Roger Ebert has astonishing recall, memorably evoking his childhood, his career, the people he has met, his alcoholism, his marriage to the spectacular Chaz, and his current doings. This is a warm and humorous (yes, I laughed out loud) story that has its serious side. It also boasts an excellent performance by Edward Herrmann, who often sounds a lot like the people whose conversations with Ebert he is portraying. I really enjoyed this.
Best: terrific narration. Least: wildly unbalanced politics.
The US politics were SO heavy handed; for example, the Democrats were gorgeous and sexually adept; the Republicans dull, evil, physically unattractive, and could only get sex by paying. Likewise, the Dems are always right and the Repubs always wrong.
His female voices are great-- so often it is hard for a narrator to perform roles of the opposite sex without sounding so awful as to be distracting. John Lee also differentiated a mass of characters. Well done.
Oh, of course. A mini-series. I can only hope the politics becomes a little more even handed in the transition. It's a caricature as it stands.
I lived through this era ant the world was not as clear cut as this--it never is. I am not a Republican--indeed I protested the Viet Nam war back in the day--and this book is dismayingly slanted. A true liberal thoughtfully considers all sides--not just slams the opposition as ugly sex-starved idiots who are always wrong about everything.
Yes, this was an extremely well done audio version. The structure, with two main characters alternating their stories, made this a good place for male/female performances. Too many audiobooks suffer from a man doing a female voice or a woman doing a male voice. This was pitch perfect.
The way Amy figured all the angles. I also liked that the police dectective realized Amy had gotten away with it--none of the tiresome "dumb police who don't get it."
They inhabited the characters and expressed them quite convincingly. Julia Whelan conveyed the different Amys extremely well and Kirby Heyborne did the everyman and angry man equally well.
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