An actual plot line that cohered with the characters.
Spent a LOT of time with an editor; sharpen up the plot; avoid silly, unbelievable turns.
Had it not been for his voice, which I enjoy, I would have deleted this thing about halfway through.
Anger at my wasting a credit to buy it!
This book is downright silly. Characters behave in ways that make absolutely no sense to anyone. And so much repetition from previous books! Has this author ever heard of character development? She/he (have no idea if this is a pseudonym) should give up on this series.
The character development is superb, and her use of chronology is accessible, though she does jump around in time. One never feels lost.
Old Filth, of course--with his wife Betty running a close second. This book is one of a trilogy, the same period/story covered from three different viewpoints. One understands Filth's ability to be a good lawyer and judge; his background fills in all the holes.
I have a difficult time isolating a scene, as the book is very much of one piece. The scenes of Filth's childhood were vivid, horribly so.
Old Filth and his wife.
If any reader/listener has a predeliction for English novels, Jane Gardam is your cup of tea. Her sentences are structured economically, with none of the unfortunate excess of simile/metaphor as one finds in "writerly" authors. This trilogy covers a time period from the Raj, on to the present. I might add that her handling of the elderly characters is excellent--realistic but sympathetic. She does not judge her characters.
I read My Antonia years ago, in college, and wanted to revisit it after I recently read Death Comes for the Archbishop--a beautiful book. I would not necessarily want to listen to My Antonia again, as I am familiar with the period about which she is writing.
I would compare it to my father's book (self-published years ago, printed on a mimeograph machine). His book, Recollections: My Folks and Fields, covers the same time span in Clay County, Alabama and describes life for the same sort of people. I am currently re-editing my father's book, getting it in hardback form to replace the ones now in libraries.
The narrator's voice was strongest.
My reaction was not extreme, but I came away with an increased admiration for the people who had the strength to be pioneers. They had so little and worked harder than most people (especially the young) can imagine in our spoiled culture.
I think this book would be good for high school students to tackle, though I doubt they would have the perseverance to get through it. Comparing their electronic, obese, pampered existences to that of the young people of Nebraska in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries would be informative.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in commentaries of the Bible. Pagel's generally broadens our understanding of the way the Bible was put together--how decisions were made and why.
The conclusions near the end, emphasizing why Revelation was chosen over other visionary writings of the time--and what these other writings have to teach us---was enlightening.
Her reading was clear, her pronunciations very good, and in general she seemed to understand the material she was handling.
I listened to it in about three sittings, and I would not recommend stretching out the listening process. Too much would be lost between sessions. One needs to stay in the "flow" of the book.
I think religious fundamentalists would not like this book, but then it was not written for them. Pagels writes in terms that any interested person can comprehend. I think her popularity has been her ability to avoid strictly "theological" terminology and language.
I am a Wodehouse fan, and once I discovered Jonathan Cecil's renditions, I became addicted. During A Few Quick Ones I was laughing as I drove down the interstate, or as I ran on the treadmill.
I can't pinpoint a moment as a favorite, but Cecil's ability to create the appropriate voices for Wodehouse's peculiar characters is consistently excellent.
Same answer as above.
These Wodehouse classics are a wonderful way to escape the realism of today's world. Even the most ridiculous characters are presented in a loving way. Wodehouse clearly liked all these people he created, and Jonathan Cecil clearly knows his Wodehouse!
I would recommend this book, one of the later in the McGee series. The reader, however, is obviously unfamiliar with MacDonald's writing. The McGee is fairly well done, but the Meyer voice sounds as if he's a naive sixteen years old. A few of the female voices are indistinguishable from one another. Someone needed to do a bit of homework on the characters! I want to listen to the final McGee book (read it years ago) but with this reader I'm not sure I could take it.
McGee's philosophizing about his personal miasma and then renewal.
I do not have enough familiarity with your stable of American readers (I generally listen to British fiction) to say. Maybe a resurrected Darren McGavin??? I wish!
The McGee books are what they are. Now they could be criticized for sexism and ageism. But what the heck? Everyone has a bit of McGee hidden somewhere inside. And MacDonald wrote quite a few really good sentences.
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