Mark Twain's Life on the Mississipi is excellent, one of his best works. It contains a nice blend of humor and a picture of a part of early American life. Some of the previous reviewers commented negatively on the recording quality, which kept me from getting this book up to now but I finally decided to go for it anyway. To tell the truth I can't find anything wrong with the recording quality so I'm not sure why the other reviewers complained, plus the narrator has a very clear voice and one which seems to capture my mental image of Twain. Overall highly recommended.
I thought this would be an interesting blend of Hockensmith and Carlos Castenada but instead it was weak in both parts. The mountain man scenes were clearly made by someone who'd never spent time in the woods and the spiritual parts seemed disconnected and uninteresting. Not recommended.
Trying to write in another authors voice is not easy, as an example take the attempt by Robert Goldsborough to copy Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels, they just aren't the same and leave the reader flat. So I was a little skeptical that anyone could marry up with Mark Twains writing but Lee Nelson has written a pretty good story ending and I agree that one can't really tell where Twain ends and Nelson begins. I think that one of the reasons why this has been successful is that Nelson has a good historical feel for that period of the old West and part of what made Twains work interesting was his detailed description of the times and the places where he's set his characters. One should also give credit to Nelson for being a good storyteller in his own right and while the second half of the book is not what Twain would have written it still is a plausible and interesting outcome given Twain's start. Nelson also maintains Twains style of keeping the action flowing by continuously introducing new settings and conflct. All in all very satisfying and for fans of Twains work, worth listening to just for the first 15000 words.
I thought this would be a witty discussion of robotics and their current and projected future developments but instead it was slow, heavy handed, and intellectually weak. Even if you know nothing about robotics this would not educate you and it certainly had no snap or wit to it. Save your money.
Possibly good for a child but not anywhere near the quality of the Pullman series or many other good YA stories. The writing tends toward descriptions of actions with poor character development. It should be of little interest to anyone over the age of 12.
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