I had to stop listening to this book because the reader sounded like a news anchor rather than a storyteller. Clipped and monotonous in tone.
I admit there were a few plot points that left me wondering. But the characters were entrancing. They lingered in my mind for days, really got under my skin. The reader was perfect as well. Well worth one's time.
Neil Young's mind
The free ranging way he tells his tales is in keeping with who Neil Young is. He is an artist with lots of ideas!
Keith Carradine was a brilliant choice as narrator, he walked the walk right along with the author
When he speaks about his children, and the way he and his wife have come to understand the needs of their quadriplegic son, he reveals a well of empathy and compassion
A worthy visit through the winding mind of a real interesting guy
This book was interesting and good, though I prefer Ann Patchett's earlier novels. Hope Davis is a wonderful reader though, and helped me over some rough spots just by being so terrific
I had to stop listening to this book, though I had read good things about it and was looking forward to it. The reader sounds as if she is reading to toddlers, she is so slow and "flight attendant-ish." Having just finished listening to a book read by Hope Davis, who is terrific, this reader seemed intolerable.
I enjoyed this book mightily, and the reader is one of the best I have experienced. Definitely a good audiobook.
I stopped listening and will buy this book to read. The narrator was awful--she read as if the book were as simple as the characters are "supposed" to be--as if she did not have a clue about what is really inside the book she was reading. This recording is a reminder to me of how I can sometimes take the important contributions of good readers for granted!
For a book with the sweep of character and place of "Away," I can not imagine a better reader--she added brilliant color to the experience of this already vivid book.
I was so happy to read more about the characters I came to love in the "Tales of the City" series of books years ago. As the characters and I are in the same age range I also appreciated Maupin's keen observations of the vicissitudes of aging. A lovely experience to hear him reading the book, as well.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and am dismayed to say that Elliott Gould, an actor of bigger reputation than most of the audiobook readers I have become such a fan of, is an awful, monotonous, word-mispronouncing reader! The production on this book is terrible, also, with big silent gaps between, apparently, recording sessions. This is especially frustrating because the Peter Spiegelman book is really good. Was this a rush job or what?
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