I greatly enjoyed the content of this book. Deborah Blum weaves a fascinating tale of American History through the frame of poison studies. The stories are engaging and will change the way you look at the products you use every day, and the relationship we have with modern chemicals. The only regrettable aspect of this product is the narration. Marlo's voices are hokey and distract from the subject matter. Her delivery feels forced and there are some odd edits that leave unnatural pauses. I found myself having to listen to several portions a second time in order to absorb the text. If you are interested in US History, New York, or are simply intrigued by poison, you will enjoy listening. Just be prepared for some silly voices.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a real treat. Neil Gaiman's narration gives a haunting personal quality to the piece. His voice driving the story makes it feel deeply intimate and adds an extra layer of interest to the (somewhat sedate) plot line. I do wish the book was a bit meatier. It went by so quickly, I was left wishing for something more. This can be seen as a positive or a negative, depending on the mood of the listener. It is a slow book with lots of descriptive language. I recommend listening to this book without multitasking. I found if most enjoyable when I listened undistracted, and could most enjoy the language and story unfold.
This audiobook was perfection. The story was extremely interesting, and the narration was ideal. The performances were spot on and I cannot imagine the characters being portrayed in any other way. This is a book that is truly a joy to hear read aloud. The pace is fantastic and the story remains interesting from beginning to end.
This book is on the high end of the middle. It's a perfect 4 stars. I got the book during one of the audible sales, and this made it especially enjoyable for what it was. The story is deeply moving and I found the characters to be very familiar. The narration and the experience of listening to it was very sweet. The experience of listening to this book felt similar to spending time with an aging family member telling stories of their past. The story gets a little syrupy by the end and the main character is just a bit too idealized. By the end of the book it was too predictable that everything would always work out for this seemingly magical little girl.
I live in New York, so this book was especially enjoyable for its historical depiction of a major NYC neighborhood. The story is a great reminder that this city and our country is constantly changing and within one person's lifetime a community can take on a completely new identity.
Out of the 60+ audiobooks in my library, this one was truly a treat. Michael Urie should narrate WAY more often. His delivery is incredibly fun and moving and sweet. I loved everything about this book. It's incredibly empathetic and moving, but is also knowingly silly and fun. This book had all the great elements of a guilty-pleasure action hero movie with the emotional spirit of a great graphic novel. I recommend this audiobook to super hero-fanboys and average readers alike.
I could not get through this audiobook. I hope to return to it eventually, but I think it may be a book that is best when read. There are way too many names to keep track of while listening. I like to listen to my audiobooks while walking around or during my commute. I found that this book required too much focus that I kept feeling lost and going back to previous chapters. It would have been much easier to have the book in front of me. I wish this was a more enjoyable audiobook, because it sounds like a great story and I hear the followup book is fantastic.
I would not want to listen to this book again, but only because it is an incredibly sad and disturbing book. With that said, I do not regret the purchase! I recommend listening to the book and then following up by watching the film starring Tilda Swinton. The side-by-side reveals a great deal about the American culture of violence. I tore through this audio book and wanted to talk about it with everyone I know.
This book was similar to Gone Girl. It's a thriller that relies heavily on the differing points of views of the main characters. Like with Gone Girl, the reader has to continuously question what is real and who is telling the truth.
The entire story is told from the mother's point of view. She is not a typically endearing protagonist. I think the voice performance was truly fantastic. I felt deeply connected to the character throughout the audiobook.
No - and I barely made it through chapter 3. The narration was unbearable. This is the first audio book I have ever had to quit altogether. I couldn't get into the story, because Mr. Rudetsky's shrill voice and self-important delivery was so off-putting.
The author's inability to remove himself from the text. His stranglehold prevented the narrative from ever taking off.
Broadway Nights inspired me to turn the volume down as far as it could possibly go, before turning it off and switching to music.
I highly recommend this audiobook for listeners with a sense of humor and a flare for the dramatic. This is a unique spin on a relatively familiar story. Those with an open mind will be richly rewarded.
I loved Marcus, the loyal partner to our strong female lead. As with most of the characters, his checkered past makes his conflicted present especially compelling.
I would recommend this audiobook to listeners who enjoy full cast productions. This presentation offers moments of good campy fun interspersed throughout the lovely story. It took me a moment to get used to the various versions of each character - as several narrators perform each role. This is explained in the introduction.
It was a book that I simultaneously didn't want to put down, but also did not want to end. Ultimately this led to some disappointment with the ending, but this was likely unavoidable - as any ending would halt this great fun.
This is an incredibly interesting book. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in sociology, politics, or feminism. It is a fair and balanced account or the 2008 elections. The author's candor and honesty is a pleasure. This is not a preachy piece of propaganda. I finished the book feeling informed, validated, and more willing to keep caring about an often tedious political system. Although the title is slightly unfortunate, I cannot praise the book enough. Big Girls Don't Cry is an outstanding read.
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