YORK, PA, United States
This is a coming of age story in a small West Virginia coal mining town. Not only does the author captivate you with his childhood story, he makes you applaud his and his friends accomplishments with amateur rocketry. His passion and imagination takes him to the stars. A great story showing that with a lot of passion and support, one can do anything in life. Except for his singing, the narrator did a good job. I think he would have been better off reading the lyrics.
That's it, no more audio books narrated by the author. I know that we speak her name, and may she rest in peace, but in my opinion, Maya Angelou's reading of her own work was horrible. It was as if she forgot her reading glasses and was struggling to read the words. I found it very annoying.
I did not enjoy this book.
Every once in a while a talent comes along which is prematurely taken from us. Marina Keegan is one such talent. Only 22 years old, she had an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the young and the wisdom of the old. While listening to her stories, I was transported back in time to a point in my life where I was full of hope and optimism while reflecting on the experience and wisdom that has come with living life's adventures. Her story about her Toyota in "Stability in Motion" made me laugh as it brought back memories about my first vehicle - a 1970 Volkswagen Camper.
Emily Zeller does an outstanding job of narration. It is as if Marina herself is reading the stories to me in my car. Couple great narration with great writing and you get one hell of an audio book!
Marina has truly left her mark on this world through her writing. One sad aspect of Marina's untimely death is that we must live in this world without being able to read another word crafted by her.
The movie was better than the book. Kudos to Peter Benchley for bringing us this wonderful story. However, for the first time in my life I'd have to say that the movie was better than the book. Nothing more.
I've had this book in my wish list for quite some time and I finally made the decision to buy it. I was more than surprised when I started listening and low and behold one of my favorite authors, Augusten Burroughs, had written the forward. Augusten authored "Running with Scissors" a highly recommended memoir. I was even more surprised to find out that this book was written by his brother. Unlike his brother, John Robison lacked the talent to craft his story into a mesmerizing account of his childhood, but John's story was raw, entertaining, educational, and down right fun! I enjoyed it immensely. I would highly recommend listeniong to this book and the accounts of John Robison as he grows from a boy with Aspergers into a man that is nothing more than a genious. I would also recommend that you read "Running with Scissors" first. Only then could you truly understand the household that these boys grew up in and a perspective of childhood that few of us had to endure...luckily.
I listened to this book after listening to "Unbroken". Much of what I 've learned about how and why the Japanese treated their prisoners of war was attributed to the book Unbroken. This book lacked the raw power that Unbroken did, but it managed to tell the horrible story of the Battan Death March. I would recommend the book Unbroken first, then this listen next. You will get the whole story of WWII POW's in Japan.
A captivating story that had me checking the history books to make sure the end of the war was coming soon so this poor man (Louis Zamperini ) would be saved. This book should certainly be made into a motion picture. Personally, I believe it would be better than "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers". It is amazing to me how someones will to survive can endure such hardships. I am not sure I would be able to survive this tale. Best of all, it is a true story!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII and the human spirit.
I just checked Google: EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling new book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
I CANT WAIT!!!!
You should listen to this book BEFORE the movie comes out!
I thought all of the hype regarding the hit Broadway musical meant that this book was going to be enjoyable, but it was far from it. My family has planned a trip to NYC to see the play in November so I thought that listening to the book before hand would give me a different perspective on the musical. I have heard that the musical is outstanding and have read reviews that the book that don't come close to even being enjoyable, but it wasn't until I experienced it first hand did I realize how brutal this book could be! The story unfolds very slowly and up until the end is uneventful. I couldn't wait for this story to end, and even though I knew the ending, it was still a disappointment.
I just hope that the $600.00 I spent on tickets to the Broadway show is not a disappointment.
This audio book narrated by the author, Jaycee Dugard, takes you into a nightmarish world that had me thinking, "This can't be real!" However, it was real, and hearing the story in Jaycee's own voice gave the book much more depth. What I liked most about the writing is that in the early chapters the writing was of a child. As the story unfolds the writing grows with the author. There is much to learn from her experience and the one thing I have learned is that if ever placed in a position where I had to remain hopeful of a loved one returning home one day, I would never give up that hope.
The story had me sick to my stomach at times, cheering for her when she was reunited with her family, and even had a tear or two for her while listening to her story of her struggle to survive.
I was almost persuaded from what I've read of the reviews of Becca Battoe's narration to not download this audio book. Although I would say that she is not the most gifted narrator with the male voicings, she did an excellent job with all of the female voices including the main character. Her voice was spot on to a 22 year old femail graduating college.
The story, on the other hand is pure fantasy. A 29 year old man, perfectly good looking, thick head of hair, smart as a whip, perfect body definition, well endowed, multi billionare, owns and pilots his own helicopter and private jet, knows how to please a woman, is CEO of an international firm, etc...
I don't understand how the reviews for this book dwelled on how badly Becca narrated and not how poorly it was written.
The book was just alright in my opinion.
I would, however, listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe.
This is (to date) the best audio book experience I've ever had. The narration is outstanding!
The story is great, but the narrators really make the book come alive in your mind.
Did I mention that the narration is excellent?
I highly recommend it.
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