Sean Astin's book is a small anecdote in the vast array of historical Tolkein literature. At the same time, it's an important story about the making of an epic trilogy that broke records and won many deserved honors.
Astin's role could have been a minor one, but through talent and the typical insecurity possessed by many great actors, he made for himself an important place in the series.
If you'd seen each other the movies in this series, you will know that the character of Sam, as played by Astin, becomes a pivot point for each of the films. In Fellowship, Sam refuses to allow Frodo to go it alone, thus injecting hope at a crucial moment. In the Two Towers, Sam inspires Frodo to carry on despite all the pain and hardship, and simultaneously convinces Faramir to set them free. In Return, Sam literally carries Frodo to the completion of the quest.
Astin performs beautifully in this role and thus has become part of Tolkein lore himself in some ways. This is the heart of Astins story and if you enjoy memoirs or are a Tolkein fan, you'll enjoy this book.
As someone who grew up in the 80s, Corey Feldman is one of those names you immediately recognize. Normally I'm not one to read a Hollywood star's memoir, but the book's description got my attention and I purchased and downloaded the book.
Since then I've listened and re-listened to this book three times. Did Feldman have help in writing this memoir? If so, that's fine. If not, then I'm even more impressed.
From the first page to the last, you'll be drawn into Feldman's story, beginning with the death of his friend, Corey Haim, then moving back in time to recount memories of his first television commercial for MdDonald's. From there, he moves forward recounting the pressures of family life and career as a successful child actor in a town that uses and discards child actors at an alarming rate. The things you'll learn are both riveting and important.
No matter your age, you'll enjoy this book. Feldman paints such a vivid picture of his life, you feel as if you're there, living it with him. The fact Feldman narrates his own book adds to the value, and he does a superb job.
I can't recommend this one highly enough.
I first gained interest in this series after watching the new Amazon series, "Bosch." Now that I finished book 1, "The Black Echo," I know I'll be listening to every one in this series as well. Harry Bosch is a fascinating character and Connelly does a terrific job of creating believable stories and characters around him. I've already purchased and downloaded the next few audiobooks and I look forward to Season 2 of Bosch on Amazon.
If you like the mystery / detective genre, you won't be disappointed with this book. It's entertaining with interesting plot twists, including a major twist towards the end I had not anticipated. I recommend you give "The Black Echo" a try.
What do you get when you combine The Adventures of Brisco Count Junior with Sanderson's excellent Mistborn series? You get a Wild West fantasy with action, adventure, suspense, humor,in many wonderful characters. What I hope we all get is a continuation of The series in the form of several new books. You do not need to have read the other books in the series to understand and enjoy hugely this wild adventure.
If you are or ever were a fan of Star Trek The Original Series, you'll love this humorous and inventive story which borrows from and builds upon the genre it so effectively mocks. With fun and interesting characters and interesting plot twists, you never quite know what will happen next. You only know that, whatever happens, you'll enjoy every minute of it.
And along the way, the story has some surprisingly touching moments. This is a book within a book within a book, much like the coded message coming from deep space in Carl Sagan's book, "Contact," contained a message within a message within a message. Don't think you're going to understand everything until you've finished the book. That's when you'll realize this story is not what you thought it was going to be.
This is the Monty Python of space adventures!
I listened to the prologue and 5-chapter sampler and now I'm ready for the full book. I will definitely be downloading this one when it comes out. Fascinating storyline and premise, with an enticing look at this new world.
This book is the best thing I've come across in the last several years. With a fast paced and, frankly, riveting storyline, it carries you along and leaves you wanting more. Remember the days of the Harry Potter series when you could not put one of Rowling's books down until the very last word of the last sentence on the last page? That's what you have here; a fascinating if somewhat dark world as the backdrop for a truly epic adventure.
This book is especially relevant for anyone who, like me, grew up in the 1980s. It's a book that, while carrying you into the not-so-different future, also transports you back to a time that meant so much to so many of us.
This book is a winner.
The Postman is a classic of the genre, a must read for anyone who loves great storytelling. This is probably in the top 10 of my all-time favorites.
The Postman is a post-apocalyptic story similar to stories like The Earth Abides, Lucifer's Hammer, The Stand, etc. What sets The Postman apart from those books is the strong undercurrent of love of country. The dream of a nation that was once united, with all the blessings of the civilization that we now enjoy. We get to see through the eyes of those who lost it, and through the main character, Gordon. He's a dreamer, an idealist, and the one in whom the American dream of "home" still burns bright and strong. After 17 years of desperate struggles, an unexpected find gives Gordon the opportunity to create a watershed moment for himself, his fellow survivors, and the nation once known as The United States of America.
David LeDoux's performance is good. His voice and style fit the character and the story well. His style is somewhat different in that he often ends his narration on a higher tone rather than lower one. This is a bit different from other narrative styles but does not detract from the story.
One of the most moving parts of the book comes near the end, when Gordon is struggling to free himself from an enemy camp. As Gordon struggles, he sees and hears the metaphorical voices of a dead nation, challenging him, urging him on. All his dreams, all his ambitions, the real spirit of a nation, fight to overcome his desperation, and sense of hopelessness. This story reflects a real struggle faced by every generation. Are we to remain a nation, or will we simply give up, declare our battles lost, and allow the dream to fade into oblivion?
I've waited many years to see this book come to audio. I first read The Postman a few years after its publication and have loved it ever since. I have a copy of the book in my personal library. But, unlike my younger years, I just don't have to sit and relax with a good book. Audiobooks are perfect because they allow me to listen to great stories while I'm commuting, or running errands, or doing normal chores and tasks around my home. With audiobooks, I actually look forward to what used to be really dull chores, like mowing the lawn. This book, The Postman is a valuable addition to my audio library.
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