This book was perfectly read by Jeff Woodman, whose voice was reminiscent of the narrator/main character in the movie version (John Cusack). The movie started about 2/3 of the way into the story, was great to finally hear the whole TRUE story. Listened to this all the way on a driving trip to Michigan and the miles flew by, enjoyed every bit.
MacGyver on Mars
Anything survivalist on a one-against-all-odds theme--perhaps The Life of Pi, but without the tiger. . . .
No, but his take on the characters is dead-on perfect!
YES! I usually listen only in the car or at the gym, but I couldn't help bringing the iPod into the house to listen a bit more on my portable speaker. I had to force myself to put it down, lest I not have anything to listen to for the gym tomorrow. I am about 1/4 of the way through but felt compelled to post this review.
This is a funny, smart, interesting book. As I said, I haven't finished it yet, but i held my breath in the first quarter when I feared it was about to veer off into a certain plot development, but thankfully it did not. Will see if that pops up later, or a version of it. I am hoping for a happy ending, and am just glad Stephen King (or George RR Martin) did not write this one as I could write those endings blind. . . .
I have already ordered hard copies of the book for my nephew and my son, who will love it.
Yes, it is complex and engrossing
The originality of the ideas that form the basis of the hero's adventures.
Ha--I have to say Will, simply because when Podehl says, "Like bear", I had to go to the Audible listing for A Dirty Job to convince myself the two narrators were not the same, as they were identical in their performance of the same two words, though in wildly different stories. Hysterical. Sorry, I tend to fix on odd little details!
Yes, but I am capable of great discipline and limited it to gym and car time. A great motivator to do prolonged workouts!
Greatly looking forward to book three. Have sent these two books to a nephew of mine who loves fantasy, and who introduced me to the genre. I try to find new and interesting reads for him, and know he will enjoy these.
deliciously long story
Great range of voices; sometimes a bit overdone, but only one was annoying; I especially liked the Chas (?) voice which bugged me until I placed it: it sounded like Moonlight Graham (Burt Lancaster) in Field of Dreams movie.
yes and no--a definite don't-mind-sitting-in-lines-and waiting-rooms listen, but on the other hand didn't want it to be over too soon. I am in the car at least 3 hours every day and this was a very satisfying tale.
I am actually down to the last 15 minutes, so unsure how the ending will go, and expect to re-listen to it immediately to hook all the connectors together I may have missed. I ordered the book for my husband for his birthday, and resisted temptation every night to pick it up (haven't wrapped it yet) to see what comes next or how it ends!
Appreciated the insights into the Afghan conflict and the political machinations, and (apologies) I am a "leftist" and felt author's insights were very accurate. Hated the narration: was like listening to Ronald Reagan at his patronizing worst; then, I began thinking it was fun to listen to "Ronnie" espouse leftist ideals, so it got better. Krakauer is a favorite author, but I wasn't sure I could get into this book. I was wrong, and I am glad to have heard it and to know more about Tillman.
I absolutely mourn the loss of Herr Larsson, whom of course I know only from this wonderful series. This third book is every bit as intricate and enjoyable as the first two, although admittedly a second listening helps a lot with the names and places. A multi-layered story, my only critique is what police agency would leave two murder suspects unguarded and next to each other in a hospital ward?! Love stories where I learn about new places, occupations, etc and hope someone is contracted to finish #4 and maybe the rest through #10--his companion?
I forced myself to listen to this entire audio book, just because I'm not a quitter and every once in a while there was almost something worth listening to. Self centered in tedius detail, annoying voice (reminded me of the narrator for Claire in Time Traveller's Wife--just too precise and perfect). Gave it two stars, not one, for the Italian bits. I see where it is being made into a movie with Julia Roberts--I will definitely pass.
Fantastic story, good history, laugh-out-loud passages if you don't object to highly colorful language. The narrator did not modulate well between his obvious breaks, and sounded like Andy Rooney, which took some getting used to. I am interested in history but this book would have had me hooked anyway.
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