I really enjoyed reading this book years ago and having grown tired of listing to the radio have taken to exclusively listing to audible books while driving to and from work. I now relish the traffic and find myself sitting in the driveway for a few more momments when i get home to continue to listen. The Shipping news is a favorite of mine and i greatly enjoyed listening to the narration. Paul Hecht did a fantastic job; bringing the characters back to life for me. So far it is my favorite audiobook.
I would compare the Shipping News to anything by John Irving, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan. All favorites. the stories that encompass a lifetime and all its events are the best to me. Full character development, historical references, and characters so rich and deep. They are my companions of the road. A true travel companion that keeps you entertained and removed from the mondane while reminding you that life is more complicated and deeply enriched.
Quoyle - Paul has gripped the vulnerability of the character without making him a sap.
The most enjoyable part is getting to live out the book again. Hearing the emotion in Joe's recitation that I have felt each time I have read the book. Tt is like getting to relive favorite moments in your life.
Many come close. but no one can really touch this book. It is an all time favorite of mine.
Everything but Owen's voice. He does a great job of bringing the characters to life.
John Wheelwright. I think his views and inspiration for his actions would make a terrific evenings worth of conversation. I first read this book in the early 1990's when i picked up a copy that had been left in the vacation home of a fried. the vacation home was in New Hampshire. I lost myself in the story and as i read the book found a kindered spirit in John and know him like i know myself. A true friend who i would gladly spend any amount of time talking with about the world and all its stuff.
Ok, let's say that we can all agree that Owen's voice would be difficult for anyone to emulate. However, I have to say that while Joe Barrett did a great job on all other characters, because 'THE VOICE' in my head was so different from what he provided it was the one thing about this audiobook that I would change.
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