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First of all, the TV series if VERY loosely based on this book. About the only thing in common is the ship and a few of the sailors names. That's fine with me because the idea behind the book is very good. Yes, some of the information is a bit dated, but I was glad to hear the ship had a good supply of VHS and cassette tapes.
The word choice in this book was very punctilios (you can look it up too). Halfway through the book I was convinced the author was just starting to make words up. I even did a web search for a dictionary just so I could start looking words up to catch him. Perhaps due to the generational gap, but the authors literary style would have fit in better had the book taken place in the 1700's.
"... the waters offering us a spondaic series of soft swells which gave a gentle roll and pitch so synchronized as to make the ship seem for once in fraternal rapport with the sea and to move through it with a serine swish. The sea all about lying in a melancholy splendor, luminous stillness the universe seemingly held in hands of tranquility ..."
The narrator didn't skip a beat in his reading of this book. There were no edits or stutters as he muddled through these words and his voices varied and were appropriate. Maybe the narrator read the same "word of the day" books the author did.
I liked this book but now feel like I have neglected my study of the English language and will endeavor to broaden my vocabulary so I can talk good too. 😀
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This is one of the books in which I both loved and hated. The loved the premise of the book. However, at times the style of writing drove me to the point of going postal! Strangely, at other times I found it like a drug which left me wanting more. At times it felt like the author was using words for the sake of using words! At other times the descriptive nature of the language was like sweet music to my ears.
I couldn't help but think about the author. What sort of person was/is he? Did he really speak and think like this in real life? I bet he would be the life of a party. I imagine he could insult me in 15 different languages.
I would like you to imagine me saying this in the voice of Forrest Gump; “I’m not a smart man, but I know what…” it takes to finish this book. It takes commitment. It takes a certain type of mood. Perhaps a certain type of insanity because unless you like to examine every last thing in detail. If you are the type of person who goes out into the rain to try and count the rain drops then you will love this one!
My advice is simple, listen to the sample not once, not twice, but over and over again for at least an hour. If you can still stomach the style of writing then go for it! You will have what it takes! This is the title for you. It will certainly give you a good credit per hour ratio, which is very important if you have to watch your cash flow like me (cheap skate actually for me).
If you have any doubts about the style, then do yourself a favour and let this one pass. You will go mad in an attempt to make it to the end. Because, frankly the story is good enough for you to attempt it. If you buy it and don't make it through to the end you will hate yourself. If you do make it through to the end you will still probably ending up hating yourself. It will only be worse for you if you work in a industry in which you have to deal with people. I know my tolerance dropped sharply while listening to this one... If I have to tell one more person "have you tried turning it off and on again' I will hit them over the head with my keyboard while asking myself the question why did I spend 29 hours of my jam packed week listening to "The Last Ship"?
So you have been warned sailor!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
One of the best books I have listened to. Beautifully written with unbelievable use of language. Comparable to Moby Dick or some other classic.
Tragic, frightening, but very relevant story
What other book might you compare The Last Ship to, and why?
The Road. This is much longer but worth every minute. Not for those who are impatient for action.
What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?
Voices really suited the characters. The measured manner of speech of the Captain was beautiful to listen to - it really expressed his character
Any additional comments?
A classic dystopian novel.
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What would have made The Last Ship better?
Er, a complete rewrite with modern attitudes to the sexes, morality, etc and a big, big prune. The tone of the author as 'God' and his use of this medium to extol his own thoughts, rather than explore different viewpoints (that's what I believe this is more about) wore me down very quickly. Really didn't like this at all
What will your next listen be?
Something less condescending
Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?
Maybe, the material was dreary and he lived down to it's dreariness - a different book may raise him but the downbeat time to this and the overly judgemental and moralistic viewpoint had me tearing what little of my hair is left out!
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Not really, even as a background noise while driving this drove me mad and I couldn't listen beyond the first 2 hours - I gave it a go!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The main character in this book comes off as a pompous ass and the pace of the book is far too slow. Is there a way to get my money back....?
The tv show was so much better than the book, never said that about a book before