You will not be able to stop listening to this book!
I alternated between wanting to listen every second and wanting to stop because I didn't want the book to end.
The characters are so real that I'm honestly bummed I can't go to Seattle and hang out with them.
The story is completely original and beautifully told - with lots of twists and turns - it's utterly delightful. What a great read. I'm recommending it to everyone I know!
I simply can't exaggerate the greatness of this book.
Art, history, mystery, paint. The supernatural. Trances. Possession. Immortality.
Am I making sense?
The book itself is a history of blue paint, but not just ANY Blue: The Sacred Blue, made in exactly the same enchanted way since the dawn of time. Bawdy and hilarious yet also compelling and romantic.
Euan Morton is so gifted - you can almost feel the characters in the room with you.
DON'T MISS THIS PERFORMANCE!
I really wanted to love this book. Loyalty, family, history, cheese. Fantastic, right?
Unfortunately, the author gets hopelessly bogged down in his story, and this book (which is WAAAY too long), turns into a book about an author getting bogged down by a book he can't finish writing.
When "the end" finally came, I really had no idea why, and found myself saying, "Really?"
I've said the book is too long, and I mean that. Much of the repeated descriptions of the towns and the land and the (extensive) history of Spain seemed like filler, or maybe something to keep the author's mind working while he tried to figure out what his content should be.
I don't NOT recommend this book, but I don't really recommend it either. The story of the cheese is pretty compelling. I'm just not sure it's worth listening this many hours to get it.
A word on the performance: L.J. Ganser read with enthusiasm, but his over-enunciation of every single word (not just the Spanish) was grating and incredibly distracting.
I really appreciate the author making every effort to write an objective book about a controversial subject. Reading this book makes you realize that even without nuance, the facts in this story are absolutely chilling. Anyone who has any interest in the Church of Scientology should absolutely read this book.
This book was recommended by a friend, and honestly I couldn't believe it could possibly be as good as he said. I was wrong. It's a long book, and it spans a lot of time, but it's usually written and the characters are all absolutely wonderful.
This is apparently the first series. The author tells an intense and compelling story in a tight and visually beautiful style. The performance is also perfect. I absolutely recommend this book.
This is probably my sixth or seventh Christopher Moore book. He is a fantastic author, and his stories are all wonderful. All but this one. I think this must be a very early book. The story is not good and the performance is not good either. I constantly recommend his books to friends, but I'm seriously considering asking for a refund on this one.
I don't write many negative reviews, but I just can't recommend this book. The story (no spoilers) could have been interesting, but all the subplots and all the characters are dull, cliched, and sometimes even insulting. Aside from that, the reader was pretty awful too. Maybe if she were better I could have looked away about the plots, characters and dialog? Probably not.
Yes, this was on sale for only $3.95, so I won't ask to be credited back, but if I'd paid a whole credit for it I certainly would.
I was so happy to see this new book that I ordered it the day it was released. Thank goodness Euan Morton is still on board to perform, because he is my new favorite actor of all time. The story continues where we left Pocket at the end of FOOL (also a HUGE recommend), and this is another great Shakespeare mashup by Moore.
Be sure to stick around for the epilogue, read by Moore, which clarifies what is and is not Shakespeare.
Of course I've seen this movie a million times, but having it read was a delight. The reader is great and the book is well worth listening to.
I downloaded this one following my read of THE GOLDFINCH, which I found to be beautiful and compelling.
Tartt has a great gift for characters, and the people she created for this book really did seem to come to life.
I very much enjoyed this book and am about to download her third one next.
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