First of all, let me say that I love Garrison Keillor. This short story has great potential, but at times it wanders and rambles. Listening to it in the car, I have to occasionally rewind to remind myself or try to figure out where I am in the story. There's so much dreaming or psychological musings that I've had a hard time following the story. I have about 10 minutes left in the recording and don't know how it's going to end - differently, I'm sure, from what I expected. The ending involves members of a family sitting around the dinner table telling stories of times past and it's almost like Mr. Keillor is trying to get in story ideas through the characters' memories because they are far from the story itself. I am hoping that James ends up at home with his wife, but it doesn't look like it will happen. It's been a different story.
I enjoy Mary Roach's books and have read several of them. I downloaded this one to listen to in the car, but it's been hard. I actually had to stop listening to it because it was hard to stay on topic in my head with the multitude of footnotes Ms. Roach includes. So, I think this is probably a good book, but listening to it is difficult.
It took me a little while to get into this book, but it caught me up and didn't let me down until the end. I listen to books in the car on my 45 minute commute and when I got home the last time listening to this, it had 8 minutes to go. I sat in the car in the garage and listened to it end. Another reviewer said that you see the ending coming, but I didn't and it made me actually catch my breath. The narrator did a great job with the accents and the storytelling. I loved it! and will recommend it to others.
I have to travel 25 miles to and from work three days a week. I have this book on my MP3 player and it makes the trip more bearable. I'm from the South and my husband and son tease me when I come in the house from listening to the book because my southern accent is more pronounced -- "Have you been listening to that book again?" I've found the narration very authentic and not contrived as you often hear in movies. The narrators are very talented in switching between characters. The story is elegant and at times makes me ashamed that I'm from the South. But it also reminds me that there were, and are, some who fought against the staus quo of the South during the 60's - sometimes to their detriment. I've had some times when I sit in the car in the garage and listen to the book because I want to see how the scene turns out. I haven't finished it yet, only a few chapters left, but I know I won't want it to end.
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