If you like crime novels, then stay far away from this book. It honestly was probably one of the worst in my current audible library, let alone in the vast range of books that I've read throughout my lifetime. The narration is not good, the characters are indistinguishable at times, and the woman's voice was just desperate and awful throughout. The story itself started off somewhat engaging but eventually I found myself thinking, "What is the author's point of including this?" a few different times. Not to mention the anti-climatic ending.
Some of the reviews here were very misleading, but I can only blame myself. Oh well, on to the next.
Always have wanted to read this book since seeing the movie. I was surprised at the writing skill demonstrated by Puzo. It was overly simplistic and explicit in the story line. "He knew he had to show that he trusted him so he shook his hand and smiled." It was very naked in this way. I didn't appreciate that. Almost as if it was written for a less intelligent audience. Additionally, the Johnny Fontane story line absolutely blew. I'm sorry, it just was awful. I wonder if I'd have felt differently if there wasn't a movie made, but it just had no purpose here. He rambles on for chapters about Johnny Fontane and I hated every line.
In all, I would not recommend this book to read. I bet there are other more entertaining and better written books about the Italian Mafia.
I'd been reading lots of true crime, bios, memoirs, etc. and was itching for something really good. Stumbled across this gem in the Audible files and was so happy to have done so! This book was a very well written crime novel. I would certainly recommend it to those who love the genre, but keep in mind that it isn't for the faint of heart. Not so much gory, as there are simply some themes that I was not expecting to take place in such a historical (40+ year old) novel. I'm sure by saying that I'm showing my age, but whatever. Who's nearly thirty, has two thumbs, and loves to read?
I wouldn't recommend this audiobook. The narrator was quite terrible with close to no inflection. I found myself wondering, "Is this someone speaking now, or part of the text?" Very confusing. I got the impression that the written/print version might be slightly better just because you wouldn't have to listen to this guy drone on. However, there were some parts that seemed to jump around without rhyme or reason, as if the author had to put them in somewhere, why not sandwiched in right here?
The content of this audiobook was decent, but certainly not on the level of my favorite true crime author, Ann Rule. It was significantly subjective and judgmental; the guy killed A LOT of people, most people will find his acts abhorrent without Fanning labeling them as such and inferring his thoughts and emotions during the time of his crimes. Tommy Lynn Sells is/was a creep and some of the crimes, especially against kids were very difficult to listen to.
Yes- for anyone who's watched the film, the book is a great companion with expanded detail and "flavor".
I didn't really have a favorite character, they were all portrayed well by Eugenides. I don't know if it were possible to have a favorite. You feel like you knew them well, and didn't know them at all.
I've listened to all of the Dexter books narrated by Nick Landrum and I like his voice. It doesn't "get in the way" of the story.
There was a film! Don't know the tagline, but I'm sure it's just as vague as the deep story.
I read The Other Boleyn Girl in print many years ago and was moderately interested in another Phillipa Gregory novel. This was a somewhat interesting story about Edward and Elizabeth, but I had a hard time placing them in history, except it was clear this was before Henry VIII's reign. There was considerably less drama in this book and it became hard to always distinguish between Elizabeth's children, among a few who had the same name. Two Richards, two Edwards, you get the idea. If you have many hours and you don't mind spending a credit, go for it, but if you are looking for something similar to "Boleyn", I'd skip it.
Lowe's deep self-reflection and honesty with his readers
Lowe's experiences in auditions and on set, in addition to stories about his upbringing in Ohio and California.
His voice, impersonations of others and in general his candor.
I did laugh at a few points. It wasn't particularly emotion-rendering but it was very good.
A co-worker requested this book for a Secret Santa gift and I was intrigued. I'd never heard of the author or title, but figured I would give it a try as I had some credits piling up. It was a very interesting book and one of the reviews I read about this book having a Toni Morrison feel was dead on. A lot of the book takes place in New Jersey too which was a cool aspect for me, being an NJ native and a lot of the locations the narrator references I was familiar with. If you have even an inkling of interest, I would recommend this purchase. I would caution the listener though, as there are several '75-'90 sci fi/nerd references, some I could understand, others I couldn't. The same goes for a lot of the Spanish dialogue.
Can I really "review" this book without giving much of the conclusion away? No
Would I recommend this book to a friend? Definitely Yes.
I agree with some of the other listeners, but I won't say which way I sway in opinion. Pretty well-written, engrossing, and again, I would recommend others read it. I realize this may be a terrible review, but I'm trying to preserve the integrity of the story here. If you have any interest in this novel, go for it. If you're hesitant, forget it.
On the narration, it was pretty good, although Kirby's "my wiiiife"s were grating on my nerves. He just said it weird.
Read this one to keep up with my students. I really liked the multi-cast reading of this book and wish others in the series were similar. This would be a great road trip option for the 7-11 age group and I love how the author uses big words and defines them for the kids. Would recommend!
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