Tag Archives: audiobooks
The Scent of your Breath by Melissa P. In Paperback and as a Bolinda audio book. The scent of your breath”, which is translated from the Italian language, tells of the experiences of Melissa, a young woman of 19 who is exploring … Continue reading
Love Song by Nikki Gemmell Reviewed by Jennifer, Southport Branch Library This narrative was an unexpected find for me, and I would say it is the most powerful story I have discovered in a while. It is the story of … Continue reading
Ellen Clacy was the daughter of an English priest who, together with her brother, came out to the goldfields to try and strike it rich. She brings an outsider’s view of Australia. At the same time, you could argue, and I’d like … Continue reading
Aussie Voices is a little project we have here on book coasters to promote the Year of Reading, by celebrating reading aloud. As part of this, I’m going to be reviewing an audiobook every two weeks. Many of these have been recorded by community … Continue reading
Happy Read Aloud Day! So, we’re about three weeks into the Year of Reading, and it’s time to roll out one of our special projects for this year. Brace yourself for Aussie Voices! So, what’s the point? The project’s purpose … Continue reading
End the Struggle and Dance With Life by Susan Jeffers. The library holds a range of enormously popular ‘self-improvement’ CD Books, and having read bestselling auther Susan Jeffers earlier book ‘Feal the Fear and Do It Anyway’, I decided to … Continue reading
So, this year I took the WordPress 5 kilometer challenge. The idea was to run, or in my case amble, for 5 kilometers on the 10th of April. My kit’s below: some running shoes, my mp3 player, and a copy … Continue reading
So, American people of the Web: to be clear, I’m an Australian, and this means that most of the time when I hear about your Founding Fathers, what I’m hearing is how they’d disapprove of something or other. This sort of appeal … Continue reading
So, when I read or listen to a certain type of book, I often want to play a related computer game. In some of the 4X style games I play, I just turn the audio off and listen to audiobooks instead.
In the last couple of months my games with audiobooks have been:
Total War : Empire
Nelson : a personal history by Christopher Hibbert.
This book was commissioned to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Writing a biography of Nelson needs to steer clear between the twin perils of the sort of glorifying of Nelson you see in some early works, and the sordid fascination with his mistress you see in others. Hibbert veers into the territory of the private Nelson, and comes close to crashing on the rocks of the minutiae of Nelson’s infatuation with Emma, but his attitude to her prevents this.
To me, Hibbert treats her as a sort of scientific curiosity – a type of woman we no longer have in our society. In part that’s because modern social climbing is based on spending, whereas then it was based on social class. Our society also has different perceptions of beauty, favoring youth in a way not seen in Nelson’s time. Emma’s life would not have been possible now, because the goals she aspired to no longer exist, and her weapons (her style of beauty, her type of wit, her theatrical stagings) no longer work.
Command a king’s ship by Alexander Kent. A mission to south-east Asia and a battle with a skilled French foe, make this novel interesting, if not one of the strongest in this subgenre.
Total War : Rome
I’m playing a heap of Rome right now, and while playing, I’ve been listening to:
Empire of dragons by Valerio Manfredi. This is a fantastic book. Manfredi takes the old story about Li Jen, the colony of Romans in ancient China, and draws it out by having a second group of Romans follow a similar path into the east. It’s good, but it really should have been longer. The ending seems abrupt: the author could have put a second or third book into the narrative without any stretching at all.
The histories by Tacitus
Tacitus is just a fantastic author. He covers the Year of Four Emperors, a period where Rome was embroiled in a series of rolling civil wars. The armies of the empire discover you can make an emperor, and one by one the Spanish, Roman, German and Asian legions each have a tilt at it. Get into it, so you’ve read it by the two thousand-year anniversary of the death of Vespasian, which si coming along any time now.
The histories by Herodotus
The Father of History, laying down an entire academic discipline, with a topping of phoenixes and flying serpents. I really like how much Herodotus hates the Delphic oracle. Seriously, check out the sort of catty smackdowns he puts on the voice of god and her each-way-bet prophecies.
Pretty much anything published by Baen Books that isn’t right wing diatribe. David Weber’s a favourite, John Ringo not so much, Tom Kratzman not at all. David Drake would be cool for the new version of Civ.
I can’t be the only person who does this…any other suggestions for good gaming and audiobook combos? Continue reading
I love audiobooks. I listen to a few hundred a year. I have to say, though, that Storm front is one of the best renditions I’ve heard.
I’m not saying it had the best plot, although its quite a good urban fantasy thriller. I mean that James Marsters (Spike from Buffy, Brainiac from Smallville, Captain John from Torchwood) performs the read of it fantastically well.
It’s not just that he does the voices. I personally prefer people don’t do the voices, because so few men can do women’s voices in a half convincing way. Baritone guys grabbed to do audiobooks because they have gravitas on the radio really shouldn’t do falsettos to try and sound like women. Oddly, the converse is not true: women with deep voices for radio seem to have little trouble doing men. So it’s not just that he can actually do passable women’s voices.
It’s that he gets the pronunciations right. And by “right” I don’t mean “clear” : I mean he stumbles when he should stumble, he swallows and pauses when he should pause, his breath control during lines is great and he uses it to suggest emotional tone.