Insightful, fun, heartwarming
When I don't realize someone is reading to me, I consider the performance very well done
The moments when the characters (in particular Sully and his landlady) faced themselves "in all their glory" and made the choice to keep going, but with a deeper appreciation of those around them
Richard Russo has such ability to take the "invisible" people of society (the old lady in the big house, the bums at the diner counter or bar) and creates rich, interesting characters with incredible depth and background. He subtly equalizes all the members of our community as beings worthy of our attention, appreciation, and respect
This would be one of the most memorable books I've listened to out of almost 300...because I kept laughing outloud...bursting in to jolts of surprised laughter and looking a little crazy while listening on the bus!!
Sully is a character who just grows on you...it is like a deeper journey with one of the characters from "Grumpy Old Men." This character just continued to surprise me with his reactions and one liners to the very end.
This is definately a "character" novel...not a real plot driven story. Never the less the characterization (and the audio narration in particular) was so well developed with such perfect humour, that my enjoyment and shock at this character's personality just kept growing. Have to say a little disappointed with the end of the story, but still a very entertaining listen!
Ron McLarty was made to read this book. He made Sully loveable. This was a long book but I was sad when it ended. This is my favorite audio book so far!
Russo is the Faulkner of the of the Northeast makes small town life interesting in way that interweaves characters lives to present a bigger picture. The book has kind of a strange moral compass that most readers will relate to. Naming my first Kid Sully it's that good.
Richard Russo writes tales of rundown and overlooked people living in places that saw their best days long ago. Empire Falls, That Old Cape Magic, Bridge of Sighs -- they're all variations on the same themes that animate Nobody's Fool. That takes nothing away from their power as stories, because Russo is such a great storyteller. He makes you care about his characters and want them to win in a game where it seems the odds are always stacked against them. Their transcendence beyond their circumstances reminds us that life goes on, that we can and will survive, and that we all can rise above our own mistakes and bad choices.
This very human story is brought to life masterfully by Ron McClarty, whose narration is pitch-perfect, evoking time, place, and the full cast of characters that populate the town of North Bath, NY. Forget Paul Newman. Ron McClarty's Sully is the one that will stick with me.
Gets boring after some time. The story does not progress after the midway mark. I suppose an abridged version would be a better read...
For the first couple of hours, I thought this was a really awful book. There wasn't a single character in it that I identified with or would ever have enjoyed knowing. I never could figure out if it had any plot. That said, now that it is over, I miss the people I'd gotten to know.
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I'm not sure I'd have loved this book as much, read by anyone else. It's a marriage made in heaven, Russo's stories of people in small, New England towns and Ron McClarty's down to earth interpretation of them. I wish Russo would give an ending to his stories but even without that, loved Nobody's Fool. If you like it too, I highly recommend "Memory of Running". Again, a story of a New England life, it's one of the best listens I've enjoyed out of hundreds.
This is one of my all time favorites. It includes characters that are common to all places. I felt I knew everyone in this book. It is lengthy, but passes by to quick after you start to listen. Richard Russo is a skillful painter with his words. I promise you can see this one in detail in your mind. Ron McLarty is now my favorite narrator with his delivery of this story. He was the perfect voice, and gave soul to the characters. I wish there was a follow up, but I am happy where it ended.