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"He had eyes like a failed rapist," and other spiced phrases hidden along the path.
This is the second Gillian Flynn book I've listened to and it is now firm that this lone author can make me so ambivilant, experiencing both dread and fascination that makes me feel like a drug addict needing to keep going with the book. The storyline is compelling, but it's the emotional response which is so strong from me, that I've rarely ever had listening or reading fiction. Rarely.
So I would recommend this book to anyone exactly like me. Where you have to finish a story, no matter where it takes you. It has to be finished.
The performance was spectacular.
And not for a younger crowd because of adulty content.
The middle of the book. You'll know it.
The book tells a believable tale of large conspiracy around factual events in the life of a beloved American author. But what made it so enjoyable is the desire I now have to read or re-read what Hemingway books were plot points in this novel.
"If you think Hoover was an aweful man, think lower."
I LOVED the last chapter (~60 minutes) on America's Real Life Superheroes. Unlike the other chapters that had heavy or dark material, this one made me laugh out loud.
He gives his works a great voice, with meaning and intentions that may be lost if reading printed works.
For those of you who have heard the author read his works on weekend NPR, there's more where that came from. Probably best listened to in isolated chapters between other books.
This history is so strange and I really find it hard to believe this really happened. I was born after the "golden era of skyjacking" and have slipping memories of traveling before 9-11. Koerner does a wonderful job telling a larger picture in between chapters going deep with the lives of two skyjackers.
Of the over 40 books I've listened to in the past 12 months, this is one of the top 3 I've recommended to others.
This is a fairly interesting presentation of history & geography along the Congo river for anyone wanting to learn more about West Africa, or colonialism-fallout.
Yes, the author's excellent portrayal of *un*development in action... the strange and hard to believe idea that someone's grandparents had reasonably contemporary educations, hospitals, motorized vehicles, etc., but that are missing today. It's like Atlantis existed, and then poof... back to throwing rocks at each other.
The voices are spot on with the emotions. This is no spoiler... the first time I heard Patty Day's perspective, the book had already set up a creepy feeling that I was listening to a dead woman.
Yes! It tired me out. I can't help but wonder what another character could do to help out, but halfway through the book I quit trying to help this family. I couldn't stop because I was 100% captivated, yet exhausted from living one bad day with this family. The author soars at the pace of the reveal, letting you really care enough before hitting you with something worse.
Yes. This is a listen with the kids, and since we all know the basic storyline, it's good for when the full crew isn't together. That way, nobody feels left out.
I think I likes the narrator, if that counts. Probably because the few surprises where the book deviates from the movie were more editorializings from the narrator.
Rob Reiner delivers exactly what you expect. He's not that broad on (non-yiddish) accents in this performance. It felt a little flat, but his pace was excellent.
The very last five minutes. The ending of the book was more interesting than the movie.
A great listen for ~9 years old and up.
I'm not a re-listener, but my children have listened to it again more than once.
Alan Cumming is absolutely amazing in this experience. His pan-european accents were enjoyed by myself and my children. They have insisted for me to get more audiobooks that he has narrated.
Even though we have gone through many other audiobooks together, this series stands out with my children and me. We still repeat quotes to each other from this book from time to time.
The book was funny... "Your dead boyfriend's ghost *hits* you? What a dick."
But after too much over-sarcasm, I realized that the writing style still works as a novel, but works much better as Wong's shorter, cracked online editorial rants.
At some points the book had a similar surrealist humor to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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