I thought it might just be me so I went to Amazon to see other reviews and sure enough there were other people who got very, very, VERY tired of the puns and cutesie writing style. It could be the cutesy style in a newspaper column is appropriate, but sometimes I thought I was going to have to pull over while listening in the car to take care of my gag reflex.
Not if he writes like this.
It is not the characters it is the puns and condescending style of the writing.
I had to bail out after the first chapter. To talk about steel and not even mention Damascus steel is ridiculous
I could say so much. But then the writer could have, too. His theme of compassion was first introduced lightly and was then repeated until it became annoying and then obnoxious and then down right repulsive. He also kept referring to his abuse(?) he suffered as a child, but I was so bored with the book, I never got to the end.
Would have to see more of the printed copy before I take a chance.
No, I haven't.
I would have dramatically cut back on the pondering on compassion.
I didn't try the print version so I don't know.
Day of the Jackal due the large number of specific details and the suspense.
I could believe he was each of the characters especially the astronaut on Mars.
Really, really enjoyed the book.
The writing in this book is much more flowery than I was expecting.
If someone likes that sort of almost reminiscing flowery writing, they might like this book.
Not really. I enjoyed the Botany of Desire.
For the writing, he handled the narration well.
Does Not Apply
Tell the %#$%$#$# story. I am hours into the book and he is still in self-examination mode telling how beautiful the waves are on his ride on the ferry or how he felt guilty about this or that. It is like going to a concert and listening to singer talk about how they or feeling or what they had for lunch rather than singing. TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT.
Tell the story.
The author's philosophizing and self-examination.
Since it only listed one narrator I thought that it was a reading of the book.
I have heard the book read by one person and it is a completely different experience than the different voices. As soon as I heard the second voice I knew this was not the version for me. The narrated notice should say Multiple, not just Eric Lincoln.
The writing is excellent. It is the presentation that is terrble.
Not his performance, the other voices completely bastardized the book.
Please remove book from my library, return my credit. AND PLEASE get the version with one narrator.
The author should have known more about US history and geography before writing this book. He got a wrong general for the Union at Gettysburg and the wrong direction of Niagara Falls. And, with a topic as huge as New York City over 350 years, he shouldn't have tried to do it in one book. This would have allowed him to have more character development.
Don't think so. I will listen to other Rutherfurd books. I liked his books on Russia and Paris.
Correct pronunciation and good pacing.
Don't know. Couldn't finish the book due to egregious errors.
While I am not a extreme railroad fan, I am very interested in its history especially in the United States, but the writing and editing was amateurish. The writer seemed to have a thesaurus at one side and a list of cliches on the other. He used a number of unnecessary words such as "opined." He uses "opined a modern day hobo" or "opined a writer" or "opined a youthful railroad fan." He uses "reported" 28 times. He uses "said one" five times which doesn't mean anything. "Said one engineer" or "said one resident" as if he took a survey and determined that only person had that thought or he was in a group and only one spoke up. Referring to WWI as "the Great War" five times added nothing to the book as well "lad" nine times or "residents" 66 times.
If this If it had been any other subject, I would not have gotten past the first few minutes of this book. The narrator seemed to think that he was reading for a commercial with way too much emphasis on the end of sentences or short passages. And, then when he pronounced "te-LEG-grapher" "te-LOG-grapher" repeatedly I was ready to scream.
Just about anybody
None, but I would have edited the book to get rid of the cliches and verboseness.
The space for the review of the book is hugely too long. I thought there was nothing below it.
I grew up in the fifties and sixties so I followed the 67 war as it happened. This book covered it well and was well written.
I could feel the tension, fear, and wariness as it happened in the story.
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