I'm so pleased when a classic exceeds my expectations, as this one did. I enjoyed that the original version of Hyde is different from what I thought hI'm so pleased when a classic exceeds my expectations, as this one did. I enjoyed that the original version of Hyde is different from what I thought he was from popular media. This is a great picture of the effect of temptation to do evil, casting off of inhibitions, and self indulgence- and how they lead to disastrous consequences for the individual and those around them. A short and rich story, well worth checking out....more
Dickens is one of my favorite storytellers because he fulfills my greatest wish in a story- likable characters that I can feel real sympathy for. BleaDickens is one of my favorite storytellers because he fulfills my greatest wish in a story- likable characters that I can feel real sympathy for. Bleak House is no exception, and Esther Summerson has joined the ranks of my favorite characters.
I began an Overdrive copy of Bleak House from my local library narrated by Simon Vance- who is one of my favorite narrators. When the lending period expired and another listener had it on hold I went to LibriVox to see if it was there. I was so pleasantly surprised to find Mil Nicholson's recording, which was more fitting to the book since Esther is a woman and the main character. Also, her performance and the sound quality were outstanding and up to the quality of any professional production. The experience of Bleak House went to another level, and it has instantly become one of my favorite audio books. I am so grateful to Mil Nicholson, and am glad to have discovered her. I will seek out more of her works, especially reading Dickens!...more
A great memoir. I love the way the author articulates the importance of family. This is a good gift book.
As a rule, I don't think writers should narraA great memoir. I love the way the author articulates the importance of family. This is a good gift book.
As a rule, I don't think writers should narrate their own audio books and are best served leaving that job to professional voice actors. However, this is an exception to that rule. Kelly Corrigan's narration took a while for me to get used to, but I felt she got across the tone she was looking for and avoided gratuitous sentimentality. That being said, I really cared about the people she wrote about....more
This is a special audio book. I understand how this can be a polarizing story, and perhaps the chief criticism is that the plot is weak and little actThis is a special audio book. I understand how this can be a polarizing story, and perhaps the chief criticism is that the plot is weak and little actually happens. I respectfully disagree, because I think a lot happens- life happens for a 15 year old girl who is navigating a tragic life with adversity at every corner and little or no real guidance from adults to help her cope.
The story is told by Mori as diary entries, and it didn't take long for me to fall in love with this character. She's fiery, clever, witty, hilarious, and naive the way a person who has only been around for 15 years is, learning certain things about life for the first time. Among Others is steeped in sincerity and restraint, engaging me throughout so that I was keen to find out further details while being patient to wait for them, and strangely satisfied in the end when I didn't get them all. Also, the magic system was done in a unique way that provokes a lot of thought.
As for the nostalgia factor, I'm 43 and was a child in the 80's before the age of the internet. I think a shared experience that genre fans in my demographic have is the solitude and isolation that inevitably accompanied sci-fi and fantasy before you could download a podcast or go to a forum to easily find out what other people thought about the thing you like. In one sense that's a bit sad and lonely, but there is also a sort of thrill when you discover something that invokes passion and fascination in you, and feels like a secret no one around you knows about.
Overall, I think Jo Walton was trying to do a lot of things here, and it seemed darn near all of them connected with me and I bought in. Last, but certainly not least is Katherine Kellgren's narration. I was pleasantly surprised I understood her strong Welsh accent and followed it so well, so beautiful and singular. I love this audio book!...more
Dickens is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite book of his. Probably the best fictional story I have ever experienced, his use of langDickens is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite book of his. Probably the best fictional story I have ever experienced, his use of language conveys so much depth and feeling it required much repetition to really appreciate it. It's so amazing to me how he can make such simple observations of people so captivating by the way he writes. I'm not a fan of poetry, but Dickens poetic writing just blows me away. It's a hallmark of Dickens to create lovable and endearing characters, A Tale Of Two Cities contains some of his best. Simon Prebble's narration was masterful, it wouldn't have seemed right without a good English accent reading this story....more
Really liked this book, it's educational while remaining interesting. Good character development that was thought provoking for me. I'm not big into aReally liked this book, it's educational while remaining interesting. Good character development that was thought provoking for me. I'm not big into aliens or first contact stories in my SF, so this was a pleasant surprise for me....more
Meet Temple, the butt-kickinest 15 year old girl you'll ever see. If Cormac McCarthy, Max Brooks, Charles Portis, and John Steinbeck were gene splicedMeet Temple, the butt-kickinest 15 year old girl you'll ever see. If Cormac McCarthy, Max Brooks, Charles Portis, and John Steinbeck were gene spliced into one author, this is the book they would write. Definitely not your average zombie apocalypse story, this is the very deep and stirring journey of a girl who became a woman at a very young age. Born 10 years into a dystopian America, Temple sees a world filled with both devastation and beauty. I am usually a bit skeptical about shorter books, this audiobook was only about 7.5 hours long. However, there was a lot of depth and feeling poured in, making it very satisfying.
Here's an update from my re-read of the audio book:
This fits into the category of stories that get even better upon revisiting them. The author's use of language is beautiful, rich, and earthy- reminiscent of Dickens' ability to deliver a sentence worth savoring. Narrator Tai Sammons performance is outstanding, just right for this book. The world built for this feels distinct from other zombie tales, and a welcome departure from what I'm used to seeing. Below is Jesus' explanation of The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares(Matthew 13:24-30) http://bit.ly/1QxLo3W, from which the title of the book comes from:
Matthew 13:37-39(NKJV) "He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.""...more