Don’t let the Sample discourage you from listening to this wonderful book! The Sample—the forward and introduction—are presented by relatives of Hemingway, not the narrator J. B. Lloyd.
Lloyd does a wonderful job narrating this up-lifting Hemingway book. For a sample of Lloyd’s voice, check out Michael Crichton’s Micro: A Novel.
This story is a love story and a tale of regret—a tale of lessons learned from the altered and divorcee.
You hear Hemingway’s thoughts about himself, about the writing process, and about others including some of literature’s best: Fitzgerald, James, Ford, Gertrude Stein (It is no wonder why she didn’t talk with him after this book—showing that honesty in print isn’t always the best policy.).
A bonus is found at the end of the book: Hemingway’s revisions of a section. You hear how he edited a section of his work, over, and over again—the subtle changes towards perfection, Hemingway style.
This is a perfect complement to The Paris Wife and Midnight in Paris.
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What a fun book! Roberts delivers modern romance mixed with humor, crime and persistent hitmen that will have you cheering for the characters. Description, storytelling, character development is excellent. Narration is exceptional. This is well crafted suspense--quality writing--complete with intelligent strong, believable characters. If you like Castle, Bones, NCIS (TV shows here) complete with early friendship and love, then you'll like Witness. You may even be reminded of those early days with your first love. Simply, this is a perfect modern romance, suspense story. For this genre, this is among Roberts’ best.
This is a must read if you stay at hotels for two or more nights, certainly if you stay a week or more. But a sense of humor is required.
This hilarious book provides an insider’s view of the hotel industry, its services, guests, and employees. Ethical and unethical advice for how to make the most of your next hotel stay are provided. But this is not a dry how-to book or pompous tell-all. It is a genuinely funny memoir about a young guy working in the hotel industry, making his living by moving up—and down—the hospitality ladder, and the people he meets.
The stories are well written and narrated—okay, the stories are laugh out loud funny. For example, do you ever wonder what happens to your car once in the valet's hands?
The narration throughout the book is just like the Audible Sample—conversational with cuss words and all—so if you like the sample and don't mind some cussing then my guess is you’ll like the book.
The book starts slowly, a bit bogged down in detail, but hang on because it speeds up. The beginning info is necessary. We learn how the author moves from being an out-of-work philosophy major graduate to valet driver to in-house hotel employee. By the end we are left with colorful laughable events full of honest, sharp-edged and keen observations of human behavior (good and the bad), useful tips to improve our next hotel stay, and an understanding of hotels including the history, the people who run them, who change our sheets, and clean our drinking glasses with Pledge--yes I said Pledge. And much more.
This is a hilarious book. I hope you enjoy it. And remember the next time you want a room up-grade just tip the…. Oh read the book.
I listed to this book the same week I saw the movie Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise—so I was in the mood for pure action, CIA-type suspense, methodical strategies, gun fights and the improbable survival of the main character. All of this and more was delivered in The Gray Man, including perfect narration. And I loved every minute of it. But this is what you are going to get.
The Gray Man--Court Gentry a former CIA guy—is part Jack Reacher, part Jason Bourne, with a mission to save innocent kids caught up in a bad situation. And he must keep himself alive to do so. So if you like Reacher, Bourne and the style of “their” books then you’ll probably enjoy this one. But let’s be honest, this isn’t great literature. It's pure fun. It's suspense, spy stuff--perfect for a long drive.
Mark Greaney’s writing delivers pace, background info and details without bogginess, thrilling fight scenes, and a superhero-like character that is very likeable. Greaney shines in adding compassion to his main character and--dare I say—integrity. By the end, I really liked this guy Court. In a completely improbable situation for survival, I cheered for him (It is no wonder why Tom Clancy partnered with Greaney on his novels: Greaney is a pleasure to read.).
The Gray Man was pure fun with perfect narration. I hope you enjoy it too.
I joined Audible in 2007. Piano Tuner was among the first books I heard. Today, 2012, I still think about this book. I consider it one of the best, most unique stories I've heard. The characters are well developed. The history and the fate of the piano turner are fascinating. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The story does start slow. The detail seems a little thick because you don't know the story is going, but then it comes together. And in the end, in some ineffable way, it doesn't leave you. I honestly don't know why I enjoyed this book so much. But five years later, I am still thinking about this book.
Fascinating history, excellent performance. The whole package. I listened to this book months ago and I keep thinking about it. Recently, someone mentioned Graham Bell, and I thought about this book, and how Bell could have saved Garfield. Someone else talked about germs and penicillin, and I thought about this book. And how germs killed Garfield. There is so much information in this book. If you like the Sample on Audible, you'll enjoy the book.
I love Kevin Smith, Clerks, Chasing Amy, and my favorite, Dogma. Okay, I didn't care for Zack and Miri Make a Porno. But that is me. Point is if you like Kevin Smith, his movies and his humor than you'll like this book a lot. And even tell your friends about, like I did.
If you want to get into the movie biz or screenplay writing, then this is required reading/hearing.
Tough Sh*t is Smith in the raw standing before you. Stomach that. And he gets pretty raw with language and stories about his life. -- This is not for the kids to hear -- But in the end you walk away knowing more about who he is, why he is the way he is, how the movie industry works/or doesn't work, and most all why Kevin Smith is a really cool guy.
The fact that he came from very little--very little--he hasn't forgotten his roots, he achieved his goals in his 20's and much more by 40, well, there is a lot to learn from a guy like this. And even if you are like me and didn't care for the Porno movie, Smith shows us that The American Dream is still alive. You just have to be willing to go for it.
I loved this book. Everything about this book is fantastic. The story, the development of the characters, the description, the action, the performance...I can go on and on. All of it is fantastic.
I also love how in today's teen literature, the characters, particularly the girls, are strong with grit and integrity, yet they maintain a feminine side. And romance with boys is then possible. The boy's are not intimated by the girl's strength but encouraged by it.
If you enjoyed the Hunger Games or Walter Farley's The Black Stallion, then I believe you will enjoy this book too.
If you want something fun, light, and witty with a little romance, then this is a great book. A perfect book for the summer. I just enjoyed it all: the characters, the story, and narration. And who doesn't like a little vamp romance mixed in with humor?
Thank you Molly Harper. I can't wait to hear/read your next book.
Two of my girlfriends raved about this book - they read the book. So, I was excited about the story; I purchased the book on Audible. But during a long drive, I found the narration to be melancholy. There was no lift or excitement in the tone where there could or should have been. The narration sapped my energy. Sorry Audible, but I just couldn't manage my drive while listening to this narrator. I gave up.
Later, I borrowed the book from my friend. I enjoyed it very much. The story is beautifully composed. The author's description of events, the jungle, are to be admired. I now understand why the NYT's Book Reviews are positive. Thanks to my friends, I enjoyed it too.
As a horse lover, I loved this book: the quick tempo, the description coupled with facts, the characters, the post-racing life of the horse, and the excellent narrator—I loved it all. And yes, just like Secretariat himself, the book does start slow but takes off down the homestretch. Some may find the early info on breeding/confirmation too detailed. By the end you may wish the book would never end.
But note this: Nack’s Secretariat is more than a book about a racing legend. It is a biography about the people who raised Secretariat and were affected by him. It is a book about believing in oneself, taking risks, and taking a stand against the status quo. Note that these actual events took place in the 1970’s – a time when few if any women owned racehorses and farms, let alone were willing to leave their marriage to campaign a horse. What Penny Chenery and her barn risked and achieved was remarkable. They had courage. And in the end, they all won.
Enjoy the read.
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