I personally think LeCarre is one of the most difficult writers to actually read. I finally got the hang of it when I listened to him read one of his novels. He translates himself wonderfully, but this is not always what narrators or film makers can do. Russia House is one of my favorite movies, as much for the music as the story. I read Dawin8u's review and decided to try this narrator because I knew the story well and loved it.
Either I am getting better at listening or Jayston understands well enough to translate. He did a wonderful job with a difficult writer. The problem with LeCarre is that a chess game of characters and plots moves into poetry and then dance. He, LeCarre, has not just complex plots but complex interest in the goals of writing. The intellectual and the sensual seem to take equal weight and until one arrives at the willingness to translate these strands into comprehension whole parts of a story refuse to read. There may be something about writers attempting to understand Russia that I like as well. Martin Cruz Smith writes in ways that read like poetry in his Renko books.
Jeremy Irons was simply gorgeous and in control of delicate nuance. I know Irons is a great actor, however, he is aware of expectations and plays to them. In this book he seems to have had his own expectations and preferences. The book sounds like an act of love. It is intimate, careful, and intellectually aware of the language. Nabokov is a complicated writer and one with multiple notions all working together. This narration illuminated the language and intention of the author in ways that do not replace reading the print, but does challenge reading without the respect a great book deserves.
I got to this book through an essay by Martin Amis. I learned a great deal from it and begin to understand the dilemmas and obstacles from the history and structure of Islam. I would recommend this book easily and frequently. John Lee is often too heavy and distinctive for me as narrator. In this book he was perfect.
I really like Sagara's work but the last few books in this series reflect an experience a great deal like watching a dog circle a space trying to lay down. I think long running series get into this problem as the stories need to shift focus to continue. I think this problem is knowable and I think the authors should invest in a good editor. Sagara's work will never reduce to Elmore Leonard's notion of just take out the boring parts. The circles and hesitations are part of her art, but when authors need to redirect there is a confusion of repetitve language that an editor could help a reader negotiate. These writers seem to get through on contracts and fan preference but honestly- there is a tedious quality to their search through buildings and action sequences and moral dilemma's that are just tiring. I really like Sagara's work and will continue to buy the audio- I love the narrator- but in her case I would offer a notion ment to help. There is value in her work that is both interesting and affecting.
I find I like reading these books in print a great deal. I think it may be a generational tick because I need more time to let memories roll through the language. This book is so strong in story and humor that the gorgeous voice of Guidall can hold everything in one place so well that the joy of a good story, a funny story, and the real pleasure of listening are a single experience.
I like Michael Lewis and I like the way he organizes a story. This is the foundation of the movie but it is also instructive about football, the world of football and the people in it. It also has more information about how and why this remarkable story took shape. The narrator is wonderful in so many ways and though he is effective in many different stories, in this case he really paid attention to this story and this language. Many of the best sounds in narration use the sound rather than the reading to perform. This wonderful narration did not get in the way of the book and made the listening a great pleasure.
I bought this book years ago from Recorded books in CDs. I love this book and got it on the Bogo so I could have it on my mini. Martin Cruz Smith can write prose that can be read as a form of poetry. Frank Muller can move that effort to music. There is a clarity of reason and purpose in this book mixed with desperation. The characters seem self aware and vivid and the language gorgeous. It is my favorite audio book. I like Red Square as well and love Havana Bay. Without Frank Muller to move the language to music something is lost in the other books. While I still love the series and buy them, the ones Frank Muller recorded are the best. I recognize that the stories are in some ways dated, however, the performance in the language and narration are timeless.
I really like Karen Chance's work. The reviews I read about the narration in this series made me go to print for the first book. I know Joyce Bean's narration is good but fans were not fond of Mircea's voice or Marlow. I am not fond of her choices with these characters either but by the time I read the first book in print I was hooked on the series. I bought the last book published at the time from audible figuring that the narration would have gotten better over time. I seem to listen to it over and over again. For one thing this book does have an intricate plot but for another the humor is so well done both in the writing and narration that it remains fun every time I hear it. I eventually went backward with the purchases. The second book is very funny.
I like Joyce Bean's narration and these books are a challenge. While I am not fond of some of her vocal choices she handles the humor with great skill and is an asset to the series.
I like the characters in this series and the humor is so well integrated with the characters that it seems just easy to want time with them. It is hard to know why people choose to read one series or another and even harder to know how to share a discovered fondness. The readers of this series are enthusiastic for good reason and I am grateful for their reviews. I started from back to front because I really like the characters from the Cassie Palmer series and a vocal shift on shared characters is upsetting. I got over it.
This is a meditation that goes nowhere. The narrator has a very pleasing voice and delivers the prose in a robotic formula. Altogether I just could not finish the book. I am interested in the subject but the subject never really seemed to arrive. Altogether too personal both in the prose and narration and never really finds the rest of us.
Vicki Hearne can be difficult to read but do the work and it stays with one. I have read this book several times and it never fails to amuse, comfort, challenge, and provoke thought. What we understand about language is assumed and Hearne begins to show us how to move from what we limit to what we can use about that form of ignorance. It is a book to reread and the first read is just a beginning. This narrator is adequate and not irritating. I am not sure if I would be happy about any narrator since I have a passion for this book.
I got to an interest in Heyer from Lois McMaster Bujold. She recommends her for the control of dialog. Heyer is a wonderful writer. Her books are old now and the fashion for romance is moving in a different direction, however, this is a writer to nurture other writers. The age of the books is helpful in that direction. One can think it possible to do better. Heyer is a gem in lots of ways and I will read more of her work. This particular book is a wonderful example of character and dialog development as well as being just a sweet story of varied kinds of people. Heyer's strength, for me, is that most of her characters skirt the problem of ordinary so well that it is hard to notice that it is the author's hand that lifts them to interest.
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