I generally like true adventure tales and this one was on an exploration of Antarctica that was unknown to me.
However, the narration and delivery was devoid of almost all emotion. I contrast it to the story and narration of 'Into Thin Air' by Jon Krakauer. In that book, you could understand and empathize with the Everest quest and sense the extreme dangers involved.
Here, the story is told in an almost matter of fact, police report style. " Mawson fell down a crevass....he climbed out on his second attempt." Yawn.
Another issue was, and this is not the narrator's fault, that some information was repeated at times. I wondered if this book was written by a 'team' and several chapters made references to the same events or technical information.
If this is truly the 'Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration', it surely was delivered in dead-pan as I almost missed the climatic parts.
All in all, I am glad to have learned about Mawson and his experiences in Antarctica and the challenges, but they were delivered with such a lack of emotion that as another reviewer said, it probably would have been a better read.
Here's a case where the audiobook format truly enhances the written word. Jeff Woodman delivers the narrative with the New England tone, cadence and humor that makes this a wonderful book to enjoy. Of course, the actual brilliance comes from the hand of the author Bruce DeSilva.
I'm hooked and going directly to use my credit for Cliff Walk!
What can you say about a 32 hour book? First I'll say, I've listened to 12 hour books I thought would never end! This 32 hours went by in a flash. I was constantly interested and entertained. I won't re-hash the story line, I will only say the writing and pacing and character development are wonderful.
This is destined to be on everyone's best fiction of 2013 list for sure. Pulitzer prize quality writing in my opinion. Not since 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' have I been so taken in by a book.
Just get this book...you will love it!
Will Patton delivers a great performance of superb writing. James Lee Burke is wonderful at describing New Orleans, Cajun culture, the attitudes and the ways of a cop in a very tough and corrupt town and state.
Dave Robicheaux is a fantastic protagonist and you cheer for him as he navigates this world of reprobates and hustlers. You'll want to read all the books!
This is the 3rd Department Q and I have to say I just love these books and this one is the best so far.
I love the characters and Assad has to be the most entertaining sidekick in all the mystery/thrillers I enjoyed in a long time.
You can read the overview of the book to get the thrust of the story. I will tell you the pacing, narration and story keep you wanting more. This one is hard to stop listening too.
How long do I have to wait for the next Department Q? I'm hooked!
I'm a huge Cormac McCarthy fan. His prose is just among the richest and most descriptive. It just flows.
I gave this book 4 stars because I just couldn't piece together the stories. Inside this book is a series of events all richly described, but varied and unordered.
If you love Cormac McCarthy, you'll instantly recognize the prose and style. You won't however find this a well ordered story. It doesn't flow like the Border Trilogy or The Road or No Country For Old Men, etc.
This was my first Carl Hiaasen novel and it was just really funny and enjoyable. The characters are just so well developed and the narration was spot on.
I listened to this book with high hopes of finding a series on par with Steig Larsson, Jo Nesbo or Jussi Adler-Olsen, but there was nothing here. I didn't find a complex and relatable protaganist. Sure Kurt Wallander likes whiskey and scotch, has a daughter he doesn't relate to and his wife has left, but on the job he's just a cop following leads.
If you've listened to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, you'll know what I mean. Harry is all action and derring do.....Kurt is at the crime scene looking at shoe prints or working the phones...yawn.
I'll pass on the rest of this series.
You can tell by the description of the book what the major story line is. But the dialog and writing is so good and you get a good understanding of each character. This writing goes deeper into characters in 11 hours than a lot of 20 hours novels I've listened to.
I loved this one and as soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to use a credit on "Criminal Enterprise" so I can continue to follow Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere.
Cherise Booth is an outstanding narrator and injects warmth and humanity in the main characters. It's easy to see why this book won the National Book Award.
I didn't like the theme of dog fighting that runs through this book but I understand how that is a real part of life in southern Mississippi.
I had only vague memories there was a movie and have never read any John Irving, but there was such a good sale price on this that it seemed like a good buy.
Wow, John Irving is a wonderful storyteller. How has this guy not won a Pulitzer Prize? Better writing and storytelling is hard to find. I love Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Franzen, but now Irving is in my top 3.
Grover Gardner is among my favorite narrators and his performance here was super smooth and effective. Grover is always superb.
I don't think it matters what your personal views are on abortion, this novel is so much more than that part of the story. I think the core of this novel is the deep attachments and relationships that are formed that cover the arc of Dr. Wilbur Larch's and Homer Well's respective lives.
This is an epic length story but one I think you'll never want to hurry through and you'll look forward to every minute. There are no slow parts....it just flows effortlessly.
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