As a non-American I knew nothing about the Circus Fire before listening to this book. I now consider myself better informed! :-) This is a masterful piece of investigation and storytelling. The tale spans 55 years and virtually no stone remained unturned by the author's clearly painstaking research. Special credit also to the narrator - he really helped to bring the era of the events alive to me. This is one of the very best Audible books I have listened to over the last three years. Be aware that it can be rather distressing in its attention to detail. The fire itself took just a few minutes but the description from many different perspectives alone took over two hours to read... Highly recommended!
An excellent audio book. I am not going to dump on the poor besieged narrator - at least not in the way others have done. He actually added to my enjoyment of the book. His frequent mispronunciations allowed for the audio equivalent of bird spotting. There's one! There's another! Good fun amidst all the grueling horror of the tale.
All in all though, I think I am glad to now be back OUT of the mind of BTK - what a total waste of air and food that thing was, and still is...
In this year of Darwin celebrations, and a severe world economic downturn, this book makes some harrowing echoes. As another commented, you probably need to really like Vonnegut's work or you won't enjoy it. I do, and I did.
He is my all-time favorite modern author, but until now I hadn't read 'Galapagos'. It has been on my shelf for at least 15 years unread. I can't explain why I hadn't gotten around to reading it, but I am certainly glad to have finally caught up.
I must heartily commend the book's reader - his gentle unhurried tone matched Leon's narration flawlessly.
An excellent audio book experience marred only by the absence of a way to present an 'asterisk'. Readers of the dead tree edition will know what I mean...
I have to take issue with the many reviews condemning Hitchens for narrating his own book. Hitchens' style is so unique that any other reader would be quite inappropriate. I guess this is mostly a case of U.S. readers having difficulty with anything not familiar to their ears - pity. As a non-US listener I have no problem with most books performed with U.S. accents, but it is nice to have a little variety occasionally! Hitchens is, well, Hitchens and to have him read the book was the icing on the cake, at least for me. The book's message? Wonderfully over the top and worth every minute.
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