I love Pat Conroy, but this wasn't very good. He recycles the same themes: race in the south, class tensions, and of course mother issues.
I found the dialog awkward and at times unbelievable. The constant bickering of characters was annoying. The wisecracking of the protagonist falls short of being cute or funny.
The characters lacked depth. I had a difficult time liking the good guys and conversely disliking the villains.
I will sum it up:
Don't eat processed food and sugar.
You can't lose weight by eating right and exercising?
The only hope of losing weight is through government regulations.
Not a good story. It isn't clever and compelling. Personally, I am tired of the Nazi war crime story lines.
This is truly an amazing novel. If books have the power to change the world, I hope this gets read by millions. You don't think of Stephen King as being that type of author. But, this book is that good.
I would love to see it made into a mini-series.
This is a great novel if you hate civil liberties, think the Constitution is outdated, and have disdain for the Geneva Convention. I feel like this a 10 hour advertisement for expanding the way on terror, rendition and torture. Besides the above mentioned, the story wasn’t any good. I felt like I was waterboarded by Vince Flynn.
About what you would expect from someone nearly 100 years old. It is rambling, disjointed and insufferable. Go the a nursing home and chat with a centenarian for 10 hours to get a feel for if you want this book or not.
I was absorbed and repulsed at the same time. This was a true Apocalyptic tale. My advise is to lock the liquor cabinet and the gun cabinet. After this audio book, you may not be in the right state of mind. I have been sleeping with the lights on ever since I finished it.
The story didn’t measure up. The plot was contrived and predictable. It was like an eight hour episode of MacGyver. I had relatively low expectations that went unmet. Pick a different one!
One of the Devil’s agents narrates this rambling and irrelevant look at the formative years of Hitler. The most insightful and interesting story element deals with beekeeping. Maybe that says it all. It is just plain goofy.
I kept hoping this iconic author would redeem himself along the way. But, as the story plodded along, it became apparent that this work was the rambling of an artist whose time has past him by. The only reason this manuscript got published was the name Mailer was typed on the first page.
I would say the ending was a disappointment; however, it was a welcome relief.
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