Royal Oak, MI, United States | Member Since 2011
Having watched and then read the Monarch of the Glen (by Compton Mackenzie), I had high expectations for Whiskey Galore. And I wasn't disappointed! My favorite character did not appear until the end of the book until the wedding of Sergeant Odd and Peggy Macroon. Mother Odd is a colorful "Cockney" character with something witty to say about everything (particularly when she compared a seal which jumps out of the sea to her butcher back in "good old London"!) Fun.
Such fun, oh my! This story brings Carlson's past history and his current life to the reader in a humorous and fascinating way. Historical world events intermingle with his unassuming personality. And, such "characters" with whom he shares his adventures! These include, believe it or not, Sophie, an elephant!
General wisdom says the opening sentence of a book carries much importance. I believe the "ending" of a book is doubly important. Isn't the ending what one remembers most? The ending of this book was sweet and satisfying.
I believe the narrator can make (or ruin) a book; and Steven Crossley was excellent.!
Enjoyed both the story and each of the narrators. Clever and charming. Must admit I failed to understand the ending -will listen again.
I always feel a little sad when I reach the end of one of hese delightful books.
I selected "Dandruff" because it is narrated by Prunella Scales (I could listen to her forever!) I questioned whether a book of less than one hour would be worth purchasing. The answer is YES! Humor in every line, characters one can love (even the Rev Colin Wheatchief). A delight from start to finish. I've listened at least 5 times and catch a clever line each time which I missed the time before. I highly (and I emphasize "highly") recommend this for any listener who enjoys English humor, quaint backwater villages and fun, fun, fun!
The review of this book lead me to expect much; unfortunately, it did not meet them. I admit I care little for "fantasy" so perhaps I am not the best judge.
I made a big mistake when I selected this title. There was really nothing I liked about it.
This was a nice story, but somehow, fell a little flat. I couldn't quite grasp the way this character was so much in her shell (even after it was explained).
These two are, to me, intellectuals with heart and humor. I love both equally; so together, what can I say, but double the fun!
I read and highly enjoyed this wonderful book. I could not resist purchasing the audio version, and happy I am that I did! What a delightful, fanciful story. Imagine 7 months in a lifeboat with Mr Parker. The main character captured my heart from Chapter one to the very end when he offered a cookie to the two Japanese diplomats from whom he had received the cookies! Sweet. The narrator was just perfect, I will probably listen again in the future.
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