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Another reviewer said the movie was "a trailer for the book," and I can't improve on that description. This book was wonderful. If you loved the film, you will find more complex, more fleshed-out characters and situations that are not as pat as a movie script demands.You'll like the book a lot more, I bet.
The narrator nails the psychiatrist's accent, which was one of the most enjoyable parts of this Audible experience for me. The women's voices weren't as distinguishable--slightly higher and quicker than the men's, but that was OK.
I found this to be a fascinating romance of two troubled individuals and their healing.
I am a book editor, and I'm forever reminding my clients to show and not tell their story. I tell them to inhabit a point-of-view character rather than be an omniscient observer, a literary technique that is out of vogue. I instruct them that all narrative must come from within the story rather than outside it, from the storyteller.
Paul Scott's novel tells the story a majority of the time, the point of view is not consistent, and the narrator is often the voice. Listening to this book should have irritated the heck out of me, but it didn't. I loved it.
Scott writes beautifully, and he includes unusual, telling details. Sometimes he breaks a moment down into tiny increments, which allowed me to draw a distinct picture in my mind of what was transpiring.
Richard Brown delivers an outstanding performance. His voice is that of a highly educated Brit, but he nailed the characters from India. Their dialogue never sounded singsong. He was adept at not spilling over the accents into the narrative or, when two characters, a Brit and and Indian, were talking to each other, he always delineated them. The accents didn't bleed into each other (as they are doing now, in Volume II, with a different narrator).
My attention never lagged. I really enjoyed this listening experience, and I am committed to listening to all the volumes in the Raj Quartet.
I am a sensitive person, and I thought I'd find this book so upsetting, I would bail out. I surprised myself; I was riveted. I didn't know much about Hitler's years-long rise to power, except that the German people were destitute and humiliated by the Treaty of Versailles, and he rebuilt their national pride. The details of his climb were fascinating.
He was a master bluffer. He invented self-righteous reasons for invading neighboring countries and bullied France, England, and the United States into believing him and not intervening until it was too late in many situations.
Hitler was so insane, it's almost impossible to believe he got away with his machinations and atrocities, but Shirer's staggering research and documentation back it up. Shirer was a journalist-broadcaster in Germany when a lot of the events transpired, and his firsthand observations inform his perspective. I am in awe of how he managed to gather the material from so many sources, organize it, and write it so clearly and beautifully. His work is mostly objective, but at times his incredulity and revulsion escape. He wouldn't be human had it not.
The narrator did an outstanding job. He must be fluent in French and German. Officers' and politicians' names flowed from his lips, no matter how, well, awkwardly, cacophonously Germanic they were.
I made it through the whole book, mesmerized. I enthusiastically recommend it.
Obviously Elizabeth's virginity was important, but I wish the book had been less preoccupied with her hymen.
This book centered on solving a crime. Part of a body washed up on shore, and the police had to figure out the victim's identity and nab the perp. The competition among the NY newspapers at this time was intense, and Pulitzer and Hearst tried to out-sensationalize each other's papers.
This sounds really interesting, right? But it wasn't. The investigation itself wasn't exciting, and the people involved were not complex or fascinating.
The criminals in this book were German immigrants, so an important factor in the performance was the reader's ability to nail a German accent. He was way off. He improved as he went along, but it was never consistent or convincing.
With so many good books out there, I wouldn't opt for this one.
I purchased this book to hear a firsthand report of the Bin Laden mission and the rescue of Captain Phillips from the Somalian pirates, but it offered so much more than that. Its content described the driven personality of a SEAL ("the person who comes in second is the first loser"), the personal sacrifices, the beyond-rigorous training, and the cooperation, professionalism, and camaraderie among these brothers in arms.
The preface explains that many authorities examined the content to make certain it did not divulge anything that could prove useful to enemies of the US. Being at the compound in Pakistan as the raid took place delivered exactly what I was looking for. As for the Somalian pirates, one had to come aboard the US ship for medical treatment, and our soldiers put him on deck, in view of the other pirates who were still on the lifeboat with their American captive, and fed this pirate ice cream and Cokes, in full view of the others, to weaken their morale. I thought that was hilarious. Then, of course, the SWAT team killed the pirates as soon as they could do so without jeopardizing Captain Phillips--every exciting . . . and similar missions go on all the time.
The narrator did a wonderful job. His voice was well suited to the book.
I highly recommend No Easy Day.
If you like history, don't miss this book. It's one of the best I've read. It focuses on three influential Americans--Edward R. Murrow, Ambassador John Gilbert Winant, and Averell Harriman--in London in the years leading up the America's involvement in World War II and thereafter. They so empathized with the British and tried to get FDR unstuck, hoping he and Congress would realize the ramifications for the US if the Nazis defeated Britain.
I've read a lot about this period, but the book provides content I'd never seen before. I loved it.
I loved Mary Roach's "Stiff." It was fascinating and hilarious. Not so "Gulp."
Although Emily Woo Zeller does a wonderful job as a reader, the content just isn't very interesting. I'm not put off because some of the material about the digestive track is gross--I have a high threshold for disgusting subjects--but the chapters offer a lot of minutia that is dull, dull, dull.
I opted for this novel because of North Korea's recent threats concerning its nuclear capabilities. Frank's 2005 book begins just before the US and Russia's nuclear holocaust and focuses on a small inland Florida community in the months thereafter.
The carefully thought-out details resulting from devastating shortages--salt and batteries, for example--and how the survivors deal with the loss of communication with other areas of the country are fascinating. Does the United States still exist? How do we feed ourselves and protect our loved ones from roaming highwaymen? What do we do without antibiotics, insulin, and anesthesia? What happens when the town's only doctor is savagely beaten by addicts who steal his meager supplies? How do we keep ourselves warm? On and on.
In a world without fuel-powered transportation, electricity, money, and the comforts we take for granted, the protagonists depend upon their ingenuity, common sense, and courage, and they strengthen the bonds of family and cooperation with neighbors so they can survive.
Effusive praise cannot do justice to Will Patton's narration. He puts you right there with the characters--men, women, black, white, young, and old, of every background. It was amazing.
Listening to this book was an unforgettable experience.
I didn't finish this book. The content was well organized and informative, but its tone ruined it for me. It was sarcastic and snide. The narrator delivered it as the writing demanded, but I could only imagine her smirking and rolling her eyes as she conveyed the author's information, observations, and opinions.
I've always been interested in ancient Egypt, and I wish this had been written and spoken in an intelligent, forthright manner.
Well, one of the few regrets in my life is that I never signed up for John Irving's Creative Writing class at my alma mater. I figured he was too young to know what he was about. AUGH!
This character-driven book is touching and fascinating. Every day its surprises delighted me.
I thought the author used his protagonist as his anti-war mouthpiece more than I liked (not that I'm pro-war!).
All the characters were sharply drawn and three dimensional.
Oh, boy, did the narrator have a challenge before him. The title character had a bizarre, high-pitched voice, but Joe Barrett never missed a beat. He also included a subtle New England accent when appropriate. Kudos! Everyone sounded different--men, women, young, old.
This book is highly imaginative and asks the readers knotty questions. Irving is brilliant, with a huge frame of reference, and an excellent author. If he were giving a class now, I'd definitely register for it!
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