Austin Texas | Member Since 2007
Only heard audio version.
The author did a great job explaining her love hate relationship with a culture that is on face value not much different than ours. You could feel her many honest emotions come through. This type of book could have easily turned into a "bash the British, because they are different than Americans" a real cheap joke fest at the expense of the Queen and the British lifestyle. Instead,I now have a deeper respect and understanding of Great Britans humanity.
I found her voice, tone, and presentation very easy on the ears.
I really stepped outside of my normal genres on this one. Laughed at many parts. Even my wife, who normally cannot stand my habit of enjoying an audio book at bedtime ended up foregoing the nightly ear plugs to follow along on this one.That is very rare.
I surprised myself by really enjoying all of it. Well worth a Credit.
Catching up to old friends. I've been a faithful J.L.B. fan for well over 10 years. I grew up on the poor side of town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has the ability to step me back in time with every novel. His gift of showing the true conflicted heart of a man has brought me to tears at times because it has opened up memories of how I was raised. How the worst people can at times standup and make a differance when least expected. It reminds me we are all capable of the finest acts of self sacrifice and bravery. And also sometimes only a hairs breadth of unspeakable horror. Very rarely do you see characters with such unbridled humanity.
Seeing Dave's and Clete's daughters bring a fresh dynamic to the storyline. They both are enjoyable characters and pump new blood into the series.
As a father with two daughters age 22 and18, I felt Alifair and Gretchen's vocabulary and sayings were too much of a mirror of Dave's and Clete's old standbys. There is a 30 year gap in generational slang. And it makes the girls to much of a carbon copy. Young women don't regularly use their father's 20 or 30 year old slang. It sounds as awkward as me trying to use the new stuff kids/ young adults say. I used "gitting jiggy with it" at my youngest girl's 16th birthday. She asked me to never say that again! She was right though.thats not me. That's all that bugged me.
When Will Patton took over for Mark Hammer on this series I stopped reading the books and only listen to the audio version now. Will really fleshes out the supporting cast. He also put an edge in Dave's voice. Not so tired and beat by life.
Not this one. Montana is nice, but it don't have the passion for play or capicty for hard times like the 2 poorest states in the Union.
Not his best. But Still a good J.L.B. trip through the frailties of the human condition.
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