This book had the wonderful aspect of taking me inside the real world of a Major League Baseball from a wide-eyed boy's view. Anybody that grew up a baseball fan will love imagining being in his shoes. I loved the baseball parts and even the parts about his life as a high school student burning the candle at both ends. There was a problem though, to me it seemed like the Publisher must have decided that the book was too short and needed more content. There is about 2 hrs of story (during the off-season) that deals with a financial scam the boy got into that really doesn't fit with the rest of the book. I would have rated the book higher had it not been for that.
Lots of action.
The setting of "Poplar Street" was so descriptive. The way it started with the paperboy zig-zagging from house to house on his bike set the scene very nicely. You got to know the people on the block almost instantly.
No, but she is good. Her ability to get dramatic is awesome. She also drops a little nugget towards the end when she sings quite well.
Seth (the autistic boy). At first he seems like a pain in the butt burden for Audrey (his aunt). However, as the story progresses you can see a loving child with a brilliant, if not genius mind.
I enjoyed this King thriller quite a bit and didn't want my adventure on Poplar Street to end!
I think the best part is the solidly built framework of the orphanage. There are many side stories which are great, but this orphanage is thoroughly vetted and the moral issues of the time (and even now) are completely explored. I loved the deviousness of Dr. Larch especially, as a reader I never quite knew what complex web he was weaving. It is a very compelling story from start to finish!
When the assistant Train Station Master came to the orphanage to pay his last respects to the (deceased) Station Master and came up on Dr. Larch performing the autopsy. All of the events leading up to this made it very entertaining.
I just like his reading voice and cadence. I especially liked him in one of my first audio books "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors". He was equally enjoyable here.
Candy's father (forgot his name). He was a lobster trapper but he was rumored to eat hamburgers instead. Very interesting character, he was a tinkerer, an inventor, and near genius in his creativity.
This is my second Irving book, the first was "Owen Meany". I am now on to "The World according to Garp". I have to say that they have all been very enjoyable. I am a Stephen King fan and these novels are similar in a lot of ways. They are both set in Maine and the New England lifestyle is similarly entrenched in them. I am looking forward to reading more of his books!
I liked the development of the characters and the tight setting at the base camp. I wasn't happy that the main characters were "over the top" physically fit, good looking, talented, strong, smart and polite.
The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West.
Not unless it is done like a Marvel Comic.
I wasn't expecting this to be a romance. This is my first Nora Roberts book and I just thought I would give it a try. The audible reviews didn't really suggest the degree of the romance. Caught me by surprise.
Not in my lifetime.
A good Stephen King Novel.
Since there was so little actual dialogue it is hard to tell. The narrator could do Ahab quite well, but the other people sounded alike.
It taught me the meaning of some modern terms such as "Jury Rig" and "There she blows!"
Too wordy and too off-kilter for me.
I am an audio listener by trade.
Jack of course, he is the main man, super talented and powerful in ways that surprise the reader.
Frank Muller was spectacular in the Talisman and he brings the same energy here. His performance of the new characters such as the "Fisherman" and "Mr. Munshun" in a sort of a Red Skelton mumbling jumble made me laugh out loud.
There are several funny parts that made me laugh especially when the Biker gang (Thunder Five) dudes made sharp cracks. Yes I did get misty there was a tremendous friendship between Jack Sawyer and Henry Leyden and some real sadness surrounding the murders of the children.
There was a very large character set here, but as most "constant readers" know it is handled with extreme expertise. The thing about this book that grabbed me the most was that it quickly became a fascinating murder-mystery novel. There was a the reluctant Jack Sawyer that had purportedly been a "superstar detective" but retired from the LAPD at the young age of 31. So for about 1/4 of the book the reader has no idea just how good he really is at it. Now throw in the element of the supernatural where King and Straub really get cranked up. And of course we know from the Talisman that Jack Sawyer has a little bit of experience in this area. This one will make you want to listen till the end!
I wouldn't listen again unless I get old and forgetful like the Ralph and Lois in the story. Too many Audiobooks to read, so little time.
Ralph because I was inside his head the most and the psychology that King deployed was the most colorful here.
When Ralph puts Pickering into a "Catatonic state". I.E. the rescue at the Woman's Shelter.
Ralph, I would know the most about him already and it would make interesting conversation.
The fact that this story was centered in Derry, Maine was the deciding factor for me to buy this book. I was not disappointed, King used many references to the fictional town history that I remember so well from "IT".
Craig Wasson is the reason I bought this book. He was so good in 11-22-63 I wanted more! I was not disappointed with his performance in 2 of these Novellas. The other Narrator, Jessica Hecht was different for sure but the stories were perfect for her. I was thrilled with both "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". It was appropriate since the lead character was female, and compelling with her distinctive style and character development. I find myself missing her now that I am on to "From a Buick 8" and the female voice is someone else.
This book has no appeal whatsoever. If I wanted to hear the facts read to me like from an encyclopedia I would use a voice synthesizer and spare Robertson Dean the trouble. There is no chemistry with the characters, the story-line is all over the place. Not good!
There are about 5 great stories inside this book. They are well worth listening to and well told. The author never really conveys a sense reality because there is absolutely no love-life at all. The narrator does whistle through her nose during some of the most critical readings. But, those 5 great stories really make this book a great listen. There is an encounter with a lion, a wonderful story about a dog and a leopard, an elephant safari, a brilliantly told horse race and a flight across the Ocean. I liked it a lot and I am going to go back right now and listen to that horse race because it gave me goose bumps!
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