SONGMASTER is a wonderful audio book. Card revisits some familiar themes, including the morality of indoctrinating children to do terrible things, and the high cost of power. He creates an empire of a hundred thousand worlds, but focuses on the intertwined lives of a few individuals. The focus is on a young singer named Ansset. He is a gifted child, blessed and coveted by all who hear him sing. He is an innocent tossed into a royal court seething with Byzantine intrigue. The book constantly returns to the idea that all there is a price to be paid for any gift, whether it is one given by nature or by another human being. Card?s story sucks you into a world that seems too idealistic to be true, but is nonetheless compelling. The psychological dimensions of the novel suggest that Card may be in desperate need of therapy, or that his books are a cathartic release that unflinchingly looks at what innocence means and how love and intent determine how an action should be judged. Only Card knows for sure, and maybe he is still sorting it out. He creates characters you care about and the narrative tension comes from the threat that seems to loom over every decent person in his books. We get to watch his characters grow and change. Most of the characters evolve from one-note beings into people with demons and angels lurking in the deepest recesses of their minds. The pleasure in the book is watching the interplay of these opposing forces and seeing the consequences of the character?s actions. Definitely worth the time and a credit.
I enjoyed this book. I love King's novels and actually think he is the perfect narrator for anything he writes. I had a taped copy of the original Dark Tower series(the first 3 books) with King doing the narration. I came to love his way of telling a tale. The story is a good one and I really enjoyed the integration of the music into the tale. It is not as riveting as some of King's work, but it did keep me entertained.
I haven't read the print version.
The author's first combat experience.
I enjoyed the narrator's accent which a print book doesn't always convey.
Although I enjoyed learning about the war in Burma, I was disappointed that there was so little about Burma itself. There is almost no description of the people and very little about the culture. Hard to imagine spending that much time in a country, even under war conditions and not having much to say about the people or the culture.
Great fun! A good swashbuckling yarn. I ended up doing a lot of googling about yellow fever, Hati, and other historical materials discussed in the book. I didn't really like the start of the book, but then got into it in a serious way. I wish there were more of Lambdin's books on audible. John Lee does a very good job of narrating.
A good read. I read it many years ago and it still holds up. I would like a little more full scene dialogue. It is a much more positive outlook than most post-apocalyptic novels.
This is a fascinating book that ties together the development of American medicine in the early 20th century and an exhaustive look at the 1918-9 influenza epidemic. I learned a lot as the author gave a detailed background on medical research and its successes and failures prior to the pandemic. He sometimes gets carried away with his prose and goes into more detail than I wanted on some of the medical biograpies, but it was still very interesting. The narration is good and the author's research on the topic seems to be top-notch (though one of the problems with audio books is that it is hard to flip to the back of the book to check the endnotes or even the bibliography). It is a long read, but if you have a real interest in the subject, it is one that will educate and provoke a lot of thought about how we would deal with a similar pandemic today.
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