Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2014
I should have known better. I don't think there is anything here that we couldn't have gleaned from a tabloid over the years. This book reads like a full length tabloid article and although I was fascinated by the man after about 10 minutes I was asking myself 'Why am I bothering?' I'll get a refund and watch the movie.
Williams is my favorite American playwright. I only ever saw him towards the end of his life when he was not at his best. Ashley does a FABULOUS job with the text. Many congratulations to her. John Lahr has done due justice to the life using great sources and quotes and treats his subject with the respect he deserves.
I loved this book from start to finish;however the narrator should have done some homework on his accents or read it without. It would be most unusual to have a Shepherd in Yorkshire speaking with a Belfast accent. His cockney slid all over the place. It might have been better to use his own voice.I found this irritating.The twist at the end had me listening twice to understand it;As one other reviewer wrote it's a weak ending but the journey there is well worth the read.
I won't spoil it for any prospective reader but this is the most interesting and moving book I have read this year. The construction of the novel combined with the enormous amount of history kept me engrossed from start to finish.
The narrator did a fine job.
Judy pulled no punches and I really appreciated her forthright,no holes barred descriptions. I think it's important to know how people die and as importantly, how they are found. Lucky her to have a house husband but it's not clear how he felt about her evening descriptions over dinner. Perhaps he should write a sequel?
The narrator was completely hopeless with the male voices. She turned them all into caricatures. If you want to know what your cat would do to a cadaver as opposed to your adorable dog and where the maggots attack first this book is for you. As well it's very dangerous to murder someone and try to make out it's a suicide. These forensic scientists are smarter than we think and worry over a case far longer than the hour allowed on television.
Mr. Whicher and the case he attempted to solve were real. He became the forerunner of all our literary detectives beginning with The woman in white. The author provides the details of the case as well as relevant literary references and back stories. I had no idea what to expect and was utterly charmed and riveted by this book. "could not turn it off'.
I am coming to poetry very late in life. It was poorly taught at school in the late 50's. I only went to Auden after 4 Weddings and a Funeral and so you will understand what a novice I am. I knew who Larkin was, that he was a Librarian,used four letter words, was at my husband's college at Oxford and after his death was found to be a bit of a racist who liked pornography. After our parents died my brother quoted the line of what Larkin thought our parents did to us.
Enough to say that after listening to James Booth's masterful biography I have the Complete Poems, Required Writing and the CD of the Sunday Sessions on order.I really appreciated the format of making continual reference to how and when the poetry was being written and its connection to the people.places and events in his life.I had a friend who used to stamp Einstein's library books at Princeton and there must be many students who now associate their time at Hull with the Library.Kudos to the reader -beautifully done.
This is a great story surrounding a true event in N. Ireland 1980s. Our detective has a self deprecating sense of humor and his detection doesn't always turn out as it should.Like other detectives before him (Dalgliesh, and Rebus to name 2, uses music and literary references to punctuate and color the dialogue. Evocative scenes of Ireland,cars clothing,Ulster fry up ( yes please!) and a Pint of Bass from Burton on Trent in the prose . Doyle is a master at hitting exactly the right tone,speech pattern and accent of the many characters. He does the several women's voices very well-. I refuse to describe plot because I hate it when other reviewers do. If you liked the first 2 you will really like this one. I have all three now and can see myself listening to them again next summer.
I found this interesting because Heath was active in politics around the time I was born and was working his way in the parliamentary system while I was growing up and unaware of what a very hard worker he was . actually was not much interested in what was going on until Kennedy was shot. He came from blue collar stock and had to work incredibly hard to get to university and then find employment until he was elected to parliament.
His inability to control industrial unrest forced him out of 10 Downing St. He was much more valuable to the conservatives while he was an MP and Chief whip. He was disappointing as a PM and I think he never got over the failure.
This autobiography gives a vivid account of how parliament worked behind the scenes post war, during Suez and during Britain's fight to join the common market. He was reserved about his private life and he doesn't shed much light on it in his book apart from his abiding love of music, about which he knew a great deal.Who knew this man loved fast cars and taking the faithful party workers on pub crawls, . The narrator made some unforgivable pronunciation errors and chopped up some sentences. If you are interested in parliamentary history 1950-70 then you will enjoy this.
I bought this as part of a two for one. I thought it would be a break from the rather serious biography,history that I usually listen to.It was riveting; the premise and construction worked well. I read until I fell asleep on several nights and had to re-wind. I lived in London near Kentish town (IRA stronghold) throughout the early IRA bombings and the narrator's voices were spot on and chilling. Have bought the next one for a train trip.
Alec Waugh absolutely captures the pre-world war 1 rise of a smart wine merchant merchant and his family into respectability and wealth and on into the 1920s. The narrator has the accents and nuances down pat. I remember older people talking this way into the 1950s. The descriptions of character and place are vivid. The story held me and I was very unhappy when I had finished it. Shell shocked veterans and suffragettes are all there. Excellent escapist summer read and written in beautiful prose.
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