In general, authors should resist reading their own work. A top-notch narrator would have enhanced the novel, especially since the story jumped around a lot between past and present, and a professional could have helped the listener make those leaps with him.
One reviewer compared this novel to leafing through a scrapbook. I think that's apt; it's an experience where each new remembered picture or bit of memorabilia prompted an anecdote, a memory, a small revelation about being 11 once and being 11 no longer.
As always with the poet Ondaatje, the language is beautiful, the descriptions breathtaking, the rhythm of each sentence perfectly set against the plot. I would certainly recommend it.
Absolutely delightful from start to finish, this novel not only captures the wonderful serendipity of brilliant young minds unfettered by the fogies among us but also the sweet open-mindedness of their elderly mentors. Each is affectionately mocked along the way. Perfect narrator, too! I found it great fun.
This is likely a perfectly fine Carl Hiaasen book, rendered "unlistenable" by the narrator. Arte Johnson is simply not a good match for Hiaasen's deadpan writing style. I'm going to have to give up (Chapter 8) and get the book.
Fine plot but I was ready to wring Jake's neck by the end. How many times can one man's heart explode/stop/crumble/shatter/etc., for Pete's sake!! This is the first book I have ever listened to on "2x" because I was interested enough in the plot to want to get to the end...as soon as possible!
On the whole, I prefer the Myron Bolitar series to anything else Mr. Coben has written.
Bertie is back in great form, and romance is blooming among the elderly. Just when you think 44 Scotland Streeet couldn't get any better, any funnier or any sweeter, it has. You'll be cheering for Bertie's dad, feeling anxious about Matthew's impending parenthood and getting weepy when Angus finally makes his move. Enjoy!
Très bien! Louise Penny is back in top form with a wonderful story, beautifully told in the confines of a single location. As usual, there is much to think about as the beautiful mystery unfolds. The narration is terrific; Ralph Cosham is irreplaceable. And as the last chapters played out, I was mesmerized...with whispers of "mon dieu" and "mais non!" escaping my lips. Enjoy!
Another wonderful installment in this series, full of whimsical--but somehow totally believable--stories winding their way out of Corduroy Mansions and back in again. Delightful, funny, and a fabulous example of prose beautifully read that is much more than it seems.
I loved this book, despite my general avoidance of stories featuring this much violence. But the viiolence is so embedded in the context of the times that it seems, if not okay, at least understandable. This is a perfect Coen brothers story--I would love to see it filmed. The dialogue is pitch perfect and the narration is sensational. I truly could not stop listening--got lots of extra exercise in just to have an excuse to keep listening. Enjoy!
I couldn't stop listening...but I really didn't buy the villains' level of hatred/revenge. I know they were psychopaths but even psychopaths need to have twisted logic that hangs together.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
I loved Border Songs. It is unusual, and it is delightfully so. The "hero" is truly heroic. If you are a birdwatcher, you will chirp with delight. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Jim Lynch has a special voice as a writer, and the narrator captured it very well. Please do give this book a listen. I'm looking forward to Lynch's third novel, due out soon.
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