You don't get any better than Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower. I don't know who is most important of the two. As I listen to my 900 Audible books, I am more and more convinced that the narrator can make a good listen or completely ruin a book that should have also been just as great.
Humphrey Bower is the best narrator I've heard, period!
You can't go wrong with this combination if you're looking for entertainment.
From what I have learned, Mr. Wallace Stegner pulled off a very difficult novel in Angle of Repose, a story inside another story, a Chinese box inside another box. This is very complicated thing to do, and this novel is an example of it being done very well.
The story line is about an invalid historian writing the story of his grandmother. This heroine was born and raised a sheltered daughter of a high class New England family who fell in love with a man determined to self educate as an engineer in the west of early settlement days just after Custer's day.
He went from job to job and did well but never made it big. His sheltered wife followed him wherever he went and did herself proud. However as life will, things get very complicated and she ends up making a tragic mistake that is unforgivable. I will let you find out about that for yourself, but I highly recommend that you do so.
I really want to get through Ulysses--to the point I bought The Teaching Company course titled
"Ulysses". I also downloaded the "SparkNotes" Summary. Nothing helps. It'a a complete waste of time! I cannot understand and follow the Irish "English" story line.
This is Joyce's joke on literary professionals. He stated that as his goal and he succeeded in spades.
I am the little boy at the end of the parade. "The Emperor has no clothes".
Thirteen Moons is no Cold Mountain. I guess it's hard to successfully follow up on a blockbuster like Cold Mountain. Cold Mountain is one of my all time favorites, but Thirteen Moons is not one I'll remember very long. The narrator was the best aspect of Thirteen Moons.
I liked the book and identified with Beck's story, especially his depression/anxiety problem.
He comes across as a nice guy, without pretension.
Now for the down side. The narrator did a good job when speaking as Beck, but for other characters he fell back on the typical "fake" accent that non southerners all use to pretend to be a southerner. Like pronouncing "thin" for thing, etc. I guess they all go to the same "England's Vivien Leigh's Scarlet O'hara school of a southern accents". It never fails and it's like someone scratching their nails across a chalkboard. This narrator was not as bad as most in that respect, but it's irritating none the less.
Otherwise it was a pretty good listen.
I truly support our fighting men. I was one of them in the 1960's. That said---once you have listened to one of these non fiction Gulf War books you rarely hear anything different to remember from book to book.
I listen to Audible books to be entertained, get educated, or come away with a good feeling for some reason or another. This book did none of that for me. I've heard it all several times before.
It's all blood, guts and misery. War is terrible. The characters are brave young men and it's a shame that they are put through all this hell.
Sappy story with no possibility it could ever happen in real life. Maybe something you could read to a 6 year old child, like a fairy tale. Obviously not what I care for, but with 1050 books I have learned to expect about 33.33% I really like, 33.33% I can get through with no problem, and 33.33% that I have to force myself to finish, sometimes leaving off and going back one or more times. This one is in the last group.
You be the judge.
Worthless, childless Sci-Fi drivel with no redeeming qualities. I never choose books such as this when described correctly.
Thank goodness for the life works of Bryce Courtenay. I'm so sorry it's over. I miss him like a good friend. It's like I know him through his books. All the main characters reflect the good qualities I've tried to live by for almost 70 years. Loyalty, truth, non-judgemental attitudes of others, etc.
Humphrey Bower is the best narrator I've heard in almost 400 listens.
These are my favorite listens and I don't expect better.
I struggle to get through most of my 1000 Audible listens. I just hope that Bryce is remembered like other authors not 1/2 as entertaining.
The Muslim cutural enlightning moments and there were many.
Direct realistic contact with the Muslim axperience.
Hospital scene at the end and the meeting with Nathan right after.
The depth of hatred for Jews was something, if true and I'm sure it is, that will probably last as long as there are Arabs like the ones in this book.It's nice to be a person whose life is not ruled by extreme religion. Life is a struggle without that.
How Bryce Courtenay came up with all these wonderful characters and stories narrated by Humphrey Bower completely amazes me.
Whenever I want to be entertained I simply start on a Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower book.
I have bought them all, even Whitethorn. It's listed on Audible, but they won't sell it to "people in my jurisdiction". I bought it on CD from Amazon.
That's how much I like Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower. What more needs to be said.
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