Sometimes hearing the book read aloud kills the story and sometimes it merely aids in the telling of the story. In this edition, the telling makes the story. Having the author read his own work is a potentially iffy situation. But here, Gaiman imbues his characters with such richness that you can't imagine just reading the book. I am not a huge fan of the fantasy genre and classifying this book as fantasy is not quite fair. It is a great adventure that keeps you guessing right up until the end. I highly recommend it.
A wild and complex tale that sweeps you through WWII to the near present. It is like Charle Dickens meets William Gibson. I was particularly impressed by the narration as this is a tough tale to read. He pulls it off wonderfully. If you like a multi strand story with a lot of computer geeks, GIs, spies, liberated women and humor then you have to listen to this book.
If you like historical fiction, this is a must read. It tends towards the pulp novel at times but is still thoroughly enjoyable. The reader does a fine job of bringing the characters alive.
All I could feel while listening to this book was pity for the poor reader. He tried so ahrd to breath life into what is otherwise a poor book. Not only is the plot line incredibly dull and cliched, but the book is so poorly written as to make you want to hit the stop button. Save your money and go for something different unless you have an absolute obesession with all things pit bull.
There is nothing better than a Gaiman story read by Gaiman himself. The story is the typical Gaiman with twists that you would never imagine and fantastical elements that seem quite believable in the world he creates. The reading of the story greatly enhances the already wonderful tale. I am a big Gaiman fan and this made me more of one.
A good read of a haunting story about how demented people can be. It is hard to tell who is worse, the medical establishments or the mass murderer. If you like true-life murder mysteries, this is a good one.
Well written and well read, this is an interesting story about a woman working for British Intelligence in the 1970s. McEwan does a good job of developing the characters and the story keeps you interested, but it is overall more about the literary device than about real plot. I enjoyed it, but was left wanting a bit more from the story.
First off, this is a book like Neverwhere or Master & Commander (Patrick Tull version) that is worth listening to just because the performance is so good. The story defies easy description and if I had read a description I would probably not have listened to the book. However, several people highly recommended the book and they were right. The story can drag a bit at times and the need to pay attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter is not immediately apparent. However, these minor foibles do not take away from this interesting adventure story placed at the boundary between fantasy and reality. A great read if you are OK with stories whose key theme is magic.
I saw this promoted a lot and thought I would try it out. It makes the Twilight novels look like great literature. If you are in the mood for a hokey vampire book with the sophistication of a baloney sandwich, this is your book. If you want something with plot, characters and a modicum of style, move on.
I found that this book started rather slow and at first I did not think I cared for the narrator. However, Hart wraps you around a slew of great Southern characters and keeps the twists and turns coming so that by the end I broke my hard and fast rule of only listening while I ran. Hart writes very well and he is a good yarn teller. The reader also grew on me quite a bit over the length of the book. If you like a mystery with a substnative story and good characters, this is a great choice.
If you have njoyed other books in the series, this one will not disappoint. Good twists, turns and adventure. Patrick Tull deserves credit for giving incredible life to these books. He is one of the best readers I have encountered.
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