Garrison Keillor is a great storyteller, but this skill doesn't a novel make. I thought because this novel took place in Lake Wobegon it would be as entertaining as his short stories, but this concept turned out to be simply not the case.
After awhile, Garrison's narration sounds whiny and I didn't want to hear him drone on.
I couldn't finish the book.
As my title suggests, this novel (?) may be intended for a younger audience than myself. I do wish Audible would clarify classifications, although overall it is becoming difficult to tell what type of book I'm going to get: romance, fiction, young adult, fantasy?
As for this particular book, I disliked the narration quite a bit as it was rather overblown in an attempt, I guess, to sound like a prince or bear or giant. The storyline was lacking and lackluster.
Why did I purchase it, you ask? The concept was intriguing, while the execution was not.
Harsh, I know, but it seems like publishers aren't very discriminating these days.
My first book by this author, and I was disappointed. It felt very much like the Kellerman series, almost like a carbon copy, especially in the relationship between husband and wife.
The story line slowed tremendously in the middle, and I felt like I could miss several minutes and still keep up with what was happening. Overall, a slow thriller, so does that make it a no-thrill?
This is a great fantasy series, if you like listening or reading about destriers and clashing kingdoms. Martin's characters are well-developed and feel like "real" people. Some you will come to love, others you will hate.
There are a lot of descriptive passages about banners, shields, armor, and horses, sometimes a little too much. Lots of battle scenes, with a lot of details, some downright bloody.
The story style is moving from character to character, which helps hold one's interest.
If you enjoy this kind of reading, Martin is at the top of the game.
A story spanning a lifetime during the years of prohibition, the characters in this story come alive as Stegner writes about them. As one listens, you feel like you are living along with them. This novel makes one think about what makes a person good or bad, and whether certain characteristics of a person lean them in one direction or the other.
A long novel, but to me it didn't seem repetitive or longer than it needed to be to outline and fill in the story line.
An excellent listen, performed well by the narrator.
I have tried 4 times to listen to this novel; my mind wanders away. I thought I would enjoy reading a book about one of my favorite places, but I'm not getting the essence of Berkeley and Telegraph Avenue from this book, and it is a unique place.
Such a disappointment. Didn't care for the "groovy" (??) reading style of the narrator.
I don't usually read memoirs by well-known people, but I have always enjoyed Lithgow's acting. Third Rock from the Sun was one of my favorite TV shows. Interestingly, he talks little about this program, and I was looking forward to some behind the scenes scenarios. I saw some bloopers from this show and they were very funny.
I was looking for something humorous to listen to, and the memoir is not very funny. Still, I enjoyed listening to him relate his life's story; it just wasn't what I expected. It appears that an actor can play a humorous role without being a funny person. I guess that's called acting.
This science fantasy/fiction series has always intrigued me due to its unique characters and storyline. This title is the latest in the series, and when I reached the end of it, all I could think of was "What? It's over?" Please, give me more. This book did seem shorter than some of the others in the series.
This book was a big disappointment, as I expected so much more from this writer. I was so bored I couldn't finish it. The theme very loosely holds the book together, and I mean loose. Perhaps it is too erudite for my tastes, but I was relieved when I allowed myself to stop listening to it. I attempted to read it a few years ago and was hoping the audio edition would improve my opinion. Not.
This book was not as well-written as I expected, but it was not a huge disappointment. I have to say that I'm having a hard time thinking of more to add to this review. The book is good, but not memorable. Yes, she chooses to be a single mom, but that is not unusual any longer. I did not get any life-changing "ah-ah's" from it, which I frequently do from a memoir and is the reason I enjoy reading them. Every one's life is unique, but a good memoir needs to also be uniquely written.
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