I very much enjoyed this book. I'm not a big follower of all the glitz and glamour of Rod's life - sure I remember stories being told and it always seemed he had another beautiful blonde on his arm, but I never wasted too much time on that tabloid stuff. I'm also not a huge fan of his music. I like it all right and I saw him in concert once (it was a very good show), but he's not in my top 10 artists.
After listening to this, I have two reactions. Rod is a lot more 'human' than people would have thought. And, I think I need to go back and reacquaint myself with his older music - his first solo stuff as well as the work with The Faces.
There's a lot more depth and more soul to him than I would have thought from the headlines. He's got that dry British humor (or is it Scottish?). He's somewhat self-deprecating and a bit humble. He also seems to realize that he's lucky to have had the career and life and doesn't take much for granted now.
I actually picked this book in part because Simon Vance was the narrator. I had just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest and I really enjoy listening to him narrate. So, I searched Audible for other books he's read and decided on this one. Mr. Vance does a great job and, again, I find myself enjoying his narration.
Rod's dry humor and self-deprecation made me laugh a number of times.
This is the third "celebrity" autobiography I've listened to - Tiny Fey and Rob Lowe being the other two. I've really enjoyed all three. Rod's and Rob's were interesting because both of them have spent a fair amount of time in the tabloid headlines and I always find it interesting to hear their sides - to get the actual story behind those headlines.
I originally read the book about 5 years ago a d enjoyed it. This production was awesome. Additional text and the full cast of voices made it most enjoyable.
I like the overall storyline. I'm a big fan of Gaiman's writing. I like the characters and all of the "back stories" on the migration of different cultures to America.
In a previous review I mentioned that I felt that each subsequent book got a little bit worse (or perhaps I should say not quite as good as the preceding book). I still stick to that. And after having read the 4th one, it continues true to form.
The story is enjoyable, but not much to it. Luke Daniels does a fine job of narrating and Kevin Hearne brings a lot of life and humor to the characters.
As the other books in the series, if you're looking for an entertaining book with a good, but not too deep story, check this one out. If you're looking for a great literary work ,you might want to look elsewhere.
I'm all for giving old, great stories new life and that's what Macbeth: A Novel does. Back when I was a high school student, I always liked the stories of Shakespeare, I just couldn't get past the language. While beautifully written, it was sometimes hard to decipher due to the differences in language 300 years later.
Macbeth: A Novel is a great retelling of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well read by Alan Cumming, I blew through this in no time. It was an audio "page turner".
I swear, I'm a glutton for punishment. I can't seem to stop listening to these books even though I often throw my hands up and yell about how I don't care about 99% of the people in this series.
If there's one thing I know for certain, it's Robert Jordan needed a good editor. He needed someone (other than his wife) to throw a manuscript back at him and tell him to cut out 25-30% of every book.
The story is a strong one and I do feel the need to see what happens to Rand, Matt and Perrin as well as some of the women. I do want to get to the climax of the story so I'll probably continue on and hope that when Sanderson takes over, there's more worth listening to.
Oh, and if you were wondering if all of the audio problems are fixed...they're not. Listening to some of this drags on already without having to listen to some of it a second time.
Apparently, this book is one of those that people either love or hate. I fall into the former group. I'm not sure if some of the reason I like it is because I listened to it on Audible and really like the narrator or if the story was the entire reason. But, whatever it was, I enjoyed at and will continue on to the next two books.
I thought the story was great, if not a bit grisly and I really liked the main character, Mikael Blomkvist. Despite some of his human foibles, he came across as a pretty good guy and likable. I'm not as sold on Lizabeth. She had a crappy childhood and was preyed upon by people of authority, but I didn't always feel the sympathy for her that perhaps I should. I didn't dislike her, but didn't really like her, either.
As a good "whodunit" should, it kept me guessing, well, who done it? Larsson keeps you on your toes trying to figure out the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance.
I enjoyed the story and loved the twist at the end. In a typical "whodunit" fashion, I was waiting for the shoe to drop - who did the murder, why is Andy testifying before a grand jury, etc. I won't give anything away, but I didn't see it coming. So, that bumps up the rating a bit.
Overall, I'd recommend it. Definitely a good page turner.
The further I get along in the WoT series, the less enamored I become with it and Path of Daggers was pure hell. I can't count how many times I uttered the phrase "Who cares about these people?" or some derivation. This was 20+ hours of nothing happening. No real plot development, no substantial action (in fact, the few bits of action were just as boring as the rest of the book) and nothing to really further the story - at least nothing that couldn't have been tacked to the end of book 7 or the beginning of book 8 in about one tenth of the pages.
The only good thing I can say about this book is that it's one of, if not the, shortest books in the series. While I've read people say this book or that book needed a good editor, I'm starting to say that about this series.
Ms. Reading and Mr. Kramer do a good job, as usual. They just didn't have much to work with.
I have purchased the next in the series, but it's more out of a sense of seeing something to its conclusion, not any joy. Like men on the Bataan Death March, I keep putting one foot in front of the other hoping to make it to the end. And, really, that's no way to spend what should be an enjoyable time. I hope that my review for the ninth book is more upbeat.
I had read Good Omens in print form a few years ago and really enjoyed it. There's that certain British dry humor that makes me laugh - and listening to the audio version probably garnered me some stares from other people.
Martin Jarvis does a wonderful job narrating the book and really added to the enjoyment of it.
Messers Gaiman and Pratchett do a great job teaming up!
If I were to rate the first three books in this series (book 4 to be released after this review is written), I would start with 5 stars for the first and drop a half star for each subsequent one. I don't think the story in this one was as strong as the first.
I do, however, like Luke Daniels as a narrator. I think he does a good job of bringing the story/characters to life. I will most likely give the 4th book a go if Mr. Daniels is the narrator.
It's a good story, though. Overall, I'd recommend it, just not with as much 'gusto' as the first one. Still, I take it for what it is - entertaining without too much depth.
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