I thank Bruce Henderson and Dieter Dengler for their service to our country. I admire Dieter's heroism. But I really didn't enjoy this book, sorry to say. A listener with a military background may enjoy it more than I did, since it is THICK with military detail. I found my attention wandering when listening to the book. The last couple of hours were pretty engaging - but it took a lot of listening to get to that point.
Possibly, I was a little more critical because I had just finished Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand - which was the perfect combination of story, hero, writer, narrator.
Silly me - I didn't realize THIS is the book by JK Rowling under a pen name until I was finished with it and reading other reviews. It doesn't matter. My review is the same -- EVERYTHING about this audiobook is perfect. The engaging story, memorable full characters, pace, and outstanding narration. I truly hope it is the first of a series, as the future for these characters is ripe with possibilities.
I'm surprised to find 444 books in my Audible library - but I guess that makes me an experienced listener! Of course this book is great, it's a Stephen King book, but my goodness what excellent narration! Just like Will Patton reading James Lee Burke's Robichaux novels, I can't imagine any other voice telling this story. I was so surprised to find that Michael Kelly hasn't narrated another book on Audible. If he had that would have been my next purchase.
I look forward to more narration by MIchael Kelly.
Joyland was a sweet, wonderful, moving, terrifying story. I recommend it.
I understand Orrie Hitt has somewhat of a cult following, and I understand why. The language in this book took me back to the sixties -- language which would enflame many in our current "land of the offended." It was such a fun listen! A not-too-complicated plot, populated by memorable and already-familiar characters. This is my first time listening to Alan Taylor read, and I really enjoyed it. His voice is smooth, has a good cadence, and does not distract from the story. I'll add him to my list of favorite readers.
The meeting of Franz and Charlie, when they were finally able to express their feelings in person.
When Franz pulled alongside Charlie's side of the bomber, and attempted communicating...ending with the salute.
When Charlie called Franz on the phone.
This is not my usual genre of reading. I'm so glad I followed recommendations on Audible and listened to this. What a touching, human story!
I know (knew) men of my father's generation who were POWs in World War II. Our family was so fortunate that he served in that war without experiencing capture/imprisonment. This book has given me such a deeper understanding of what those brave men endured. Our country is forever indebted to them and their families for their sacrifices.
This is one of the best books I've ever listened to. Lauren Hillenbrand is a master. Edward Herrmann is a wonderful narrator. Louie Zamperini is such an incredible character and a hero for the ages. I feel so much richer for having listened to this book. Thank you to everyone involved - and long live Louie!
I tried, really I did. I kept hoping SOMETHING would happen in this book that would be worth listening to. I really hate to admit that I wasted a credit. But after two hours of listening, I realized I was wasting my time. I found the characters one-dimensional. Maybe if I had cared more about any of them I would have listened a little longer.
This is a good story. Well told, and well-read. I agree that at times the pace of the reading was a bit slow, but being a Southerner myself maybe I've developed a tolerance for that. I appreciate the development of the characters and the twists of the plot. Not all books cause me to sit a little longer in the parking lot to listen - but this one did many times.
I've listened to all the other Dave Robichaux novels on Audible, and was SO glad to see this early one released. Of COURSE the plot, the characters, the writing - is masterful. I agree with the other reviewers here - Will Patton is the perfect narrator. Listening to this book, I truly forgot that I was listening to only one man's voice. The combination of Dave R/James Lee Burke/Will Patton remains my FAVORITE listen from Audible.
James Lee Burke is a masterful writer. Will Patton is an enchanting reader. The combination is unbeatable.
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