One of the best non-ficiton books.
I was expecting to be educated a little but I was entertained by the unfolding storyline and I learned much more than I had anticipated. A phenomenal story that needed to be told - so few people have heard the facts of the discovery that has changed the world. If all knowledge could shared as cleverly as in this book, we wouldn't need schools.
Like a seduction by a great lover, the foreplay was slow and I was impatient to get to the action but, as the end approached, I just wanted it to go on forever. How could I not want to do it again? I will certainly listen to this audiobook again.
Owen Meany was the hero of the story. He worked for what he believed in and he triumphed. He was unique and a few tears leaked from my eyes on a couple of occasions especially near the end.
The voices were marvellous and "The Voice" of Owen Meany still resounds in my mind. An excellent narration. At first it didn't seem that way but, as the story progressed, I longed for that Voice! I don't think it could have been so grasping without Joe Barrett's excellent reading.
It made me both laugh and cry. Not in any extreme way but it evoked unexpected emotions as I shared some moments of Owen's story. John Irving is a wonderful writer.
Angelmaker would have been better if it had never been published. It was too far from any reality I have ever experienced or imagined. I must be getting too old and crotchety. But this really was bizarre and was not enjoyable. Perhaps those who immerse themselves in bizarre fantasy might have a different view. I kept hoping it would get better but now I wish I had cut my losses and given up part way through the book. Or better that I hadn't bothered with this book at all - but I let myself be persuaded by a recent newspaper review by Australian writer James Bradley.
My next listen will NOT be anything by Nick Harkaway (or James Bradley for that matter). In fact I'll probably never read, or listen to, anything by either of them again. Now I'll look for something related to the world that I know or at least a world that I can imagine or relate to.
I do not recall listening to this narrator previously. His performance was reasonable, given tne material he had to read from.
This book evoked disappointment that I had wasted money buying this audiobook and then wasted time listening to it. I was also annoyed with myself for letting myself be swayed by a dud book review in a newspaper.
One of the most enjoyed books. I had no particular expectations but .... what a joy.
The story commences with fragments .. like a literary jigsaw in which the full story slowly falls into place. The dictionary references reminded me of The Surgeon of Crowthorne and anyone who loves words and language will find this a great book.
It's difficult to tease out a single scene. The best was probably when it dawned that one of the literary citations had originated in the very office where the characters were located. Then I knew this was going to get more and more intriguing.
Does someone have to die to get a word into the dictionary?
This author deserves great acclaim for a literary triumph.
I would not waste my money or time on another book by this author and I'm sorry I purchased this one. Not that it contains anything incorrect but there are better books on how to look after one's health.
Something non medical.
No criticism of narrator but he needs better material.
An entirely ignorant person may benefit from this book. But it will bore most people with an established interest in health matters.
Did I already suggest that you use your credits on something else?
a great yarn
The author's imaginative wielding of the fictitious storyline with the edges of fact.
The place that Britain nearly became.
I've already listened to the second part of the trilogy - it is just as good and I am about to listen to the third one. What a shame it's only a trilogy.
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