This book may well not be an instant crowd pleaser but is all the better for it. A charming and somewhat eccentric blend of a commedy of manners, a romance and a mystery within the setting of an office of lexicographers makes for a delightful read.
Ever since V in 1963 Thomas Pynchon has written superb novels and Bleeding Edge does not disappoint in anyway. He spins a dazzling web of a plot populated with engaging characters and conveying a powerful message for our times. An excellent read
Its hard to imagine a worse selection of narrator than this. She was presented with excellent material to perform but delivers it in a croaking monotone with no discernible sensitivity for timing or inflection rendering a fine novel almost unbearable. Its hard to understand how this performance escaped the studio. This narration made me buy my first hard copy novel for years.
A fascinating discussion of cognitive dissonanance, something that affects every single one of us; not only the people we disagree with. I'm sure that this book will confirm your prejudices if listened to casually but if listened to with as an open a mind as you can muster it will cause you to begin to re-evaluate your own memories, beliefs and relationship with the 'truth'. A wonderful opportunity to 'look in the mirror'.
The story of the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the most inspiring tales of human endeavour and leadership that can be found. I have read books on this subject many times and I was deeply impressed with Simon Prebble's narration. A "must listen"!
Whether you loved it, hated it or never even knew about it before, Pynchon artfully captures SoCal in the late sixties as it begins to fade into media pastiches and the fogged memories of those who were there at the time. As always Ron McLarty does a superb job of narration. Not my favorite Pynchon but a great read.
I pride myself that I finish every book I purchase from Audible but this one came the closest yet to being abandoned part way through. The central idea for the story is facinating but the author seems utterly unable to deal effectively with it. Couple this with a narrator whose reading and voice verge on the irritating and the result fails to merit even a single star.
This book has a strong story at its core but I feel that it is weakened considerably by the preaching manner in which it is written. This tone seemes to have been picked up and amplified furher by the narrator. An interesting read but not an enjoyable one.
My first King story and it was a definite disappointment. This work seems to contain the basis for a good novel but I can only surmise that the author's fame has deterred his publishers from directing him towards the much needed assistance of an editor. The story is streched far too thinly on the apparent premise that cheap and tawdry embellishment will be taken by the readers for depth. The plot, characters and storyline are in there to be found but the author has buried them too deeply in the mire to make this an enjoyable read. I can only hope that the author's reputation was based on much better fare than this.
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