This is a great start to what I hear is an amazing series. With all 10 of the books having been out for some time now, I was hoping to dive headlong into them. But, alaas, all I can get my hands on is Book 1. Please hurry and get the rest of the series uploaded to you site so I can buy them and give you a bunch of money :) Thank you.
Yes. In fact, I already have. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the race and class divide that exists in the Untied States.There are som hard topics here that are presented in a thoughtful and, sometimes, funny way.
I did. Actually. I had several. There were a couple of times where I laughed out loud. Doug Merlino does a wonderful job of portraying his friends on the page. It also made me cry. Therre are very few books that can do that, Bridge to Terabithia and the Dark Tower XI being two of them, and this one did. It is an emotional journey finding out what happened to some of those kids after the team fell apart.
As someone who lives in Seattle, where the events of this book take place, I was fascinated to learn of the city's history. Having lived here for over 10 years now I have seen Seattle' weirdly passive brand of racism first hand. The Hustle does a terrific job of exploring many of the causes and effects of discrimination in the Pacific Northwest.
Originally, I was assigned this book as an extra credit project for a class I am taking, but as soon as I started listening to it I couldn't put it down. If you are at all interested in the class structure that dominates the USA check this book out. It is the best non-academic source I have ever read. It is funny, emotional, and eye-opwning.
I will most certainly listen to this book again. There are so many inter connections and characters that I am sure I missed something here or there, Also, I love this series and Audible only has the first 3 so far, so when the fourth one comes out, I'll listen to the entire series over again.
I can't think of another long series in which the third book changes so many things. I was shocked and cannot wait to dive into the fourth book. I won't spoil anything, but I was totally surprised by some of the things that happen in Memories of Ice.
His voices bring a richness and life to each and every character and his pacing is superb.
IF I COULD HAVE, I WOULD HAVE.
Hurry up and get the rest of these, Audible. There are all available on Amazon, and they own you. Please hurry!!
It is rare that I read a book that makes me angry because it so good. I'm reading this, thinking to myself "I wish I could write like this. I could NEVER write like this."
I am not even halfway finished and I already love this book. Everything about it is beautifully done; the characters, the story, the plot, the prose, everything. It is a tragedy that David Foster Wallace took his own life and left the world bereft of any more of his work. It is clear that the man had many demons of his own to deal with and that those demons finally were too much to handle.
I have to thank the author Michael Chabon for introducing this book to me in CHabon's "Manhood For Amateurs". I have no idea how I never had read any Wallace before now, but I plan on devouring any of his work I can get my hands on.
There are a lot of reviews on here that say that there aren't endnotes. There are, they are just in a PDF that you download separately. Unfortunately, they are not in audio, but they are there.
This is an amazing and beautiful piece of literature, and I don't use that word very often, that is both humorous and poignant. It evoked so many different emotions from me as I listened that at times I was a little breathless.
It's a fun, made for TV story, much like "Legion" (which I was also unimpressed with), but I wish that Sanderson would stop wasting time with these half hearted attempts at screen okays and concentrate on the Stormlight series. I don't understand how he can write something as fresh and amazing as The Way of Kings, and then write this stuff. I mean, if this book was from someone I had never heard of, I would be sort of impressed, but for Brandon Sanderson...? He is capable of so much more.
This bok is fantastic. I literally didn't put it down. I listened to it straight through and will undoubtably listen to it again very soon. Do yourselves a favor and check it out.
ot only would I listen to it again, I WILL listen to it again. Maybe even right now!
This is the most original book I have a]\read in a long time. While some people may be turned off by the religious overtones, the story of Between Two Fires is compelling whether or not you are religious. It is like Stephen King's "The Stand" Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" and Brown's "Da Vinci Code" all got together and had a baby with a history bool about the Dark Ages. I have never read anything quite like it. The characters are fascinating and flawed, the plot is riveting and surprising, and the writing is superb. If you like fantasy or christian literature, or both, or neither, check this book out!
I enjoyed the first book in this series very much. I thought it was fun and original. This book is pretty good too, don't get me wrong. It seems to me though that as the story goes along it starts borrowing more and more from the Wheel of Time series. Male mages that have to be bounded or go insane? I think I've heard that one already. Othe than that, and they say that immitation is the highest form of flattery, it is a pretty good book. I just picked up the third one and am curious enough about it to get started. If you're loing for something not too heavy with some pretty decent humor scattered throughout, check it out.
Hilarious. Genius. Amazing.
Where to even start? There's the most obviously memorable part where the Don tilts against the windmills. Everyone knows that scene but it is one of the very early adventures that Don Quixote has, chapter 8 r 9 or so. Then there's the part where Sancho is too scared to leave his master's side so he does his busies right then and there. I believe that's where the term "scared the sh#t out of me.." comes from. 500 year old poop jokes! Ha!!! I had no idea that people that long ago were funny. I just figured everyone back then was very serious and dour all of the time. There are far too many good scenes to recount them all.
If I had infinite time and nothing to do, I would have. The fact that it is almost 40 hours long renders this a moot point.
This is an incredible book. One of the coolest things about it is the fact that here is some much in it that is cliche, but when the book was written it was all new. This book MADE those things cliche. Don Quixote was so far ahead of it's time, that if I didn't know better I would think it was written in the modern ear. I can't believe I've waited this long to read it, I'm mad at myself for that. The fact the George Guidell is narrating it is icing on the cake. He can do no wrong.
I thought that the basic idea for the story was a good one and fairly original. I just felt that there was a lot more that could be done with that idea. I'll not put any spoilers in here, but I have to say that with Wally's old memories and talents, he should have figured things out much faster. I'm speaking of the entire series here, but even in the first book there weree things a person from our world should have been able to sort out on their own. In the second boook, I figured out what was going on and I don't even have the chemical background that Wally does. There seemed to be some plot holes that Duncan could have filled in with a little more thought and effort.
I think so. Despite it's flaws it is still a good story. It is fun and fresh and exciting. If you have a credit you're looking o burn, go ahead and pick it up.
I wil definitely listen to 'Summerland' again. It is a heart-warming story about being a kid and growing up. Even though I am not the biggest baseball fan, I still really enjoyed this book I was surprised by just how much I liked listening to 'Summerland', especially to while sitting in the un.
'Summerland' reminded me, slightly, of a kinder and gentler 'Talisman' by Stephen King. Both are coming of age stories of young boys who et out on a fantastical adventure to save the Universe and one of their parents.
I felt that Chabon did a wonderful job as the narrator. Unlike some people, I usually enjoy it when the author reads his own work. It seems to me that Chabon would know better than anyone else the tone and cadence of the story. While not an actor, Chabon does a fairly good job with the different voices and emotions of he characters.
In the start of the book it was as if Chabon had crawled inside of my head and pulled out my exact thoughts, feelings, and reactions toward baseball when I was a kid. Much like Ethan, I almost never took the bay off of my shoulders while in the batters box. Players on the other team, as well as mine, would make fun of me, just the way they did with Ethan. It was really quite errie just who spot on Chabon described what I thought to be a solitary experience.
While the books is aimed at the "young adult" audience, it is a delightful story of any age. Baseball lover or not, I think this is a great listen on a summer afternoon.
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