....i have recently found myself wondering why god (or whoever is in charge of this whole kit-n-kaboodle) keeps taking the good ones off the planet so early.....as they seem to being misplaced with average ones or less. this fictional memoir will make you yearn to hear the amazing stories of cultures that don't exist anymore by the folks that lived them....who are disappearing from our planet day by day. I had a wonderful old cowboy friend...a true cowboy..that died recently. He spoke of riding horses into bars and droving cattle for days on end. This book is about a man that had a parallel life to my friend Uncle James the cowboy. The circus culture is disappearing as the cowboy has.....and this book truly honors the lifestyle with it's difficulties and glorious moments. The narration is simply brilliant. Don't miss it.
This was a great story and very well told. I couldn't give it 5 stars because I believe it was unecessarily crude at times. The author didn't need these vulgar references to contribute to her story. it was good enough without them.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
One third of the book -- where the protagonist is 90- or 93- years-old -- is good: the character development, story, prose and reader.
The other two thirds -- where the protagonist is in his early twenties -- are mediocre at their best. These parts consist of poorly written, unbearable melodrama worsened by a reader who thinks that he needs to amplify the melodrama. Shallow story, barely any character development, trite prose.
The good parts aren't worth the pain of listening to the mediocrity.
Please tell me why there was so much hype about this book! I don't get it. Potential but fell way short. The characters were not developed at all;for the most part the book was very shallow. Do not spend good money on it.
It has been several months since I listened to this book and it is still in my head. I rooted for the young Jacob traveling with the circus as much as I ached for the old Jacob who was relegated to uselessness in a nursing home. I thought the ending was perfect and if I'm ever in a nursing home, I hope the circus comes to town.
I found the older man's voice to be so gravelly that I could not understand what he was saying. I had to stop listening after 2 hours because I was so bored, and couldn't detect the semblance of a plot. The first part of the book consists of the old guy talking about the boring minutia about his day. Very boring. Save your money.