This seemed to start out so well. At the beginning, it was interesting and a lot happened. But it bogged down and by the end I was hoping for something - anything - to happen. So many words! Over and over again. And the use of pronouns, redundantly explained by nouns - if I, the reader, hadn't spent a lot of money for this, the book, read by the narrater who did his best, Mark Bramhall, I, the reader might have given it, the book, up.
I always look forward to a new book from Bill Bryson, and I have never been disappointed. His most recent book is one of his best. Some other reviewers have said that they didn't enjoy his narration. I strongly disagree. I can't think of anyone else who could read his well researched, fascinating book as well as he does. Sometimes I gasped, and sometimes laughed out loud. I was sorry when it was over, and I'm going to listen to it all over again.
Contrary to Frey's other books, this one has lots of facts in it. Lots of facts. And lots of words, over and over again. I bought this book because I had enjoyed Frey's writing, even after it came out that his autobiography was a work of fiction. This book is a cruel joke on the people who are willing to support him (despite Oprah) by purchasing his books. Nasty, not fun, a big downer. From the author of My Friend Leonard I expected better.
Having read the other reviews, I decided not to even buy this one. These comedians are so funny, why must they resort to low humor? We will miss Bob Hope. Bill Cosby, please keep us laughing.
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