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We all harbor the fantasy that yes, given the chance, we too could have nightly stood on the planks, awash with light, and moved the crowds to tears and laughter. But alas 'twas not to be. If only, if only..
Well John Lithgow has. With the best of them, and he shares his unique experience with us in a very engaging way. Yes, he's over the top at some points, "They loved me!" And there is a chapter on his marriage that should have been left out. It's a painful to read letter to his family, not germain at all. But the book it is a good read. It enhanced my respect for the very few masters of drama, like John Lithgow, who can move us to tears and laughter so well.
I wish I had read this one before his others. It explains the references from his other books and would have made the whole series much easier to enjoy.
I'm 56. My teen decade was the 70's. So this book to me was a very long list of 1980's references I did not recognize. Unending and unfamiliar lists of video games, TV shows and characters that just aren't part of the lexicon of my memory from that time.
There is a lot of fantasy in the book that I'm not a fan of. I prefer more plausibility and reason to fiction. Additionally, there were some clumsy plot devices that spoiled the dramatic tension in the story. Like the late introduction of a hermit benefactor who has private jets, (yes plural), to come whisk away the four protagonists to his Secret Enclave away from the Bad Guys. Ok.....
Wil Wheaton does a great job.
I savored every moment of this book. Yes, it's long, but you are listening to the work a master craftsman and it's read to you by Joe Barrett who absolutely nails it. It is also about religion and predestination and I am not at all a religious person. But the story is a great examination on religion or what makes us religious. I was at first put off by the opening chapter and the narrator's easy familiarity with his religion. But while the story at first sounds like an endorsement on religion it reveals itself otherwise as the many elements of the characters and the story unfold. There is a great undercurrent of humor and irony though out this religious examination that made the story compelling to me.
In listening to John Irving's interview at the end, he says his premise for writing the book was to ask, "What would it take to believe in God? What would you have to witness before you could be a believer?" The character of Owen Meany and his story challenge us with that premise. Enjoy the ride.
You've been warned. This is idiot fiction for unsophisticated readers. I am baffled at all the good reviews. Yes, there are a lot of Audible listeners who liked this book but there are also a lot of people who think Rossane Bar and Larry the Cable guy are great entertainment. If you exercise any level of taste or discretion in fiction than you deserve much better for your credit.
This is a book with an alternate universe premise. That premise is a wild, suspend all reasonable disbelief, diversion in an otherwise B level young adult fiction novel. I finished it wondering what universe I'm living in where there are so many people who've rated this drek so highly.
The last review I had of our solar system was in grade school in the 1960's so this lesson was way overdue for me. This simple review of our neighborhood is what we know about our solar system today, and it's a lot more than we knew 50 years ago. So I was left thinking how exciting it will be to see what's revealed in the next 50 years. Well worth the credit to listen to this one.
You'll need patience for this one. It's a very long read and a difficult plot to follow. I kept asking, "So who's doing what to whom and why, and who are the good guys or the bad guys?" It wasn't until the end of last chapter of the novel that I finally understood the motivation to what had gone on previously. That didn't seem fair to me.
So is this a bad book? It is bad in that the story is not compelling at any point until the end. It's a loooong time waiting for it all to come together. If I were the editor I would have said, "Alistair, you've got a great story here, but you need to let the reader know more of what it is before the end of the book!". The last chapter finally reveals what the book was all about, but it left me feeling like I'd read an awful lot of exposition that had not enough to do with the most intriguing story elements.
John Lee: excellent. I question the criticism of him in other reviews. Most of the book is dialogue between at least four characters or more at once with cut scenes to four other characters at once and then back again. Crazy. Yet he pulls it off. The flaw is in the over complexity of the writing.
I am not a science guy, (English major), but I have become a complete science fiction nerd thanks to Alistair Reynolds. The future he writes about is hopeful and entirely plausible given what we know of the physical world today. In tandem with John Lee's reading this book was a great ride. I read "Pushing Ice" before this one and it's the same high quality read. Give it a shot.
Introverts are the protagonists in this exploration of PERSONALITY vs. character. Thank you to the author Susan Cain for making us, the introverts feel like the unsung heroes in a world consumed with rewarding the extroverted who exhibit not always appropriate behavior.
If this bit of dialogue sounds ok then you'll enjoy this book; "Darling, we're British and we're charming. The regular laws of the world simply don't apply to us. Let's dash off on another irresponsible adventure." That's the tone you need to accept or should I say endure to get through this one.
The narration by Simon Vance, as always: perfect.
The laws of physics are repected making this a great listen for that alone. But beware the characters and plot aren't fleshed out in a sympathetic way. There are two female protagonists who lead the story line but they are very one demensional props set against each other like bookends. There's no growth or discovery and consequently it's a little aggrivating to listen to them go at it, considering the very future of humanity is supposedly hanging in the balance. As for the plot, maybe I'm a little slow, but I wish Mr Reynolds had wrapped things a little tighter at the end - I went back and listened to the first chapter to try and make sense of what had happened - but I still couldn't connect the dots. Still, a good read overall.
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