I simply cannot figure why I listened to this book. I kept listening despite several impulses to turn the damn thing off! The author's idea of a world gone blind was so different, so intriguing....that I plugged on past the stiff, formal and just weirdly inappropriate narrative voice to finally be rewarded by an inevitable world of blind humans being treated and treating others badly. Inevitable also were allusions to various and sundry meanings of "blind". Oh yes and in this world gone blind nobody listens to music and folks defecate everywhere. I might go see the movie just out of curiosity.
I love the historical bits from the UK; their history totally out-swags the USA. I enjoy being able to relate to the modern fact that Bertie was Elizabeth II's Great Granddaddy. Though it is non-fiction the listening was among the best ever from Audible.
I liked that one views Victoria's reign from an altogether different perspective when focused on her son's point of view.
I enjoyed the character of Bertie's wife Alexandra the best, but all the voices were wonderful - I guess I did not realized one person did all the parts. Nice!
I would recommend this book to (younger) folk interested in what went on day-to-day in the kitchens of the Southern United States during the birth of the civil-rights movement. I would recommend this book to those who lived it and came away relatively unscathed. It might piss you off to read this book because of the way white folks treated black folks back in this time era. Beware because the story is so well-crafted - it normalizes the lifestyle.
The scenes are authenic and the characters uncannily real. As a young child I sat in those kitchens and listened..... I actually knew people who walked talked and acted like these characters. I liked how the story pushed my soul to look back on injustices I mutely observed ; but was far too young to discern why I felt unease.
The acting/voices are lovely.
I have found truth in the idea that one woman can have compassion for another woman when it comes to bleeding; regardless of exterior forces.
The story was well-told and the characters engaging, I would revisit.
Wow I've become such a Ken Follet fan. This book is a lovely historical novel with enough sex and intrigue for the modern sot. I learned stuff I didn't know about WWI, and I actually became interested in WWI . The story is well written with a plethera of characters, including women figures which, being a woman myself, I must admit I enjoy reading about more; maybe I just tend to care more about the female characters. If you love Ken Follet it's a must read - and if you love historical novels, don't let your apathy towards WWI keep you away, you'll enjoy regardless.
If you like appocaliptic stories that are ironic, make-ya-think science fiction, then this is for you. Only it's not really that hard to comprehend; like it might've been perhaps in less capable hands than that of Le Guin. I'd like to send a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Le Guin for penning Lathe of Heaven and I'm sorry I'm late to discovery of such of fab tale. I shall be re-reading it soon for sheer enjoyment and maybe even edification,hahah. Oh did I mention exquistite gender-bending bits thrown in like chips in a chocolate cookie?
Whom woulda thunk it? Sci-fi genre mates with historical novel/romance and this is what is born. AH but she's weird & she's wonderful!
This book basically kept me mad at Ronald Reagan again like I had forgotten I was mad at him throughout the 80's. A must-read for me, a Health teacher,
( I also teach English) , I shall irreverently recommend the movie over the book because the detail is probably too much in the book form for most folks. However... I loved it ! A tale of earnest research bungling and scientific hero-gods scorned, eggshell walking in the gay community and all around egos from hell. The emotions and emotional insights are enticing. I wanted to reach through the wires and strangle a few idiots...blessed with my brilliant hind-sight, natch!
The reader slaughters some pronunciations - hello - diRector? And... the flippin word "moreover" was overused in the text to the point of me pulling out my hair...hello again ...can you say "editor"? If you can handle these two distractions - I say - own it!
This fractured anthology of fantasy tales is indeed fragile. The author tries out ideas in a non-linear manner; he hypnotizes and bemuses the reader with a syncopated beat making you wonder, "what the heck?" and, "is that all?", and "why did we stop here?" I became infatuated with Gaiman's sheer creative phalanx of ideas in this work especially the character of Shadow and have ordered the "American Gods" title to hear more.
A joy to read that I did not want to end. The reader's voice was versatile and well-practiced; he adds a dimension to the story unattainable any other way except through an audible book. The fantasy was a delight and I believe everyone should download this fabulous bit of entertainment right this minute!
Stupendous read! Soundly penned, compelling ideas wherein the author's conclusions are pertinent. Research is okay for general public. I think every man woman and child who can do so, should immediately check this book out.
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