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I am an avid mountain hiker, so when browsing Audible.com and spotting a book with a hiking boot on the cover my interest was peaked. Listened to the prologue and actually gasped, then laughed, then listened with mounting interest. I bought the book.
This is not a book about the Pacific Crest Trail and it is. I know, sounds crazy doesn't it? The PCT is the main thread, it gives the story continuity and a goal. The real story is how and why Cheryl Strayed happens to be on (or strayed onto) the trail. She takes us on her life's journey, along many of the lows, a few of the highs and shows us what lessons she took away from them.
In the telling CS is absolutely frank and honest. She tells us things most of us probably wouldn't tell our mothers, perhaps not even our best friends and certainly not total strangers. But it makes the telling even better. And she tells the story well! CS has a smooth writing and storytelling style, that drew me in. At times I found myself laughing out loud, while at others I was moved to tears and at all times I wanted to know what would be/happen next!
Bernadette Dunne does an excellent job. The narrator can add something to a book or absolutely destroy it. I've put probably perfectly good books away, because the narrator annoyed me so much I couldn't go on listening to him/her. Not BD though, she adds to the story!! At no point does she become irritating, annoying or worse. Her pleasant voice and style make reading this book an even better experience.
Sometimes the language is explicit (i.e. when CS writes about a sexual fantasy or her experiences with drugs), but never abusive, always functional and always with a lesson to be learned. Not forced upon us, but the attentive reader can pick it up easily.
Like I said before: the book is not about the »PCT« and it is. The part that is, tells us how best to prepare for a long distance hike .... or not ;-). The hiker in me gasped at her description of her first packing of her backpack, then laughed out loud when the image of her lifting it was conjured up in my head, suffered with her when she talks about her hiking boots and was not a little jealous when thinking about making a similar trip myself.
»Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail« is totally enjoyable. No lessons need to be learned if you don't want to. You can just enjoy a good reading/listening experience. Your money would not be wasted. However, all of us can take something away from this book and take a fresh look at our own lives to see where own particular »PCT« might lead. Then your money definitely won't be wasted.
So, to everyone - hiker and non-hiker alike - I say: buy this book!!
Slow, but still interesting
Spoiler alert: imprisonment of Cersei
The narration in itself yes, but what the hell was Roy Dotrice and/or the director thinking? Other reviewers were right about the change in voices! It's downright annoying to say the least!!However, despite reviews to the contrary I decided to brave the voice change and allthough it never got to the point where I liked the new voices for old friends, it was no reason for me to put the book away.
The story line moved along very slowly in this book. Hope the tempo will pick up in the next one - and yes, I will order the next one.Also hope that some of the characters in the first 3 books will return in book 5. I would really like to know what is happening to them.
After listening to book 1 of the series I was sold - or so I thought. During book 2 I off and on had the feeling I was going to finish this installment but not order book 3. Not captivating enough - or so I thought. By the end of book 2 I found myself wondering how the story would continue. Story lines of specific characters had me wanting to know what would happen to them next.
So now I find myself writing a review for book 3. While listening to Roy Dotrice - who again did an amazing job!! - I once again found myself loosing interest and finding it again: All in all the tale is gripping and I find myself getting ready to order book 4, because I still want to know what will happen next!
Book 3 had me captivated in the end, but were it not for Roy Dotrice I don't know that I would be so ready as to get book 4.
I was doubtfull as to whether or not I should read i.e. listen to this second instalment of the GoT series, but after the first book curious too how the story would unfold itself. So after listening to Roy Dotrices reading of the introduction, I found myself downloading it, listening to it and once again being pulled all the way in.So yes, if you have read or listened to the first book, I would definitely recommend listening to this one as well - gripping continuation of the story read by a terrific Roy Dotrice
What is not to like - the different characters are well defined, even though there is a lot of them (and I mean, a lot) it is not too hard to keep track of them all, the pace is good and to top it all, it is well read. I'm not sure if I would keep on going if somebody else than Roy Dotrice did the reading. Kudos to him!!!
Tomboy Arya is still my favourite, but John Snow has been added to the list.
As I haven't read it in the printed version, I find this a hard one to answer. However, Roy Dotrice is absolutely top notch as a narrator and definitely adds a whole lot extra to the experience of getting acquainted with the "Game of Thrones"!!
The whole book is memorable, its cast is superb, the different story lines are many and sometimes confusing, but always interesting. Naming one or more memorable moments would spoil the book for new readers, so I won't mention any.
I will say however, that I find "A Game of Thrones" a more than worthy successor to that other series I just finished: Robert Jordans "The Wheel of Time"
The tomboy Arya Stark
The story was good but told far too slow for my taste. It seems the author felt that the story needed to be told at a pace common for the era of the plot, but at times I felt like falling asleep. TGF the possibility to "wind" forward. I might be laying the blame at the wrong feet though. For all I know it was Mr Ballerine who set the pace.
Not if this is his regular pace
Great story writing
I love history and am especially interested in the history of the WWI and WWII and the interbellum. Already knowing quite a bit about those times, I is obvious Mr Follett didn't slack when researching this novel.I really like the way he tells the story through different characters in different countries under different regimes. It gives it all an extra edge.
I like the way Daisy's character evolves during the telling of the story.
Yes. Almost did too.
No need to be especially interested in the history of the last century to like this novel. It is a great read any way you look at it and it's performed well by John Lee.
Definitely! The story is well written, poignant and in many ways recognizable. In one way or another (whether young or old(er)), I am sure we can all relate to Harold's situation at the beginning of the book.
It doesn't matter whether or not his decision to go on a pilgrimage is realistic or not. What matters is, he decides to do something. About his life, about his friends and, as it turns out, much more.
Good for him! And good for all of us/you who - like Harold - dare to go for the unexpected, the nonconformistic and take our/your lives into our/your own hands!
Harold, off course. The way he starts out and slowly evolves; he grew on me more and more.
I love Jim Broadbent's voice and presentation of the book. I especially like the way he gives each character his/her own voice without going overboard with accents, funny diction, etc.
Maureen and Harold after he - or in a sense they both - finished his pilgrimage. I would love to get to know them both better after they both learned and evolved so much.
Really recommend it!
I've always been interested in men and women who shaped history. Theodore Roosevelt certainly is one of those. I read David McCulloughs' "Mornings on Horseback" some years back, also fascinating by the way, and found TR as interesting as I had expected, but felt there was probably more to be told about him then McCullough did in his book.
C. Millard tells of another side of Theodore Roosevelt and does so in the most compelling way. The story drew me in and left me not wanting to put it away. TR must have been an absolutely fascinating man and have left an indelible impression on all those who met him.
It's not just TR one gets to know better through reading this book. The other characters too are well researched and given their rightful place in the account of the exploration of the River of Doubt.
The fact that CM also takes time to give us background on exploration of unknown territories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, evolution of the rain forest and its' peoples makes for an even greater understanding of the incredible journey the exploration of the River of Doubt has been.
The narrator P. Michael deserves credit too; he did a great job. A pleasure to listen to!
For anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt and/or exploration of unknown territories this book is a must!
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