Strong Northwest tale
Hank. He was the hero but also an antihero. Kesey brought out his inner thoughts and
downplayed the obvious, i.e. the outer action. He was capable of great love, for his
father, Viv, and Joe Ben but had some trouble expressing this love.
The Road. No Country for Old Men. All of them have been well done but
the narrator had more voices in this novel and did all of them extremely well.
Joe Ben. He was the guy we'd all like to have as a friend. Irrepressible joy and
boundless energy. He wouldn't hurt anyone on purpose. A man who lived his
deep faith but was worldly in every respect.
As happened when I read this book 45 years ago in print, I did not want this audiobook
Tom Wolfe loves to find a man at the top of his game and show us once
again thathubris and egocentricitiy can bring anyone down. Often,
however, there is a form ofrebirth, with a glimmer of hope that all was for the best. During the journey we meet interesting characters and unusual situations. He is a master of bringing together multiple subplots. I had originally read a Man in Full unabridged. As it had been awhile I purchased this abridged audio version. The contraction was well done. The narration was superb.While being very entertaining, the listener also learns much
about a unique major American City.
For many years I have held Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion"
to be my favorite novel. Lonesome Dove was a close second.
Empire Falls has just moved into first or second place, I'm not sure which. The narration too was outstanding. I'm now looking for the
next Russo book to listen to.
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