I expected this to be a good listen, since the book has been both a critical and popular since success since the 60's. It turned out to to be the most engrossing audiobook I have enjoyed to date. It is of course very well written, but I think the masterful reading by Scott Brick is what put it over the top for me. If you like true crime, mysteries, etc., I could not recommend a book more highly.
I was disappointed in this because a friend had raved about the novel. I think maybe it's the performance that is the problem so I am going to try the regular book and see if that helps. The narrator's emphasis and inflection make the writing feel clunky.
Short but satisfying tale from the master. Had all the elements I have come to love and expect: humor, wit, New England (island) culture, and of course, dead bodies and creepy stuff. King sprinkles his writing with characters I think of as the "cool old guys", stalwart Yankee heroes who may be getting on in years but can still think on their feet and most especially tell the young folks a good story. There are 2 such in this book, and they are lots of fun. Great reading performance also.
I am probably being too harsh,but I was disappointed in this book. I think Jon Stewart and the Daily Show crew are pretty much comic and political geniuses, so I listened with high expectations. It certainly was funny, as well as clever. But honestly I felt it went for the cheap laugh much too often. A surprising amount of the humor came from having actors say curse words while portraying icons of American history. Yes it was amusing to hear Betsy Ross say dirty words, but really I expected more from Jon.
I love other things by Gaiman, which is what prompted me to try this one. Overall I enjoyed it, and will eventually get around to the sequel, but there were some scenes I found quite disturbing. There is one memorable episode of a very graphic sexual nature which was all the more disconcerting because it seemed to come out of nowhere. I tend to choose entertainment that is weird or quirky, but this got a little too weird even for me. And yet, the writing was good, it's full of interesting characters, and I have to give very high marks for an original story. Ultimately I liked it, but I can't exactly recommend it.
So far this has been my favorite listen from Audible. Excellent plot & character development, luminous prose. What really put this one over the top was the reading; the narrator made Lily come alive for me. I think this is a great "Southern" novel in the tradition of "To Kill a Mocking Bird." It deals gently but unflinchingly with issues of race, gender, culture, and the peculiar misery of being a 13-year-old girl. Highly recommended.
This novel had some funny moments, but mostly it was pretty forgettable. The performances were top-notch, though.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters, and the setting. It made me want to learn more about Afghanistan, which I think is a sign of a great book.
I listened to this one because I was intrigued by the author using himself as a character, and also I read a positive review by Stephen King. But sadly I did not like it at all. "Bret" just seemed like a complete jerk with no redeeming qualities, and I wound up not caring what happened to him. The other characters seemed so one-dimensional I didn't care about them either. I didn't find it particularly scary or even creepy. And the end just left me scratching my head. Lots of other people seemed to enjoy it, so maybe I just didn't get it. This was my first exposure to Bret Easton Ellis, unless you count seeing "Less Than Zero", so maybe that was a handicap for me as well.
This is a pretty standard fantasy novel with all the usual hallmarks of the genre. But that is not necessarily a bad thing, and I disagree with folks who complain about its lack of originality. I found the story engaging and the characters sufficiently compelling. It's not Tolkein, but really, who else is? I enjoyed it and gave hardcover copies to both my nieces (14 and 9), both of whom liked it enough to run out and buy the sequel as soon as it came out.
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