for it, even though you have discovered America."
I could not have sounded out the legion of Russian names. The narrator easily navigates through them.
The character with "consumption" is compelling. If I wasn't sure before, I am now. I don't want consumption. Also a cautionary tale to beware when the fiendish coquette and/or loose woman is around. Does it take a woman to be able to see from a mile away that things will go south with her around?
When the society discussion turns to self-preservation, self-destruction, nihilism, etc., I was glad the author had one of the characters tell his co-horts they were boring. They moved on and the pace picked up.
I liked Crime and Punishment and the Brothers Karamazov better, but this was also good.
I like this story and its characters. Instead of relying on tons of thousand-year-old magic beasts from unknown realms, creatures with powers beyond imagination, groups of evil wizards, etc., the author tells a story. Yes, he uses some fantasy, but he doesn't lean on it for support. His story stands on its own, and the magic is a fun addition. This series is better than the others of its genre (young adult fantasy or something along those lines? I am over 50 and I like these, and similar, books, so I resist the "young" qualifier).
These last couple of years I have read, in this genre, the Wheel of Time, Mistborn, Malazan Book of the Fallen, Riyera Revelation and Chronicles, The Way of Kings, the Black Company, Game of Thrones, etc. (these were worked in between Dickens, Tolstoy, Cornwell, Atwood, etc......I don't just read about wizards and dragons). As I sat down today to officially review my book selections, I first wanted to make sure I rated the one with Kvothe the highest because I remember Kvothe the most! Some of the rest have run together, but not Kvothe. Bring on the 3rd book!!
Loved the back-story of greed, avarice, malice, and several other well-described sins. Engrossing and interesting from start to finish. Great narration.
I liked this book from start to finish! I usually listen to lengthy books because I like the charactor development the length allows. This was a marvelous exception. Wonderful imagination from the author and I loved the characters. Well worth the read.
I mistakenly thought this book was for a younger audience....i.e. if I am fifty-something I should have gotten to it earlier. Not so. Each "world" he travels to is an ironic joke directed at segments of regular society. Should we divide along party lines over the method by which you crack your eggs (big-end crackers or small-end crackers)? David Hyde Pierce did an outstanding job. I have not seen the printed version of the book and thus can only imagine how he sounded out some of the languages. He did a particularly good job with the horses. A great book and a great performance.
I have listened to a lot of Dickens over the last year, much of it narrated very well by Simon Vance. Decided to switch narrators and I loved Mr. Lesser also. Audible has a couple of versions of Little Dorrit, and this is the older, and longer one (which is why I chose it...). Who am I to say Dickens was a good writer, but Dickens was a good writer.
I ran across this book while reading Dickens, Tolstoy, and other classics, along with some Game of Thrones - like books. I liked the mystery in this novel. There is a who-done-it vibe. The characters are well developed and believeable. I enjoyed it!
Bleak house takes its time to develop the characters.
I liked the humor and irony implicit in the English judicial system.
My favorite scene was Dicken's description of an old couple in their dotage throwing pillows at each other's head to get the other's attention.
The book is filled with wry wit and some full-on humor, but it also is long. It evokes a variety of emotions, all good.
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