I love this book and only have a couple hundred pages left. I thought I might finish it on a car ride, but turns out it is missing whole sections. Unfortunately pretty useless.
If you're not the lead dog, then the view from behind never changes
No, I wouldn't necessarily say that the audio version is much better. In fact, I did like the book better because of all the details that made the story so great. But I did enjoy listening to it as well.
That this could have happened, and it probably has happened in real life. Twins have a very unique experience to share that most of the general population doesn't. But more often than not, I have found with the twins I know, and I know several, that even though they may be identical, they are very much different in so many ways just as other siblings are. And this much is true, quit vividly reveals just that.
I really enjoyed Ken Howard's reading. Since I had read the book already prior to listening to the audio, you get this sound in your head that you develop that you think the character's voice sounds like. Ken Howard was spot on with that voice I had developed in my head of Dominick.
Tough question. The obvious choice is Dominick, but Thomas rightly so runs a close second. Actually I truly enjoyed every character in the book except for the guards.
I know this much is true. That these kind of situations frequently unfold in real life. And while it is tragic, I mean all of it, the mom, Ray the step-dad, Dessa, Joy, and Ralph, not just Thomas, I'm truly glad that Dominick finally found happiness in spite of all the pain.
You can hear someone talking in the background through most of the story... The musical"segways" are awful and poorly placed. That being said the narrator was very good. The book itself was spectacular. Worth getting.
If you had told the WHOLE story. I'm shocked that you edited this!!!
Yes but he tended to make Thomas whiny all the time - he did OK
Don't take this review wrong - i LOVED the book when I read it and was looking forward to hearing it as my 1st Audible book and I was soooo very disappointed. The content was edited (non of the grandfathers story was told!!!).
I was shocked and very unhappy to hear background noise!! Big fail on my 1st book Audible!!
I didn't think I would like this book..... I LOVE it !!!! Couldn't put it down or stop listening. the Narrator was AMAZING and would read more of him if available.
I had read this book years ago and remember loving it, so when the abridged version was on sale, I purchased it in order to refresh my memory of the story, but not have to commit to re-reading the notoriously verbose Mr. Lamb.
The story was great- I am always amazed by the depth and truthfulness in Wally Lamb's male characters. I obviously would have probably been more engaged had they chosen to flush out certain parts (impossible when you go abridged), but overall, enjoyable and informative.
The narration was SIMPLY. HORRIBLE. First of all, this must have been taped eons ago b/c it had the clarity of a 1930s newsreel being projected through a 1980s answering machine. To make matters worse, Mr. Howard's voices were simply distracting. Often, despite the fact the story takes place in Rhode Island, he sounded like an Italian uncle from North Jersey, but then appeared to tire of the affectation, and returned to his normal (non-irritating) speaking voice mid-sentence. Also, the schizophrenic brother's voice was almost identical to Buffalo Bill's famous, "I'd $%^# me" line in Silence of the Lambs, which had the unfortunate affect of dehumanizing the character (which is likely contrary to Mr. Lamb's intention).
I'd go ahead and read this book, in its entirety, over the abridge audiobook.
This is the first book I listened to by him. He is a good story teller. I will listen to another one of his books. Enjoyed it!
I love anything by Wally Lamb, so I was excited to give this a listen. Interesting story, but could tell a lot was missing, due to this being the abridged version. Also, the voice recording threw me off a bit. I could occasionally hear people talking in the background of the narrator, which made me think I was hearing voices ;)
People contemplating suicide or severely depressed and really need the push to push you over there
If it's anything like this book no no I would not but it is completely different and less depressing I probably will
Just an average performance
Most People died
My friend recommended to me she was totally wrong I told her she's totally wrong and I kinda resent her now for making me read this book