I could give up scotch, I could give up pizza, I could never give up audiobooks. Life without stories is no life at all.
The only thing holding this novel back is the language. I like the premise, its the reason I downloaded it, but everyone speaks like western robots whose dialog was translated by someone who despises contractions. It feels stilted and disingenuous. Also, no one swears. I am not a historian, nor do I pretend to be, but I'm reasonably certain the type of men who they kill or nearly kill in the wild west might be inclined to drop an F bomb. I point this out only to demonstrate how the characters feel wooden and forced.
I listened to the whole thing because I wanted to know where the story was going. In the end, I was pretty dissatisfied. I kept waiting to get sucked in and when the book ended, I was still waiting.
I adore audiobooks. I've listened to hundreds. When a narrator and author are perfect for eachother, its magical. This is not a case of a bad reader. John Pruden has a nice voice. He simply is unable to breath life into limp dialog.
I don't recommend this book.
This is a inventive and interesting story about two brothers who are hired guns in the "wild west" during the time of the California Gold rush. The story is told by Eli Sisters an overweight, thoughtful, loyal, killer. While some of the relationships and conversations may be unbelievable in the context of the story, one cannot help but be drawn to Eli and his musings. Eli, however, can also be construed as annoying and whining. Unfortunately, the narrators' voice reinforced this interpretation of Eli. I finally gave up on listening, and got a print copy of the book. Then I was able to forgive Eli his flaws and enjoy the story.
Yes, but this is almost always the case with a great narrator
Dexter series as one begins to like the character(s) in spite of their distorted sense of morality. Of Mice and Men as you have two "brother-types" caring for each other despite the flaws
This is my first Pruden listen but would certainly like to hear more
No extreme reactions but enjoyed it from beginning to end
Great Character developments. Story was well paced and kept my interest.
This story just did not keep my interest-in print or on audio!
If I found the subject of another of his books more interesting, I would give him another try.
I did think that the narrator was a good choice for this story, I just didn't like the story!
The misery. Everyone, all the time.
No, I'm sorry. Not my preferred style of read.
I'm sorry but this was just bad.
One of the few books I just couldn't listen to.
I don't know who did the positive reviews but this is just
not worth your time or your dime