Exciting, depressing, shocking
Hard to say, though I think if Hemingway or Camus ever wrote a zombie novel, it would be a lot like this book.
Actually, I would rename it Road to Woodbury, which is the title of the second book in the series. Rise of the Governor isn't really appropriate, because "the Governor" doesn't ever really appear in this book unless you count the very last page or two. The titles of the two volumes should really be switched.
The historical setting and personal connection of the author to the characters are all part of what make this so enjoyable. There is something about these characters that immediately hooked me. Grover Gardner's performance is, as usual, flawless.
Yes; lots of little twists and turns and surprises.
One thing most people will notice is his correct pronunciation of names, places and other things like herbs and weapons. If I had read this, I would have mispronounced just about every name. Gardner's voice is just awesome, though. Probably my favorite narrator out there.
"Hangmen have feelings too."
The series only goes up from here. Seriously, as good as this first installment is, the rest only get better and better.
It's definitely one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is superb and the story is captivating. The only thing I anticipate others would complain about is the fact that this story is also an immersion into objectivism, Ayn Rand's own brand of philosophy. I didn't mind it; knowing Rand's feelings on art puts her own work into perspective. It does feel a little preachy at times, and Rand does not hold punches when it comes to the antagonists, the so-called "looters." Within one paragraph of introducing a new character, you will know whether the character is "good" or not (the only possible exception being Cheryl Brooks). Yet it's amazing to see how her philosophy and the story were so intertwined to create such a complete story. Everything falls into place. The characters are extremely well developed, and the conclusion of the story was well worth the 60 hours devoted to listening.
The suspense. It was very well paced, that is if you like longer stories. I can see how someone might become bored with this story after a while. It takes time and patience, but it certainly pays off.
Yes, I didn't want to stop listening.
Yes, because there is so much good information, I probably need to listen three or four more times to get it all. I will have a notebook handy next time.
The book deals with issues most parents face on a daily basis, and I was really looking for something to give me some kind of guidance on parenting. This is the best book I've found because it doesn't just give tips or suggest methods; it really gets to the root of the issues parents deal with and explains the source of much of the behavior we want help with.
I think the chapter on consequences was the most helpful, but also the most difficult to put into practice! But the author actually warns that it's difficult, and emphasizes the importance of sticking to your consequences anyway.
Hopefully all of it.
I listen to audiobooks on my way to/from work every morning, and this book took me almost two months to listen to, and it was worth every minute. It's one of those feelings of achievement and satisfaction you get only from finishing something worthwhile. I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel. Well worth the time spend listening.
I didn't expect all the tertiary information Melville provided about the whaling trade and life at sea. It was an unexpected, but not unwelcome, addition to what I did expect. The narrative portions themselves were so good I listened to some chapters twice, especially the very last chapter.
My favorite scenes have to be when Stubb made the Cook preach to the sharks, and of course the final battle with Moby Dick.
I was moved by Ahab's existential reflections toward the end of the book, and I was saddened by Ahab's final benevolent desire to see Starbuck make it back to his family.
I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel because of all these accents and dialects. Well worth the time spent listening.
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