I am finding this book to be amazing as a feat of world creation - it reminds of Dune as far as the attention to and depth of detail of the society and setting. The narration and audio production values are good, but I generally prefer narration to be unobtrusive - I can forget I am listening and just go with the story. So that's my definition of "good" narration...
I wasn't sure what to expect, having already watched the rather cliche and collectivist-oriented movie of the same title based on this novel.
This book was great! The power of one... there is no collective in the boxing ring, only the individual. It shows everything that needs to be said about the evils of racial hatred and statism.
The sequel is definitely worth a read too. I'm still working my way through the rest of his books, but I've liked all of them so far.
It's fascinating to read a classic like this. There are many themes and ideas in here that will resonate as familiar to the reader... and this story is the origin of some of them.
I don't usually feel that way, but in this case, the subtle (and less-subtle) changes made to adapt the story to the movie were distracting, even if they were mostly for the best (for a movie).
As a native of the Delaware Valley, I did enjoy all of the Eagles references though. :)
You probably know the story because you saw the movie, and the plots are fairly close. Still, I think that it is worth a read from the perspective of character development and clues about the characters and their motivations that I don't remember being obvious from the movie.
I miss the dueling banjos though. :)
It's been more years than I care to remember since I first read this book. So, I was a bit nervous to get the audio version and give it another go. The story holds up very well though, and the few anachronisms lend character more than distract from the plot. At least, that is my opinion. The narrator's performance is very good.
... and this sure qualifies as one. The descriptions of aerial combat in WWII and over Vietnam are very well-written. The insights into family and other personal life on the home front are engaging as well.
Since the story is told in the first person, the choice of the narrator is really important. I think he does a good job bringing a voice to the character. The story is fun.
This was a very enjoyable and well-written book. Personally I would recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, although the movie was a very faithful and interesting interpretation. I just wish that I had read the book first so that I had more understanding of the depth of the fictional universe.
Following the souls through time is a fascinating idea and I think it's very well-executed.
This book offered some interesting ideas and insights into this question. I kept mentally changing the subtitle to "a world that won't shut up" though instead of "stop talking" so I suppose that makes my own stance pretty clear. :)
They had a long marriage, a fruitful partnership, and an an amazing love story. Their letters are truly a treasure, a time capsule worth visiting..
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