I had to put down my other book when this was released. I finished it pretty quickly because it was so entertaining. It was also informative about the cutthroat businesses of music, movies, and technology as a whole. I respect Steve Jobs as an innovator even more now, but perhaps respect him less as a human being. That may sound harsh, but it's a testament to the honesty behind this book. They didn't sugar-coat any of Jobs's quirks or bluntness when dealing with others. Some people here complained about the narrator. I thought the narration was well-done. He may not do a good "Steve" impression, but I don't think he was going for that either.
I logged in to write how Roy Dotrice changed Dany's voice from the first three books in the series he narrated. I see that everyone else is complaining about it. First off, the book is great. I've been waiting years for it and I'm not dissapointed. I do have an issue with at least one of the voices; Dany's. There was always a voice here and there that I thought was a bit ridiculous, but it was never a main character; especially since Dotrice already had a perfectly good voice for Dany in the other books. He basically gave her the voice of an old wildling crone. Didn't anyone at Random House pick up on this? Anyway.... five stars still, I love the series and I love Dotrice. I just had to point out that annoyance.
I held off from buying this because of the short length of the audiobook. After getting through all of Cormac McCarthy's other audiobooks, this was the only one I haven't read. I'm glad I did. After purchasing, I realized that it was a play and the performances by the voice actors were excellent. It's one of those stories that stick with you long after you listen to it. I didn't realize that HBO released a movie for this until after I listened to it. The movie is superb as well (Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson).
I love zombie apocalypse fiction, so why didn’t I enjoy this book? It’s because the book is comprised of a bunch of interviews with people who encountered the zombies. Throw character development out of the window because there isn’t any. Some stories (interviews) held my attention a little while others were, well… lame. Another thing, these are the slow shambling zombies that don’t run, jump, or open doors; so why is the world getting their butts handed to them by these things. It would seem like a blind man could take these things out. In fact, there is one story about a blind man fighting the zombies. By the way, flying an Apache helicopter at a dive angle low to the ground to cut off the heads of zombies isn’t going to happen. The blades would shred to pieces; just throwing that out there. So many friends recommended this book to me (when I say many, I mean like 3) and I can’t figure out why. Sorry if I offended anyone.
After downloading so many dud books that were recommended by friends, I finally found one that stuck with me and made me think, and made me want to research the history of the regions and events detailed in the book. Paints a horrific picture of the scalp trade in the Southwest, but I couldn’t stop listening. So many user reviews on other sites described the vocabulary of the book as being awkward, so I was worried that it may not hold my attention. This wasn’t the case at all. It is a novel, but you can tell that the author researched the locations and cultures of the areas that the story takes place. I enjoyed the “The Road” and now “Blood Meridian.” Don’t get either if you’re looking for a blissful story. The narrator does an outstanding job. 5 stars.
I couldn't stop listening. I just wish the author wrote more.
I loved Pillars of the Earth. I figured that if this was half as good as the first, then it would be worth it. Well, it was half as good. The characters were the strength of the first book. These weren't as developed and were one-dimensional to a point. Still a good read that had me engaged at parts, but overall it felt kind of long.
Scary at the beginning, but then got a little ridiculous for me. It wasn't scary anymore. It was more action than horror at that point. I wish the last half of the book could have matched the first half. Still a good read, though.
This is an amazing story. The first part of the book focuses on his training and Petty Officer First Class Luttrell’s upbringing; it really didn’t hold my attention all too much. From the beginning to the middle, I wish Mr. Luttrell was a bit more descriptive about certain things – his equipment, planning and coordination involved, etc. However, once the first bullet is fired, it’s nonstop emotion and heart wrenching action. Mr. Luttrell and those who gave their lives that day are true heroes who needed to have their story told. Some people were bothered by the author’s political and religious beliefs. I was not. It’s who he is and I respect that. The narrator did a fine job, although he did mispronounce Chinook.
I would not have purchased this book on the title and description alone. It thought it would be boring, but somebody recommended it to me. It has become my favorite book of all time right here.
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