An interesting portrayal of period class distinctions and fairly interesting characters. I had trouble caring about them at first, but Humphrey Bower does well in bringing characters to life and has an admirable range of accents. The story starts slow, and the ending is a bit deflated. However, there are a few twists that bring characters together in the end and the body of the story is interesting enough.
performance adds power
Bower is terrific at presenting a variety of langauges, accents, ages and genders into a very comfortable telling. He seem to pitch the story perfectly. It is never boring and never hyped.
not really. The memories that it creates are vivid enough that it was always easy to return.
Writer did not keep focus on original characters. Too many new characters introduced. The story ends without many conclusions. Talk about never ending story... After 49 hrs., who cares?
See above. There are too many scenes with endless prattle. Too little action for a saga of this length.
Reader does not remember pronuciation of main characters of the story.
Earlier books in the series seemed to have something of a direction. Other than a reminder that, "no good deed goes unpunished." This was a very poor final.
Though this follows a basic "B" movie detective story, the dialogue is predictable and the unfolding is interminable. If there is an abridged version, try it. Half as long would be twice as good.
Vivid characters relate a compelling story told through their letters. It is funny, dramatic, sad, and leaves one questioning great issues. The use of language is part of the art; as is this reading.
Reviews of this book do not portray the sense of honesty and depth that comes through the reading of this book. The two readers add immense perspective to the "95 or 96 year old" male and memories of his young adulthood. The male psyche is neither trivialized nor over blown. There is a great colorful story, with the perspective that only age can bring. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.
Thirteen moons is a great piece of historical fiction that is intelligently written, with interesting characters and read with a style that adds authenticity. It chronicles a piece of american history that is not well known, though deserves awareness.
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