Loyal Traveling Listener
This is the greatest book I've read in a long time. The way it's read is great. I've always loved circuses but this book gave a different view of things as seen from a circus workers' eye. I recomend this book to anyone who loves a real good read. Loved it!
This book is read by two readers representing two stages of life of the main character. The sections that take place at age 93 are fantastic -- well written, heartfelt, engrossing, and real. The other sections are incredibly flat, one dimensional, and a chore to get through. I rolled my eyes often. It is almost as if there were two authors. Were there? Fortunately, it pays off emotionally at the end of the story quite well. A mediocre book with a wonderful ending provides a worthwhile experience. Better than a great book with an unsatisfying ending.
This superbly crafted tale is a glorious display if readers appropriate sharing a story. Whether the story encouraged a five stars rating from me (a pretty darn unusual rating for me to bestow) or the whether great readers made the grade is interesting to ponder. Probably both, but maybe the readers created the mental images which still reverberate in the back of my mind days after finishing the book. The narrator in the story is an elderly man, reliving the most riveting experience of his life. Perhaps he didn’t realize it while he lived it, but now, mind sharp and body aged, he knows that summer was the exclamation point in his life. The conclusion of the book confirms the narrator’s suspicion of the importance of his experiences. If you’re looking for a good tale to keep your mind engaged and on “the edge of the seat” you’ll be happy with this choice.
This work is beautifully written and more importantly, it was mesmerizing to listen to. If you enjoyed "Shadow of the Wind" you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
I loved this book because it was something different, not the same old rehashed idea. If your looking for a great story and a new topic, than this is a great read. Can't wait for more from this author
The audiobook format was perfect for this book since it features Jacob Jankowski when he is in his 20s during the depression and currently when he is in his 90s (is it 90 or 93?)in a nursing home. No matter what his age, he (Gruen) is a great storyteller. Great insight into circus-lore and the depression -- great insight into aging! Wonderful story well done!
This is absolutely one of the best books I have listened to. I cringed at some of the descriptions of the animal "incidents", but I persevered through them and I am so glad I did. The story is great and the two narrators are fantastic. Definitely worth listening to.
This is a wonderful book, and also one of the best narrations I've encountered in an audiobook. The two narrators are excellent actors, and I was quickly engaged in both. The humor in the book was brought out extremely well by the narrators, and I laughed a lot while listening. In the last three hours, I could not stop listening - but now that it's over I'm sad to be done with it.