No one writes like Barbara Kingsolver...loved it. She also has a great reading voice. Wish they had more of her books on Audible.
First of all kudo's to the narrator. Wonderful! The accents... the feeling, the atmosphere were all created flawlessly by her. I have read many, many books about this period but none like this. None that made me identify so closely with the protagonist. None that made me understand the complex motivations of the various characters for the things they did. It was such a complicated time and this book really made it come alive and made me appreciate the complexity.
I guess my favorite character, besides the protagonist, was her young friend - the young idealistic rebel - who knows what is right and does it.
This book did not make me laugh or cry, even though it has very humorous dialogs, interpreted wonderfully by the narrator and very sad scenes. It did make me wonder how I would have reacted in the various situations. It made me hope that I would have been courageous and selfless and fight for my ideals - but it made me realize that in me also, is the potential for the ultimate betrayal if presented with particular sets of circumstances.
Definitely my book of the year... and my read of the year!!! Cannot recommend enough.
As a lawyer that recently left "Biglaw" I could really identify with the protagonist and the pressure on a lawyer in a big firm. Yes it is actually like that!!! This is an "intelligent" thriller, which explains the procedures and creates tension without the need to add blood and guts. Highly recommended.
This book took me on a trip to Ireland - to places I would be too scared to visit in my "real life" and to meet people I would never meet. The reading was fantastic - and I would never have felt so at home in Ireland without the guiding voice of Gerard Doyle.
I enjoyed the excellent story, which ended as it should - though not as I expected, identified with certain qualities of the lead character who was suitably complex, and learned a little about the IRA and internal Irish politics, forensics and classical music.
Just downloaded another book by the duo McKinty /Doyle. Hope I won't be disappointed.
I would recommend this book for the interesting information on a dog trainer..
I might... but not sure, as a bit predictable.
The reading did not interfere with the story
No... in fact I didn't listen to parts of the second book... just breezed through till the end. It was a bit slow.
Started off well... but was on the whole was disappointing.
Entertaining - Steve Jobs had an eventful life, he experimented, challenged convention, succeeded, failed, annoyed...and was anything but boring.
Challenging - this book challenged my views of good and evil, of the end justifying or not justifying the means .. of the liberties that are and should be granted to genius.
Moving - under everything is a a man, a child rejected by a mother and put up for adoption, and insecure adult, a manipulator and a person struggling with his own mortality.
This book describes one individuals journey through life. A unique journey but a universal one too as we have all suffered success and failure, rejection, been manipulated and manipulated others.. the human experience! The book teaches you about Steve Jobs but also about yourself, if you monitor your gut responses' to his behaviour.
I am still not sure what I think of Steve Jobs but I understand what a complex and extreme example he is of a human being. This book gives a window into how he thought and the importance he placed on his legacy - his products and his company.
Well done Walter Isaacson. Excellent narration by Dylan Baker.
Outstanding book. A universal tale of growing up with a nanny. I grew up in South Africa in the 60's and not in Mississippi but found myself identifying with the the situation. Gives an insight into what it looks like from the side of nanny as well as how the situation ill serves the privileged class. Read beautifully. Waiting for her next book
I really enjoyed the book... but the reading unfortunately was not good. The accents were a disaster! The "afrikaner" accent was not convincing (to an ex-South African)and many afrikaans words, place names, etc. were not correctly pronounced. Also the fact that black africans had the same accent as afrikaners shows a completely lack of understanding...
Despite all of this, I really enjoyed the book and would have probably given it a rare 5 if the reader had not detracted and distracted. Pity they could not have found a reader familiar with the various South African accents.
(By the way his Scottish accent was not convincing either...and he mispronounced certain regular english words too..)
Tony Park if you want me to listen to another of your books please change readers, though I am not sorry I listed to this one.
I had a lot of trouble getting used to the reader - who reads mechanically, putting the same amount of emphasis on each word - mechanical.
A good reader enhances my enjoyment of a book - in this case I had to make an effort to persevere in order to get through a pleasant story.
Loved this. Really got swept away in the atmosphere of India and the "Bollywood" drama of the narrative. Beautifully narrated.
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