I'd be interested in seeing how House of Leaves put in audio form would turn out. I have the book and have read most of it, but I think I'd buy the audio version too if it turned out well.VegasRobb said:I'm hoping House of Leaves or something by China Mieville gets put on audible soon.
Complex and beautifully written fiction. Deep insight into the thoughts and feelings of, and impact upon, the ordinary colonial and native peoples of a now “free” African country.New York Times Book Review (link you may wish to visit after you listen to the book)
In …”A Bend in the River," Naipaul struggles with the ordeals and absurdities of living in new "third world" countries. He is free of any romantic moonshine about the moral charms of primitives or the glories of blood-stained dictators. Nor does he show a trace of Western condescension or nostalgia for colonialism. He is a tough-spirited writer, undeluded about the sleaziness of much contemporary history and not especially hopeful about its consequences.
… set in an unnamed East African country, a bit perhaps like Uganda, but finally Naipaul's own turf. Independence has been won, civil war concluded. "The Big Man," president for life, rules by rhetoric, guile, sorcery and a strong helping of terror. …
At the novel's center is Salim, a Muslim of Indian family … rutted in traditionalism. Both the narrative voice and dominant consciousness, Salim is a decent fellow, impressionable, thoughtful, not at all intellectual. … "Our way of life," Salim tells himself about the Indian settlement in Africa, "was antiquated and almost at an end." He is an outsider, watching with the outsider's nervousness.
The country, presumably Salim's too, has now entered modern history, or at least a coarse parody of it. ...
I do exactly that! They are such great stories and I don't realy care if they are meant for children. They keep me interested thinking about the world he has created. Definitely get a second recommendation from me.laughinggravy said:[I was really sad to come to an end and intend to carry the first book on the iPod just to hear them all again from time to time
5*"A Bend in the River" Audible.Publisher's Summary:
This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of 20th century fiction. Siddhartha's search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers: the ascetic Samanas, the all-knowing Gotama the Buddha, Kamala the lovely courtesan, and Vasudeva the simple ferryman. Unwilling to accept the wisdom of others, Siddhartha comes to an understanding of himself and his place in the universe, finally achieving the enlightened state of mind in which he can say to his lifelong friend: "The world, Govinda, is perfect at every moment."
4.5*"Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City" Audible and by Niel Bascomb Story of the skyscraper race of NYC in the Twenties and Thirties. Fun and informative non-fiction.Publisher's Summary
In this incandescent novel, V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man, an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2001:
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2001 is awarded to the British writer, born in Trinidad, V.S. Naipaul
“for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”.
There is a rather funny video interview with Jonathan Safran Foer talking about this novel at the Houghton-Mifflin publisher's site. The site also gives a reader's guide to this book. And Foer was also interviewed on KCRW's Bookworm (the May 19, 2005 podcast) about this book.robert said:5*"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" Audible and NetLibrary. Jonathan Safran Foer ("Everything is Illuminated") has another great book to his credit. A nine-year old boy and his mother come to grips with the loss of father/husband in 9-11 as the boy searches for his father in Foer's clever setting -- which interweaves the story of the boys paternal grandparents . Even though this is fiction, the last couple of hours will bring tears to your eyes. The nine year old is way too clever and smart for nine, so suspend credulity or, since this is fiction, make him 12 or 13. You will fall in love with him. The printed book apparently has unique features that are necessarily absent in the audio version.
This Audible version is John Lescault Commuter's Library reading of the Samuel Butler translation. I believe that NetLibrary offers the Recorded Book reading by George Guidall of the Robert Fitzgerald translation that Vance recommends in the Good audiobook narrators thread. Derek Jacobi reads the Robert F agles translation of the Iliad for Penguin Highbridge. All of these are good choices; I prefer George Guidall's reading.robert said:5*"The Iliad" by Homer. Now available with "The Odyssey" for one book credit from Audible. This classic is fun if you research it first. The poem is best listened to with full knowledge of the story line and characters. Google it or go to Spark Notes on line for both.
This excellent reading by Simon Vance for Blackstone Audiobooks is also available through OverDrive.robert said:5*"A Bend in the River" Audible.