Man, the King can write, can't he? From word one, I was hooked. You know when you buy a really good watermelon at the store? You get home, cut that sucka up, take a tentative hopeful first bite and then sit back and think 'I am in good hands.' That's what I felt like hearing this book -- it's got everything -- great characters, incredible plot, just enough outlandish fantasy to keep things Kingesque.
Ok, this is it, the Mona Lisa, the Mount Everest, the Bill Gates of audiobooks. I've got around 2.3 million audiobooks in my library and this is the best one by far. The writing is sublime -- hilarious beyond belief and completely absorbing.
And the narration? Perfect from word one. I simply can't reccomend this book more strongly.
The subject at hand is limitlessly interesting, but the author's treatment of it drags a bit -- i wanted it to be more Mad Max, and the first chapter is, but by the end of it there was a real disconnect for me.
I hoped this would be great, but it was merely good. Hearing about death is tough sometimes, esp. when you realize the things she's describing are going to happen to your own dear self someday. But there is a habit on her part to crack wise incessantly. A joke or two here and there is welcome, even in the morgue, but at times it was like watching a Robin Williams interview -- the jokes quickly became cloying. The subject matter, however, kept me engaged.
This books is over 5,000 hours long, but man, it's worth every second. How the author keeps this as interesting as she does is a literary miracle. Just superb.
This book can be divided into 2 parts -- Alan Greenspan's interesting tenure as a Very Important Person and Alan Greenspan's lectures on what's wrong with society today.
The former is fascinating -- he was center stage for a heap of fascinating political ephochs and gives us the skinny on Nixon, Clinton, GW 1 and GW2. He's candid, non-partisan and engaging.
But then, about 3/4's of the way through the book, he goes off the rails and starts caterwauling about what's wrong with the world today. It begins to feel like a lecture series given by a grumpy professor.
That said, the first part makes it worth the credit.
This one is a stunner, from beginning to end. It's got actors and production music and the story is simply a masterpiece. This could have been 10 x the length it was and I wouldn't have minded a bit.
I thought this book was going to be about cool hearing disorders -- becoming a maestro after having a car accident etc, but there is precious little of dat in here. The focus is entirely on the minutiae of ringing ears and the dissapointingly mudane disorder known as the auditory hallucination. Snore.
It started out OK -- i was vaguely amused through say the first hour or so, but the book started to drag like a lame pony pretty quickly. On and on it went, dry description after dry description.
John Grisham just lost a potential fan, something I'm sure he's not going to lose sleep over as he seems to have 4.5 billion left.
Game of Shadows is audio book crack -- I was mesmerized from beginning to end. My only caveat would be -- if you love sports, the revelations in this book are gonna hurt.
Great narration too -- amazing how important that is.
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