Supply, NC, United States | Member Since 2004
This is a wonderful story, especially because it's true. Cheryl is one tough lady - Queen of the PCT! Anyone who has ever lost a loved one, or hiked a trail, or camped out, or had hurt feet .... the lists goes on. The narrator was terrific too. I felt like I was on the trail with Cheryl. Very enjoyable book and I'd highly recommend it.
I really wanted to like this book and I did finish it, but it was so dry - listening to it definitely made it a better "read" than having read it. Davina Porter does a wonderful job of narrating and makes it all the more interesting but as I got deeper and deeper into the story, it is so obvious that Carolly Erickson, even though she did quite a bit of research, just strung together the letters and history that was recorded. I felt absolutely no compassion for any of the characters at all. I have to admit to some prurient interest in the rumors which the author does touch upon briefly .. as in "the empress had a strong sexual appetite" or something like that. But the book does not encourage the listener to form strong opinions about any of the characters. In fact, I got more information reading about them through Wikipedia than I did in this story. I really enjoy historical novels but this one doesn't come close to Hilary Mantel's fabulous books. They are gripping, fascinating, and full of detail. This book is dry and full of detail but more like a history text than like a really good read. Too bad.
Ok. I know John Grisham is a very famous and prolific writer. I've read only 3 of his books. I got this because everyone said "it's SUCH a page turner". Well I found it very predictable and mind-numbingly long. I figured out way at the beginning what was going to happen. I had absolutely NO empathy for any of the characters. Grisham overused the verb "glared" so many times it made me flinch. I'm sure no one will read my review and Grisham fans won't agree anyway. This book can't compare to many of the exceptional writers I've read, such as the wonderful Hilary Mantel, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, or Bill Bryson. But I'm writing this to let off steam. I wasted my time and money on this and am kicking myself for not turning it back in after the first 30 minutes.
This was such a cool book and Euan Morton is a fantastic narrator. I really loved that fact that Moore brought in all the famous artists of the time -- from Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec, Pisaro, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet .... He brings them all to life and even if it is a fiction, he's obviously done his research about the impressionist and post-impressionist period. You really felt you were part of that wild life and the mystery of the sacred blue is intriguing. But what really made it was Morton's narration. His characterization is fantastic. I enjoyed every minute.
I should have known when I read the other reviews. I was expecting much more. To be honest, I haven't finished it because it was easier to put it down and start something else.
This is a wonderful thought-provoking story, especially after listening to Brian Greene's "Elegant Universe". One can't help but wonder how things would have been different if JFK had not been assassinated, and to have the chance to go back in history and make that change. Would you do it? COULD you do it? What would be the repercussions if you did. This is not your typical Stephen King guts and gore story, but it demonstrates what a good story teller he can be without resorting to the shock and awe he's exhibited in so many of his novels. It's a history lesson, a love story, a race against time, all of those things. Very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the narrator. I got a kick out of his different voices - Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, to name two. He did a wonderful job. I'd definitely recommend this audible book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it to be a great combination of "The Stand", "The Road", or The Zombie Chronicles (whatever it's called). Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and the story, even though it borrows many threads from other stories, does keep you guessing. It kept me riveted to the end and I didn't think the ending was abrupt. Of course it is a setup for follow-on books. This author didn't have to go to into the gory details but he did when it was warranted. Sure does make you think! What if!! The part about the "WASTE LAND" of New Orleans because of the oil pollution was downright eerie because of the horrible oil spill. Wow!
This is a wonderful story and surprisingly much funnier than I had expected. The tale is very sad but Frank McCourt writes and reads it so lovingly that it is very enjoyable. Of course the poverty is excrutiating, but since so much of the story is being told from a child's point of view, it is also quite humorous. It is a great listen, all the way to the end.
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