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.
I have to say thank you to Fannie Flag for writing this book. This book is such a good reminder to all women that we owe so much to the women who went before us, and it is also a funny, poignant, and engrossing novel.
While listening to this book it was obvious that it was written with a young adult audience in mind, but it was still an enjoyable story for an older person. It is hard for me to believe that super intelligent people would not have a backup their computer programs, but I guess if I were not out in the workforce yet I could believe things like that.
I enjoyed this book until last few hours of the book where it really started to drag. It was almost like the author got stuck in an endless loop as she neared the end. It also dragged a few other places along the way, but nothing like as it neared the end. Overall, a good book that did a fine job with the realities of life's gray areas, but just a little too much reiteration.
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.
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.
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