Before I decided on the book, I was so scared of the narration from all the bad reviews, that I almost didn't get it. But after seeing the movie "21," and being an avid gambling fiend myself, I decided to take my chances. It was an intriguing story with hints of the movie, and I didn't hear any of the complaints about the narrator. In fact, I just heard an engaging story, which is what a halfway decent narrator is supposed to do. If you liked the movie, you'll love this book.
I chose this book based on the Audible "Best of List" as well as the suggestion of a book club friend. I enjoyed the book immensely, due mostly to the fabulous production and amazing vocal performances. There is something for everyone in this book, and although female-centric, it isn't "chick-lit." This is a wonderful story with an inside view of an important time in recent American history.
I loved this story from start to finish. I am a sports fan and was always aware of Agassi, but I was never a big tennis fan. This revealing portrait of the boy, teen, and man behind "image is everything" is compelling and compulsively readable (listenable). Highly recommended.
This is masterful storytelling by the best of the best. At only one credit, this is a must have. It isn't horror, but the idea of the dome is horrifying. The narration is very good and the action is fast-paced and there is a fabulous cast of characters, both good and evil. Other Stephen King books I have read and enjoyed; "The Stand," "The Talisman," and "Different Seasons."
This is a review of the director's choice of narration. Having different narrators for different characters/POVs is nothing new and often works. This is the first book I've listened to where the different characters read as if reading a play, but with the inclusion of "he said," or "she said" being spoken by the character whose POV we are in. This technique works in other audiobooks, namely those by Orson Scott Card because I think the director chooses in those books to omit the "he said" and let it read like a play or dramatic reading.
That being said, this is an entertaining and well written book. If you want to experience this book, I don't recommend this format.
Bean is my favorite character in the Ender universe and in this story, which is really a Stratego game within which our favorite characters operate, Bean finally gets the girl, Petra Arcanian. Petra is my second favorite character and I disagree with the reviewer that said there is too much dialogue and that Card can't write dialogue. He is a playwright first and I find his words magical, especially how he voices Petra, Bean, and the indomitable Colonal Graph. If there is one thing missing from this series, it is the maturity of Peter: we missed the transformation. In "Ender's Game" Peter seems like he could easily become a killer like Achilles, but the focus instead is on his continued insecurity. I would like "The lost year of Peter maturing" as a novella.
I enjoyed this book so much. I think the magic is the sum of the parts: the narration is spot-on; the story of the open road is descriptive and interesting without being laborious; the literary allusions of the title are non-pretentious and often heart-aching; and the main character: priceless. I almost didn't get this book because of the other reviews, but trust me, for those of a certain sensibility, this is a journey you will enjoy.
My book club had just finished "Stiff" when I read this book. I enjoyed the mystery and the learning as I went along. This book is like the Sue Grafton series meets C.S.I. A fun read.
Despite two of my English teacher colleagues declaring this their favorite book of all time, I couldn't get past the first 45 minutes. Bored out of my mind. It probably got good in minute 46 -- I'll take the loss.
When I first read the back of the book at Borders, the story looked morbid and sad. I immediately put it down, even though I knew the book had good buzz. Then I saw the trailer for the movie version that is coming out this October and it looked amazing. Based on the trailer, I bought the audiobook. It is funny, poignant, and with hilarious pop-culture references and self-aware irony. I was listening at the gym and laughed out loud while on the treadmill. I never wanted it to end. Excellent narration by an excellent author. I just bought his next book, "Dry." Enjoy!
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