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The Seven Basic Plots
- Why We Tell Stories
- By: Christopher Booker
- Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
- Length: 38 hrs and 58 mins
This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of "basic stories" in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it reveals that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling.
Narrator makes this book: Masterclass in narration
- By Fred Books on 08-04-19
A disappointingly narrow view on modern literature
The book started promising with a very broad list of stories deconstructed but as soon as mainstream literature stops following the basic plots and ending in marriage or death, described at the beginning, the book becomes a rant on degrading art and society.
A lot of the book’s mass is retelling of the stories it talks about. Yet the understanding and deconstruction of modern literature pieces of the author seem to be very narrow and lacking context.
I didn’t find this book to be very useful in understanding story telling and would suggest rather listening to the base material itself - from greek myths, Aristotle to the modern pieces from Albert Camus and James Joyce (who the author seem to have hated) - it would give you a much more understanding of the subject and would be less of a waist of time.
- By: Naomi Novik
- Narrated by: Katy Sobey
- Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.
Loved it second time around, too!
- By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 18-05-16
Better than I thought it would be
I started Uprooted soon after I finished a historical romance novel and personally really disliked the genre. First hour of this novel I thought I jumped on even worse fantasy romance, but it appeared to be untrue. Romance adds up to a very little part of novel and I am very glad :) And beyond that!.. it’s magical, the villain is great and something very familiar to me - Eastern European setting seems to reflect the best of Slavic and Baltic culture.
What also appealed to me, it’s is full of action and is very picturesque so I do really see this becoming a movie one day and hope Warner Bros will pursue its production!