The most inexcusable piece of contrived writing I have listened to. Horrendously pedestrian; a nauseating patchwork of cliche that inspires only suicide. If I have one purpose on this earth it is to warn you away from this audiobook. I have suffered so that you may not have to. What makes this lame excuse for writing even worse is that it is accompanied by a string orchestra that sounds like they were ripped off the set of the movie "Brian's Song." The author takes no prisoners in his gut wrenching onslaught of guaranteed heart string pullers. He pulls every trick in the book - cute children rescued from death, never ending birthdays, abused children, impoverished immigrants, parental emotional abuse, war, teen angst, lost love, you name it. Save yourself and buy another audiobook...any other audiobook.
This review is more about the production, abridgment and recording of this incredible book and journey. The book itself is without compare in the annals of Himalayan travel and inner exploration. The recording and abridgment, completed by the late Peter Matthiessen himself is mystifying and entrancing. I usually steer far clear of abridged works, and especially those that I have read in their complete form before, but when I heard that Mr. Matthiessen had done the abridgment himself I was enticed. I was not disappointed. Yes, his voice is deep and gravelly; yes it is the recounting by an older man of his younger self; but the mystery and wonder is still there, and the emotions are brought to life by the voice of the author. I am so grateful to have this production on audio and cannot recommend it more highly to lovers of great travel writing, the Himalaya, Buddhism, Nepal, field biology, and the grieving process for a loved one through adventurous pursuits. Mr. Matthiessen was one of the greatest naturalists and nature writers this planet has known, and this story is one of his best, even in itʻs abridged form. Enjoy. Namaste!
Yes. It was an excellent audio program, and an enticing story.
The whole story rotated around Strike, so it's hard to list anyone else.
All of them. Hard to compare against the Harry Potter books, but this is just as twisted and a great story.
No. It took a few sittings,
I look forward to more books with Strike as the main character.
Modern day 1984.
The narrative was compelling and well researched. It is a very disturbing book, and makes me question my tolerance for the atrocities that are active in the world today, rather than simply expressing disgust at what has gone on in the past. I really feel for the people of North Korea.
Commander Ga. I believe that his story is the national anthem of the common man of North Korea.
After listening to a few hours of this book you are going to go into epileptic fits if you hear Cormac Wallace, Mill Number GHA213 one more time. After the original idea this book gets boring fast, and the story delivery mechanism - a series of recorded snippets from ... you guessed it ... Cormac Wallace's journals gets old. Unless you are interested in hearing a series of battle vignets over and over pass this one by.
Colin Thubron is a magnificent writer and historian. His prose is lyrical, his perceptions astute. I have recommended this book to several people, some of whom are writers themselves, and they have all loved it. It is a fascinating journey through history told with a deep understanding of the cultures and their history. I wish that Audible would record his other works, particularly "Behind the Wall" specifically about China.
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