I know this is a classic, but I got tired of it pretty quickly. I'm glad I've "read" it now, but it wasn't as gripping and deep as all the references have led me to believe.
The stroy of ID theft was current, interesting, and relevant if less than gripping. But Dana Halter, the main character, is deaf and that sets this story apart and makes it worth the "reading."
I'm not a Heinlein fanatic, and I'm not really excited by his "juvinile" stuff, but this is clearly one of the best. A fun story-- don't expect lots of depth, but if you can turn yourself into a kid again, this book can spark your imagination.
This is an OK story; nothing special. The thing that sets it a off and raises the level of interest is the setting of Thailand, the religion, and the culture.
About half way through the book I decided I had to share this book with my wife. We started again from the beginning and listened to it together in the car each day, and we both loved it. It's full of mystery, fantasy, wit and, mostly, charm. Mr. Beagle's reading of his own story with his great Bronx accent clenches the time and place feel of the book. This fantasy is not the sort of thing I usually read, but I was utterly charmed.
This recording offers some of the most famous cases read by a cast of actors that bring the stories alive. I'm a fan but not a fanatic, and I enjoyed hearing the stories I had read decades ago (and seen a few years ago) reminding me of the essence of Sherlock Holmes. Lots of fun.
What a bunch of downer stories! The writing was eloquent and poetic. The reading was excellent. The Faulkner story was especially poignant. But why would anyone put these stories together for a collection? Five of the seven stories turn on someone dying a sad and lonely death. All except Daniel Webster are totally humorless. These stories should come with a cyanide capsule. Oops, I think that was the plot of one of the stories...
I want to read this book, and it seems like it would be ideal to listen to as an audio book. But this recording is of such poor quality that I haven't been able to stand listening to it. I've tried to start it several times, but the worble and wow and flutter make me rip the earphones out of my ears in disgust. I hope Audible gets a better version.
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