I did not like this. It’s not even the material, but the production that I was not on board for. After listening to the masterful rendition of Emma and weird but well put-together I’m From the Sun, I was expecting good quality from an Audible Original. It immediately said “podcast” to me, which is fine if you want a podcast, but I was expecting a book. And this is a book, or at least based on one. The production quality just wasn’t there. There are weird gaps and changes in sound quality, and it’s very obvious when one person is […]
Holy crap this is depressing. And terrifying. We have our main character, Winston, who’s 39. He starts off by doing a forbidden thing: writing in a diary. He is terrified that the Thought Police will find him and kill him, or if not that then send him to 25 years of hard labor. The Thought Police can find you anywhere. There are screens that are constantly on playing propaganda news and military music and whatever else they want the people to see, and the Thought Police can see and hear you through the plethora of screens in every room, including […]
For many, Jane Eyre is part of the reading undertaken during their education. For some it is read in high school, for others college, but for me it never joined the reading lists of my various courses. In fact, until several years ago when I read Agnes Grey I had read nothing at all by any of the Brontes. It is however fully in the milieu of a reader’s culture; I understood it enough to get the jokes in Texts from Jane Eyre and Hark! A Vagrant. I have seen cinematic versions of the story (quite enjoying the Mia Wasikowska […]
This was my other drunken audiobook choice from my library’s wine tasting. It had a cool title, and then I saw David Tennant was reading, so I grabbed it! The language is very clever, or maybe it just seems so with David Tennant reading it. (And he has to sing at one point, and he’s using a sprite voice, and I don’t think he enjoyed that part.) A long time ago, before England was England, there was a great forest from sea to sea. And there were two kinds of people: those with magic, and those without. The magic people […]
So I brought fantingviolet to my library’s annual wine tasting, because my library is awesome like that. With the advent of the self-checkout feature on their app, we get the lovely combination of drunken book selections! We were drinking in the children’s section (being the youngest group at the wine tasting) and so I was able to peruse the lovely selection. I picked up the audiobook of Kenny and the Dragon, because it looked interesting. After I chose it, I realized that it was narrated by Alan Cumming! Good job, drunk me! Alan Cumming does a fantastic job reading this […]
Quackery: A Brief History on the Worst Ways to Cure Everything is indeed what it says on the box. We have an intro into what each method is, and then how awful it was and why. It’s very informative, but for each thing it comes across as a Very Big Deal. Each of these methods were indeed used, but it seems like the authors over-inflate their importance. Mercury (I’m sure everyone knows by now that medically, Mercury is a Very Bad Thing) Antimony (I wasn’t familiar with this, and forgot it was even an element (Number 51, Sb). […]
Good news! I didn’t have to wait until 2019 to get The Consuming Fire. Don’t read this review if you haven’t read The Collapsing Empire.
Oh dear. So that happened. I’m From the Sun: The Gustafer Yellowgold Story was a free Audible Original that I thought looked interesting. And it certainly was that. This whole thing is a giant acid trip, complete with music. I actually originally thought this was a story based on a song from some artist I’d never heard of. But no. No, this was definitely not what I was expecting. So, as the title suggests, our tale takes place on the Sun. There is a 2,000 square mile patch (quite small, comparatively) that is inhabited by Sunlings. They are short […]