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Magical Realism, wie man ihn kaputt macht

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.07.2017

Ich unterstelle der Geschichte einfach mal, dass sie für die Hörspiel-Variante vielleicht etwas unglücklich zusammen gestaucht wurde. So, wie sie ist, wirkt sie lieblos hin geklatscht und lässt mehr Fragen offen, als sie beantwortet. Möglicherweise ändert sich das im Verlauf der Serie, aber die erste Folge animiert mich auf Grund der vielen verschenkten Chancen nicht zum Weiterhören.

Die jungen Sprecher sind dafür sehr gut.

A bit much

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.06.2016

I like Lanyon's stories. They're refreshing, mostly plot-driven and the characters, with few exceptions, aren't defined by their being gay. And the short story collections are like buying a bag of your favourite snack food: you know exactly what you'll be getting and that it'll make you feel good.

You can have too much of a good thing, though, and In Sunshine or in Shadow falls into that category. After the third or fourth story, the character templates become a bit repetitive. After the sixth or seventh, you realise that when the blurb told you that this collection "encapsulates everything readers of Male/Male romance have come to love most about Josh Lanyon's work," it meant that everything is more or less the same every time. Look, I know that it's cliché because it works, right? But not necessarily over and over and over again in the span of some fifteen hours.

So while the readers were good and all the stories were decently written, I got bored after a while. I guess this is one of those audiobooks that are better enjoyed in bits and pieces.

3 Leute fanden das hilfreich

Interesting concept, solidly written

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.06.2016

The three novellas of The Gameshouse form a complete story, so there's no need to look for the main book or some such. The concept of a city, a country or the whole world being the setting for a game with very real consequences isn't entirely new, but the author doesn't go the whole Risk route; instead, she focuses on the characters who play or are drawn into the games that are being fought. I say "fought" because there's nothing playful about this.

The writing is very solid and it's obvious that the author researched the time periods and places of her novellas at least enough to draw a compelling picture without going into overmuch detail. The characters are interesting and have unique agendas instead of stumbling helplessly through the plot, even if that agenda at times is simply to survive until the next day. The only downside is that each plot may hold its surprises, but is ultimately rather easy to predict. The ending does make up for some of that, yet it did take away some of the enjoyment.

Peter Kenny's narration, on the other hand, is a joy to experience. His female voices are refreshingly feminine without sounding comically overdone, his accents are consistent and his characters are easy to distinguish. I'd gladly recommend him to anyone.

On the whole, The Gameshouse is a nice distraction on those days when you need one.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

Short but fun

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.06.2016

Look at the title. Does it sound like this is going to be a nice story? Exactly.

The narrator isn't a particularly good person and the way he talks is... let's call it frank, shall we? If this were a movie, it would be rated R for language alone. Personally, I like R-rated movies, so that's not really a point against the story.

If you're a fan of the horror genre, there won't be many surprises for you in here, especially after a look at the blurb. Then again, sometimes a solid dose of exactly what you were expecting is just what you need. The author doesn't hold back and gleefully embraces even the corniest genre staples in a way that makes the whole thing fun. I was grinning my way through the last few minutes.

The sad thing is that the author, like many others (coughStephenKingcough), isn't really a gifted narrator. He talks too fast in places and has the sort of American accent that sounds like he's chewing on his vowels and swallowing half the consonants. If you're not fluent in the English language, this might be a problem for you.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

The Daily Yawn

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.06.2016

Humour is a very individual thing, so I'm fully aware that YMMV goes here maybe more than anywhere else. Still, here goes:

Having followed Jon Stewart's run on the Daily Show for quite a while, I was prepared for biting wit and casual hilarity. However, while the cast delivered their parts with the usual aplomb, most of the jokes fell flat for me. There seemed to be more cheap shots than truly witty observations about the human condition, which was a disappointment. Maybe I set my hopes too high.

Still, I did have some laugh-out-loud moments and after all: YMMV.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

Informative and entertaining

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.06.2016

A side of history you never knew you wanted to hear more about! ;)

Seriously though, since the spice trade was the foundation for several trade empires, it's very interesting to hear more about how the whole thing started, how spices were used in medieval recipes, and what impact the spice trade had on various economies.

The narrator does a good job. The story itself is very well researched and easy to follow without being dumbed down. One thing I'd have liked to get a little more detail about was the way the spice trade impacted the natives of the world regions, but that's not to say it isn't mentioned at all.

On the whole this is surprisingly entertaining and a good explanation of some of the how and why Europeans made their way around the world.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

Many beloved stories to listen to

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.06.2016

Ursula K. Le Guin does some of the greatest worldbuilding in fantasy and science-fiction. This is especially apparent in her short stories, where a few descriptions are enough to establish the general setting; the rest is shown rather than told through the characters' musings and (inter)actions.

And oh, what characters! From children growing up on alien planets, to the way societies might change after contact with other worlds, to hapless wizards who aren't all that great at magic, to sisters who must deal with being abducted into another culture - these stories are thoughful and thought-inspiring, funny or lyrical at times and almost casually cruel at others. Just like life, I suppose.

Tandy Cronyn does a great job bringing all the characters to life, with a calm way of narrating that fits the largely introspective stories beautifully. A wonderful match of author and performer.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

A different perspective on Russia

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.06.2016

Wonderfully narrated and with many glimpses into Russian private lives, this collection of essays is a good opportunity to look beyond the shallow narrative that is being spread in the West. While the author's overall stance re: Russia is understandably critical, he still gives a thorough enough account of differing views to allow his audience to understand the Russian people a little better.

All in all a fascinating look at a culture most of us know nothing about.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

Besser als Hörspiel

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.06.2016

Wer sich durch das Buch gekämpft hat, weiß, dass der Autor gern alles Wissen ausbreitet, das er für Der Schwarm recherchiert hat. Hier spielen immer noch diverse Charaktere den Erklärbären, aber das lässt sich bei diesem Hörspielformat wohl nur schwer vermeiden. Die Sprecher schaffen es durchaus, die regelmäßigen Ausflüge in das Reich der Unterwasserwissenschaften Für Dummies einigermaßen charmant klingen zu lassen.

Die Handlung ist originell genug, um einige Klischees zu verzeihen und allzu vorhersehbare Wendungen zu vermeiden. Die Sprecher sind insgesamt gut gewählt und verleihen den Situationen die nötige Spannung und Dramatik.

Das Einzige, was mich wirklich gestört hat, war die Musik. Sie kam in teilweise völlig unpassenden Momenten und fast schon schmerzhafter Lautstärke; so wirklich in das Geschehen mochte sie sich thematisch auch nicht einfügen. Hier hat Schätzing seine Fähigkeiten deutlich - Verzeihung - überschätzt.

4 Leute fanden das hilfreich

London Titelbild

Hilarious? Not so much.

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.05.2016

Instead of witty, hilarious banter, what the pair of tumblrites deliver is unbelievably arrogant, clueless arrogance. Heritage in particular lets his argument boil down to "I hate London because I hate people," which, fair enough, but his casual misanthropy is delivered in a way that sounds childish rather than entertaining.

All in all, the title left me annoyed and faintly bored, so no recommendation from this end.

1 Person fand das hilfreich