I should have listened to the sample first, but because I am a fan of Bill McKibben, I just ordered it. Big mistake. I can't decide whether it was the monotone narrator or the monotone and rambling story that was really disappointing. Maybe this would have been better read by the author or by a narrator with more youth and energy. Perhaps the disappoint is greater because I have heard McKibben speak and he is an engaging speaker with a good voice. I'd pass on this one had I been a more careful consumer. I'll avoid this narrator for sure!
What a fabulous yarn...pain, pathos and joy. A life told in full color. The readers were wonderfu;l the story is one to remember. I'd love to see the movie treatment. I loved it.
John Lee is a masterful narrator whose rich British voice is perfect to bring this classic novel to life. It would have been fabulous to have this technology available during my misspent youth. It would have offered a much deeper appreciation for the story and the language . I'm putting many books read by John Lee on my wish list now!
The story was riveting and familar turf for all that have experienced the "joy" of adolescence with their own children. While not all the issues are this extreme, there are identifiable threads throughout. And the exploration of personal responsibility, guilt, and forgiveness are very compelling. Great listen.
I LOVED this story! That alone would have been enough, but it was just beautifully read in the right tone and context. Not much else I can say that expresses the wonderful total experience of this audio version. Go get it!
I finished the book today. It was a great sequel to the wonderful Pillars of the Earth. This will be a hard act for other authors to follow. Both the story and the reader were wonderful! Highly recommend it.
This masterful work pulled a fabulous cast of humans into the story of the world's most incredible architecture and its' period history. I listened to the unabridged version. It was well worth hearing all the glorious details and the time just flew. The narration was first rate and at the end, everything stopped until it was finished! I can't wait to get to World Without End next.
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