I'll have to admit first that my wife liked the book, but that's as far I'll go.
The story read as if it were written as from a 16 year old's diary. And quite a boring diary at that. No matter how much "whips & dips, chains & chips" one could throw into this, more tepid than torrid, story, if you care little for the characters then the situation becomes completely pointless.
I can't see how this novel has became such a literary tour de force, while just in the "reading" of this novel requires a literal "Tour de force" of the Reader!
"Pedantic!", would be the best word I would use to describe this book. "Awful" the other.
But if the subject matter is of such interest, as it seems to be going by various TV media outlets, then may I suggest Jean-Jacques Pauvert's "The Story of "O", and Anne Rice's (under the nom de plume A.N. Roquelaure) "The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty." to wet the appetite, and perhaps stimulate the desire whilst kindling the slowly dying ambers of romance in a couple's relationship. I wish those on that path the best in their endeavors.
Now as to "narration" ... Dreadful. The reading of a phone book would have been more enjoyable. I won't blame Becca Battoe for that. Any performance artist is only as good as the material provided. To blame the messenger for bad news is unfair.
Clearly, this production could have been better suited with an addition of at least a second artist providing a voice of the male characters. Since it didn't it, this gives testimony to the uncaring cheapness of the production, and insults both the author and the reader alike.
And that is the real crime to purchase.
I'll have to admit that I was never one for the "Classics", but this freebie from Audible was truely an eye opener.
Dear listener, if you have never read a story by O.Henry (Honestly I thought that just a candy bar) story, the 3rd story, "The Last Leaf", is so powerful a story, and Sooo Professionally Narrated that I quite literally cried for an hour.
If you never heard this story I won't spoil it for you, But Please Listen To This One! You Won't Go Wrong.
"Well, Who da thunk it!"
First,I will admit that I am a fan of the cinematic works of Mr. Moore, but this was quite an enjoyable "read." There are a few portions of the book that had me in tears (not the kind of thing one does riding the ol' #7 to Manhattan, but I dare you Not to be moved by the chapter when his mother passed).
His "Story" reveals many disturbing aspects of living a "Vocal" life in America.
Regrets, I'm sure he's had a few.
"But too few to mention."
An enjoyable "Read", But to those that are not "Fans" of the good Mr. Moore ....
Would it kill you to listen to a differing opinion every so often?
While the naration is well (including various accents to distinguish the important players in Jones' life), the major problem is Jones himself. While there is little that can be said, or done, to diminish the single most important (and incredible) action that made Jones famous (exceptionally retold in this biography), it's the years following that make the story so disappointing.
Alas, such is true, on some level or another, in all our lives, I'm afraid.
Still, it is a good, and important, "read", especially when balancing his life's thread by the actions of other important "players" during the "War of Independence."
Overall, I don't think you will be disappointed with this purchase.
What a Fantastic life, captured superbly by an excellent historian, and narrated flawlessly. I can not recommend this book strongly enough! And what a rich telling of a what has to be America's First, Real, "Rags-to-Riches" story. This has to be THE American story, warts and all, taught to every student to get a "real feel" of what it was to live during the "Birth of the Nation" and Be the most creative force in the founding of government.
I tip my hat to the narrator, who expertly coveyed every sweaty, gritty, painful and joyous moment of soul that comes but once in a nation's lifetime.
Thank you, for a most enjoyable listen. Well, a second "listen" actually. I really did enjoy it.
A "generous" 3 stars to this book (mostly because I'm a devoted fan).
It's nice that added narrations are provided by other "Reporters" from the show, and Mr. Stewart's "narration" is as good as his nightly deadpan performance on "The Daily Show."
If you're a fan of the show, you'll love it.
If your a fan of Political Satire, you'll like it.
But, I can't help but feel that this would have made a "Better Than Average" "Daily Show Special if given a slightly larger than normal budget.
Still, I did enjoy and was very happy to find it was so very quickly made available to the Audible.com membership.
During the "read" of "Supreme Power", I couldn't help but feel as if history was almost repeating itself.
And It's amazing how many names associated with the FDR administration are found in later Presidencies, including the present!
Truly, it's a crying shame, that knowing American history isn't a prerequisite to actually participating in Making American history.
This is an excellent story, a real "page turner", with a flawless narration that adds to feel of holding history in your very own hands.
Listen, read, feel - Whatever! - make this the one book you "do" if you're grappling with the issues over our Supreme Court and the demise of our democracy today.
I absolutely recommend this book.
The story, the narrative, the grand sweep of a long bygone era (not so unlike ours today) left me wanting for more. At the end, I laughed, and I cried, and started a second "listen".
My only peeve, was that their should have been a third narrator for the female characters of the story (but then that might have brought the narration up towards the "Radio Staging" level of audio-drama's.
A daunting listen, but ... I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I warn you dear listener, if you ever wanted to know about the life and times THE most important American ( and dare I say European? ) before, during, and after the Revolutionary War, this is the book you should start your journey to understanding with.
But, the wealth of information is almost overwhelming ( at times, a bit tedious ), and at 35 hours, it's quite a challenge to fit into a working mans' schedule.
Despite that ( minor ) negative point, I found Patrick Cullen's narration pleasant and engaging.
Overall - if a true, comprehensive insight into the lives of the one, indisputably, most important men of the era, titled a "Founding Father", is what you seek, then THIS is the book ( and the man ) you should start with.
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