Laguna Woods, CA, United States | Member Since 2011
The characters seem real, and I found myself involved with them in a way that I haven't experienced in a long time. The plot is intricate yet followable, and surprising. The author writes with a remarkable insight into human nature.
The thoroughness with which the author explores the life of the main character, Theo, and that of his friend Boris. Also the appreciation of the Dutch Great Masters that Theo and his mother reveal. The surprising turns of plot.
Well, I don't want to spoil the book for anybody, so I won't describe the most amazing scene. From the very beginning, when Theo and his mother are in the museum, his mother pointing out the details that make the masterworks of the Dutch Golden Age so great, the book held my attention, although I have never been very interested in art.
Boris is one of the most memorable characters I've ever encountered in any book, ever. He was born in Poland, speaks Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian, and has a completely different approach to life. The narrator, David Pittu, does a wonderful eastern European accent for Boris.
I highly recommend this book. I was recommending it to a friend, and mentioned that it was on the NY Times bestseller list. "Oh, I never read best-sellers," she replied. "Really good books never become best-sellers." I begged to differ in this case! This book will become a classic and will be relevant to readers for many years into the future.
I would recommend this book to sci-fi fans with a willingness to suspend disbelief. For much of the book, I was very skeptical.
The plot definitely held my interest except for a few overly-long battle scenes. The hero is always on the edge of survival, victimized by brutal bullies or beasts. The book seems to be inspired by Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll, then suddenly becomes more like Pierre Boulle.
I was getting tired of the constant perils when suddenly the book had an amazing turn-about. I hope not to give anything away, but advise like-minded impatient types like myself, by all means Keep Reading. The climax will amaze you!
The book did not make me laugh or cry, but did inspire a melancholy feeling in the pit of my stomach about our planet and what could happen to it if we aren't good stewards.
The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, is a wonder. Every character has a different voice. It's hard to believe it is being read all by the same man! He can do children and women as easily as men.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone, whether they know Russian history very well, or not at all. It is more than a mere audiobook; it's a BBC radio series. Sixsmith makes us feel that we are there with him in the various historical spots, and there is wonderful Russian classical and folk music to accompany us on our journey!
This is a very tough question, because so many characters in Russian history are colorful and amazing -- think of St Vladimir, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Rasputin, Lenin and Stalin, Krushchev, Gorbachev -- how could anyone possibly select a favorite? I choose the marvelous panorama of them all!
He knows how to pronounce Russian correctly, he has a wonderful personality, and he made me feel that I was there to witness each event. He must have been collecting Russian music all his life. I wish I had it all on CDs.
Yes --his relating of the horrors of the Stalinist regime, especially that after Russia won World War II, losing millions of soldiers, all the ones who had ever been in any other country, such as Germany, were put into prison when they got home -- or shot to death, because they had witnessed a higher standard of living.
Don't miss this marvelous performance!
In high school we were told that this novel ranked with Moby Dick as "THE Great American Novel." I'm glad I finally got to it in my old age! Well, Moby Dick may be a greater novel, but it is much harder to read. This book flows and unfolds like a soap opera and really held my interest to the end. Dan John Miller is a wonderful reader. He can do voices -- children, regional accents, and is able to give each character a different voice. I highly recommend this novel.
The hero of the book is Clyde, and this book is a sort of coming-of-age for him. Hwe seems all too real as he changes from the obedient son of a street preacher into a ruthless man. That may be a spoiler, so I don't want to say any more.
yes, but it is a long one!
Penman really knows the Middle ages, and she took me back to those chaotic times. Emily Gray made it even more real.
The pageantry, the descriptions, the suspense.
This is the fourth book by Sharon Kay Penman I've read, first one on audio. Although I loved the reader, I found it hard to follow on audio -- I needed a list of the characters and a map, so I recommend that others get the book in paperback, hardbound or e-book unless you have a photographic mind, as I'm sure many audio fans have!
Victor Hugo put so very much deep thinking into this. Sometimes I didn't want to hear so much philosophizing and wanted to get on with the story, but it is brilliant and masterfully plotted out! It is hard for me to get the French names on audiobook, though I think George Guidall pronounces them meticulously. I was surprised that the book was so long -- doubt that I'd have finished it if I had chosen to read it in print. That would have been sad, because he really paints a detailed picture of the thinking of post-Napoleonic France. His description of the Battle of Waterloo is stunning.
I was worried that the actors might not be able to be convincing with their southern accents. They were all great.
This book is hilarious, and Fey's narration is just what you'd expect from the accomplished actress, comedienne, and aper. I was so glad she included her send-up of Sara Palin!
I do like Penn's theology, and he's pretty amusing, but he is so strident that I got tired of listening and did not finish the book.
Nothing but battle descriptions. I'm sorry I bought it. I wish audible had a way to return books that don't turn out to be sufficiently captivating to hold ones' interest.
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