This story started a bit slow at first, but built momentum to become a very interesting story. Give it an hour and you'll be hooked til the end!
The author had a great ability to teach about human weakness, love, trust of self, a historical time in WWII history, truth, and other nice lessons.
Martin, the main character, travels back in time to London England during WWII and witnesses events that aren't well documented in modern day history. Events that have been twisted by members of his immediate community during modern times. His father is an alcoholic, his mother a doormat and his sister a strong young woman. As Martin's confidence in himself grows, those around him change for the better as well.
If Martin was my son I'd be mighty proud of him!
I absolutely loved this book! It was riveting and a great listen! I can't imagine it would have been half the fun reading it. The narration made it come alive. The author self-published the book and subsequently it was picked up by a major publishing house who will release it in print 2014.
A mission to Mars gets aborted and the main character, Mark Watney, is left for dead. Only problem is he's not dead. Now, how does he survive until they can return and pick him up?
If the 'f' word really bothers you then this book may need to be skipped. Other than that it's appropriate for young adults, too. Frankly I'd probably use the f word a lot too if I found myself stuck on Mars with no radio communication or way to get off the planet! LOL.
I agree with many of the other reviewers who had a like / hate relationship with the story. The characters were unlikable and if I'd been reading the printed word there are a number of times I would have skipped ahead. But the author did a good job sucking you in. Like witnessing a car wreck you just can't look away (even if you want to). I'd compare it to Phillip Roth's American Pastoral.
If you like stories that are dark and unhappy, with tortured sad relationships, you will likely enjoy this book.
BTW, I thought the narrator did a great job reading the book and would definitely listen to other recordings!
I am so glad I listened to this book rather than reading it. The narrator was perfect! I loved how he brought the main character Valentino to life. This book is one of my top three audible.com listens. It's well worth the credit!
I listen to books on my way to work and have enjoyed many. This one was too left brain for me. I didn't finish it. I'm sure many enjoyed it, though and liked the humor and examples the author used to illustrate the facts he was trying to convey.
For anyone interested in US history this is a must read/listen. As we hear people complain about current US Presidents and Congress it was humorous to read that this same problem has been going on since the beginning! Kind of put things in perspective. My only complaint is the narrator read the story slowly. I ended up listening to it at 2x speed.
This was my first Philip Roth book. It was slow at first and there were parts that I would have skimmed had I been reading, but it ended up being an excellent and sad story.
Swede Lavove, someone we all knew in high-school. Mr All American athlete. The one who marries the most beautiful woman and owns a successful business. The man we envied.
As the story unfolds we learn about his inner anguish and personal demons. We see the sham that ends up being his life.
An event in his life that forces him to go deep into his soul in order to find some way to make sense of something that cannot be explained.
Swede's life was not a happy one. Philip Roth gives us insights into his soul turning us into voyeurs as we listen.
In the meantime, people around him (and even he) prattle on and on about things that are of no consequence such as the intricacies of making gloves or his father's feelings toward Swede, a jew, marrying a Catholic.
This is the most real and raw book I believe I've ever read. It will stay with me for a very long time.
I highly recommend The Count of Monte Cristo! I just started a new job and it requires a 1 1/2 hour commute each day. Instead of resenting the driving time I'm finding myself enthralled and looking forward to my time in the car. Sometimes I have to sit in my car for 'just a bit longer' in order to listen to even more! The narrator is top notch and the story has really caught my interest. This is my favorite Audio Book to date.
I listened to this book in my car over the course of a couple weeks and LOVED it! The narrator was easy on the ears and the content sparked a number of inspirations that I could apply to my own life and work. I enjoyed this book so much that I plan on listening to it again. IDEO must be an incredible company to work for.
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