Do yourself a favor--give this book a listen. We're all familiar with the Robertsons through TV, of course. But this inside back-story tome will make you love them more than you already do.
We've all seen the John Wayne movie (much, much better than the new version, methinks), so we're all familiar with the story. The detraction here is the narrator. I know that in the afterword she tells how much her entire family just loooooves True Grit, but her narration leaves a LOT to be desired. A LOT.
As a huge college football fan (Roll Tide!), I enjoyed the book as a whole, but it just wasn't quite what I needed it to be.
By that, I mean that at times it was boring, to the point I forwarded it a few minutes to get on to something interesting. A LOT of time is spent on one coach in particular, and it's my opinion that there are plenty of other programs and stories out there to be told without focusing so much on one area.
Overall, there is a lot of good information here. The authors are very careful to cite their sources at the end of the book, so I fully believe the book's authenticity.
This was the first Stephen King novel I ever read, and in my humble opinion, it's his best. No trickery, no scare the absolute crap out of you...it's the subtle "what if..." that gets you.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this old friend, and I highly recommend it to anybody who might enjoy exploring "what if...".
I looked at this book several times before I finally decided to go ahead and give it a listen.
I'm sorry I waited so long to do it. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
It's obvious that Crais has done his research related to PTSD, dog psychology, and K9 training. I love the way he made Maggie not a human, but not a lapdog, either. I felt her pain every bit as much as I felt Scott's. Their story moves along and doesn't drag once; it just grabs you and doesn't let go from the beginning. I've recommended it to other people, and all three of them agree it's one of the best books out there.
This is just a well-written, moving story from the first page. Well done, Mr. Crais. Very well done.
I've enjoyed the Iron Druid Chronicles up until now. I'm not quite finished with this one, and I'm trying to get it over with soon. I'm tired of it.
This book just isn't as good as the first three; the third one was downhill, and this one is the bottom. I absolutely HATE the narrator's voice for Oberon in this one; he's changed it for some reason, and it sounds more like Oberon has a lispy, breathy voice than in the others. Oberon's lines, which were one of the best reasons to read the other books, are lame and goofy in this one, especially with the new voice for him.
I think the thing that really turned me off this one is all the environmental, mother-Earth tree hugging crap. It seems to be really turned up in this one, more so than in the others, and that's a huge turn off for me.
I really like finishing a series once I get one started, but I really don't think I'll continue this one. It's just blah.
I'm a huge fan of Sookie Stackhouse. Like everybody else, I waited anxiously for this book's release...and we got THIS?!
This one is a real letdown. Let's face it; it was time for Sookie's adventures to be over. How many times can one person have their life in danger from otherworldly creatures and it still be fresh reading? So a promising end to a good series went out with a whimper.
Eric is barely in this book--BARELY, as is Pam. Bill has more lines than they do, but is still pretty much left out.
I think the ending really got to me most. I'm Team Eric when it comes to who Sookie spends happily ever after with, and instead of a plot twisting, last minute white knight riding in, we get a (what seemed to be) rushed coupling, last minute hook-up with Sam. And nothing definitive there, either; just a maybe Sookie will end up with Sam and maybe she won't.
Again, a real letdown. I want my credit back. :(
I've read the print version of GWTW several times, and I was happy when I found this unabridged version on sale. I had to have it!
Although the narrator does an OK job, it may have been better with another narrator, but I can't think who...George Guidall, maybe.
This is a slice of the South that was, and Margaret Mitchell did a good job of capturing the War of Northern Aggression from the Southern point of view: the hardship, the loss, the privation. It's all here.
A classic, wonderful novel.
I can't complain, because I got this one during a good sale, but it's only an OK listen. The story is pretty good, but needs to move along a bit faster. I had no issues with the narrator; he did a good job. It's not the book I hoped it would be, especially with all the hype over the new Jack Reacher movie out, and with there being several books in the series.
It's not a bad book; I just think it could be better if the plot moved along. Maybe the other books are better?
George Guidall. He brings the story of a spoiled brat becoming a level headed young man to life in a way few could. This is the great version of a great book.
The book has already been made into a film, and it was good as well. My tag line might be "a brat's journey to manhood".
Well worth your money or your credit.
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