No much. I found the performance irritating and the plot boring.
I guess I would have rather had more procedure and less personality. Not that I don't love good character development - but this wasn't it.
Length ( at two books a month this is an important criterion) -- and the history itself is memorable. Glad to see Bill Mauldin's excellent memoir cited.
Bombing of Monte Cassino with nobody inside but monks and refugees
Not unless he learns how to pronounce place names
Narrator's pronunciation of Passchendale (he seems to be saying Passindolly) is setting my teeth on edge. I guess George Guidall can't narrate everything but someone should at least make sure narrators can pronounce important place names.
The Nolan family. What a brilliant group. No whiners. I loved the scene where Francie tries to write about her father and her teacher, used to fluffy compositions about trees and other "pretty" subjects, calls her work sordid and gives her bad marks. Francie goes home and burns her pretty compositions. I am sorry to say that I have experienced this type of teacher myself in the past - and so have my children. It is frustrating to have teachers who seem to feel it is their obligation to stamp out any spark of originality as quickly as possible.
I am torn between Francie and Katie. In Francie I see some of myself in the past; in Katie I see a woman who is so unflinchingly honest that you have to admire her.
No, but this performance was excellent.
I could barely stop! If I could have, I would have.
Why did I wait til I was 55 to read this book?
Growing up fast. In view of when this book was written, one gains courage for the youth of America that are described by their elders as whiney and pampered. Clearly this is nothing new. The lessons here about the differences between commanding and commanding respect, and the differences between competent authority and positional authority, are timeless for all individuals who work in a tiered organization.
Probably the part where Willy looks back on his service and realizes that the Navy may know what it is doing after all.
This is a book I would recommend to individuals who are on the cusp of growing up. You kind of grow up yourself a little while listening to it - it really challenges your assumptions and justifications about your own behavior.
Definitely would listen again - it was not only a well crafted story with a plot that hangs together in all its essential details, but the characters are appealing and interesting and the dialogue flows naturally. There is nothing stiff, formulaic or artificial about this book, unlike so many mysteries (even successful ones). The performance was also excellent - all the voices done differently and appropriately - reminiscent of Patrick Tull or Jim Dale or George Guidall (favorite audio performers)
Some of Carolyn Graham's work - same type of great characters, intricate plotting
Would be happy to read another Cormoran Strike book - this debut was a pleasure
Where to begin - a plot that makes sense? some character development? I know this was a first effort and I now can understand why it was rejected by so many book agents as "too novel." I could not finish listening and gave up after about an hour. It just made me squirm - maybe it was supposed to be ironic but if so I guess I am just not intellectual enough to go there.
Nothing by this author if this is representative.
The audio performance was very good.
Please don't waste your credit.
Okay, I have not seen the musical but can only conclude that a lot must have been omitted or changed to achieve a broadway hit. This book is just sort of weird and a little boring. I was more or less relieved when it was done.
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