I am huge fan of John Irving, but this one just didn't work for me. I felt like there was a lot of recycling from several of his past books (boys private school, growing up in New England, transsexuals, etc) and I just didn't get anything new out of this book. Maybe I missed something?
This book is a great concept and I think it was just shy of truly brilliant. It reminded me of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and I think fans of that book will also enjoy this book.
The parallels between the three eras were fascinating and while I completely believed the time travel and the different Gretas, I think some things were over-simplified or glossed over in terms of social realities both for women and gay men which causes its conclusion to feel rather weak compared to the whole.
My only other issue with this book was the poor production quality. Throughout much of the book the sound quality came and went and the edits were really obvious. I think they could've done a better job.
Regardless of the minor weaknesses, this book certainly kept me a awake and listening and kept me in my car.
At first I was unsure about this book, but the more we lives we lived, the better it got. It was a fascinating study on what could be, what might have been. This could have gone on and I would still be listening.
The narration by Arielle Sitrick really took away from this book. It was very poor quality -- flat with a lot of swallowed words and very little emotion. Compared in-book with the narration of David Ackroyd she pales even more in comparison. Mr. Ackroyd's section were vastly superior. I have to say I was very disappointed and surprised by this lack of talent.
When I finished listening to the book and thought about it I did realize that the story actually has something to it worth reading and worth thinking about. In this case I wish I had just read it. I've never felt that way about an audiobook before.
The performance of this audiobook was so well done that each character had his or her own perfect voice. I was constantly being taken by surprise by this book and I really loved the journey it took me on. I never wanted it to end.
I would hate to describe this story any more than it has been because I felt there was so much joy in the surprises.
I will say that overall this book has a lot to say about how we judge each other and how we forgive each other. The latter being something all too rare.
This book was so twisted, but I loved it. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that if you like the dark side, then this is a story for you. The performances were excellent. I am fans of both readers and I think they do an AMAZING job of bringing the story to life.
The strength and integrity of Louis Zamporini shines through every minute of this story that is expertly told both by author and narrator. I am not generally a World War II buff, but this story reached me and I simultaneously wanted to reach the end and never wanted to. This is a story I will never forget. I recommend this to just about anyone.
Once in awhile superior writing combines with superior narration to create a sum that is greater than its parts. Don't be scared off because Stephen King is the author. This is not blood, guts and gore, but rather a truly fascinating story of time travel and an examination of what might have been and what could be. You will not ever want to stop listening.
This audiobook is at the top of my list of all time incredible listens. I recommend this to everyone.
This book is about an incredible life and incredible time in history. As I listened I wasn't always sure I wanted to hear and now know all I know about Steve Jobs, but there is no doubt that this is a very well-researched, thoughtful biography. I was riveted the entire time.
My only complaint is that the narrator had some quirks in his pronunciation of certain words that really grated on me including pronouncing "kludgy" as if it rhymed with "fudgey" instead of "fugee." Everyone in computer development knows and uses that word.
The story and the performance are equally matched in this audiobook. I could not stop listening, but was so sad when it was over. The tears in my eyes were from laughter, though. Definitely listen to this!
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