This novel really held my attention, but I did have to wonder if it ended too soon.
I grew up in upstate New York and I remember hearing about the kid training in the Catskills that was going to be one of the greatest why back when Tyson must have been pretty young. I don't remember anyone that wasn't a fan of boxing back in those days. It's a different world now. Tyson's story needed to be told as it chronicles both the life of the man and what was going on in the boxing world.
This would have been a five star book if the ending had not been so predictable. That said, it is a good book and moves along at an enjoyable pace.
I enjoyed this novel very much, and I really liked the way it ended. I felt the ending was a sign of a new beginning that could go in any direction. As far as the narration went, I was struggling with how slow the narrator spoke; so I changed the speed to 1.25X and it was perfect. These characters live in, an grew up in, the New York area - people don't talk slow in that part of the world.
This wasn't the best in the series so far, but it was a good story. The biggest problem with the audiobook is the narrator who has a voice that just puts you to sleep. Scott Brick does a much better job than Rene Auberjonois as a narrator for the "Pendergast" novels.
I tried a couple times to get into this novel, but I never got past the first three hours. My mind would just drift away because it was so slow moving. Maybe a story eventually develops, but I'll never know.
Buy and listen to this one if you are reading the "In Death" series; otherwise, skip it. I thought this was at the bottom of the list out of the first ten books in the series, but I'll keep reading because I have enjoyed the rest of the books a lot more than this one and hope this book isn't the beginning of a downhill slide.
A great story - a little history, a little fantasy, a little romance, a little reality, and a lot of humanity. I really enjoyed this story.
I just kept getting bored and my mind would wander away from the story; so then I'd have to rewind it and try to listen to the sections I missed. I got halfway through without giving up on it.
After listening to "11-22-63", which was my first Stephen King book, I couldn't wait to listen to more of Stephen King's novels; so I listened to "It" and that was a really good story. Then after "It", I listened to "The Stand" and that was almost as good as "It." So, I moved on to "Dreamcatcher" expecting another good story, but I got a slow moving novel with characters that just didn't capture my attention.
I saw this novel compared to "The Help", and was surprised because "The Help" was much better than "Beautiful Ruins" - at least in my opinion. This was a good story, but not an unforgettable one.
This book had good reviews; so I thought I'd give it a try. It was my first Stephen King Novel, but it won't be my last. This is a really interesting story that is both nostalgic and forward looking at the same time - great entertainment with depth.
I'm moving on to Stephen King's "IT" because I want to know more about the history of Derry, Maine and the clown.
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