I can't see how this story would hold the attention of anyone other than pre-teens. (and I enjoyed the Hunger Games series, so I can appreciate light reads with young characters)
He could have added more description of the area and locations. The dialogue was very predictable, full of clichés and poorly written. None of the characters were developed to any extent, so it was impossible to get vested in their well-being and the outcome of the story.
I liked her tone and pacing. I do have to agree with another reviewer that most of the male characters sound like delirious surfer dudes... but I think that was probably an accurate portrayal because the dialogue was so dumb. I think Kate got it right.
I like history, science fiction and was interested in this town and location in particular, but this story doesn't satisfy on any account. I was not familiar with this author, and I won't be reading him again.
Unusual. Interesting. Engaging.
The feeling I got from this book was similar to how I have felt in the past when reading some of Mary Roach's books - I feel like I've been exposed to a topic that I knew nothing about and got a bit of an insider's view into that world. (This author is good, but is not in the same league as Mary Roach, so I don't intend any disrespect to her by making the comparison)
It was an interesting story and I liked the change of character narration, so you experienced the events through the perspectives of different characters. I thought it layed out a few good story threads within the overall mystery and kept a good pace, even though it is long book.
I liked how the ended played out.
It's too long to do that! You will want avoid putting down for too long though because you don't want to forget where you are in the story, as it builds upon earlier accounts of other narrators.
Some people commented that having both male and female narrators (for different chapters or sections of the book) was distracting, but I didn't have a problem with it and I think it worked well.
I may listen to this book again. I found this book needing more of my full attention than some other books, so I'm sure I missed some interesting bits along the way.
I liked the ending, but it was a long haul to get there. I just didn't really care for or about any of the characters.
I loved Middlesex, which is the only reason I got this book and why I found it disappointing. I had high expectations that were not met.
I think it would have been better to have had a female narrator for this story.
Read (listen to) another book quickly to get any lingering remnants of this one out of my mind.
I would not recommend.
The performance was good, but I don't recall it providing any particular enhancements to the story. Audio is always more convenient for me than print books, and this is a book that is hard to put down, so I was able to get through it more quickly in audio format.
This is the second book I've read of Laura Hillenbrand's and I am a fan. This survival story is very uplifting because the subject of the book had overcome so many things in his life leading up to his WWII survival, so his whole life story is beyond incredible.
The perfomance was good, but I don't remember anything in particular to highlight.
YES. Laura Hillenbrand provides the right amount of relevant background stories and also has very good timing for when to move the story along and when to fold in past events without distracting or confusing. She is a master at building suspense and keeping you engaged throughout, even when you know the ultimate outcome (I didn't in this case, but I did with Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit book, which is the primary reason for me reading Unbroken).
I do not read/listen to war books and am generally not interested in books with a war setting, but I was fascinated to learn about the planes that were used in the bombing missions in WWII as well as the conditions of the POW camps. Hillenbrand told the story in a way that engages those of us who are not WWII buffs..
Laura Hillenbrand has an amazing gift for telling incredible stories. Of course, her subject matters have amazing stories to tell, but she unfolds the events and background stories with such skill and art that I don't think these stories could be told better by anyone else. I also highly recommend Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit (the book is way better than the movie!)
The narrator, Craig Wasson, did an excellent job with several voices and accents and really did an overall nice acting job. I will look for more books that he has narrated because he is top notch. I definitely think my enjoyment of this book in audio format is higher than it would have been if I read the print version. I was also able to get through it quicker, as I listened to it on my iPod when walking about town, working out, etc, and I didn't want to put it down!
The beginning drew me in and it was difficult to put down. I also really enjoyed the ending... I wasn't sure how the story would get resolved and I was very satisfied with the ending.
No, I haven't, but I definitely will going forward.
I think it was a pretty light
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an entertaining read (or
This was boring and hard to follow. I couldn't hang in there any longer. A different narrator may have helped.
This was my first David Sedaris book and his humor, intelligence and sarcasm were entertaining. You also get the full nuances intended by the author, since he is the narrator. David is a naturally engaging story teller.
I'm scratching my head on this one. This is an awful story. It is boring. It is predictable. There is no mystery. The characters are not likable. It has gratuitous violence against women throughout. There is no strong female character at all in the book.....very anti-women. I only hung in there and listened to the whole thing because I believed there must be something good about the book to warrant all the favorable reviews... there isn't. Please don't waste your time.
I got this audio based on the reviews I read and they were spot on. Hands down, this is the best audio book I've ever listened to. In this case especially, because of the excellent narration, I would highly recommend listening to the audio version over reading the book (although you may want to follow up with the book version to savor the well-told story, after getting to know the characters in the audio). The author and the excellent narration make you really care about the characters and you will wish there was a sequel.
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