A wonderful tale made better by an excellent reading and production. I was going to buy a different reading that was combined with another Dickens book, but after reading the reviews of this production, I opted for this one and I was not disappointed in my decision.
As other reviews have pointed out, the movie and the book are only loosely connected. I loved the movie and have seen it many times, so I was a bit hesitant to listen to the book. I'm glad I did. What I liked best about the book over the movie was that the characters had a bit of moral ambiguity rather than being black or white, good versus bad. This added character depth made the book version of Forrest Gump more realistic and more interesting to me.
The narrator was wonderful. I was concerned that I would be picturing Tom Hanks throughout the book, but the cadence and the dialect used by Mike Hammer worked very well and kept the movie Forrest Gump from intruding into the book Forrest Gump. The only negative comment I have is that Forrest's adventures are a bit over the top sometimes to the point of being so comical they are absurd and unbelievable. I felt the book paced very well and was the appropriate length. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with the caveat that there is only a loose connection between the book and the movie.
I almost passed on this book because several reviews gave this book a very low rating. I'm glad I didn't. If you love movies more than baseball, and love happy endings, then you will want to pass on this book. However, if you are looking a good baseball story this book is for you. I connected with the characters in the book better because they were more human and less celluloid. The "good" guys were not angels, they had faults and the stakes were not all or nothing. In short, there was more realism in the characters and less Hollywood. If that appeals to you, then you too will enjoy this book. The book paces well (I was surprised that a 6 hour audio book could cover a 90 minute movie, but it did). Some questions from the movie are answered in the book and others are raised. The reader kept my attention and did a good job, but nothing too noteworthy.
This is an okay book read by a comedian who is more experienced in front of a live audience than a sound booth. If you are a fan of Bill's work, you'll enjoy the book, if not, you won't. It's that simple.
Okay, I'll be the Black Sheep and say I disagree with all the ravings about how this is Dickens at his best (all of you can start flinging mud at me now). My chief complaint is that I felt that I had met every one of these characters in a different Dickens book and that the
I had not listened to anything from the author, Garth Nix, but I had listened to a book read by Tim Curry before and liked his voice, so I decided to give it a try. Wonderful. I immediately went on to listen to the other two novels in this series. Tim Curry's voice is clear and steady, yet filled with emotion and vigor at just the right time. A true performance. The story is very engaging and the world Garth Nix creates is exciting and interesting. This world does not have the huge cast of characters of Harry Potter, but this magical world is much richer and the storyline more engaging and more classic "good vs. evil". The strength of the book comes from how Nix unfolds this magical world both to Sabriel and the listener at the same time. Very well put together. Highly recommended.
I enjoy David Baldacci as a writer and I enjoy the Oliver Stone series (though I prefer the Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series), but as others have mentioned in their reviews, the narration is horrible. The producer/director should be ashamed. The use of other actors for some of the parts was distracting and at times awkward. Read the book instead. The story is good and moves well.
There wasn't enough context or background. Watch the movie instead. This is a rich historical event and there was more "production" than content.
The recording was good and the jokes were right on target, but I expected more.
I am a big fan of John Pinette's humor. He has used many of these routines for many years and over the years they have gotten better. This recording is from his earlier years, but they are still funny. Having heard his routine later in his career it was interesting to hear these more original versions. Some of his expressions can only be experienced in-person or through video, but he is still very funny. This version is also a little more raw/adult in the language, so it's not the recording you want in the mini-van, but if you need a chuckle, this recording will not disappoint.
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