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Old 09-30-2017, 02:53 PM   #2071
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Also listening to To Fire Called, the latest Solar Clipper tale from Nathan Lowell. An undemanding pleasure.
I just listened to those two "Seekers Tale" books and while it was nice to reunite with Ish and Pip in the Golden Age, I did not find the books as satisfying as the "Trader's Tale" books. Too many threads left unresolved. Too much a begining of series and not enough a complete story. But it did prompt me to start re-listening to the Trader's Tale books again.
I just finished Quarter Share and am half way through Half Share.

Those who slavishly follow my every post here might have seen me mention that the misuse of "I" and "me" in simple constructions is a pet peeves of mine.
In re-listening to these books I am absolutely stunned at how much "I" is used incorrectly. So much so that I'm wondering if Lowell did it intentionally for some reason.
The fact that I didn't remember this from the first time I listened to these books and really enjoyed them is either a tribute to Lowell's immersive storytelling, or a sign I'm now getting old and persnickety.

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Old 10-01-2017, 09:31 AM   #2072
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I'm a little way through Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, read by Simon Slater. It is well narrated, though some of the accents are a little inconsistent, but I am finding it quite hard to follow as an audiobook. Too many names and abrupt changes of setting/personnel that may be fine on the printed page where these changes are obvious, and you have the opportunity to go back more easily and reread. I'll persevere, but I'm not very engaged so far.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:47 AM   #2073
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I'm a little way through Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, read by Simon Slater. It is well narrated, though some of the accents are a little inconsistent, but I am finding it quite hard to follow as an audiobook. Too many names and abrupt changes of setting/personnel that may be fine on the printed page where these changes are obvious, and you have the opportunity to go back more easily and reread. I'll persevere, but I'm not very engaged so far.
I loved Wolf Hall when I read it, but I think it would be a very difficult book to listen to, for the reasons you mention and also because of the shifts between thoughts and conversations. I dunno; I'd be tempted to bail, myself.

I thought the sequel was terrible, but I'm obviously in the minority on that one.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:20 PM   #2074
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I loved Wolf Hall when I read it, but I think it would be a very difficult book to listen to, for the reasons you mention and also because of the shifts between thoughts and conversations. I dunno; I'd be tempted to bail, myself.

I thought the sequel was terrible, but I'm obviously in the minority on that one.
Funnily enough I just got back from picking my daughter up from work, and decided as I was listening to it while driving to do just that, and bail. Maybe I'll try it in its written form sometime, but for now enough is enough.

Sounds like you won't be trying the final installment in the trilogy?
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:18 AM   #2075
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I'm about halfway through The Wheel of Time with no breaks so far (though I've been reading other things with my eyeballs). Since book two I can't say any of the others have bogged down on me. Others have said it got repetitive,
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and there was a bit of a freak-of-the-week quality to the Forsaken battles in the first 2-3 books
but on the whole the story seems to be moving forward and the characters developing. Gender roles are certainly problematic, but not more than other 20th century fantasy, and treating every narrator as unreliable undercuts it somewhat. Gender-binding the magic system could be said to exacerbate the situation or partly justify it. All of the "Boys be like..." "Girls be like..." does get a little tiresome, regardless. Still, as a story of flawed characters stepping into larger-than-life roles and doing the best they can, it stays engaging.
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:49 PM   #2076
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Those who slavishly follow my every post here might have seen me mention that the misuse of "I" and "me" in simple constructions is a pet peeves of mine.
In re-listening to these books I am absolutely stunned at how much "I" is used incorrectly. So much so that I'm wondering if Lowell did it intentionally for some reason.
The fact that I didn't remember this from the first time I listened to these books and really enjoyed them is either a tribute to Lowell's immersive storytelling, or a sign I'm now getting old and persnickety.
And why would you think that those are mutually exclusive??

I've been listening to The Furthest Station, the latest in the Peter Grant series from Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. What a pleasure these are, and they're definitely made better by the superb narration. I simply can't imagine any other narrator for this series.
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I finished up Goldenhand by Garth Nix and started The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud.

Goldenhand was a fun read. It took a chapter or so to get use to the narrator and she certainly isn't Tim Curry, but then again, who is? All in all, I can't complain. I do like Nix's Old Kingdom stories. Hopefully, he will continue the series.

The Empty Grave is apparently (in that they finish up the story arc and settle most of the loose ends) the end of the Lockwood & Co series. I thought the ebook was excellent and have enjoyed the narrator during the previous 4 books, so I fully expect to enjoy this one.
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