Ushikawa (sp?) as the unattractive private detective wasn't totally one-dimensional as were the major characters, i.e., boring! Ushikawa was extremely intelligent and perceptive and had a surprising empathy. Wish he had been a larger part of the story and disliked intensely what happened to him!
One of the major characters, Tengo, was amazingly naive and clueless (despite being a "brilliant" mathematician and writer). His ignorance and inability to "get it" began to be frustrating after awhile. Didn't care about him.
Have been listening to audio books for twenty years but never have I experienced such a long story! Still, the construction held my attention over several days of intermittent listening and I'm glad I did it.
Fantastic is a word I use sparingly but in this case, there is no other word to describe this wonderful listening experience.
Rare it is that I can find a book that pushes me intellectually and still provides writing that is superb and addictive. But it was in this little book that I found my match.
Do not go into this work of sci-fi believing it will be an action-packed thriller. It is but also, it is not. No Bruce Willis. No car crashes. Only what your mind can imagine as the earth is battered and bruised by its meeting with the Cloud. Still, imagination can be a wild ride indeed.
Loved the storyline. As the end grew near, a twist develops I didn't see coming (good!) and the epilogue was especially delicious. I decamped from my CD player smiling with delight at the satisfaction of having experienced an exceptional "read."
Excellent writing. Narration was absolutely perfect even with all the accent variations. Well thought out, Mr Klaff. Excellently performed!
Delighted I found this book. My eyes are still twinkling with the memory.
Obviously exuberantly recommended!
I have always had a curiosity about survivor stories. What does one need to know to survive? What does one really need? Consequently I have read a whole lot of books of this ilk. But this one was different.
I particularly enjoyed the introspective thoughts..."stream of consciousness" thoughts that constantly run through this woman's mind. Thoughts of her children and humanity in general. Concerns for her beloved animals. Thoughts of her inadequacies to create and maintain a relatively comfortable nitch for herself and her animals in circumstances that befall them all when she is cut off from what appears to have been a holocaust of death and destruction beyond imagination.
For that is the book.....this lone woman finding herself in circumstances not planned for and in a very precarious position. The book is talk.....her thoughts......her sorrows.......her contemplations of what to do. Like I said, this one was different.
Ms Mazur's voice is somewhat solemn but under the circumstances, this fits somehow.
This was probably the first book I've listened to that took a good five days to complete. Reason was the sadness of it all.....also because the reader's voice was so depressed sounding. As for taking that much time, I consider this a "difficult read" as I am an enormous animal lover and the death of many such cut me to the core. I found myself getting too depressed if I listened to the story too long. I had to put it down for awhile and come back when I felt I was somewhat stronger. It is very sad. If you are seriously depressed already, you might want to look elsewhere.
I recommend this book highly but with warning ahead of time.....animals die and are killed and the lady is beyond consolation with it all.
A difficult read but oh how personal it was! This felt like a real WOMAN who "finds herself" only after she has to decide to go on and through all the losses and difficulties, she is still determined to win in this very precarious existence.
I doubt that I could have done better with this subject or the situation. Bravo! You made me think!
This book had much positivity to it insofar as the use of SSRI's for Depression and Anxiety. As a proponent of such medications, the writer's "Pro's" list was much appreciated and I intend to share this with someone I know who would benefit.
However, I found two things incredibly distracting throughout listening to this book and will share here:
1. The author is narrating her own book. While this is normally not a problem, this is obviously a rather young woman and her voice does not distill the same confidence one would experience had she a more mature voice. Although her writing is acceptable (although certainly not that of a professional writer), her youth is also betrayed by the level of her writing expertise.
2. I was only able to complete listening up until the 4th track of the 2nd CD. This was because the writing become rather "preachy" in regards to her Christian beliefs and this, along with the distraction of her lack of life experience, was more than I was willing to listen to. Although I regard myself as deeply Spiritual and have specific and hard-learned beliefs myself, I was not willing to be preached to towards the end.
That being said, the information regarding the good things about taking Prozac and other SSRI's was both welcome and encouraging for all who suffer the pain of Depression and Anxiety.
Every positive thing has already been written about this fantastic book....well, just about. All I can add is it is rare for me to finish a book and be SMILING as well as wanting MORE!
Also, it is absolutely amazing to me that a man could have written such a book more about women than his own gender. What an interesting man that must be!
Heartily and strongly recommend this book. The BEST I have listened to via Audible, the library or any other source in some years. Heartwarming, funny as all get out and so very true about what surprises life has for us.........
I was first attracted to this storyline because I have been a lifelong animal lover. After moving to the country over 20 years ago, I branched out and acquired a small flock of chickens and, over the years, many a rooster. Originally intended for merely egg production, these critters became a delightful addition to my menagerie. I eventually learned how funny, entertaining and sweet chickens/roosters can be! So, naturally, this story attracted me.
But this is much more than "just another animal story." It is an insightful and sensitive story of how animals can teach us humans about what life is truly about....the "now" element.....as well as being a part of something truly worthwhile in this life.
With laugh-out-loud humor and abject honesty about his thoughts and experiences, Mr. McGrory has woven a precious and heart-warming story of the unexpected ways we grow and learn through the most unexpected mentors.....yes....even a rooster can teach us a bit.
Johnny Heller's narration was impeccable (as always) and his sound effects and child voice impersonations were truly delightful. His youthful voice was just perfect to depict a young man coming to terms with maturity and the joy of discovery.
Thank you Buddy. A good boy.
Yes I would but perhaps only to a certain type of individual. There is a good bit of mechanical and engineering jargon and explanation. This might not appeal to the average listener but to me, I was totally absorbed. I am not an engineer or a mechanic but have always enjoyed leaning how things are made and how they work. Blended with a likeable major character, Keith Stewart, and an excellent storyline, this was just frosting on the cake.
I only finished listening to this book a few minutes ago but I am still smiling. A decent, hardworking and talented individual reaps rewards and recognition. What a concept! A definite pleasure.
Frank Muller's narration was terrific! His ability to add character, accents and pathos is just perfect. Thanks for a very excellent read/listen!!
Had I read the first review more carefully, I would have never bought this book. I do not identify as a Christian although I have a deep and abiding love and relationship with God. I also do not believe the Bible is an absolute and believable God-inspired document.
That being said, I only got about a third of the way through this book (I had bought it, after all!) before I gave up on it. Not for me.
The book is also so simplistically written--as another reader said, the main character was an "imbecile"--that it simply did not inspire thoughtfulness or believability for me.
Better for true believers of Christian dogma.
Of the many books I have now listened to through Audible, I have to say, this one held my attention the most. Primarily because the writing was excellent! I was constantly amazed at the interesting observations made by "Y" about life and people. I always appreciate it when thoughts get me to thinking and this book certainly did that. The writing was unabashedly articulate and I always appreciate that ability.
The only reason for the four stars was I reserve five for the absolute best--where I have no reservations--and there were two.
The primary one was the reader for "Y." The voice was just too suave and "together" to be totally acceptable as the character of "Y." A voice more reedy or tense may have been a better choice. Please don't get me wrong.........the voice was excellent! Although more for a more sane individual.
Also, the character of "Vic" was quite upsetting. I know this was just a novel but even the thought that a professional counselor would/could get herself involved with a character such as "Y" was uncomfortable.......just my aside to the story......then again, maybe "uncomfortableness" is life......
Thanks for an excellent read!
Short but entertaining read. Ms. Gershon is naturally funny and that shines through her narration of the events leading to and involving the rescue effort of her cat, Cleo. The writing is down-to-earth and easy and the entertainment value just what you might need on a gray winter day. The quirky characters Gina ran into along the way of her quest sound like fiction but in Hollywood, totally believable. (I lived and worked there for many many years.)
I would recommend this book for the shear delight of a light and entertaining and genuinely funny "read." Thanks Gina!
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