I enjoyed the flow of this book very much. I usually only listen to books for an hour or two at a time. I listened to this book on a 6 hour drive with few breaks. The main character is very real and she becomes someone you care about as the story progresses. I am not an emotional guy at all, but I had a lump in my throat at the end of this one. Noelani is not a narrator I have heard before even though I am a long time Audible listener. She was wonderful and her accent gave the story authenticity. This book is one of my all time favorites now. This book will not disappoint you!
I had read some things about Rommel before, including that the allies had targeted him. This book goes into detail and is based on accounts from the men who were there. I learned many new things about this aspect of WWII through this exciting narrative. I was listening with my earbuds in at the gym, and I said out loud, "No way!" during one particularly exciting part when the characters found themselves in the German's line. Someone later asked what the heck I was listening to. Audible gained a new customer.
This is not the type of book I normally listen to, but the description intrigued me. I was not disappointed. Harold is a quirky, but lovable character and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing him to life. I also enjoyed the wide range of other characters he encounters on his pilgrimage. The best thing about this book is that you begin to examine your own life and relationships just as Harold examines his. His emotional journey is as compelling as his physical journey, and you will enjoy traveling with him through both.
I got this book because my high schooler was assigned to read it, and I wanted to be able to discuss it with her. I was hooked immediately. I see why it was assigned; you could teach an entire semester leadership course based on this book. You have to suspend your notion of the maturity and intelligence of kids that are the age of these characters, but once you do you will have fun with this book. I see the movie version is coming out. If it is as good as this book it will be a blockbuster. My daughter and I had some good conversations about the book, which also made it well worth the read.
I listen to books while driving and working out. With this book, I found myself sitting in the driveway not wanting to stop listening! This book is very well written and researched. I really enjoyed the interview with the divers at the end of the book. Make sure you listen to past the author's end notes to get to the interview - it is well worth it. Also, Michael Pritchard did a great job narrating this book.
I listened to this book through part 1, then deleted it. The characters were not interesting, the teaser about word-lovers enjoying this book did not deliver, and the plot is VERY slow to develop. It was a waste of the 6 hours or so I spent on it.
Stein incredibly arrogant. He tells us we should read John Grisham’s “The Firm” for an example of poor writing. Good writers on the other hand notice little things like the sexual interplay between fathers and their adolescent daughters, mothers and adolescent sons at square dances. If you can ignore his self-serving and sometimes ludicrous comments like the one about square dances, the book has some excellent information for aspiring writers.
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