Tim O'Brien is one of America's greatest literary talents. He speaks eloquently for those of us who came to maturity in the late 60s and early 70s, and especially for those of us who struggled with the issues presented by the war in Vietnam. But this book -- I don't know what to say. If I view the damaged souls of his class of '69 as metaphor, then maybe it works, but it's a stretch. These people are a depressing mess who need badly to get over themselves, and to me, they are just not very real. If they are, I sure don't want to hang out with them at their class reunion. I hope for Mr. O'Brien that this is more ironic fantasy than it is reflective of any personal experience. Ugh.
no, but I rarely listen/read novels twice
just a good story well-read.
I much prefer it when books are read rather than performed. This reader did just that, read it with feeling but without trying to create multiple voices or other interpretations of the text, and he did a great job. I suspect that those who disliked this approach like their audiobooks to be performed, like a play or TV show. I have passed on many potentially good audiobooks because they have multiple readers, a sure sign that an all-out performance is coming. Note to Audible: readers like Titus Welliver and the great Will Patton know how to read aloud. Keep them coming and save the performances for plays.
Robb, yes. Read by Ericksen, not a chance.
The first screeching sound of the narrators voice. Another would be an hour later when I couldn't stand it any longer and headed for the bookstore.
Couldn't finish the audiobook, went out and bought the book and read it.
The narrator's voice and reading were captivating throughout, and in the end, were pitch-perfect for this story.
Its power to move me, and to make me think about my own life in new lights.
Fascinating story, well-written and well-read, and a real education about India. But man, is this a long one! I felt like I spent the entire month listening. Worth it, but be prepared to be committed!
He just keeps on entertaining! DeMille is a great storyteller and as is true regarding every one of his books, you'll have a great time.
Cronin is badly in need of an editor, or perhaps a gag. I could elaborate, but he has elaborated enough for both of us.
Nicely read. A good story, had me going but then, wait a second, it's over? Is there a sequel? Way too many loose ends here. I expected better, right up to the shocking non-ending.
This wonderful fable avoids the obvious, and perhaps hoped-for, ending, and that is a surprise that some readers might not appreciate. Still, beautifully written and very well read, this is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. As I have with my other favorites, I will now have to buy the book and read it again!
Sorry, but it was impossible to get into this story because of the poor performance. Her diction is excellent, her voice is pleasant, but she gives no life to the characters and I felt like I was listening to a second-grade teacher read to children. I lasted abut 45 minutes, then gave up.
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