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I knew from the movies that Sinbad the Sailor got involved in some pretty wild adventures. Up until now I hadn't had a chance to read the stories. Then I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. So here is my review:
Sinbad is the hero in this collection, adapted from the story cycle of Middle Eastern origin. The collection of seven voyages are framed by the story of Sinbad the Porter in Baghdad. He bemoans the injustice that some attain riches while others, like himself, labour without accruing conspicuous wealth. Sinbad the Sailor hears the porter's griping and invites him into his home whereupon the sailor begins to tell the tale of his first voyage...
The narration by Michael T Downey is very clear and accessible. What's more, perhaps it is something in the tone, but the performance seems to appropriately convey the larger than life, outlandish nature of Sinbad's exploits. These tales are, after all, quite unbelievable.
Overall this was an enjoyable, rollicking listen. Recommended for anybody looking for an introduction to The Seven Voyages of Sinbad. Kind thanks!
So I want to preface that the story isint inherently bad, and the narrator is wonderful.
That said, oh my god I haven't laughed this good in a while. The entire thing revolves around a rich man explaining to a poor one why it is he is rich and the trials and tribulations it took to get him there, and the lesson I suppose is supposed to be that you cant assume people didn't work for their money......this is not the lesson I took away from this book. For better or worse, to me, this book came across as a drunken uncles story mixed with a rich @#$% way too full of himself. As each story became more outlandish I would chuckle and just see some fat old merchant in my head sloshing wine around as he regales some scrub with the tales of his voyage.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review