I know, it's Ernest Hemingway. How dare I have less than adoration for the author!
The monotone narration was mediocre at best but there was very little to work with.
The story is about a big name artistic type who reaches for a drink made by his black man servant or a bottle for any and all reasons. Not much happens other than he suffers some almost incidental personal losses so, guess what? He reaches for another drink. Then he dies and the drinking stops. The end.
If you've known an alcoholic you already know the story. It isn't fun in real life and it isn't worthy entertainment either. Don't waste your credit.
Yup, I've been struggling with this audiobook for quite a while; since June, 2012 and it's now March, 2014. It is NOT a page turner. My life has been strongly influenced by the ministry of D.L.Moody and so I really wanted to like the book but there's just too much detail. For many reasons, I admire Mr. Moody's life but I just can't make use of this much information on his day to day activities.
The narrator read the book with a decent voice and without detracting from the text. No fault to Mr. Marosz.
The chapter I appreciated most was the last, and that is not just because I was determined to finish the book. The final chapter summarizes the most salient characteristics of the man and what made him effective in the service of Jesus Christ. If you get this audiobook, skip ahead and listen to that one first. Otherwise you may never get to the salient bottom line.
Having previously used the Pimsleur Haitian Creole program, I was not surprised to enjoy the Pimsleur Dutch as well. Pimsleur produces some of the best language learning tools I've ever found and I've tried a lot of methods.
I have to say that while Dutch is my ancestral tongue, the pronunciation does not come through genetics. Who would ever have intentionally invented some of those sounds & words?!! In any case, if you want to speak Nederlands, this is the course for you.
I'm assuming, having never been in combat, that the author has conveyed what modern warfare is really like from the perspective of a special forces soldier. I think the term Captain Rusty Bradley used with fondness was "warrior". Very intense scenes rich with detail including the tactical thinking of a team leader in battle. Lots of "Rah! Rah! USA" but I could not fault a professional soldier from any nation for being patriotic and proud of his unit.
The narrator sounded suitably military. I could hear the wop wop of helicopters, concussion of RPG's and the crack of bullets along with the cries of pain or anger on the part of combatants on both sides, but that was just in my imagination. That's quite something for an author / narrator team to accomplish.
Overall, a worthwhile credit and enjoyable time of listening.
This was a very engaging story of a man trapped on a distant planet. There's no warp drive, beaming up or Scottie saying "I'm giving it all she's got, Captain!" The narrator did a very good job of bringing the story to life. I took a star off the story and overall score because there's a fair bit of F this and F that which I've never heard from an actual astronaut.
From my very limited knowledge of space travel, it appeared that the author limited technology in this book to the realm of current, early twenty-first century reality. It was fascinating to see the ingenuity and resourcefulness of a man who strongly wants to survive and of those who, although very distant, are earnestly trying to aid him.
There's a lot of geekology in the story, but I enjoyed learning some science and found myself relating to his frustrations. I even learned a few new uses for duct tape, just in case I'm ever stranded on Mars. Well worth the book credit.
Up dated technology, interesting imagery and setting, minimal character development and no great moments of enlightenment from this one, but loads of fun in the same genre as "Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It's probably a 3.5 star book but my mind is on a brain candy sugar high. The narrator was pretty good.
I have tried learning Spanish for years using CD's, books, college courses and Rosetta Stone. I cannot participate in even a brief conversation in español. Essentially, what I learned is that I am not a gifted student of languages. All the effort with little to show made me feel stupid.
Then, I was presented with an opportunity to go to Haiti and on a whim, I downloaded this course and in a few weeks of half hour commutes to my job prior to my trip, I completed the first 10 lessons. When I arrived in Port-au-Prince, I was able to comprehend and speak with Haitians far beyond anything I have been able to accomplish in Spanish after so many years of fruitless effort. I was told by my native Haitian supervisor that when I spoke, I had no foreign accent. Amazing! I'm strongly motivated to complete all thirty lessons so that when I return, I'll be even more conversant with the dear people of Haiti.
Who doesn't enjoy a story including Egypt, archaeology, mystery, suspense, bad guys and a bit of romance?
The idea of being a fly on the wall as a find of major significance is made.
He did a good job of narration. I appreciated that he didn't try to sound like a woman when voicing a female character.
The characters created by Will Adams seemed to fall clearly in two camps, one which I liked and the other which I thoroughly disliked. As usual, I listen to stories out loud at work but there were quit a few F-bombs in the dialogue so I used headphones for this one.
The book was entertaining but with a language warning.
I haven't read the book but I think Mr. Danza's performance lent some personality to the audiobook that the paper version would not have conveyed.
Tony Danza has a unique and recognizable voice so his reading gave of his own story became more personal.
Some laughter, some sadness, lot's of appreciation for the truly gifted and dedicated educators in our world.
If you have any love of learning and value teachers, this book is worth the credit.
Right over wrong.
Bran. He is the foremost hero in the trilogy.
I have little time available for reading so listening to audiobooks allows me to take in stories that I wood not otherwise read. Adam Verner's performance was well done and not at all a hinderance to my enjoyment.
I came close to doing that but one must sleep between work days.
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite. Part 3 of a good trilogy.
Yes. It was entertaining.
There was some evidence and reason behind the author's choice to place the story in Whales rather than Sherwood Forest. I enjoyed learning a bit of history within the context of an entertaining audiobook.
Yes. I listened to Hood and his performance have been consistently good.
Hood: Part 2
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite. Part 2 of a good trilogy.
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