the current one is always the best, but this really is. it is unbelievable, and it was right there under our noses. The period (end of 19th) is fascinating and this was a story I didn't know. Colonialism, Capitalism, Racism, reform-abolition-evangelism in a baroque train wreck.
Heart of Darkness touches the same story and draws the same horror. It also fits in with audible books about US civil war politics (team of Rivals, Catton, Shelby, 1861) and with end of Brit. empire (Gandhi and Churchill, Jan Morris) I'm also interested in the connection with the abortive Mexican Empire of Carlota and Maximilian.
Love to hate? Leopold, the soldiers, Stanley. Then there's Shepherd and Morrison on the good side. Courage!
I had to take some sleep breaks, but yes.
It's as fresh and sassy as it was back in the 20th century. Plus it's fun to see things when she's telling you things for the first time: the car, the lifestyle, the back story. And a tricky ending brought off well. We owe Sue Grafton a great debt for taking up this challenge and scoring with all 26 books. .
soul cold tense
the head-slapping surprises.
"a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"
A narrator (Polar Star) I liked slightly better pronounced the hero's name ArCAdy. Henry Strozier calls him ARcady. I think ArCAdy is correct (Russian words are usually stressed on the penultimate syllable) but I don't know. I would hope somebody on your team would look this up. as it was, every time I heard his name I felt like I had to either learn to do it like Henry or correct him in my mind. Thanks.
full of surprises.
Sarum, Shogun and other books that juggle many plates in the air.
I didn't know how interesting medieval architecture was.
Best: intelligent, articulate, gripping. Worst: I'm sorry to say that this book was too frightening for me to finish, A combination of uncertainty, unfamiliarity, unsavouryness and uneasiness scared me off after a few chapters.
Sorry, I didn't get there.
I would and will. I have listened to many,
search my psyche for the reason it puts me off. When I was a kiddie I couldn't listen to the lone ranger episodes wherein LR was suspected of the crime. Maybe it's like that. Maybe it's my fear of the totally unhappy endings that Brighton Rock taught me to expect from Greene.
the artful blend of heart rending, heart pounding, and head scratching. Before you know it you're believing the extreme case of a familiar feeling, being in over your head with your emotions.
passion. suddenness. insanity.
it made me expell my breath in a whoosh and shake my head.
I've read this book a few times, and I'm used to my timing, inner voices etc. Simon Vance was fine but a bit monotone. It's purposely dead pan, so it needs something to bring out the wryness, the irony, the omg.
Of course. He's a genius, and seeing (hearing) the way every word counts is a thrill. Like listening to music. I also downloaded R's Baby, and I look forward to A Kiss before Dying.
I like simon vance a lot. But he didn't seem to be having fun.
who says I didn't love this book? I do love it.
A wonderful book, and it's nice to be able to wash dishes or fall asleep while you listen to it, but it is a little better when you read it yourself.
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