dropping literary names does not a novel make -- and the reader did not help the cause. The writer TOLD us most of the time, doing a poor Hemingway imitation, starting 1/2 way thru the book . Things are all fine and good and strong.
I don't get why people love this series and form fan clubs and go to conventions -- an OK romance type novel, interesting historical facts pretty up the modern tale.
This is really a YA book -- did not realize that when I downloaded it -- however the writing is careful and creative -- the characters are very authentic and well crafted -- and the narration is superb. Part 1 does not complete the story...
this is a collection of parts from full courses. i knew that but expected more of an effort to create a semi-unified product. Some were great some were hardly understandable out of context. Too many were victims of forest for the trees because they had been plucked out of context. I would recommend a full course rather than these samplers -- now that I have sampled them I really do like the Great Courses and if this is all you have tried -- instead try the real full course (s) you are interested in.
Weaves a lot of interesting and intriguing events together -- one of Bill's best !
Slow developing -- i really don't care about all the class divisions in Britain. Liked the dogs but they were gone too soon. Not enough really happens . Narrator rescued this for me.
interesting and I liked what a i learned about The Trail. Mucho better than Wild about the Pacific Crest Trail IMHO
Solid Michael Connelly -- not as alive as his earlier Bosch novels. Luck Lucy seems like she might show up again, more fully the focus of her own novel -- maybe?
Like the writer but this particular book was too complex for audible; took awhile to keep all the generations and characters straight. Narrator diud not really voice anyone differently but mostly it was 3rd person narration and so hard to ID who was who. Some parts were a bit annoying to me -- "The Hippie" -- Really?? Plot seemed much more important than characters instead of being balanced with both being believable. I think I would have preferred reading this one.
The 36 different lectures and lecturers is a bit patchy -- some hold up as informative and delightful individual excerpts, while too many are obviously meant to be connected to the larger course. Too many are not actually about the book but rather fill in sideline tangents and other minutia. I think it is the format. I was expecting more about the actual texts and the writers. A few stand outs -- Francis Bacon, The King James Bible, The Confessions.
The writing and the narrator.
The perspective of the narrator as the straight man -- echoes of Nick in Gatsby.
He sounds like Truman telling the story to his in crows gathered around himself, with drinks and laughter, but basking in being the center of attention as the storyteller.
Truman Capote himself and I would just sit back and listen.
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