This is one of the few audio books on which I have given up about an hour in. I even took a break of a few months and tried to start over to no avail. The story just drones along and I kept tuning out while driving in the car, which is not usually a problem. I have read everything by William Gibson and am thinking this one would be better on paper. Not recommended.
I might have gone with 4 stars, but gave it 5 to help compensate for all of the people who apparently did not listen to the book before giving it 1 star! I've enjoyed the Marsters recordings, as most people have, but after about an hour I stopped noticing the different voice for Harry and really warmed up to the John Glover version. He is a more expressive reader than Marsters, who can be a bit flat, especially in those longer passages where it is just Harry talking to the reader. Glover does great voices, even throwing in a rather Marsters-like Bob the Skull :-) Quite pleased overall. And this was an interesting direction to take Harry, who was really piling on the super-wizard powers over the last several books. Nicely done by Jim Butcher!
Another great addition to the Vorkosigan saga with Miles back in action in a sort of covert ops role again. And with a poignant ending I wish I had in print to reread at my leisure.
Hornby has lots to say about people, life, and screwed up relationships. Perhaps more so than ever in this book. "She was a young woman and as a consequence didn't subscribe to the idea that monogamous sexual relationships between men and women were doomed, pointless, miserable, hopeless; she'd get there, he felt, but not for a while yet." Good story and good narration.
Plenty of insight into Einstein's scientific breakthroughs, his personal successes and failings, his political and social thinking, and what drove him to keep working on an ultimately unsuccessful grand unified theory for over 2 decades. You wouldn't want to have been married to him, but the book does make me wish I could have known him!
I was completely hooked by this book. The lives of monastic academics and their curious place in the broader culture of their world was fully realized and fascinating, as was the overall story line. The gotcha that I'm sure is turning some people off are the lengthy philosophical discussions, ala Socrates, that occasionally seem to bring the plot to a crawl. But if you stick with these, you will find that the subjects of these discussions tend to weave back in to enforce and explain the story line. So, yes, challenging but overall brilliant.
Yes, both a great story and great narrator. Somewhat violent, somewhat profane, but with an intelligent and likable main character nonetheless.
Like the road of the title, at times the story is almost too bleak and painful to keep going, but you can't stop moving forward. Two hours into the story, I considered setting it aside - definitely a darker story than my usual daily commute fare. But McCarthy's prose reads like poetry, and the post-apocalyptic backdrop gives him ample opportunity to reflect on lost dreams and the ultimate generation gap - a father who remembers civilization and a son who has only known a ruined world.
Great storytelling and the narrator does nice work. I have not read fantasy in years, but any book by Bujold seems to be a good bet. This isn't swords and sorcery and non-stop action, but I found the subtle interplay of gods and humans to be intriguing. It drew me in. And, yes, I've now gone on to the next book, Palladin of Souls, which I'm also liking very much.
I love this book - I'm actually listening to it for the second time, which I almost never do. I think the narrator takes the perfect tone for the material, and I found Feynman's stories to be fascinating and quite amusing - especially the parts about Los Alamos. I don't read or listen to many autobiographies, but by the end of this one I found myself regretting that I never met him.
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