From the time I heard the way the author described the feel and smell of a "guayaba", I was in awe. As a puertorican myself, this book just brought to mind all those stories, most of them sad, of other family members leaving your island behind and try to make a better life.How they struggled to hold on to their customs in strange land and not get swallowed by their adoptive one.
This book is definitely on my top 5.
What didn't I like? the intricate stories; the evolution of a great number of characters; the tragedy and the comedy. This book has it all.
I think Roy Dotrice has put forth a great performance. It can not be easy to keep track of that sheer number of characters and to give each their own brand, but he has pulled it off sucessfully.
I just gasped a lot. This is where it all goes down!
This title is right on the top of the list of my favorites audiobooks. My Mt. Everest is "Beat The Reaper" when comparing thrillers. Gone Girl is a worthy companion
Definitely when Amy (oh amazing Amy! so crafty) put her plan in motion
At first I was not convinced about Mr. Heyborne's performance, but at I'm listening, I started to appreciate his narration. They both did great.
Meet the Perfect Mate...Now Destroy Him/Her
This is a dark tale of two self involved individuals that had the luck and misfortune of meeting, fall in love and be bounded for life. For better or worse indeed.
This story was gripping and the ???villain??? here was a devastating disease that pretty much wiped a community and left others paralyzed, figuratively and literally speaking. Philip Roth???s writing can be ???precious??? at times, and his recurring character, Nathan Zuckerman, is pretty unlikeable; that being said, this novel did have all the elements (intrigue and a tragic and relatable main character) and was pretty enjoyable.
Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect narrator. He brings the gravitas and the depth needed and his performance is just as riveting as the story. He is Philip Roth's voice.
This is a very fascinating book. It details the evolution of Bruno, a chimpanzee, from ape to a primate closer to its human form. I think this evolution was mainly possible due to knowledge; his craving for it and the availability and willingness of others to offer it to Bruno. There are elements to the book that are way too fantastic, as well as a bit difficult to swallow at face value. But overall, it is a story that exalts the best of the human condition, but using a primate as the main character.
The performance was great. Robert Petkoff is a very gifted narrator and performer; he could read the phone book and make it seem like he is reading early 19th century English literature. His voice changes very on the mark and slightly petulant voice he gave Bruno gave true life to this character.
Full disclosure: I am not a fan of the fantasy genre, so I had pretty much ignored this book for ages. But after viewing the first season of "Game of Thrones" in one sitting (there is a silver lining to the stomach flu!), I decided to give the book a try. The fantasy elements are present, but do not take over the story; the author seems to be more interesting in developing the characters than to come up with the wildest, fantastic beasts that other authors tend to abuse.
This is a sweeping saga, with unforgettable characters (hard to keep track of the many names and houses and sigils, but be patient!). But at its core, it is a story of not just good vs. evil, but of honor, family, ambition and yes, human evilness. I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
Side note; do not get attached to anyone
This book is very timely and I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Although the narrator had some quirks that I did not care for, I think she was the best voice for the story. Highly recommended!
I will admit that at first, I thought this book was weird. But what a weird, exhilarating ride it turned out to be! This book covers all genres and becomes unique; it's a suspense medical thriller with a dash of romance and dark humor. And I was able to enjoy all these elements by the great narration, done by Robert Petkoff. Four stars and two big thumbs up!
This book is a classic in Latin America and the story continues to pull at the heartstrings. The always current story of girl loves boy but has something to hide (in this case, her physical appeareance) and boy loves girl but has not seen her.
I found this book fascinating. Oscar reminded me of many of my friends; a geek trying to find his place in the world and trying to be what he was supposed to, as per his Dominican background promotes. The way the story brings these cultural elements, superstitions and way of life hit a little to close, but I think the author kept a great balance. Although at times the attempts at a spanish accent were jarring, the narrator finally got into the groove and did a great job at bringing Oscar to life.
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