Surreal. Interesting. Long.
I've never read any other book like this.
The narrator spoke Wayyyyy too slowly. I wanted to yell,
There's really only one reality...but what is it?
I would recommend this book to someone who has patience and is not looking for a fast-paced or suspense -filled story. It was very long but I finished it without regret.
I was so looking forward to this book. Of course I watched MASH for many years and loved all the characters. As hoped the storyline was right in line with what I'd expect from MASH, struggles with keeping it together during dealing daily with life and death situations, humor, sarcasm, teasing, etc. It was all there.
However, the narration was horrible and ruined the book totally. This too low voice was not in line with the light, easygoing, fun banters the characters should be having. The narrator barely changed speed or inflection in speaking regardless of who was talking, making it very uncomfortable to listen to. All the characters sounded exactly alike, including hot lips (imagine her speaking with a low man's voice). I struggled to keep track of who was talking even with him saying 'he said'. Mr. Heller was clearly reading the book rather than telling a story. Plus, he needs to learn how to pronounce medical terminology if he's going to read a book that is heavy in this area.
Out of over 1000 books listened to on audible, this is only the second book that the narrator totally ruined the listen for me. (The other was the Stephanie Plum series.)
Get a new narrator and I'll finish the book.
Pretty good story. Although the guide dog's loyalty was impressive, the real story was with Michael and how he overcame his blindness. I hate to even mention he is blind because, for him, it wasn't a disability. There wasn't anything he couldn't do or try, including riding a bike and driving a car. His fine tuned senses (esp. hearing and sensing his surroundings) allowed him to navigate confidently in a sighted world. This was most impressive.
I'm not sure I undertand the triumph of Michael being blind and getting out of the trade center. The fact that he was blind didn't seem particularly significant to me. Michael overcame his blindness his whole life, so why was this suddenly an extraordinary journey...for him? Everyone making their way down those stairs was dealing with something, burns, broken bones, pain, fear, dehydration. Therefore, I don't think this was any more of a triumph for Michael than anybody else that made that journey.
I am inspired that Michael never let his blindness interfere with his successes. It's something we can all learn from. We should live our lives with no excuses.
I'm not sure why the rave reviews. This story did start out entertaining and captivating; but after Stony ran off and joined his fellow zombies there wasn't any more story. I'm now 2/3 through the book and I just can't stay interested. There's nothing in the story that's drawing me to finish the book, so for me it's a bust.
Excellent portrayal of two characters dealing with Aspergers syndrome. The story was not about their Aspergers per se, but instead the Aspergers made for fascinating characters in a medical mystery.
I do have a medical background, but you don't have to be a medical person to follow the story, although the more you know, the more passionate you may feel about the storyline. Palmer explains everything in layman's terms so nothing is lost. His topics are generally hot buttons in the medical world, often on the injustices of insurance or medical politics.
My imagination is a lot like Michael Palmer so I love his books. The narrator was great. I didn't feel like he was reading and there was a lot of expression in his voice.
I highly recommend this book. Fun, interesting, suspenseful, page turner. :)
I tried to read this twice. Got as far as the second half and just couldn't stick with it. I just found the characters silly in a cartoonish kind of way and I couldn't get into the story. I think a youngster would probably like it. Not much else to say about it since I didn't (couldn't) finish the book.
An interesting story about the behind-the-scenes building of the world's fair in Chicago in 1983 and the creative and genius team that put it all together. Amazing!
With all the splendor of the fair, there was also a dark side. Dr. Henry H. Holmes was a serial killer who took full advantage of the young women drawn to this city for the fair. This devious killer was calculating and creative, interestingly possessing the same characteristics of the men team that orchestrated the building of the fair.
And of course Scott Brick is a fabulous narrator.
An audio book should not sound like it's being read to a 1st grader. The strict pronounciation and slowwww narration over shadowed any emotion. She ruined the story for me.
It's too bad because the story was cute and I liked the characters. As much as I enjoyed the book, I don't know if I can stomach another reading by this narrator.
Sorry, I wish I could have been more positive. I was looking forward to a light, witty series.
Great story. Less violent than the other's I've read so far. I totally enjoyed this. And who's lying? It could've gone either way. So much entwined in this complicated plot, but still easy to follow. I'm glad I stuck with the series. Definitely a good read if you like books that suck you in and you can't put them down. And I love the narrator. He has a very pleasant reading voice.
You can't help but like Jack Reacher. He's tough, private, carefree, and sexy without trying. As with his other books I struggle with loving the story and hating the brutality. This author clearly enjoys detailing horror. I'll consider reading more in the series, but just fast forward past those parts. For me they don't add to the story.
I generally don't like reading about the holocaust because it's too depressing but I read it on the recommendation of my daughter. If you like stories about the holocaust, you will not be disappointed.
With that being said, I was totally captivated and couldn't turn the book off. I finished it in two days. In typical Picoult style she brings the story to life through the different perspectives of each character.
I wish there was more on Joseph and his brother since their roles are the least understood by me. How can a human being (or worse, thousands of human beings) do these things to other human beings? And although they came from the same family with the same values, they were two very different men.
What's with the weird monster story a la carte? It was distracting. The story could have worked just as well without it. I could see there needed to be some storytelling, but this was just rambling, unless I just didn't understand it.
Although the book detailed the horrors of the holocaust, it seems the book was really about Joseph and Minka and their personal journeys.
The ending did surprise me. I can't say more about why without giving it away. This would be a great book for a book club. So much to think about.
I highly recommend this book.
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