I love Murakami, but this book is larceny. It is 6 hours describing nothing. In fact, the book takes place in a 6 hour period. Dull characters, loose ends, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.
What do you want in a book? Believable characters? An engrossing plot? Beautiful narration? This audiobook has them all. Read it, then see the movie. I enjoyed both.
This is pure poetry. The characters are done so well, and the impoverished life he describes is so rich (no pun intended). McCourt's own narration is lyrical. The point of view moves from that of a three year old to a mid-teen's. This point of view is preserved -- he never says, "I realized later that thus and so was going on."
Read it. Read it. READ IT!
The plot, the narrator, the characters -- none could be improved upon. Where does this come from? I will read this book over and over.
This book is not to be missed. Not only are Jones's characters unforgettable (even those with a dark side), the narrator is just fantastic. Read it today!
Johnson is brilliant in bringing to life this era of 50 years ago. You feel like you were there when he narrates the mistreatment of Stevens, the Army Secretary, in McCarthy's desperate attempt to get at Eisenhower through his attacks on the army. When Welch finally nails the senator at the army hearings, you want to just cheer.
The weakness of McCarthy's fellow colleagues is paralleled by that of today's senators, who bought off on the Bush/Powell weapons of mass destruction argument without proof. The parallel between McCarthy's use of fear of reds and today's administrations use of fear of terrorists is eerie.
Well-narrated, but "Roosevelt" is not "Rooosuhvelt" and never was.
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