Fun classic pulp, with 4 not quite cliched protagonists. The plucky journalist wasn't the dumb kid I expected, and I cheered at the unexpected resolut...moreFun classic pulp, with 4 not quite cliched protagonists. The plucky journalist wasn't the dumb kid I expected, and I cheered at the unexpected resolution of his personal story with Gladys. The hunter wasn't ready to charge in, guns blazing. Professor Challenger is the near physical opposite of Holmes, being squat hairy, with his charming personality turned up to 11. Of them all, Professor Summerlee, the skeptic and foil to Challenger, was the least interesting.
I wish I knew less about science though, since it's so wrong in so many ways. Given that the book is 102 years old, I can't really fault it for that. So little was known of dinosaurs at that point. Though the idea of a megalosaurus hopping around like a kangaroo is a a mental picture that I'll never get out of my head.
The narrator, Michael Prichard, did a very good job, though I really wish they'd found a Brit to read it, since the neutral American accent kept making me expect that the adventurers would be returning to NYC, not London, and it jarred me every time I was reminded of that. (less)
As much as I like the concept of Holmes, and thought the narrators did a great job, and appreciated the fact that there wasn't a bad story in this col...moreAs much as I like the concept of Holmes, and thought the narrators did a great job, and appreciated the fact that there wasn't a bad story in this collection, the total volume of it was just a little too much. I really liked the concept of stories where Holmes faced potentially real supernatural mysteries. I just wish that was all that was included, rather than including a mix of stories where some were supernatural, and others only appeared so. (less)
This is an interesting book, from a structural standpoint. There are multiple layers of narratives, that all *sort of* come together and interweave in...moreThis is an interesting book, from a structural standpoint. There are multiple layers of narratives, that all *sort of* come together and interweave in interesting and sometimes confusing ways. I listened to the author-read audio version of the book, and I think much was lost in translation, especially when there is but a single reader. As an audio drama, with a full cast, I think it would have worked better.
The characters are all actors, or are closely involved with actors. Most of the PoV characters are pretty horrible people, and many go nameless. Character descriptors like “The Actor” and “The Virgin” and “Diarrhea” get used in some sections. In other sections, especially when name dropping, characters are referenced by their initials, but not always. It’s very inconsistent, which works with the premise that the different sections are written by different people, but with the single reader, it’s hard to tell sometimes when we’ve switched PoV.
I also had a tough time separating the book from the actor. It’s difficult listening to him write about supposedly fictional things in an autobiographical/semi-autobiographical way, about characters who seem a lot like him with his own voice.
Plus, I wasn’t that big a fan of Franco (as an actor) to begin with, and by the end I found his voice really annoying. (less)