I was not sure this book was really what I wanted to listen to over several hours. However, the narrator was SO wonderful, so compelling that I wanted to listen to every word. Some of it is uncomfortable but all of it is so important to understand in the overall design of our world and all of the people who populate it.I will probably listen again because the narrator weaves the stories and voices so well it is fascinating to get so quickly caught up in a story. Bravo!!!
The scope of this novel is huge. It's not at all what I expected. I think I expected more of a freak show. Instead I got a intellectual yet sensitive chronicle that spanned two continents and 80 years of American cultural history.
I have nothing in common with the main character who tells this story, yet I related to the novel on a personal level and was deeply interested in his epic journey. There's something epic here --something that reminded me of Homer.
The characters are well drawn by the author, and I like the way the reader brought the voices and accents to life. I even listened to sections I'd already read in the book, just to hear his vocal characterizations.
Loyal Traveling Listener
I saw this author on Oprah. Took a chance and thought this book was great. It was a little hard to follow at first but well worth it.
This was my first Audiobook and I feel I may have been spoiled! The narrator was captivating and the story splendid. I am delving into this new world to make an otherwise boring commute to a new job more enjoyable. I didn't know that I would dread pulling into the parking lot at work or look for ways to make the drive longer to hear more of the story!
I highly recommend this story!
This book was extremely well written, and brought to life the anguish experienced by teens facing sexual identity crisis'. This is a must read for anyone working or living with adolescents.
The perfect combo, a compelling story on both a personal and historical level that is brought to life by a wonderful voice.
Ok, when I first started listening to this book I was really annoyed by the person who was reading the story. But after a half hour or so I realized how great this guy was and how much he brought to the story. In fact, Icouldn't wait to get in my car to hear the next part. Has all the things I love in a story, including history and believable characters dealing with ordinary and extraordinary circumsntances. This is the best book I've heard or read in a very long time and will be looking to purchase other books by this author.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The reader was great. The subject is something I had no knowledge of. The story was engaging. It takes place over several generations. It was a good ending which is so much more satisfying that the "sudden end" of many novels.