This book is a story told through the diaries and letters of Mr. Logue and George VI. It's merit is in that actual letters tell the story rather than a modified script. We are a world entertained by enhanced reality. This story isn't going for the amazing turning point or surprise ending. The movie was wonderful--but it would have been less if not based on the reality of these two men. It moves us because the achievement was real and not invented.
I almost gave up on this one. Took awhile to get into--and then all of a sudden I was surround by the characters and the story and I couldn't turn it off for the night. Westerns aren't always a sure thing for me. But this story is a good bet. A good story. Well told.
I am an unabashed WIllaim Monk and Hester Fan. Forget Edward and Bella, these two have me riveted. This is my least favorite of all their stories, but its still very good, and should not be skipped
I'm older than I once was, so that may be why I find such pleasure in listening to an Agatha Christie mystery unfold. I know I'm not going to be shocked by vulgar neighbors. I am going to be interested in the twists and turns and roads she takes us down---because she never takes us so far we get tired. Just far enough to be entertained. Some have said they like Hugh Fraser because of the shows. I never watched the shows, but find his voice to be just the right quality to feel the comfort of my chair as a friend tells me a story. Great combination of writer and reader.
I downloaded this based on other reviews here and on Amazon. I will have to revisit this book a year from now. Even audiobooks I come to love have sometimes taken a couple of tries, but after no less than five attempts at the first hour, I didn't feel I was any closer to understanding who the characters were or what they were up to. Fond of Sherlock Holmes ever since discovering Jeremy Brett, I could not get a handle on this novel or care.
David McCullough is one of the best researchers of biography since papyrus turned into paper. Every chapter is a celebration of this writer's love of discovery. The main problem with this book isn't in finding interesting material--he did that and then some--the problem is--it is impossible to bring it to life without dialogue. And yet even that short coming is its very strength. Mr. McCullough refuses to entertain us with false testimony. He doesn't invent delightful conversations and or envision robust arguments. He researches information from letters and documents and honestly relates them to tell the history of John Adams. He may not have brought him to life--but he definitely brings him to light.
Fingers on a chalkboard don't get on my nerves. This narrator's voice did.
I finished the book, but the sickly, fake southern accent never let me escape into the story. Its cartoon quality was relentless torture.
Can't really say this book is a roller coaster ride, because it doesn't take you on any kind of familiar track. I believe I started this book by daring it to live up to all its hype. It took me a couple of chapters to let go. I don't think you can enjoy this book based on all the press. You have to enjoy it based on its own merit. And you will not be disappointed. I usually don't care about the kind protagonist in this book. I don't want to ready fiction stories that ask me to feel sorry for people. Non-fiction can do that honestly, but fiction rarely does. Most people will enjoy the story of this book. I appreciated that I learned to care about a person I would have dismissed in the real world. What kind of writer could create such an alienated, dysfunctional person--and then cause us to not only care about her---but in a strange way---begin to relate to her---a really great one. Good for you Mr. Larrson. I wish you had lived to appreciate the success of your talent.
Was it a believable romance? Aaaah--No. Was it hot---and ready to Burn? No scorch marks whatsoever. Did I like it, yeah, I kinda did. Though my IQ dropped several points, it was a harmless romance escape. If I was forced to go on a cruise by one of my friends, I am sure I would meet a handsome stranger just like the heroine of this story. Sometimes we don't want to read the news. Sometimes we just want to escape for an afternoon. It wasn't a great story, but I don't think that was its goal. And sometimes....that's ok.
This book continues the Andy Carpenter series and does not disappoint.
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