I have not read the printed version of this book, but I am positive that Edoardo Ballerini gives these characters more animation and life than my unimaginative mind would have.
I am quite sure this is a new version of a "witch-trial" novel. The complexity of the plot draws you further and further into an appreciation for the types of characters that may have lived during 17th century settlements in the new world.
Edoardo Ballerini simply has the perfect voice for these characters. Every one of them is believable and the main character's voice is precisely what I would expect such a person to sound like.
Wanted to, but couldn't.
Such a good book that I also listened to the following book in the series, which is also fantastic!
The concept of the sentient forest and the green priests was innovative and interesting.
I think he would do better to simply read and not try so hard to interpret characters with his voice. Many readers can do a great job of this, but I found the voices he assigned to King Frederick and some of the older characters particularly annoying. I think my comments are more a statement of personal choice rather than a true critique
No. Too long.
This book kept me so engrossed in it while listening that I won't need to listen again. Some longer books can become just background noise now and then. Not so with this book. It was interesting from beginning to end.
It was a unique story. The main character almost loses his humanity in order to save humanity. And we won't know until the story continues in subsequent books if he keeps his humanity or is lost forever.
A good reader adds a human aspect to book characters. This is what Pete Bradbury did for this book.
The concept for the book is interesting, But what's missing is excitement. The book sort of grinds on. It's like each author didn't want to out-strip all the others by writing a fantastic story.
I would not recommend this book. I like long books, but this couldn't keep my attention long enough to finish it.
Not in my opinion.
The characters are well developed in the story. But, let's face it, Joe Barrett's portrayal of Owen's Meany's voice adds an extra dimension to the story that's just missing in print.
The way John's and Owen's childhood lives are portrayed is so "dead on" with reality. Kids have always had to deal with bullies, fault-ridden parents, well-meaning but clueless adults, and what life has dealt them. The dialog between the characters seemed truthful. Not made more or less than it really might have been.
Do you have faith?
I bought this book because it was the third offering in a "buy two, get one free" sale by Audible. Wow, did I luck out! It's now up near the top of the list of my personal favorites.
I gave this book a try just because I liked the title, it had fairly good reviews, and it was long (which I prefer). I was wonderfully surprised to find that the entire book kept me waiting to find out what was going to happen next--something that few long books seem to accomplish. At first you are grabbed by the devastating story of what happens to the main character. And then just a few more characters that are absolutely brought to life by the reader carry the book through to the end. David Pittu creates the character Boris with his voice just as much as the author does through her writing. And Boris amuses the listener throughout the book. There are spurts of action here and there, but this isn't a book of fast-paced action by any means. It's more a study of how a combination of incidents in a person's life can completely change the direction someone takes. The whole book is a rewarding experience.
David Pittu's interpretation of Boris is perfect. It would be easy for the listener to really dislike this character, but because of the way Pittu portrays him, you just can't help but sort of like him.
No. It's best to listen as time permits. The story line is good enough that you won't lose track of what's going on if there are a few days between listening.
I have been an avid Stephen King reader for many years, but I held off on this book because I thought it would not be vintage King. I, of course, was wrong. If there is anything King does better than anyone is get inside his characters' heads. He's done that again beautifully. And the suspense built all throughout the book to a great ending. It's a long book, but the length is necessary in order to build on one of the main themes--that time does not like to be changed. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a new and suspenseful twist on an almost 50-year controversy.
Craig Wasson's reading of 11-22-63--A Novel is absolutely perfect!!! He does southern, and particularly ignorant-southern, dialects better than all the other narrators I have heard. And the voice he gave to the primary character in the book suits that character very well. All the characters voices just seemed to fit them which made it a pleasure to listen to for all of the 33-plus hours. I will now be looking for more books narrated by Craig Wasson.
Love the whole Dresden series. Books 12 and 13 were getting a little stale. And the change in reader in book 13 was definitely a bummer. In Book 14 Dresden begins to be his old sarcastic but loveable self. It's great to have Marsters back as the reader!
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