A truly great story. I know high schoolers have been forced to read this book for years but unlike many other book with the same claim to fame this story lives up to its enforced publicity.
The performance does not do it harm either.
It was an amazing story very well told and narrated.
That is gave a great description on what everything seemed to be so you could almost feel like you were there.
NO its awesome
When the baby was released. It was just so emotional for me.... They had no knowledge of what they were doing.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it many, many times. So my expectations were probably too high.
Firat and foremost, I hate when music is interjected into these audiobooks - sometimes it might add a little, but most of the time it just competes with the narrator and makes it more difficult to get into the story. And with a book this great, if you can not improve it, do not add it in to begin with!
The narrator was fine - he was not bad, but he did not make it better. And his added nuances, such as laughing or such, was not in tone with the description of the text, in my opinion.
If you've never read this book prior, perhaps none of what I mentioned will bother you. But I just do not think as much can be taken away from this novel by listening to this rendition. The music seems to cheapen the emotional tenor and the narrator just doesn't resonate or bring out enough to satisfy me.
This book has so much to offer the reader - it moves me every time I read it. I hope this book is released again with someone like Jeff Bridges narrating. The movie was not at all what I would have hoped, but Jeff Bridges was close to what I would expect, except perhaps a bit older.
I never write reviews, but this is one I took the time to reflect my thoughts. I hope it is helpful to someone. Either way, read this book - whether you listen to it or read it. It is very thought provoking and has always stuck with me, since it was firat read to me in grade school about 25 years ago.
Listened to this on a family road trip at the urging of my 14 year old. She was so excited to share this story. It keeps your interest and is well performed. Definatley gave us all something to talk about.
I really like this book! I read it and then I listen to the audiobook, I was disappointed by The performance it was very poor but I recommend this book to all readers
The story was great. Original and interesting. The problem I had was the added music. It was inappropriate for the situations and was very distracting. The narrator had a strong pleasant voice, but he smacked like his mouth was dry the whole time which was also distracting from the story.
The books is wonderful. The narrator Ron Rifkin is not to my tastes. He is high pitched, nasally, and makes Jonas quite effeminate sounding. The music that seems to randomly appear adds no value and is terribly distracting. I really recommend the read, but wish their was a better recording.