The story had compelling characters with great potential for the storyline. However, the longer the story went on, the less I was impressed. It became difficult to tell who was the main character, Jacob or his father. I suppose I might have forgiven the muddled character lines had I been enticed to care about Jacob at all. There was never interjected any insight to his character. Only a steady stream of reflections by the narrator, Jacob's father.
The initial intrigue of the murder was a draw in the first part of the narrative. The boy had been accused of the most horrible crime and his life was hinging on his father's determination to prove him innocent. However, Andrew Barber, attorney at law, cannot seem to separate himself from his son. He goes on and on defending his son, but the story is really about himself. It becomes a lengthy exercise in self-awareness and guilt-mongering which never reveals Jacob at all. Perhaps the plot was designed to leave the reader uncertain, but it only made me less interested as the story played out.
The old Irish thug, Father O'Leary. He was a minor character, but at least he was mysterious enough to be interesting.
No. I would not recommend it.
In fairness, I am not a fan of this type of story. It was told me that William Landay's writing was very John Grisham-like. I can't see that comparison at all. The story was not a complete flop, but had I not been vested with hours of travel time with the audio, and had I been reading the novel, I likely would have tossed it aside well before I reached the end.
The characters were engaging and the story developed very quickly. I found myself horrified at Mary Ingalls' ordeal and wanted desperately for her to survive with her children. The first half of the story was filled with awful circumstances, but the strength of Mary's will was inspiring. But, somewhere deep in the second half of the book, it became excruciatingly boring. Too much detail about the trek back to her home left me wondering if I could even finish it. I found myself forwarding through entire sections to find the storyline.
The entire book was an amazing tale of the human spirit.
This was my first with him as narrator, but I really enjoyed his performance and will look for others by him.
It renewed a sense of pride in our forefathers and pilgrims here in America. Their strengths were tested on a daily basis and their sacrifice was very great.
What comes next?
The book is actually a compilation of stories about Michael Moore's life. He has led an interesting one, for certain. He is a fantastic story teller. I love the story about his meeting Bobby Kennedy. I found most of the stories very interesting and entertaining.
None besides his movies.
Life is stranger than fiction and a heck of alot more extraordinary.
I doubt that I would listen again, but not because it wasn't a good story. There are too many books, so little time.
The scene that unfolds in the hospital and the pursuit that follows.
He was a good narrator with perfect inflection and timing.He was skilled at bringing each of the characters to life.
Not especially. Overpopulation sounds a little scary.
Good plot, compelling characters. Had it not been for these two things, I would have stopped listening after the first paragraph. The narrator seemed completely amaturish, pausing in the wrong places, inflection displaced throughout the entire reading. I felt like I was listening to my 10 year-old nephew read. I truly wish I had just purchased this one in print.
Really good plot and decent twists and story development. A little predictable and some of the characters were overdone.
NO, It was terrible all the way through. I will avoid his performances.
The collection is exhaustive, covering her entire portfolio. It is purposefully inclusive of her impressive span of writing. That being said, Eudora tends to leave her story endings as wide open as her eyes always were. Short stories with great characters and fantastic depth play across the pages, make you care who they are, what they feel. Then, snap, Eudora changes stories and her characters are left hanging in the air. I suppose even that is the mark of a fantastic story-teller. What's better than a lively character who is unresolved? Well, perhaps a lively character who is resolved. Still, she makes you come back for more.
Yes. In fact, I have several volumes of her works in writing.
Some of them. Others were not enjoyable at all in context with a SOUTHERN writer. A southern drawl is completely necessary when reading Eudora Welty aloud...
She did plenty of that.
Would be a great tool for teachers, if teachers are still allowed to teach creative writing.
It was interesting at first, but slowly took on too much weight in small, seemingly insignificant details. I enjoyed reading about our separation from England and learned quite a bit along the way, but as the book moved along, it became thick with small details and less a story of the people who fought for our release from tyrany. I wanted to know more what George Washington's soldiers might have been feeling that statistics about uniforms and how long it took to dig lavoratory holes. I just felt myself getting bored in the end.
Probably, but only friends truly interested in early American History and not for entertainment.
I would like to sit down and have a real conversation with him. He is very knowledgable. obviously. At times he added some life to his own narrative. It became like listening to your grandpa tell about "old times": endearing, but way too much information.
Most of the listening time was okay, though I admit to fast forwarding a few times.
George Washington REALLY was the man. :)
Absolutely. I absolutely love both of these actors. Their story is both interesting and entertaining.
Alternating points of view. Chapters alternate between father and son, which was fantastic, because truth is often relative, and in this case subjective. It was fun to hear the stories from the different points of view. It develops into a very interesting and telling relevation of one of Hollywood's best known families. I found myself laughing and even crying with them.
I believe I could imagine their voices in my head as I read, but it was nice to hear their unmistakable inflection and the truth in their voices.So very entertaining. I love to be entertained on screen by each of them and am excited to find this new audio avenue.
Yes, I often took the long way home when listening in the car and would finish chapters while doing housework before going to bed. I plan to also purchase the written version.
Hope that the duo continue to collaborate for a long time. LOVE the Sheen family. They came up the hard way: no Hollywood pretentiousness. Very humble and down to earth. Thanks so much.
What's to change? It is what it is.
It's called "The Colbert Report"
Hanks is really funny.
A plot, a narrator who didn't speak in constant uninteresting monotone and a more interesting subject matter.
Something fiction, perhaps.
He was monotone and uninteresting.
All of them, or none of them. I don't know. I kept falling asleep, which is not good because I was driving.
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