I haven't read the print version and now I never will. This was the one and only time I'll sit through the book. It was too bizarre and random for me to try again.
I probably won't read any more Stephen King. I love to be scared but this was scary on top of disgusting and vulgar. It'll be a very long time before I might entertain the idea of trying to read another of his books, especially if they follow in the same vain.
I have been watching Steven Weber on the big and small screen since I was a kid. There were many times I could picture his face while doing some of the character voices. He did an okay job for being a screen actor.
No one really. The sooner I forget that I even read this book, the better.
This book is NOT for children and NOT for most adults. Beware that it goes far beyond any dark story you might have read. More often than not it made me uncomfortable to even listen to it. More than once I was ready to stop listening all together and give up on it.
Scary, psychological, intense
Chris, the mother. I found her so compelling. It really forced me to think about what I would do if I was put in her situation.
I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.
There were a couple times I had to stop listening and take a break for a day or so because it was too much. It's pretty rare for me to have such a strong reaction, but this book gave me chills, thrills, and nightmares.
Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.
I have not read the print version but I would have probably enjoyed it better. There were too many slang words being said that I don't know how to spell so I can't look them up. Hearing a really British accent saying British slang didn't make for easy listening.
I really liked the descriptions of the clothes and fashion of the era.
This was my first time listening to Tom Hollander. He did a great job of bringing an excitement to the narration that fit the storyline.
Clearly it would be Alex. Although lethal, he'd be fun to talk about music with.
The last hour of the narration is of the author reading 3 chapters from the book. So the actual story isn't as long as described. It also has a pretty long introduction that is important to hear because it tells the listener an important fact about the end of the UK novel, US novel, and film.
I really enjoyed the narration. The story was slow during some parts but the performance was really splendid. It can be comical to hear a male reading in the voice of a female, but after a few minutes, it became tolerable.
I'd first compare it to Brokeback Mountain. The 2 men working on a farm in a historical setting gave a twist to what could have been a cookie cutter gay romance story. Then there was a touch of Grapes of Wrath mixed in to show a contrast between middle and lower class.
Most of the story worked really well. The book has its moments of really great writing, and others seemed to be cut down. The ending was very anticlimactic. Too much happens within the last 30 minutes of the book that should have been dedicated to a more well rounded closing.
Brynn was the memorable one. Although I related more to Ian, I found myself analyzing the character of Brynn more. The secret he keeps throughout the first part of the book makes what he does really intriguing.
Some of the sex scenes were too much for the story. They stand out in contrast to what is really going on deeper in the characters. And there are a few graphic words in this one, which also seemed out of place.
I will listen to this book again. The performance was really good and I enjoy good gay fiction that isn't heavy on the sex. In this book intimacy is mentioned without sounding vulgar.
As much as I liked Maurice because he reminded me of myself, I like Alec and his part of the story. Alec really took the story to a new level.
I loved the meeting at the museum between Maurice and Alec. I found myself getting anxious and emotional from about this point on in the story.
I would have loved to have taken half a day to listen to the story all at once. If I had been reading the words myself, I might have read all in one sitting. As it was, I enjoyed the performance and wish it was longer.
If you like gay fiction and television series like Upstairs Downstairs, you will enjoy this book!
I would recommend the series to a friend for sure. I think the story is entertaining enough to keep people that can tolerate reading about 2 gay guys having sex, for a few minutes, would enjoy the rest of the book.
This one is in a class of it's own in my knowledge of books. It had a slight James Bond feel to it because of all the secret identity story-line.
Oh MAN, I laughed out loud so many times at the BAD accents! Ty was supposed to be impersonating a British accent and the poor reader sounded like a male Scarlett O'Hara. Which is pretty funny since Vivian Leigh was English. Another funny character voice was for the McCoy character. I kept picturing Oscar the Grouch while listening to the poor guy performing those parts of the book.
This cruise will leave you hungry... for more Ty and Zane!
Wait for it to go on sale or if you have some credits to burn.
Wry, masculine, entertaining
The Body by Stephen King because of the camping and dead people. Also Brokeback Mountain because of all the camping and ruggedness.
I think he does Zane the best, most of the characters are performed well.
*Small spoiler alert* The "I love you" moment.
Great listen, shorter in length than the first book, but still with a lot of detail.
This book is near the bottom of the list, but my list is relatively short. The story held my interest enough to enjoy most of the read. As with most books like this, some of it was a little too sexually graphic for me to enjoy thoroughly.
I liked the sci-fi mixed with gay characters.
I cared for the first half of the book a lot, then it got slow till near the end.
The Gay Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
If you are gay and like sci-fi, you'll probably enjoy this listen.
I might after I listen to the other books in the series. The story wasn't too graphic in it's sexual nature. More emphasis was placed on the mystery than the sex, which is refreshing in this genre of literature.
Maybe Silence of the Lambs and Brokeback Mountain. So many references to FBI stuff made this one reek of Thomas Harris yet the bro-mance was a little violent and reminded me of Brokeback.
No extreme reactions except I found myself taking the long way home from work to listen longer.
I think one could wait till this one is on sale before purchasing.
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