I haven't listened to many so far but I really enjoyed this one.
There were a lot of great moments-the book is really a collection of vignets from the life of this down to earth, goood-hearted guy. Each of these mini-stories is so evocative, like how he copes with the fire in the valley, or his ride in the bi-plane, or his experiences felling trees in the woods of Northwest Washington. The author really captures the feel of the placeand time while overlaying the experience of his main character.
I LOVED his narration! He has such a unique voice, it was perfect voice and he had the perfect tone and pacing for this laid back character.
Small towns and backwoods experiences of the early 20th century West
I really enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit though I have read a fair amount of history. The reader did a great job.
I wanted to like this book and I tried to finish but just never really got passed how much I disliked the first story, even though the next few were a little better. I finally gave up when I realized listening was just becoming tedious.
I found this book very insightful and moving. Always a fan of wolves I appreciated how this challenges wolf haters to reconsider their assumptions. ..but sadly those folks will never read this. At times there was a bit too much of the "about wolves" stuff but I did learn new things. There was also plenty of the story itself.
Narrator did a great job.
Where do I start. The character from Ukraine, his version of English is so artificia; so many large words that a non-native speaker would never know but they made for more locker room humor. This was clearly written for boys.
see above comments
I think the narrator was fine
no, which was so disappointing because i found his other book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" beautiful and very moving,
I should have heeded the warnings of other reviewers.
yes, as long as they were interested in history, like I am. I loved how it wove together political, social and economic history by telling stories of individuals and cities, not just at the national level. I learned so much I had never heard before.
I am fascinated by history, particularly when it is from a first-person perspective (why I love historical fiction), and this story covered so much in such personal ways, I was glued to the story from beginning to end.
It was so fluid, so perfect for this kind of book - used pauses and inflections well, I never felt I was being lectured at or read a newspaper story.
Average American life on the brink of history
So much history was in this book, though not exactly limited to 1861, but a few years before and a little after. I never realized how much happened in such a short period of time. Loved this and will be listening to it again.
Among my very favorite - loved the prose, the characters, the storyline, and the reader added so much I can't imagine just reading this.
Hard to say,but I loved how each of the main characters, even the most "bad" one, had good and bad qualities, though some had fewer good than others....just like real life. I found each of them very real and believable.
She was the biggest "wow" of the listen - amazing!! This story incorporates music, including singing, of various types and she performed each of them flawlessly and without missing a beat. She read the characters with each their own voices, as well. Just a fantastic, and challenging, performance. She added so much to the story.
the rhythms of our lives
wonderful book, you will learn history rarely talked about, grow to care about the characters and root for them, and be sorry when the story ends.
Somewhere in the middle
What I expected - appropriate based on the non-fiction style.
I felt like I was in the story, on the boat with them.
There were a number - I liked the moments with the locals along the river.
Big emphasis on the front part of the trip in New York, but interesting trip and fun listen.
Probably about half way - liked it enough to want to continue listening but some parts were a bit too much
Maybe, not sure - one review I had read nailed it; like Forrest Gump, but for me almost a bit too much so. I found the present time portions interesting but the historical flashbacks became increasingly outrageous and hard to believe that they just felt totally false.
I was also bothered by the apparently complete lack of morals these characters displayed, including the main character - honor or something like that mattered, but human life barely ranked above breakfast.
No, only because of the dark, heavy parts of the story - added depth, but not the kind of book I read a second time.
the stories from his childhood, when he had to run and hide.
When he found his love in the US only to realize she had married someone else.
I am still a little confused by the end (no spoilers); I liked the story, found it engaging, but the confusing ending left me without closure, neither satisfied nor surprised.
If lots of cuss words don't bother you (and for many it is not an issue, I know) then you might really enjoy this book. I find a well written story stays with me long after it is done. All the more so when listening to it. That's why I stopped trying less than an hour into it. Occasional swearing is not a big deal, but just about every other sentence had a swear word-not necessary in a great story!
Far fewer swear words
Good, I just found the frequent use of foul language distracting.
Didn't stick with it lo ng enough. Story seemed interesting.
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