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ancient and modern

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Despite being a little disappointed that Natalie Haynes chose not to narrate, and that the narrator's tone bordered, at times, on the flippant, I enjoyed this and would recommend it. The epilogue alone was worth the credit. Thank you Ms. Haynes.

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fogey's viewpoint

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

No, simply different means of coming to the text. It's important, for me, that the text is unabridged.

What other book might you compare The Fellowship of the Ring to, and why?

I wouldn't. Comparisons, as well as being famously odious, seem to me to form the thin end of the rather ugly wedge of competitiveness - one among many of the tropes of contemporary culture which alarm and vex.

What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tunes for the songs! They are an integral part of the narrative. When I first read the trilogy in the 1970s, I could only hum tunelessly as I read.
I appreciate the clarity of Mr. Inglis's diction, and his singing has enhanced the book, to my ears.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't make a film. Whether read by me, or heard, all the pictures are in my head. Others' pictures, in films made of books I've read, invariably disappoint. The very idea of "tag lines" is objectionable and shudder-inducing. (See review headline for clue!)

Since when was "quirky" a bad thing?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-15

My happiest listening experience. High-, middle- and low-brow, just as it should be.

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Unpersuaded

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-14

What disappointed you about The Better Angels of Our Nature?

Promised persuasion but beaten round the head with specious, agenda-laden, cherry-picked factoids - that was bad enough. What was worse though, was that I simply cannot buy into one of his primary theses: that capitalism is a zero-sum game. Sorry, no can do.

What could Steven Pinker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Being guided by the principle that 'less is more' may have helped - there is an interesting book to be written on this subject; and paring down the personal/political agenda.

Did Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

n/a

What character would you cut from The Better Angels of Our Nature?

n/a

Any additional comments?

The revisionist, US-centric trot through the 1960s was both a hoot, and alarming.

not a horror fan, however...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up Mr Mercedes in three words, what would they be?

Well-paced, engaging, chilling

What other book might you compare Mr Mercedes to, and why?

I tend to the view that 'comparisons are odious', so would not do this.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Within each character's voice, there was a range of emotional tones, consistent with and appropriate to that character.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My emotions were stirred - don't know if that's the word I want - certainly touched, by the ordinary kindness of human interactions. These interactions were neither over-written nor over-sentimentalized; and they were the counterpart to the limited and limiting emotional landscape of Mr Mercedes.