I tried to finish this read, and found myself ignoring the iPod because I felt guilty about leaving something I paid for unread...so take my advice here, and unless you go for odd, over-written, extremely drawn out and slow moving stories, skip it. I too found the voice of Owen Meany annoying, so much so that it interrupted the flow of the tale and I found myself wondering where Joe Barrett found that scratchy voice. I should have known what I was getting into because John Irving does write rather odd books, but they are usually entertaining. Not so this one.
I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.
I don't think I could have finished this book in print because it is unnecessarily long and many places are simply rehashes of earlier situations. It desperately needed an editor to cut it down by at least a third.
The reader was terrific, and that's what kept me reading. I don't know what has happened to Nelson DeMille, who is among my favorite authors. This one didn't cut it.
What a tall tale! Yet, how wonderfully done, from the writing to the narrator. It was a delight to get lost in. I am recommending it to all I know, from ages 12 to 100, who love a yarn with a little mystery and much heart.
The narrator was AWESOME!
This one's a keeper. No wonder it's been on the best seller list so long! I was totally hooked, twisted around, compelled to keep listening. The readers were perfect; the story was original, and the writing was exceptional. I was sorry to hear it end.
Good grief...who wrote this? Certainly not one of my favorite authors, Lee Child! This tale is boring, boring, with such a strung out plot that it truly defies believability. The reader drove me nuts, sounding like he had a bad cold through the whole thing as he tried to voice Reacher's broken nose, and there was such an underlying sarcasm in every other voice. There were so many understated cynical voices throughout, It was painful listening, but I bought it so I felt I needed to finish it, hoping all the while that something would happen. It didn't.
This was a an entertaining read full of historical tidbits and cultural enlightenment. The readers were spectacular, finding a variety of voices, dialects and tones to portray the many hands on a plantation in the old pre-war South. The story had twists and turns - some predictable, some surprising. The heroines show a side of slave life that readers seldom see in print and their spunk and character gave the story its energy. It was a page turner, one I will certainly read again.
Defending Jacob is one of the books I will recommend to others. It was a compelling and unusual story.
The unexpected plot twists kept my interest and even though foreshadowing kept me thinking ahead, I was still not entirely prepared for the ending. That ending, and a few other places in the book, required a full suspension of my reality filter. Even though some parts lacked believability, it was still a great tale.
He is always entertaining, and has just enough variety in his characters to make them believably distinct.
THe dad -- because I could relate to him.
Worth your time to read this one!
The narrator is so good he brings every character to life. His accents and inflections put you right into the story. Parts of the story are slow, but he is so gifted that you are completely entertained despite the slowdowns.. It has to be better than the print version because of this. I have never heard a better narrator than Mark Hammer.
THe last third of the book tied it all together wonderfully - and had just enough suspense to keep me listening in the garage, after the ride home. Every subplot meshes in the end.
The ending of course! You know it is all coming together after many twists and many years,
I wish they would make a movie of this book - it would be a winner. Tag line???
Small town intrigue through three generations of Police Chiefs in the old South
No - Too weird for me
Stop reading before it was over
Be aware that this falls into the fantasy genre
Entertaining, crafty, suspenseful
Harry is always second guessing the bad guys - and most of the time he surprises the readding audience
Harry and Sylvia, his girlfriend. He did the female as well as the male.
Keep you guessing
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