Reading this book was like witnessing a violent car accident. You can't turn away, you have to see (read) it through even though in many places you just want to stop and you kind of know in advance that there will be no happy ending and indeed there is not.
The writing style is nothing to "write" home about but one must remember that this book was written in the latter 80's, early 90's for readers' sensibilities back then. It's especially annoying when Mr. Thorson editorializes about gay life and culture using simplistic and hackneyed cliches that are entirely laughable now-a-days.
The narration by Peter Berkrot was spectacular. One felt one was listening to Thorson in person, and the narrator's vocal inflections of Mr. Liberace are worth any downside that the rather bland narrative otherwise presents.
As for the actual events and behaviors presented by the book of Mr. Thorson's life with Lee Liberace and what to think of them, it would be unfair to judge either party. There was presented enough nauseating dysfunction for both men to last ten families ten lifetimes.
In the end, I felt very sad for Mr. Thorson. I believe to this day that he still loves Lee Liberace and will die doing so. It's just such a shame that people have to go through this soft of thing as it affects them until their death. Best of luck to Mr. Thorsen. Rest in peace, Mr. Liberace.
Unusually satisfying, well-written and superbly narrated piece. The narrators Italian accent and interpretations are wonderful. The characters seem alive, like they all live next door to you. The story does start out slow, so give it some time, but when the interns arrive, lookout, the thing just launches into the sky and never comes down!
Horror is not my usual genre, but on Mr. King's endorsement I took a swing at it. At first it was just disgusting and I read with detachment. Then the story it grew on me, well, not unlike the horror described within its pages and then it took over. At the end I was left slack-jawed at how such nonchalant and gruesome cruelty could have drawn me into caring so much about it, but I did. Fantastic character development and the narration was pitch perfect. Careful though, this is not for a weak stomach or easily pricked moral sensibilities.
The godfather of submarine-based thrillers will always be Tom Clancy. "The Hunt For Red October," the gold standard. "The Trident Deception" provides no originality and often pipes many of the 21st century military thriller cliches we are all used to in this genre, but that's OK. This book also could have been considerably longer had the author chosen to fill out more back story detail in several areas including its nefarious plot, but chose wisely not to do so as it would have spoiled and bogged down the otherwise excellent pace that ramps to a "can't put it down" ending. I have a bit of quibble with the narration. Mr. Ganim simply didn't do it for me, his portrayal of the book's chief female character especially was just weird to me. Overall, bravo Mr. Campbell!
Caution, there is no sex, no romance and the violence is from physics gone wrong. The marooned astronaut is a genius, smart-ass with a sense of humor as dry as the red terrain he unwillingly inhabits. And yet this book is easily in my top 5 of all time reads. I understood only a fraction of the science details involved but was well entertained throughout. Don't be shy, give this read a try!
Where do I begin? Well, the story felt unnatural, kind of contrived. I finally stopped listening when out of the blue, a very minor character suddenly announces his homosexuality out of nowhere for really no good reason that has anything to do with anything in a strange attempt to add drama, where none was really needed. I had great sympathy for the protagonist wanting to take care of his sick father, but by dropping out of medical school? Really?? Does the author know how incredibly difficult it is to get into medical school and how incredibly proud his father would be to have his son complete that arduous journey not to mention he deprived some poor soul of that spot in his class? Disgusting actually.
The narration was confusing to me, trying to add accents and inflections that never made any sense to me not to mention his attempts to do female voices was very poor. Then there's the road trip with the sudden appearance of Wally with Phillip. The details of their trip out west was pointless and boring, just as it would be pointless and boring for me to go on. I might try one more Andrew Grey story in the future, but with no expectations.
John Goode has an agenda: to stop bullying! Besides some clever references to pop culture sometimes spoken with acid sarcasm, Tales From Foster High also manages to fight at least one stereotype: victims of bullying never fight back, because they do in this book. The #1 emotion expressed most frequently is teenage angst, some of it over-baked. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story. My one niggle with an otherwise excellent narration done by Michael Stellman (oops, make that two), given that the story takes place in a small Texas town, we never get any hint of a Texan drawl from any character. It could have taken place in Arizona or California and maybe that was intentional. Also, my copy of the audio at times had some annoying reverb, again, not the narrator's doing, just a technical glitch I suppose.
This is not a story, it's a written documentary. It's unvarnished and parts of it will make you cringe and in my case, I became internally enraged at the horrid "Third Reich" bullying and outright criminal activities perpetrated by the U.S. military against gay U.S. soldiers, male and female. In the end, it is understood that this all apparently had to be, but I'll forever harbor a sense of shame for those stupid men and women who in their fear and self-perpetrated ignorance brought nothing but hatred and violence towards fellow soldiers. At any rate, it's a read that will both inform and impress. A documentary film emerged from this book, it in no way resembles this book, however.
I liked most of this book, but the pace was awkward at times. It starts out hurriedly and banal, but the middle was quite good and satisfying enough. The ending is announced as an "epilogue" which immediately struck me as pretentious. This is not an epic deserving of that station. Some of the end story events were way too hurried, again a pace issue. The heart of the story is good however, even if the first person protagonist seems a tad cartoonish at times. Would I read another of this author's books? Probably not. The narration was superb, liked him a lot.
Yes, just like the characters in the story, the book title is not perfect, it's dorky. Yes, the author changes point of view here and there (and out of blue), but darn it, I really liked the characters and even though there really is nothing very original about the plot and course of the story, I really loved the characters including a neurotic protagonist with his quiet-type lover to be with their friends.The sexual scenes, again, fairly traditional were still very hot and very well done. Narrator Jason Lovett indeed became Cole, bravo!
I almost stopped listening to this title after just a few chapters in. I don't care for Sam Harris' singing or his Broadway career. I don't care about Liza Minnelli or Over the Rainbow. I gave it one more chapter which happened to the very first one touching on Sam's son Cooper and Sam's many pets. That hooked me and I happily finished the book. Yes, in the end, Sam wants to share snippets of celebrity sightings and experiences, but he also wants to share his journey as a gay boy and teen and then about a single gay man who falls in love and marries his lover and then raises a family. That's what I cared about, the journey from a homophobic Oklahoma to a normal family in California. The book is technically superb and Sam makes a very good narrator. One last thing, God Bless all of the "Mr. McDowells" in the world.
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