Well written book but I could not finish. The first time I heard a child's sexual molestation by a step parent graphically described I had to quit the book. That is just me, and has nothing to do with the quality of writing.or, narration. I am certain it happens all the time but I tend to be an ostrich and do not need to hear it. The incident was part of the story and not written in for shock value.
Before you buy, be aware this is at least a part of the story and if squeamish, do not purchase.
Yes and no. Narration was terrific, spot on. But, after a while Theo's whining was amplified by the good narration.
I would recommend but only to someone looking for a good read. Not, for the faint hearted. looking for a beach book.
Let's start at the beginning. His time in the museum with Welty and then, trying to get out of the building pulled me in. I could see him as a very young boy being most scared and confused. Again, many of the events becoming close to Boris felt right if, also extremely depressing. I felt the author had command of that period of his life.
I really liked Hoby. He was most real. His care for the two young people in the book was from the heart. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were the best way to describe Theo and Boris.
The author gave us a grand tale. I have read Dickens and yes, much like him. However, someone should have edited. Much too long. The last scene in Amsterdam tried to wring juice from a dry orange. Theo's illness and his attempts to leave were bleak and then when Boris showed up, yet another barrage of words. By then if it were not near the end, I would have turned it off. I hope to read more from this author but next time dear publisher, insist on editing.
Mr. Allen was as discreet in this book as he was in life. Very little was shared about the Presidents he served. The various presidents' relationship to the civil rights struggle were revealed by the author Wil Haygood. Mr. Haygood also wrote about the relationship the motion picture industry had/has to black actors and the behind the scenes people of color.
It is a well written book. I enjoyed listening. Do not buy the book if you are looking for a story of the Butler. Other than knowing Mr. Allen was a gentleman and had a deep and abiding loyalty to and pride in his race he remains a mystery to me.
Only if the friend has a high tolerance for unremitting depression
Vignettes of history. I really liked the portion of the peace negotiations.
She is a fine narrator
I read from the beginning to Chapter 7 and quit. I could not take ne more death of a child. The thought of the Irish immigrant woman losing so much finished me with the book.
The author is talented and I loved his first book. This one ground my heart. Read only if you are strong.
Visuals. Ms. Morganstern writes with a paintbrush, no mere computer or pen. Each description took me into the story. I smelled the caramel apples and tasted the chocolate mice (made I am sure from the finest Guitard) On hearing the description of the birthday cake the raspberry/chocolate filling came into my senses.
I think it incomparable. Neil Gaimen is the closest modern author.
Actually, at the end when Widget was at the restaurant talking to The Gray Man. In that conversation was one of the best explanations of why we write and why we read, I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
a Circus for your very best dreams.
I cannot specify a favorite Audible Book but this certainly is floating very near the top. It was one of those books I put off ending. I want one for every grand daughter.
Up at the top. It has been a while since I have listened to a book that both entertained and, informed me.
The book was a journey through turn of the 20th century England and, to an extent Europe and the US. Mr. Selfridge kept me on my toes as he did his staff and, the shoppers of a now forgotten age. Did you know that television was invented and indeed used in the 1930's. In Mr. Selfridtge I saw woman's fashion tuned on its head from a dress that did not dare show an ankle to one that barely covered necessities. Every time we are entertained by newpaper ads filled with the latest gadgets Harry Selfridge lives behind them. We can blame him as well for our forming wants rather than needs. It is also a cautionary tale as he skipped across the wild and extravagent jewel filled hedonistic life of his middle years to end up as an old man whose only riches were his memories. But what memories they were. Mr. Selfridge was a well loved and considerate boss but he never provided his employees with any sort of a retirement plan. He felt that they should each provide their own. He never followed his own advise. Harry Selfridge was in many, many respects not a nice man. He was one of the most complex individuals I have met in books for many a year.He was the little boy who was very, very good or horrid.
Too many favorites. The TV show cannot give the full extent of his escapades. I would have loved to have seen his office window which was signed with a diamond tipped pen. Every celebrity who visited his store signed the window. it was distroyed in a bombing in WW2.
No, too much. Like eating a rich dessert all at once.
If you like history and are fond of rogues this is the book for you. Kudos to suthor Woodhead for her excellent, tntensive research.
Hounded is a 50 on the 1-100 scale the higher number mostly due to the narrator. My age is a factor in the ranking.
Loved the dog. The dog helped make the story fun and without him, I might have canned the book. Several of the characters were pretty comic book such as the huge motorcycle gang and the husband of the chief goddess.
Actually loved the ending when dog felt cheated although in fact the whole idea was pretty sexist. Actually I felt the whole book was written for testosterone filled young men. Could be wrong.
No, hard to feel moved in this story so obviously written for fun.
I suspect this book was written for literate gamers who want to take a few moments away from their screens. The fast pace of the book and references to Druids, gods, godesses, vampires all point to the young and restless. Having said that I listened to the whole book; it was fun. I think this is the start of a series and I shall not continue. As I said, I am just too old. I read comic books when they were ten cents. The Narrator was quite simply superb. Kudos to whomever chose him for this series.
Yes, as I am certain I missed points. Ms. Welty did such a masterful job of painting a word picture of the time, the place, the people. My mother was from the south at just about that time. No, the author did not show the downside of the era or the differences of the races or the way women had no say. That was not the purpose of the story. The Help, Color Purple took on that task. Ms Welty I believe wanted to show life from her perspective.
I was there. She had a way of putting the reader into the house and the wedding week. From the adoration of an uncle to the brusk no nonsence presence of his brother (father of the house) and the foibles of their sisters married and not to the mother of the house, gentle and accepting we met them all. Then there were the children of all ages and races. We met the negro servants but of course we did not learn their personalities as Ms. Welty woud not have seen them as they were. It was very of the period.
She made the book what it is. I had not heard her before but what an excellent addition to this book.
After a number of books that were controvesial and ripped at your heart I needed a mint julip and slow fan on the porch. This was the book.
Actually I sorta did. Like many, I listened to the last book first and then went back. So much of the story is in that 5th segment. I had to listen to the whole book to know the many turns and twists and certainly how Egwane died. You cannot know each plot twist unless you listen to the whole book and even then if you get distracted, you must go back.I had to listen to several segments twice to catch the Compulsion ploy.
I loved that the ending was not tidy. The story held from start to finish and left us wanting more.. yes, I would purchase a book about Rand's new travels and his women. Especially liked that the authors made clear that Rand had to learn to give people freedom to make mistakes. Any other ending would have not been believable.
The emotions. You really felt what the author was trying to convey.
Logain's decision to relinquish power for compassion. His decision to help the helpless rather than sieze power over them. I loved it when he realized that a new way was possible. Also, thank you Mr. Sanderson for your conversation between Rand and his adversary when he told Sight Binder why he had no power over mankind. It was really insightful.
Perrin at times drove me crazy. His chivalry began to grate my skin right to the end. "I could never hurt a woman." I understand his character was not the brightest of the group but Perrin for the most part was written thick as a plank. I agree with another reviewer who griped a bit about Matt's clowning. It did get a little old. Having put in a few thorns, and very few indeed.. a huge Valentine bouquet of roses to the Sanderson-Jordan team. Thanks for a wonderful run. I'll be one of the first in line to buy a ticket to the movie.
Liked the book, liked the narrator and I am a long time fan of Ross Thomas. However, the book has nothing to do with the late and very great comedian W.C.Fields. Best check the advertisement. As a mystery book based in England it held my interest. You could do worse.
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