A wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most prolific producers in movie history that feels like an honest genuflection upon the oftentimes good, and occasionally regretful, decisions made in an industry renown for its ability to deceive itself. Many books of this kind contain a significant amount of revisionist history that requires a healthy dose of salt during consumption. This book manages to tell a series of stories that allows a reader to understand the events disclosed within its pages are from one source who can only tell one side. It attempts to be both fair and entertaining from cover to cover, and that effort is appreciated. Moments of repetition pass quickly enough since they often lead into another chapter within his life, and some of those scenes revealed are laugh out loud entertaining. Touching to a degree, this book was a read I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cinema history, or autobiographies in general. A great addition to any library!
I was smiling most of the time as I listened, and laughing every episode.
Bite sized snippets, moved all over the road
Stories involving animals take them to places you would not expect, but are thankful they did.
Belly laughs during traffic, that always help the commute!
The don't deviate from the formula from episode to episode, but that is not a bad thing. They found what works and stick with it. I've enjoyed most things Ricky and his crew have put together and this podcast just strengthens my affection toward the products.
I would jump at another Full Cast Recording, it was a stellar job in bringing the book to life as well as the welcome addition of a few sound effects that enhanced the experience. Orson Card has a very specific voice, and when he brings his style to a genre, you're either a fan, or not so much.
Stefan Rudnicki has always sounded like a congested rabbi when he reads a book, but I will say I very much enjoyed him as part of a cast. Well done!
Card added a few things here and there to "make this the best version of the book". As a book, I encourage people to read the kindle version first. As an e-book, please believe me that there is a reason it will give you a better experience than a hard copy. It also reads better in people's heads as they are exposed to these brilliant children and their oddly inconsistent dialogue. They are children, so there are the usual fart jokes, as well as geniuses, so their thought process is agreeable. I think Card did a disservice by holding a reader's hand a little too much and spelling things out in a key conversation between Ender and a teacher. In what was originally a beautiful twist and roller coaster type climax, his additions completely neutered the wow factor and limped across the finish line. I would not return to this book for fun, and I can only really recommend the sections of battle school and command school, the ending, at least in this version, I can almost skip entirely. Kindle this book first!
Fast. Nuanced. Compelling.
No spoilers here, but this book allows Dresden to come into his own at moments instead of just on the defensive end of things. Some character growth a long time coming, and worth the wait.
Marsters is Dresden. I listen to these books because the marriage of Dresden and Marsters brings things to a new level. It is a performance without being overwhelming, and the moments that need that extra punch, it is always delivered. I wish Marsters had more audio books under his belt!
Definitely laugh out loud moments in this book, some from the dialogue, some from the great performance.
Worth the wait, and probably one of the top three titles in the series if not top. Glad I spent the credit on the book, it was long enough to keep me entertained for a few days, and some great closure at the end.
In the top thirty percent, easily. Well written, varied, and great performance from Patrick Tull, as always.
Sherlock floats to the top, but always with the support of Watson
Patrick Tull rates at the top of my list of narrators, hands down. His performance from the Master and Commander series will be the standard by which I measure all other writer/ narrator combinations. Patrick Tull brings each character to life as only he can.
The way it was broken up into stories makes it easy to listen to a story, take a break, and start afresh when schedule permits.
Worth the purchase and a fun ride. Fans of Holmes will not be disappointed.
I genuinely enjoyed the narrator and his ability to bring such life to these rather uninspiring characters, and convey a tension in the most pedestrian of interactions, and that may be enough for you in a book. I, however, did not feel the author was able to bring that level of realism to this story to fully bring me to the point where I could either sympathize with the characters or even root for them. The constant reiteration of Big Brother and its evils began to feel like a crutch as the story progressed, almost used as a substitution for actual events to illustrate this point. The writing style is at once beautiful and tragic in that the unrealized potential of this book is heartbreaking. So close to deserving the label "Classic", and not quite able to attain it. This is only my personal opinion, and there are those who will find this book more than adequate. I am just not one of those people.
I had read the reviews, and was unfamiliar with the author when I decided to purchase the book. I am truly glad I did! Patrick Tull is untouchable as a narrator and his ability to impress a unique personality and breath life into an entire cast of characters is in full effect here. A touching story told by a main character who must continue after his own personal tragedies during a time of war that manages to be at once felt and experienced through these words. You will enjoy this story as it unfolds in a series of experiences, and feel all the richer by the last page. Well done!
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