The great majority of this book is no more than a detailed resume of an endless succession of restaurants the author has worked in. The seemingly endless ramblings of his previous employment is something you might expect to hear from a talkative drunk at a bar who everyone is trying to avoid. He might have produced a more readable book if he had worked with an experienced author. The book may have also been easier to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader. I found his monotone, lifeless voice very annoying, and had to fight against it to continue listening to the book. Think twice before wasting your money on this book.
The story moves too slowly, and includes much too much detail about what people were wearing. For someone like myself who has never even heard of Prada, it is painfully boring. I pushed myself to listen to the first two hours, but finally realized it was not going to improve. I did, however, love the movie with Merril Streep, which moved at a nice pace.
Angela's Ashes is written in the voice of a child growing up in poverty first in America and then in Ireland. Although the writing is very simple, the portrayal of little Frank's thoughts as he struggles to survive is very powerful and moving. I really felt as if I were there, feeling what he felt, but at the same time glad that I am really here living in comfort, and appreciating it more than I ever have. This powerful book is a must-read.
Light reading, but very touching and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
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