I am 70 years old and don't like Zombies or the Rolling Stones and like Kenny G. I don't know why I bought this book, but I listened and loved it.
I listened with great enjoyment and interest to this tape. While listening I looked up the author's other books, I thought about recommending it to some kids I know and compared it to "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower",until the end. I'm not enough of a literary critic to know if the ending was powerful or not, but the first thing that came to mind was the movie ending of one of my favorite plays "The Bad Seed". If you read the book or see the play you get one ending, if you watch the movie you get another. I feel like we got the movie ending here and it almost ruined the book for me.
If you are looking for serious discussions, to learn something or to
hear a deep meaning full book this is not your choice. If you want fun and enjoyment with no strings then listen to this!
I never was fond of Mark Twain, read a couple of his books, basically didn't care for them and wasn't impressed. Got this because my sister said it was good so I could criticize her taste. I know, sibling rivalry. Anyway, I had to skip forward so much because instead of his autobiography I got a dissertation on how they decided to include stuff, which I wasn't interested in. Listened to the 1st 1/3 of part 1, and thought he's a cynical person boasting about the famous people he knew to impress, continued listening, though. The Further I go the more I get what a great man this really was. When he talks about his family I almost wish he was my dad, no offense dad. One of his descriptions about the day he chased the turkey was wonderful and made my wonder how he did it, many people describe the dew at dawn type of things and it's just ok, This put me there. Big Complaint? I have two, one with the book-let him speak and lose the introduction-pay attention to what he says about introductions, He meant you! The other with narration: use two people so we can tell the unnecessary comments of the Mark Twain society or whoever they are from his. The narrator is good and reads well. He should be the voice of Mark Twain and let someone else waste their voices on the rest of the stuff they put in as forward. Probably couldn't find any one willing to risk it.
This is a pleasant story about very pleasant people. What I liked best was the way the different customs were explained so that you knew what was going on along with the descriptions of what was happening. I really enjoyed it and went right away to see if there were more books by this author. If you like darkness overcome, violence and strife, evil villains, you will not find them here. If you like enjoyable good times and different customs, you will enjoy this book.
I cannot decide if I liked the Moslem of the Hindu wedding best.
I love these books, there is something about Zamonian literature that captures my imagination and sends my on a fascinating adventure of such wonderful quality. It's impossible for me to describe.
I loved all the characters but of course Optimus Yarnspinner and The Shadow King were me favorites.
If you like the books of Jasper FFoote you will like these.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST: READ THIS IN THE SIXTY'S WHEN IT WAS A CULT FAVORITE. I GROKED IT THEN AND I GROK IT NOW. FRODO LIVES!
I LOVE JANE EYRE. WHEN I LISTENED TO THIS BOOK MY MOUTH DROPPED OPEN IN ASTONISHNMENT AND I HAD TROUBLE GETTING UP OFF THE FLOOR WHERE I WAS ROLLING IN LAUGHTER. I HAVE LISTENED TO IT THREE TIMES IN THE LAST YEAR AND WILL LISTEN TO IT MANY MORE TIMES, I'M SURE. IT'S A CLASSIC IN MY BOOKCASE.
THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU APPRECIATE THE GREAT PUNS AND REFERENCES IN MR. FFORDE'S BOOKS. EACH TIME I LISTEN I CATCH SOMETHING NEW.
I LOVE THE STORIES AND MEMORIES, GREAT STYLE, TALENTED MAN, ARTIST, MUSICIAN, AND NOW WRITER TOO, WHAT A MAN!
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