Smart, Mean, Hurt
I am pleased that in the end Jobs was willing to expose himself to the world without attempting to shroud his life in a fictitious representation of his more shallow self.
The first Stephen King book I read was 11/22/63. I loved it! So, I decided to give Mr. King another shot (my husband is a fan) with "It". Well, "IT" failed to move or scare me as everyone had promised. As a matter of fact I was rather bored and surprised since everyone else who read the book seemed to *really* like it. So, I was a bit hesitant with this new offering of, Mr. Mercedes.
Not sure why I decided to give SK another go - but I am so happy I did! WIll Patton does an excellent job of translating the words on the page to audio and Mr. King captured me from the first few sentences. How much so? I started the book last night and will finish it in an hour or so. I only stopped to write this review because I wanted to have my next book lined up when I finish Mr. Mercedes.
I am not prepared to say that I am a fan of Stephen King just yet but, I am a fan of this book!
I cannot tell you what kind of story the author has told because, I could not get past the awful reading. This is the worst reading I have heard on Audible. The readers pace is too hurried and the inflection sounds trite and artificial.
Perhaps it is a good story. I don't know, could not force to get that far.
Enjoyable and delightful. Made me smile and laugh out loud...frequently. I am looking forward to the next book by Jonasson.
I bought the book because I felt that I should at least have it in my collection, if for no other reason than it was highly and critically acclaimed. Even so, I hesitated to read it. Not sure exactly why that was. Perhaps precisely because it had been critically acclaimed? I am not really sure.
Once I began reading it, I understood why I had to read it. I had to read it so that I can encourage others to read it. Those who would want to know the truth about what it was like to live as a black person in America seventy-five to one hundred years ago and forward; those who need to know the history of Americans who less than fifty years ago, lived in fear of life and limb sometimes - for the most minor of perceived infractions at best, and no violation at worst - they would find their lives hung on a limb.
Wilkerson tells the compelling story of racial injustice and its lingering affects. This well researched volume incorporates documented historical facts with personal accounts. It is presented in the oral tradition of the personal accounts from individuals who actually lived the migration to the “warmth of other suns” when they could not longer suffer under the rays of injustice and systemic and systematic racism in America’s south. This accounting of what they found and what their lives became is a volume that IS worthy of being required reading. This is not the product of someone’s lazy, clichéd, stereotypical imagination. This is a work of intellectual proportion that is easily accessible to everyone. This book deserves conversation. It adds enormously to the body of literature of the history our Country.
I don't know how this audio edition compares to the print version since I have not read the print version. I can only comment on the audio version which was absolutely stunning! The story can alive with clarity interest that heightened the images in my mind. Robin Miles did a great job of reading and singing enhancing an already engaging story. The collaboration of Shange with her sister Bayeza was brilliantly written in one voice. My only regret is that I did not
I especially liked the deeply developed characters and the several generational storyline.
I am appreciative that I was not required to invest more time listening to this book. Perhaps the written version was better since it would not have been an abridged (I did not notice that it was abridged when I selected it). Perhaps even the abridged version could have been infuse with life by a different reader.
Dry, lackluster, tired
Could be that my punishment was listening to the abbreviated version.
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