I was a small child when this story was playing out and remember receiving my Salk vaccine shots at the age of 5 quite clearly! My best buddy when we were five was the son of a physician who contracted polio. So, this book brought back vivid memories.
It was very interesting, very detailed but always for a purpose. The narration was excellent. One annoying issue that was not the reader's fault: at the end of each chapter, there was not even a split-second pause before the next chapter was announced; sometimes the "Chapter XX" actually seemed to cut off the last word of the previous chapter. Not sure what that was about, but it was distracting each time it happened.
Gerald Dickens is a wonderful narrator! I am sorry that Audible / Amazon do not seem to have chosen his readings for the Whispersynch versions. It is still easy to follow along on the Kindle version by using the table of contents. But frankly, reading it to myself is much less engaging than listening to Mr. Dickens.
I read a lot of history, especially American history, but I was barely aware of Nellie Bly and her story until I read this book. I really enjoyed reading it. An easy and engaging listen.
John Grisham manages to give us the best of both worlds. Over the years my consumption of trashy mystery novels and thrillers has fallen off a lot, but sometimes I just want a page-turner. But this was a page-turner with a great story and a great message. Really enjoyed it.
A riveting story but ultimately interminable and cloying. By the last few hours I was really wishing that Theo would OD or anything just to make him shut up! If it had been half as long it would have been a great story. Perfect narrator, too bad he had to play an amoral professional victim who overthinks everything to death. I'm glad I stuck it out, but I think this book is somewhat over-rated.
Prof. Ehrman is a respected scholar, and the lectures are very interesting. Only thing is, iTunes U has very similar material for free. Right now I'm listening to a course on the NT from Yale University. Audible / Amazon should give these away or at least dramatically reduce the prices.
Go to iTunes U and get lots of great courses for nothing!
It is a very long book. I have both the Kindle and Audible versions but they don't synch. Ridiculous. But I really like the book, am reading for teh second time.
OMG I never want to listen to another audio book unless it is read by Colin Firth! Just amazing. He makes each character distinctive without resorting to phony accents or odd intonations. It is a wonderful book, but I would listen to Colin Firth read the phone book!
After recently listening to a couple of excellent new novels (And the Mountains Echoed and The Orphan Master's Son) that were ruined, or nearly so, by heavy, inappropriate (the Greek characters in And the Mountains Echoed were read by a man with what sounded like a Slavic accent) or even made up (I'm convinced none of the readers of The Orphan Master's Son can possibly talk like that in real life) accents, listening to The End of the Affair is a stunning experience.
This is an absolutely wonderful book! Everyone should read it. But what's up with the current trend (also manifested in the Audible performance of The Orphan Master's Son) of narrators with heavy and difficult to understand but unidentifiable accents?!? It makes it really difficult, and what is the point?
A highly gripping story; challenging with the multiple narrators and time jumps; ghastly narration from several of the readers who apparently tried to imitate a Korean trying to speak English and failing miserably (as did the readers!). Fortunately the readers of the two main characters, Pak Jun Do and Interrogator Number Six, were OK. I have no clue how accurate the descriptions of life in DPRK were. How does someone write accurately about what he has not really experienced? (Have the North Koreans put a price on his head yet?!?) I could not put it down even though the narration was often driving me crazy.
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