It started off as fun, seemed promising, but was sorely lacking in plot or believability. Our hero died but a time-warp brought him back like new, he was beaten to a pulp but was miraculously healed when the story warranted it. Too much gun talk and adoration, too much fighting, too many kinds of monsters and oddball creatures. I am not a fantasy fan. This is just not my cup of tea, or rather, whiskey.
It is difficult to rate a book that just isn't your type of book, but you know that it could be a great read for a different type of listener. I have come to realize that I am just not into comedy capers and bumbling thugs like in The Hot Rock. However, if YOU are, this book may be right up your alley.
What is really strange is that as I started listening, I quickly realized that I already knew the story. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why--did I read the paperback or see the movie? Who knows? But it shows that twice, I decided that this book sounded fun and I wanted to experience it.
The narrator does strange things. You hear an African character speaking in what you have come to identify as an Indian accent (another reviewer calls it Pakistani). You hear what you think is a classic New York accent with shades of Ohio in it. The main character, Dortmunder, seems to have no accent at all.
If you can let this go and are looking for something light, with laughs, this book could be what you are looking for. I don't want to bash it. It just isn't my style.
Written for young men, I think the author provides a couple of good insights into gaining self-confidence. However, it is mostly fluff and will not help anyone gain insight into their own problematic behaviors or what they themselves may be lacking.
Read this very short lecture simply for amusement and not as a self-help book!
I saw the movie and have never been able to get the story out of my mind. Touching the Void is a true story, a miracle of sorts--a mountaineer left for dead by his climbing partner and his incredible struggle to live. I have always wondered how this could have happened and more particularly, how Joe and Simon felt about what happened. Specifically, how did Joe Simpson feel about his climbing partner after the ordeal? How did Simon Yates react when he learned Joe was still alive when he abandoned him. You can't rely on a movie to tell the real story but you can rely on this book's narrative. It includes segments also by Joe's climbing partner, Simon Yates.
This is an incredible story, beautifully written and very moving. The narration was excellent and I highly recommend this book.
Not my typical genre, romance. However, I got this one on sale, as it had consistently good reviews. Sometimes, it is good to mix it up as to not get into a rut. It was a very easy, pleasant listen with just enough extra intrigue (besides the romance) to keep me interested and coming back for more.
Nora Roberts certainly has expertise at the love scenes, and I it appears she knows when enough is enough. At least, for me, that is.
Like another reviewer, the main character, Abigail, spoke very much like Temperance Brennan in the Bones tv show. It didn't detract too much for me, although I've come to associate that way of talking with autism! Abigail certainly is not autistic, but she did have a very stilted childhood, so I guess her speech can be understood in that way.
While not my favorite type of read, I think The Witness is good enough to recommend, particularly for romance fans.
I spent about three days immersed in Alice's story. It's all about amnesia, marriage, divorce, infertility, having children--life! Basically, it is what I call a "relationship book." No monsters, no non-stop action, no murders. However, there certainly was a slowly unfolding mystery. The story held me spellbound, and I never lost interest.
I was particularly charmed by the narrator, Tamara Lovatt-Smith. Her delightful Australian accent, along with a perfect take on Alice's personality, made me love listening to this story. Her voice remained in my head the next day after I had finished my listen.
If I had a minor quibble, it would be that Ms. Lovatt-Smith should learn how to do different voices to make the narration a little easier for listeners. I am sure this will come in time.
The next time I get the craving for a "relationship" book, I will certainly turn to Liane Moriarty. And hopefully, to Ms. Lovatt-Smith.
I have had this audiobook in my library for several months. I found Wouk's two other masterpieces (Winds of War & War and Remembrance) superb and was a little worried this book would not live up to my expectations.
Well, I needn't have worried. I found this book to be similarly enthralling and a really exceptional listening experience. I can't imagine a better combo than Herman Wouk and Kevin Pariseau. Pariseau really understands Wouk's characters and narrates them expertly.
Wouk's characters are well-developed as usual. Their motivations and behaviors I found totally believable. I really cared what happened to them and often felt I was right there with them in the moment. This story is by no means predictable, and more than once I found myself surprised at the turns it took. Now that I have finished the book, I often find myself thinking back to the ending in particular, wanting to know more, reluctant to say goodby to Willie and his comrades.
The Caine Mutiny is much more than just a war story. This book is not only for men who can't stop reminiscing about the war. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an engrossing and rewarding listening experience.
You know, it is very difficult to continue against the current. Some times it is so strong it tips your boat. What is it with me that I can't enjoy this book? It isn't even a mild dislike--I can't stand it. I have gone back to it three times and each time, I cringe. It is fascinating how much I dislike it.
Bernadette is just plain silly and insensitive and unbelievable. Is it just terminal quirkiness or mental illness? I know she is supposed to be creative and clever and funny, but it just doesn't come off that way for me. And the tirade against Seattle? I think you would have had to live there to get your laughs from that. A tirade which goes on way too long. Like a comedy routine.
To make it all worse, I have no fondness for this narrator at all. So, there you have it. My rant about a book everyone else seems to love. Almost everyone.
I would rate it a solid 3 1/2 stars, but no more. I am way out of sync with the other reviewers on this one and am wondering why. What am I missing?
I thought the narration was perfection for all the characters. George Guidall did a masterful job and I can imagine no one else doing as well.
However, I found the story somewhat slow moving and do I dare say--not so interesting? As I got toward the end, it got a little more involving for me. It is not that I haven't experienced Walt Longmire. I watched some episodes on television, the few that I found, and really enjoyed them. I was just expecting to care a little more.
I have enjoyed Doig's books in the past. Dancing at the Rascal Fair was just wonderful. This one, not so wonderful. None of the characters were likeable or interesting enough to hold my imagination. The story moves along as slow as molasses. Life is too short to waste on a book you don't care about. I am quitting after listening for 6 hours.
It isn't very often that I finish an audiobook and walk around with a grin from ear to ear, chuckling. This book really grew on me and it was so much fun. I really enjoyed the characters and miss them now that the book is finished.
First, what this book isn't. Do not expect a-thrill-a-minute pace, do not expect sea monsters, vampires, or zombies. Do not expect political correctness--think of where we were in the 70's, 1970's, that is.
What this book is. It is a very well-done, old-fashioned survival tale. It is an all-male adventure that includes and all-knowing engineer and his African manservant, a seaman, a reporter, and a young teen boy. In addition, there is the indispensable dog, Top, and the orangutan, Joop, who wears a dinner jacket in his role as servant. The guys are stranded on a Pacific island after escaping imprisonment of sorts by the Confederates during the Civil War by stealing a hot air balloon and blowing away in a hurricane. They crash land with nothing but the shirts on their backs, but no matter, they have an engineer with them! This book is not a comedy, by any means, but is genuinely funny and I wonder how the excellent narrator could keep from laughing. Somehow he did keep from laughing and turned out the best possible narration for this book, narrating with total seriousness.
This book is a gem that takes a little patience to get a feel of where it's going. Once you do, just sit back, take it easy, and enjoy it. And just when you think you have figured it out, you will be hit with a twist that will make it ever more enjoyable. That is assuming you have not read EVERY review and particularly the one by the person who just has to, oh-so-innocently, include spoilers in their reviews.
You got nothing to loose and a lot of listening fun if you get this book!
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