What I liked least was the assumption that one was already aware of the "Rules of Propriety." have these been written down anywhere?
I seem to have gotten hold of an entirely different translation of this work than my old mentor C.S. Lewis did. I not only found them dull and uninteresting, but many of the things referenced in the introduction did not even seem to appear in the book.
There were also several points at which I felt that necessary terms had been left untranslated altogether.
If it were possible to find a specific book on the Rules of Propriety, then this book might be brought into a deeper and more sensitive context.
I give this book a full place alongside the other 5 in the set.
At first I was surprised that the book could exist at all (thinking that #5 had been "written into a corner" that it would be impossible for the characters to get out of) but then...well, let's just say my view of the zany Douglas Adams universe has been wonderfully expanded! :-)
Getting Simon Jones to do the narration provided perfect pacing. I don't think it would have worked nearly so well without his narration.
This is one of my perpetual favorites!
Rated PG-13 for mild profanity.
The characters seemed cardboard and the "action" too violent, even for a police procedural. The listener was kept inside the mind of someone who was not only being tortured in graphic detail, but tortured *senselesssly* . Even characters we were supposed to sympathize with were disrespectful, amoral, and treating each other like crap.
One of the psychopaths in the book blamed his Catholic upbringing for his conduct, and I found the charge both unrealistic and insulting.
Not my usual fare...and this book made me see why.
Not worth listening.
I found myself confused by the turns from bad to worse. Frankly, the forces of evil got all the saving throws and the "good cards," and way too quickly. The character hooks felt just as "wrong" as the rest of the book, and *nothing* was emphasized *except* violence and confusion
Rated R for excessive violence and denigration of family boundaries by *both* the "good" AND the "evil" characters.
I love the way the dramatic tension was kept up.
The ending included a game-changing revelation at just the right point.
My sympathies were always with Tris, as no doubt the author intended.
As I said before, the tension never really let up.
Rated PG-13 for violence and dystopian themes.
This story is a perpetual favorite of mine.
Just as with Anansi and the Pot of Beans, the music and the pacing of the performance were excellent.
I loved the exchange between Anansi and the whale.
There is wonderful wry humor in this piece.
Rated G. 100% family friendly.
The incidental music was balanced well with the performance, which in turn was exceptionally well-paced.
This one may be short, but it is a gen!
Rated G. 100% family-friendly.
The narration made the whole project more accessible.
I liked each of the tales selected.
I enjoyed the wry humor throughout the collection.
Rated G. 100% family friendly.
Heinlein's Future History...
These stories have "aged" surprisingly well. I find myself just as excited by the audiobook version as I was on my first reading of the book, now many years ago.
The voicing made the book stand out as even more memorable than my first experience reading it.
"Requiem" very nearly brought me to tears.
Rated PG 13 for mild profanity. (Single instance.)
Yes, this book is worth another listen. It will probably be a year or more before I get the chance to listen again, as I have a large and backlogged library to go through before then, and by that time it will be fresh again in my mind.
The story is solid. I didn't find anything particularly predictable, which was nice in an earth-only book. I felt as if there should have been more space scenes, but that was just a personal taste.
My favorite scene was near the end as the central mystery began to be solved. I won't say more because I don't believe in spoilers.
It would be worth staying with it that long if one wanted to. I was not in a "thrills & chills" state of mind, but certainly not bored either. A good, solid eight hours of entertaining prose. I consider my credit well spent.
Rated R for profanity, coarse jesting and Mature themes. Adults only please.
Divergent is one of those books definitely worth a second listen, as the listener will catch things not noticed the first time.
The ending struck just the right note with me, Clear character growth, drama, more to come, hope in the middle of dystopian despair. Details, of course, are left to the individual listener to find out.
The book held my interest from beginning to end, not always easy to do.
There was a particular intervention between Tris and one of her new friends. Again, I can't give specific details because I don't believe in leaving spoilers.
Rated PG-13+ for mature and sometimes violent themes. Brief but respectful mention of religious practices is particularly noted in this book.
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