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Not my favorite but still good
I'm a big fan of the naked werewolf books so I thought I'd move on to these. The first one was good. This one is disappointing. I'm interested in the characters and will probably get the next one (I drive a long way to work) but there's a bit too much snark and sarcasm here and the vicious portrayal of southern women got really old. I think the author might need a really good therapist because working out her personal issues in publication doesn't seem to be working for her.
The Full Story
I enjoyed the movie but thought some of it a bit hard to swallow as my dad is a zoologist. So I was fascinated but this careful account of what really happened. Mr. Mee leaves nothing out and frequently repeats the important points in case you missed them. He is an experienced writer and writes about the things closest to his heart: his family and his zoo. Of course, I checked on line and found out the zoo is still going strong.
People like to say things like "follow your dreams" and "put your money where your heart is" and it sounds easy. This is the story of a man who didn't know what his dream was but was ready to recognize it when it came along. It is also the story of how very risky and expensive following your heart can be and how much hard work! Fortunately for a lot of people and animals, Mr. Mee stuck with it.
I'm inspired by this story. I appreciate hard work. I particularly like the ending. He says it is a lot of hard work, but it doesn't feel like hard work. It feels like vacation. I think that might serve as an excellent definition of a true dream.
The narrator is quite good. So good, you forget he's there and just live in the story.
Gaiman Reads Gaiman
Somewhere on Audible is a commentary by Mr Gaiman in which he describes how much he enjoys listening to authors reading their own works. The listener hears the things the author thought were important. The words spoken have a different power and magic from the words on the page. I am very particular about which narrators I listen to because they can add or detract from the text so profoundly. Here we have the best of the best. The story is wonderful and not at all like anything else I have ever read and to hear it read to me by the author himself adds another layer of intense wonder. It is completely transcendent, iridescent, unique and precious.
You should be aware that this is but one of five episodes. They are good, but short. So you are going to pay $50 or worse 5 credits for about 5 hours of excellent entertainment.
Great story, great performance but you have to buy 5 separate episodes and each is just one hour long. Pretty expensive unless you are a devoted Tom Baker fan - or even if!
Well the thing is, it's five short episodes which means you pay roughly $50 for just over 5 hours of entertainment. Most of the books on Audible are much, much longer and cost only one credit. So you have to be a REALLY hardcore Tom Baker Doctor Who fan to appreciate this presentation.
I am almost hard core enough.
That said, it's a pretty wonderful story and absolutely delightful narration. Of course, Tom Baker is first rate. (If you haven't purchased Shada yet, consider it). Mrs. Wibsey and Mike are wonderful as well. In fact, if all five episodes were available for one credit... Well, there you have it.
Abridged but still funny
I suppose, if you had never read the book, this would be quite satisfactory. The narrator is quite good- expressive and never gets her characters confused. For some reason, the directors added a musical interlude between chapters and took out great chunks of the story. It still holds together, but many of my favorite bits of silliness are missing and I would rather sacrifice the chamber music in favor of the full version.
It's a real treat to hear Lalla Ward read a Douglas Adams story about Romana and "MY" Doctor. Funny and exciting and all that's best about the Fourth Doctor. Plus it was fun to learn more about the mysterious Professor!
Zombies, Steampunk, Holmes and Feminists
I bought this title because I loved Doctor Who: Engines of War. This is very different! A secret agent for a Steampunk Queen Victoria solves incredible crimes with his equally intelligent, female assistant. The "Doctor Watson" role is filled by his friend at Scotland Yard. Why does Scotland Yard seem to have so many fictional foggy brained Chief Inspectors?
There is lots of gore, well and truly described here. I found I could not listen late at night if I wanted any sleep. But I couldn't stop listening because the characters were also well developed and the plot was engaging.
The narrator is particularly good at choosing voices, I thought. Some of them were not the voice I would have chosen and he whispers a lot for some reason, but he's the artist and I mostly forgot about him and let the story unfold in my mind - which is the hallmark of a good narrator.
One thing I found annoying, funny or interesting (depending on my mood) was the frequent moments when the narrator would suddenly emit 4 clicks and then repeat the phrase he had just finished. I think this must be an editing mistake. Someone was supposed to catch those and edit them out.
People who watch "Walking Dead" might live this. I'm still not sure whether the gore out weighs the really excellent plot and interesting characters
Simply the Best
I first heard this production years ago when it first aired. I have since purchased it many times as new technologies are invented and old ones discarded. This particular one has been edited so that it just flows on without the original episodes. I don't know when that was done but it is very well done. As many times as I have listened to the version that is split up into episodes, I cannot tell where the original breaks occurred. And I certainly do not miss the frequent interruptions for theme music and credits that the old version had. This is far better.