I definitely enjoyed listening to this book, mostly for the insightful, interesting, behind-the-scenes look at SNL. The accounts from the various cast members, especially the early ones, confirmed what I had suspected about the show.
I *really* wish that the narrators had simply read the quotes of the various writers, hosts and cast members. In imitating people whose voices you knew well (such as the various cast members) they came off as caricatured, often oddly similar, voice impressions and overall detracted from listening experience and content of the book. The narrators take artistic license by interpreting and adding dramatic emphasis, emotion, etc. to the quotes of various people that I question would have been there had the actual people spoke.
Overall, I good listening experience to learn more about the makings of an American pop culture institution.
This book was sad, inspiring, quirky, engaging and overall a joy to listen to. As always, Ron McLarty's narration was stellar
I really enjoyed the historical tale of an iconic folk/pop music figure and hearing about the folk music scene of 50s and 60s. It was enlightening to better understand why Dylan faded from the light for so many years.
I have great respect for Dylan's song writing and lyrical mastery. His writing, as in this chronicle, is less desirable. He gets so caught up in making metaphors for even the most mundane things and putting 20 words where 4 would carry the same effect, power. It sometimes feels like he is trying to prove something, writing his book like a series of songs...and while a great idea, in this case took away from my enjoyment of the book.
Take it easy with the metaphors Bob. I'm getting dizzy like a top spinning on the table of reason in a the middle of a hot argument ;-)
I scanned past this title several times before reading other reviews and downloading it. I was afraid of another schlocky novel on time travel. However, time travel in this book, believable or not, is a wonderful premise or medium for a tale of love, longing, separation the realities of a couple dealing with hardships in their collective lives. I really enjoyed the novel and was quite surprised how moved or stirred to emotion I was at points.
I may simply not be suited to Martin Amis' writing but I found the stories to be slow, minimally engaging and in some cases not very creative. So, bottom line, I didn't much care for this collection of short stories.
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