Jeeves is genius! Wodehouse's languid, disinterested butler always has the answer. The fun starts from the beginning at a furious pace, and continues on throughout the book without one break. Frederick Davidson (aka David Case) is by far my favorite narrator. Davidson portrays the sheltered, spoiled and sometimes naive, Bertie Wooster, and the always cool, composed and self-possessed Jeeves, flawlessly. Davidson doesn't just read the story, he brings out the comedy and personality of each character so vividly, you will immediately become immersed in the story, and the characters.
Wodehouse legendary pacing, and colorful characters make this one of my favorite Jeeves books. And, as I mentioned, Fredrick Davidson is the consumate narrator.
Jennings brings his Award Winning acting abilities to his reading of, “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”. I say ‘reading’ rather than narration, because Jennings doesn’t just narrate Dickens timeless classic tale, he literally brings each character in the book to life with stunning voice acting.
When you listen to Jennings’ read, Nicholas Nickleby comes through as young, hopeful, gallant, and defiant; Ralph Nickleby’s cold cunning heartlessness is beautifully captured. The conniving Yorkshire schoolmaster, Wackford Squeers,; the repressed hero, Newman Noggs and all the rest are all brilliantly portrayed and vividly rendered, each with their own distinct personality.
As I’ve listened to scores of narrators over the years read different books and do various characters, Alex Jennings portrayal of the pitiable Smike is one of the most riveting and heart wrenching characterizations that I’ve ever heard. Listening to Smike’s exchanges with Nicholas at the ends of chapters 13 and 18, are simply stunning.The powerful emotion generated by Alex Jennings enlists you into rooting for smike. You can hear the many years of pain and helplessness in Smike’s (Jennings’) voice. These parts are, for me, the highlight of the performance, and makes this audiobook a must have.
No matter how many times you may have read Nicholas Nickleby or have seen a movie adaptation; or if you’re not a big reader and have never had the time to read a Dickens novel; I urge you to go to Audible.com and download a copy of Charles Dickens’ “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” as read by Alex Jennings. It will be a whole new, incredible experience for you. And one that you are sure to enjoy!
Oath of Swords was my first David Weber read, so I was unfamiliar with his writing. I was pleasantly surprised by his treatment of the well worn genre of fantasy. He took some different an interesting takes. The cast of characters were great, and I really enjoyed interesting history behind the different races and how this particular world came about. Nick Sullivan's narration was MASTERFUL!
Character development was good and bad in this story. Bahzell and Brandark connected with me quickly, which made going through the story fun. However, most of the story dealt with the heroes, I felt that the antagonists were very under developed, almost to the point of being an afterthought. The main battle too, along with the resolution seemed short and anti-climatic.
The appearance of the different gods at every turn made them seem commonplace. Also, the over simplification, over humanization, and over explanation of the relationships between the gods and man, made the gods seem more like mascots, or genies than all powerful beings.
The battles were fantastic. Weber knows how to do an epic fight. With Sullivan's narration, you can feel your pulse elevating. These are the parts of the book that you fly through.
There were times where the story got bogged down though, attempting to flesh out Weber's fantasy world, and the characters relation to that world. There was tons of inner-monologue, and page after page of narrations about their histories. It sometimes seemed like the actual current events were little islands in a sea these narrations and soliloquy's.
As I said before, Nick Sullivan's performance was simply outstanding! He is one of my Top 5 book narrators! His depth and range of voice is amazing. He doesn't simply read the story, he acts out the characters for you, and their personalities just pop out in the voices.
Sullivan goes from American, to English, to Scottish, and Irish accents without missing a beat. Simply stunning voice acting.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I was really blown away by the narration of Nick Sullivan. Absolutely one of the best narrators on Audible.com.
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