I downloaded this John Irving novel after having read many of his books years ago. I jumped in with this recent novel and found it to be the John Irving that I read years ago. The style and motif are the same and I was not disappointed. The narration in this case was good, but not great. I think I'd have appreciated it more if it had been dramatized, not just narrated.
I love John Irving's books (and authors) inside books. And he takes it one degree further in A Widow for One Year. I just couldn't bring myself to give this selection five stars though.
I've loved every one of the Chee and Leaphorn books and wanted to enjoy the characters in this book, but nothing held together. No compelling characters, the story goes nowhere. I was disappointed.
Rene Auberjonois performance brings this novel to life. His portrayals of the characters are distinct without being melodramatic or odd.
The complexity of the plot was engaging, pulling you in like the quicksand described in the bogs.
I was disappointed that after investing 11 hours and 50-odd minutes into the book, it just unceremoniously stops. I understand that this is a series, but there was no closure to the plot threads that had been developed. I would have rated it much higher had it satisfied my appetite.
Randy Pauch was a gifted speaker. Before downloading The Last Lecture as an audible book, I'd seen the video of his presentation. Even if you listen to the book, you should acquire the video and watch it. The narrator of the book is good and possibly presents the book better than Randy himself would have, but to get in touch with the real Randy Pauch, you should view the video. Then, the audio book will be even better.
I listened to Freakonomics while driving to and from work. While I found it interesting, I didn't find myself engaged in the reading of the book or its content. Frankly, based on its rating, I expected more.
I got this book along with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and was extremely disappointed. I have the same books released by Listen for Pleasure Ltd. on cassette that are far superior. These dramatizations are incomplete and don't tell the LeCarre stories well at all. I deleted after listening--along with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. For me that is the lowest of the low. Go find a good reading of LeCarre books and don't waste your time with this.
I have the Listen for Pleasure releases of the John LeCarre Smiley series on cassette. Bad assumption on my part that these dramatizations would be comparable. If you love the John LeCarre series of Smiley books. Don't listen to these, they'll put you completely off the genre! This is the first Audible selection that I actually deleted out of my library.
I love John Irving and if you do, you know what's contained in his novels. Novels inside novels, writers, unusual sexual relationships, and a complete story. Having read many, but not all of John Irving's books, I found the story and themes contained in this lengthy book consistent with his other writings. The narration and characterization was excellent and helped carry the story. About Part III I got a little bored because John Irving stretched this one out a bit far--there were sections of the book that didn't contribute to the overall story at all--but then for entertainment, I guess that's ok. If this were Garp or Owen Meany, I think it would have rated five stars instead. The narrator was great, it was the story that was slow or too lengthy.
If you gotta be bent to love Dexter, then I'm bent. I got hooked on Showtime's Dexter and during hiatus I bought the first two books. I read them in a matter of days. Then, I signed up for Audible and Dexter books were some of my first purchases. Well worth the $/credits. The stories are full on Dexter, but diverge from the storyline on the TV series, so you are never sure where Jeff is going to take us next. There's actually more depth to Dexter's charater in the books than on TV and the humor is even more pronounced than on TV.
Gotta have my Dexter! Can't wait for the next book!
The voicing of this book was great. The stories were produced and dramatized nicely, but the meaning of the stories went over my head--if there were deeper meanings there. I might try another Sedaris book, but I'm not going out of my to go looking for it.
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