I was struggling to finish this book but just can't make myself. I can sense the author's efforts but there is something missing. I also don't care for the narrator, especially with feminine characters.
I loved the narration, the writing style and the depth of character development (namely that of Cormoran Strike). However, I wasn't riveted by the story for some reason. I feel as if I missed something that everyone else seems to have experienced. For me, the middle was long and drawn out. Overall, I enjoyed it but did not find it to be a real page turner.
I love the time period and setting in this book. I am also a fan of Gretchen Mol from Boardwalk Empire. She did an excellent job narrating. This story has a great "twist" at the end! Definitely enjoyed it!
I typically do not read books in the horror genre or SK for that matter, but after reading great reviews, I took a chance on Joyland. I absolutely loved it! It is not a gory horror book, rather a suspenseful well told tale. So glad I listened and I will probably revisit this book in the future.
The story and narration are both superb. Immediately I was drawn to the main character Charlie Gordon and felt his heartbreaking struggles. I will definitely listen to this again at some point. I highly recommend this book.
Quote from the book:
"Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement".
I have loved this book for years. I love the themes, the similes and symbolism used in the book and I have read it many times.
For some reason this narrator just did not impress me. She did a good job but maybe this is one book that I just prefer reading instead of listening. I will probably listen to this again in the future to see if I still feel the same. That being said, I still recommend this excellently written book.
Yes I would recommend this to anyone that has a love or interest in elephants, rhinos and conservation.
Lawrence Anthony had an amazing connection with these wonderful animals and spent his life trying to protect them. I am sad to know that he is no longer with us.
I never listened to Simon Vance before but his performance in this already exceptional book was superb.
Many moments moved me to both joy and sadness.
I listened to this book in 2 days and will definitely listen to more of Lawrence Anthony's books if made available on Audible.
I am so glad I listened to this book. I really enjoyed it. The story was engaging, memorable and very touching. As Harold walks, he and his wife Maureen reconnect emotionally after years of unhappiness. The narration was wonderful! I would definitely like to read more by this author.
This is a great book with characters that struggle with fears & addictions that at times get the best of them. I only wish that greater time had been spent on Arthur Opp rather than Kel Keller because he was a more deeply intriguing character to me. I also agree with another Audible reviewer that the narrator for the character Kel sounded too old and somewhat one dimensional. The narrator for Arthur was fantastic. I am very glad I listened to this book. It is definitely worth a credit.
I loved this book. The writing is excellent with incredibly developed characters.The story is compelling (and truly heartbreaking at times). The narration is absolutely perfect and brings the characters to life so that you are immediately drawn to them or repulsed by them (such as in the case of Hilly Holbrook and the other white women employers). Hooray for the bravery of Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter ( and all the "Help") for writing their stories exposing the themes of racism and hypocrisies prevalent in the 1960's. Although these were fictional characters, surely fearless women such as these really lived and helped break the barriers of segregation and prejudice. This is an incredible book that I highly recommend.
I had to read this for a class I was taking. It is boring and in no way informative. The book and narration are guaranteed to put the listener to sleep!!!
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