This is an exciting, fast-paced Tarzan story in which the ape-man must try to rescue Jane and their newborn son from the nefarious scheme of the evil Rokoff. The narrator has a clear, pleasing, expressive, reading voice but, by her several mispronunciations, seems unfamiliar with some common English vocabulary words.
Imagine that your most erudite AND most grounded friend has been driven by a profound need to make a special journey. On his return he explains the need which drove him and relates how the journey unfolded. Imagine that your friend is a little old-fashioned but understands the inevitability of change, that he has a sense of the direction in which the world is moving, and that he just happens to be the best storyteller you know. That's GOODBYE TO A RIVER.
Then imagine that he has the kind of gentle, expressive speaking voice that you could listen to for hours on end.
Then buy this audiobook.
Oxford has a pleasing, engaged, clear voice that strikes an agreeable, conversational tone.
When you listen to her first story, “Queen of the World or Something,” you’ll know you’re going to be well treated by this wonderful storyteller. Oxford’s episodic recollections of her life from elementary school through motherhood read like rich, often messy, sometimes unflattering, and always honest experiences which she has been able to craft into glittering jewels. Yes, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments along the way. What most surprised me, though, is the sense of depth lurking just below the surface of the witty, engaging anecdotes. Oxford subtly invites the reader to learn – or share what she learned – from her remarkable experiences. Personal favorite: “My Zoo.” There are no duds.
If this title sounds remotely interesting to you, you're gonna love the book. Bowden has a great story to tell and does a terrific job, with lots of background information that adds considerably to the experience. Just one complaint keeps me from giving the audiobook 5 stars: the narrator, who otherwise does a good job, mispronounces many of the key participants' names, over and over and over again! How hard would it have been to get them right -- one call to the NFL office? Hey, he did get Jim Brown and Tom Landry right, and if you're young enough you'll never know the difference. Still and all, Bowden has you right there with some of the game's greatest in a truly historic and dramatic game. This is a treat not to be missed by real football fans.
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