The energy from some of the narrators was a little dead. It felt as if they had been reading for hours, and they were at the very end and restless.
It would have been so much better if Chelsea Handler could have read her parts. Everybody else read their own parts. Chelsea Handler has such a nice voice...
No. I think I'll just have to pay more attention to the reviews before i purchase.
I like that the stories were told by the people who wrote it, and by the people the events happened to. It was nice that they were able to mimic the sounds of surprise or the accents spoken. The pauses were accurate and done in a way that I would not have been able to imagine reading on my own.
See above for dislikes.
The book was entertaining. It made me giggle on the inside often. It was just evident that none of these people are used to writing in book format. It was so poorly written, that even the decent performances couldn't save it. It was entertaining and worth a listen if it is free.
Sure. I listened to it while I was doing other things (driving, drawing, etc.). I was pretty engrossed. Not a waste of time.
Absolutely. I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I will be purchasing Dark Places soon.
I liked all the southern old bitties. What a nice, velvety drawl.
Yes. I didn't waste any time.
Yes! The pacing is perfect. There is so much going on, I wonder how much I'll pick up on if I listen to it again.
I don't want to give too much away, but probably when Amy is essentially kidnaped.
Yes. It did. My only complaint about the narration is that it took me a while to get into it. I found both of them annoying, but their performance was good. I think this one is just a personal preference thing.
No. I was ok to break it up, but I did devour that sucker in just a few days.
Wonderful villain. Wonderful attention to detail. Broad story. The ending took a few listens to settle. I was really disappointed at first, but it grew on me.
If this book specifically suited what my friend was looking for, I would. It is still well written. It's a repetition of his last books, though. There's not a lot of new brought to the table. I liked the anecdotes about his students, but he talked way too much about his thoughts--and in a manner that was kind of stale. He has interesting teaching ideas, though.
I am listening to Gone, Girl by Gillian someone or other. Teacher Man did inspire me to read Freedom Writers. I'm just waiting for a library transfer.
Yes I would! He has such a great and lively voice. Not distracting. Not dull.
I would want to know if he ever married again, and to whom or why not; why was his mother so mean when she came to America, tell me more about his relationship with his daughter and younger brothers, how did he decide to write and how was his process for his first two books. Not all that should have been in depth in THIS particular book--actually--I think the only one relevant for this book would be the inquiries on his writing.
It's decent. Not my favorite of his books. It's got some very very slow parts. I almost couldn't wait for the book to end, but the ending of the book is interesting and well written.
Yes. It was time well spent. The story was interesting, and I enjoyed listening to it.
One of the scenes where his mother comes to New York. She is unusually difficult, and that creates such an interesting dynamic.
This is not really the type of book where I would have just one isolated favorite scene since it's all connected. I did have favorite events and themes and ideas. I really liked how Frank became so skilled at typing--then was able to use that in the real world.
Yes. 'Tis inspired me to try creative writing and to keep trying with school.
I would definitely try another book from Voltaire. A book narrated by Andrew Sachs wouldn't deter me.
Candide was actually a fun listen. The humor is so understated. It's really interesting how there is so much tragedy, but I would still call this a comedy.
His style was a little odd. He would elongate some of the words at the end. It was just a little awkward.
Possibly...It would really depend on who the director was and who the actors were. There are so many ways this story could go wrong.
I'm unsure. I didn't particularly care for this book. The first half is really boring, and if I had read this instead of listening to it, I might not have stuck with it. However, I was interested enough to listen to the sequels.
I've already listened to the follow-ups "'Tis" and "Teacher Man" is what I'm listening to right now. They are both by and narrated by Frank McCourt.
His story is narrated in his own words with his wonderful accent. It's told in a thoughtful way. The biggest thing that is a unique experience is the singing. In books when the lyrics are in the book, it's always awkward to read it without knowing the tune. Listening to the book give the reader an opportunity to hear the songs.
There is no main character I would cut. Maybe a few of the side characters that add nothing but pages and minutes to the story.
Neil Gaiman sure knows how to tell a story! His worlds are always fantastic, and this one is no different.
The thing I liked least--I had no idea this was a fairy tale for adults. I was so confused when there were a couple of sex scenes. The scenes were vital to the story, but if the story is for adults, make it clear that it's for adults. As it stands, this is a children's story with a couple of sex scenes and very very light cursing.
All of the characters are so wonderful. Some of them where a little under developed. This book could have easily been another 5 chapters longer.
Neil Gaiman has the best voice ever! He is energetic--but not over the top. I could listen to him read barcodes.
No. No follow-up book necessary. It ties up rather neatly at the end.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites--just below For Whom The Bell Tolls.
I know I gave the performance only a Three, but I really liked the performance best. Flo Gibson has such a buttery voice, and the parts that were done well (Lydia's dialogue), were done exceedingly well. I gave only three stars for the performance because of the lack of diversity of the voices.
entertaining, consistent, and smooth
This book made me laugh at little junctures throughout. The characters are humorous, and when acts of manipulation go awry, the results are funny.
I was sucked in immediately!
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend! This book is so easy to get lost in! Campbell Scott's voice is soothing as Robert Jordan. He is comical as the gypsy. There is not a whole lot of story (the book takes place over the course of 3 days), but what story there is, is rich.
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a typical classic and tragic tale. Because of the timeline, maybe I would compare it to All My Sons by Arthur Miller. As for the rest of the story--it is familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on a definite comparison.
I have not listened to any other Campbell Scott narrations, but I would like to.
There were many moments that moved me, but the very end of the book moved me the most. It was all the notes and tidbits on life and death and duty and what makes a good life.
I wanted to listen to this book again from the beginning the instant it ended. I LOVED it!
This is a difficult question because my library is so eclectic so far. I've got four books as of yet. As far as performance goes, this book comes in second. As far as story goes--I can't rank it because it's so different. It is a lovely story. It's vivid and definitely worth the time to hear the story.
I like the pacing. It's like two wonderful stories about the same man woven in together. As soon as story #1 becomes a little too intense, there's a little intermission with story #2 of present day Jacob.
I love the voice (as in what he has to say) this character has.
Jacob the elder was really good. He wasn't too dramatic and he was able to change characters by subtly changing the way in which he read. Jacob the younger was not as impressive. His portrayal of women characters was annoying and distracting. He sometimes overacted and it seemed as if he forgot which voice he wanted to use on some of the other characters. He wasn't bad. He was actually quite good--with some major infractions.
Yes! There were moments all through out the nursing home that made me angry. As far as tears and being emotional...there were several moments towards the end of the book that made me a little teary. I don't wanna spoil it...
It's a little slow to get into. It took me until almost chapter three to get in it. I almost gave up. I'm glad my mom talked me into waiting it out because it truly is worth it.
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