I loved Girl with a pearl earring, and noticed many other americans did too at the Rijks museum in Holland. Crowds flooded the rooms with any Vermeer's, book in hand, hoping to see it, alas it was not there. I collect the Cloister tapestries by Haviland so I pounced on it. I hoped it would be as wonderful and involved like "Girl with..." but it was very vague where it could have been detailed. It ends abruptly, but leaves curiosity, so it's not a total loss. I crave to know all the juicy bits, and this one left too much to the imagiation. It did give a clear idea of life in that time. I give it a good overall rating if you are looking primarily to be entertained.
I only have heard this, but his voice and his characters are all distinct and perfect
the turn Patty and Walt's lives take.. I didn't see that coming, and yet it is typical
If Mark Twain was a dark soul this would be his style. I loved this story from beginning to end and could not let it go... The narrator is superior in defining each character with his/her own personality down to specific cadences and inflections, what you always hope for, but almost never get. The story is a veritable depiction of the parts detailed and makes you believe they must be real people. If you love a thriller where the good and bad guys are equally dynamic this is it.
Normally I would like a story like this. Maybe it was well written, but I had a hard time with the female narrator. She is a bit bland and can't narrate a man. I need the narrators to be exquisite if they are going to perform a lot of characters. I, unlike everyone else who reviewed this, saw it as a theory of romance and not so romantic as the story plays out. I guess it's interesting enough, but just drones for too long. I felt their relationship was a bit tedious, like the process of getting through this book.
I've heard maybe 20 of S. King's unabridged books on audio. Depth of content is mostly above average, many are excellent, (I unreccomend RoseMadder on audio). Cell is like the Stand, Desperation, Blackhouse and The Wastelands, people who ally themselves to survive and find common ground and answers to life's questions as they battle unimaginable forces. The characters in Cell have less backstory and even less lustre on their journey. King is a great writer though his current style is underwhelming. If the paring down was due to effectual storytelling I could stay interested, but if you love a good story try any of the audio books before Song of Susanna.
I love stories that are well told, and an audio format is the type which requires excellent articulate reading. Unfortunately, I could not appreciate the narration due to the reader's constant thick sound of swallowing. This may be a story as great as any epic saga, but it's proportions are greatly reduced by it's narrator's clearly audible cotton mouth. Nobody wants to hear saliva coming through their speakers unless the story is about that.
I loved the Ender's Game series. Unfortunately, I do not love religion. I find it a bit interesting to hear the parenting skills that come through the characters which is clearly about Card's own real family. I am more apt to like a book that isn't recruiting. I may be hostile toward religion, but I am not opposed to faith. Really I just wanted another Ender's game style, not a mormon approach to dealing with the cruel world.
I have always been a huge fan of Ron McLarty. His voice breathes so much soul into characters you might otherwise not know. I look for any audio read by him and thoroughly enjoy it. In his writing I was fully satisfied how he could master the commom person so well. Most authors make characters who are obvious and expected, often portraits of who they want to be or romantic versions of archetypes. It seems authors tend to try and correct their own lives through writing. This book does something more interesting. It seeks to just "be". Smithy and his family are such interesting characters, with no chance of having the birds eye view we do, so they operate daily and behave exactly as people would not knowing they are being watched. I love dialogue and real people. They are average in their experiencs, but they experience their lives so fully. It pays a great tribute to the average Joe, and warms you to the impression that fame and fortune is not everything, sometimes, just being good with yourself is all... He has a great way of making his characters funny and quirky, always keeping the intrigue so your imagination can soar even higher wondering what they feel, how they can live with their choices. It's the kind of book that makes you want to reflect on your own life and see how the tragedies can be comic, even the most painful episodes can be a lesson in grace.
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