This is a sweet story and the first two thirds of the book are a pleasant listen. I was invested in the characters, I was was interested in hearing how it ended. Then things slowed way down and came to a coughing, grinding halt at the end. In the past, I have appreciated Grisham's non-traditional endings, but this one seemed like he needed to put a little more effort into it.
I love Tom Robbins. I had read Villa Incognito years ago and was excited to listen to it. I've enjoyed all the other Robbins books in audio format. This narrator is terrible. His Thai accent and "cowboy" accents are terrible to the point of distraction. Robbins books are naughty and glib and don't take themselves seriously, that's the beauty of his story-telling. They need a subtle touch. Robbins books, as most great stories, need the narrator to become invisible and let the story shine through. This performance was so disappointing.
I've listened to this book now four times and I'll listen to it again. It is by far my most highly recommended book. AND, it's even better in audio then it is reading it because Bryson is the narrator. It is heartwarming and funny and real and perfect. There is not high enough praise for this book.
I really, really love Tom Robbins. I've read everything he's written multiple times. This collection is sloppy. It reads like the house keeper was sweeping up and quickly published whatever ended up in the dust pan.
I will continue to read (listen to) anything that Chuck writea because he gained my love and devotion with Fight Club, Choke, Haunted, Survivor, Diary, the list goes on. But Tell-All was lazy, predictable, not imaginative, and boring. It has some clever moments through-out, but they are quickly drowned out by the eye-rolling moments and the sheer boredom.
This was such a fun book to listen to. It is a very accessible story, easy to follow, and all the characters are fun to get to know. It's a great history lesson--so many of our current "mystery" shows and stories are based on this story. That makes it even more fun--you can recognize the formula and the pattern of the story in everything from Law & Order episodes to "mystery" movies and books. These Doyle stories are SUCH a treasure.
This is a great idea for a series and Haddix does a great job of making it accessible for young readers. She uses a couple of key tactics to explain complex ideas that work really well. The characters and the action are believable. Audible has this book in the 8 - 10 year old category which I personally think is a little young. I've recommended it to the 12 year old in my life.
Joe Hill does it again. "Heart Shaped Box" and "Horns" were great, NOS4A2 is even better. It is really perfect in every way. As the other reviewers have stated, the narrator does an amazing job. Usually, I want the narrator to disappear so I can enjoy the story, but Mulgrew creates a perfect balance between you noticing the personality of the character and appreciating how she pulls it off.
The story keeps you guessing and keeps you interested. I loved Lou and Maggie, two side characters so much. Hill's development of each of the characters really rounded out the story. It was also just perfectly creepy.
It is not hyperbole for me to say that James Dickey should be spoken of in the same breath as ANY classic american author. He's a poet and genius. This book was done an injustice by the movie being made. I think more people would have read it if it could have been appreciated for the beautiful piece of literature that it is.
The fact that Will Patton reads it only makes it more perfect. Expectations cannot be too high when starting this book.
I only listened to this book because Will Patton was the narrator. I didn't know anything about the book or Pat Frank. Wow, what a great surprise. This book is perfect, just perfect. I've listened to it twice and recommended it to all my friends. You love and root for all the characters. And in the current world of zombie and end-of-the-world books being "in," Frank writes a believable story that captures the human side. All of the trendy stories out right now wish they could capture this story line as well as Frank did--he was ahead of his time.
This story started out slow, picked up for most of the book, to the point where it was really interesting, and then, it just ended. It was like a book report from a middle school student. I listened to this because it was by Ronson who is a wacky and controversial writer. But in this book, he didn't take a stand, he didn't give his opinion, it's a cop-out. He writes about what he saw and who he talked to, but then doesn't really give his opinion on anything. Anyone could have written this book since it doesn't reveal his point-of-view. Lame.
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