While I appreciate Hemingway's keen ability to develop this character and evoke some powerful metaphors in such a short novel, I just tend to enjoy books that move along faster. I thought Donald Sutherland sounded a bit muffled and he was a bit too monotone for me, but I have to agree that I believe this is the style that the story called for.
Still, if you are an avid audiobook reader, setting aside a couple of hours to hear a classic novel like this is certainly recommended. It's Hemingway. It's Donald Sutherland. It's 2.5 hours. Skip the game one weekend afternoon and listen to a classic story told by a classic actor.
I've read more Stephen King novels than I can count, but my next passion for reading is historical novels. So imagine my excitement to see historical fiction come from the mind of our era's greatest storyteller.
The story itself is enthralling. Of course, the premise itself is thought provoking. But after King captures your imagination with that premise, he lures you into his story by adding a dose of personal redemption, a dash of the innocence of high school, a pinch of the nostalgia of a simpler time and....if you can believe it....a love story. Throw in some guns and knives, the potential of a very dark future, murder and the picture of the evil of a small town for which he paints like no other and you have what could be his best book yet.
I go through 1-2 audiobooks per month during my commute and, without a doubt, Craig Wasson gives the best narration performance I've heard. He tells the story and IS George Amberson. He deftly adds dramatic flair and evokes your attachment to the main character without being overly dramatic. The best compliment I can give is that he is so convincing he becomes as important to the audiobook as the story itself. Just a wonderful job.
My wife is not a King fan at all. Tales of the supernatural, worlds that have passed on, gore, good versus bad....these are topics that don't grab her. This book? It's the one King book I will nag her to no end to pick up and read....or sit back and listen to. Of all his books, this certainly has the broadest appeal.
I watch sports a lot! To get some analysis that makes a sports argument backed up by facts without the emotions makes for great sports bar argument fodder!
The section around the source of home field advantage in the various sports. Great stuff!
The no call in the Giants-Pats Super Bowl versus Serena being called for a foot fault. Making that connection to drive home a much deeper point about officiating was memorable and showed that the bias of officials transcends multiple, very different sports.
A thought provoking book. Not very emotional or moving to me.
I wish I could get flash cards to summarize the arguments and bring them with me to a bar with my buddies. Great topics to debate and great insights to cause you to find other drivers behind the outcome of the sporting events of your life.
It's nice to have a mindless laugh sometimes. Not much of a plot, but a light-hearted escape.
In my opinion, it's not really applicable to this book. It's an experiential book that's good for some laughs.
The narrator did a nice job with the voices. You do get some feel for the author's feelings regarding the relationship with his father, but I did not walk away wanting to hear more about him or his life. I just enjoyed the sound bites when they came.
I thought the narrator did a nice job.
It's short. It's funny. A great book if you're looking for a one-timer on a road trip - just don't listen with young kids.
Inspiring. Eye-opening. Thought-provoking.
He does a nice job of infecting his voice to emphasize parts of our country's history that in retrospect seem ironic or surprising. It's a nice feature of audiobooks that the narrator can use his/her voice to reflect the author's opinion in a way that can sway the reader.
12 hrs is long so no. However, I have a 1 hr commute and there were times I stayed in the car for a bit to hear more.
It's a must read for any American history buff to understand the alliances and relationships that existed amongst men we group together as a singular group. If only our current legislators could work so hard at compromise and place the value of the larger country ahead of their own personal interests as was done so often in the late 1700's.
The only other comment relates to how the slavery issue was passed on to a future generation in order to preserve our young nation. Could the later bloodshed have been avoided if addressed then? Would that debate have divided our young country? It's the one topic in the book that I walked away from with a great deal of mixed feelings.
As with any book, the story is what matters and this piece of history is a great story.
I found myself feeling for the suffering soldiers on both sides while despising the genocidal tactics employed by both Hitler and Stalin against their enemies, civilians and even their own men. Their convenient physical detachment from the struggle makes the atrocities all that much worse.
Adding accounts of the people present and including excerpts from letters and journals added greatly to humanize the players.
I thought the narrator was fine. It's a challenging topic to convey various names, dates and geographies and allow the listener to retain it all. This is not an easy book to narrate. As with any book, if you engage with the story - and this is a great story - the narration style doesn't detract from what you take away.
A great story in a 6 hr audiobook. I think the length was just right with the right level of detail.
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