I didn't notice that this was an abridged version of the book. While I thought it was beautifully written and beautifully read by Ralph Fiennes, I was disappointed in not getting to listen to the entire book. I suggest you either read the book, or wait till an unabridged version comes out.
I loved Ms. Fuller's autobiography "Don't Let's go to the Dogs Tonight" and have been disappointed by her later books. Her description of both the characters and the landscape were so overblown that -rather than awe, which I think she was striving for-I felt bored, even though I know and love the area in Wyoming she writes about. The narrator, with his golly gee approach and ridiculous laugh didn't help.
I found this book to be pleasant but insubstantial. The plot is rather silly and while several of the characters are eccentric and interesting they are not realistic enough for me to care about what happens to them. I wouldn't waste a valuable book credit on this one unless you need something to occupy you while knitting, which is what I did.
This is an entertaining story but as a piece of history writing I found it very lightweight. Trying to tie the three main characters together was contrived and a lot of what was presented as fact struck me as likely the author's opinion or supposition rather than hard evidence.
This powerful new book by Australian author Tim Winton describes a lonely boy's painful coming of age. He is befriended, and ultimately damaged, by a couple fighting the loss of youth and their aging bodies. This is ultimately a book about survival through extremes, of pushing one's body and one's morals beyond what is "average" and experiencing both the exhilaration and self-disgust that comes from doing so. Listening to the book through the narrator's authentic Australian voice added a lot to the book. I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends, but I would to those who like a story beautifully written with an edgy and difficult morality. I've never surfed, but Winton conveys the power and beauty of the sea and what it's like to try and conquer your own fears.
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