This is an odd western, not traditional cowboy fare. It is the type of story that could become a Tarantino movie one day.
I think it will be a hit with a narrow slice of listeners, those who enjoy good writing but read/listen for more than entertainment. Those just seeking entertainment may be left cold.
Of course, the protagonist.
This is a Tarantino movie waiting to happen.
I would have given it 3.5 stars, if it were possible.
In the upper quarter.
The question does not fit the book. Bryson leads us through cosmology, sub-atomic physics, geology, dinosaur bones, the beginning of life, DNA, evolution, ..........., extinction of species.
I have an engineering background, so I know something about science, but not most of the arenas that Bryson wrote about. He presented the information in a way that one does not need a PhD in Quantum Mechanics to understand (although it would have helped on a couple of points). I especially liked his ability to present huge distances in the universe and tiny dimensions of an atom in ways that I could understand.
It is not going to be a movie.
I learned a lot listening to this book. I appreciated that he did not seem to be trying to convince me of, or against, anything. Religion was not mentioned.
I thought it was the best Reacher book I've read (about six or seven) -- UNTIL the end. The end was contrived and beyond reality.
The ending was by far the weakest part of the book.
The narrator was good.
It beat radio, but it still falls into my "Fluff" category.
I really like the character Reacher, but lets have at least a plausible ending.
I loved the huge story, covering more than a decade, with characters developing throughout. The writing punctured my vocabulary sometimes, but it was no problem. I wish I could discuss this book with a reading group.
As great as the story was, the narration was even better. NEVER have I listened to a better narrator than Colacci. He seemed to have a different voice for each character and each was consistent through the book. Amazing work!
No, it took me about three weeks of lunch-time walking and one long drive.
Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy epic stories.
Getting to know people, decent people. Not all of our enemies were monsters.
The book is basically a biography of Franz Stigler.
Excellent voice adaptations for different characters.
Of course! The incredible incident that occurred over Germany.
This book is history at the lowest level. We see how some of our enemies were not monsters, but were people with values much like our own. I am continually surprised at the stories that come out of WW 2. Perhaps it is true of any war -- if we dig deep enough, we find humanity.
No. While I like his succinct rule of morality, science is not needed to live it.
First, I am not a believer, so I am not protecting Christians. I find Harris to be a coward. He bashes all religions, but he saves his harshest vitriol for Christians. Muslims get treated very lightly -- could it be because Harris does not want a fatwa on his head? He does not have to worry about the Christians trying to kill him. Be objective, even (or proportional with regard to abuses), or shut the hell up.
He is too monotonic to read his own work -- hire someone!
It inspired me to read no more Harris (although I like The End of Faith).
I was interested in Train Dreams because it is set in northern Idaho, near my home. I also wanted a taste of Denis Johnson's writing before hitting his bigger work. I am not sure that I will follow-up on Johnson's work. These left me luke-warm on his work.
That is the missing element -- not much memorable.
He did a good job.
No. Better to start over.
This review sounds more negative than I intended. The stories were good and creative, just not remarkable. (Isn't that what we want? Remarkable?)
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