It's hard not to compare Joe to his father, especially with writing styles so similar. This book is better than some Stephen King novels, but not better than Stephen King's earliest books. Will Joe get better or worse I wonder? Unlike most reviews that liked the beginning and felt the book get sillier towards the end, I disliked the beginning (though the scare factor was there, the plot was not well developed), enjoyed the middle (I loved the plot twist that manifests itself mid-book), and agreed that the Norman Rockwell ending was silly. He would have been better off killing everyone than what he ended up with. However, as silly as it was, it was better than most Stephen King endings, which isn't saying much. I guess that just runs in the family.
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.
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.
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.
...and not in a good way. I have listened to many PKD titles which is the only reason why I selected this book and kept at it. If it had not been written by PKD, I would have walked away from it. Everything comes together at the end, but when the dust settles, I had to ask was it worth it? and I am not sure the answer is yes.
I found it very strange that there were so many negative reviews on this book and the reader. If you are a Philip K. Dick fan, I don't see how you can react negatively to this reading. The book explores many rich themes that the movie does not have time to develop. I offer the opinion that you could enjoy the movie and the book as two complementary works exploring the same basic question, "what does it mean to be human?". However the book asks other questions dealing with religion and empathy and what they mean in the context of being human. Deckard's epiphany in the desert gets to the heart of the answer. It is this self-exploration of what matters (and what should matter) that differentiates the humans from the androids. This is not Hollywood science fiction, this reading is science fiction from an author unafraid to look into the future and tell us about ourselves as we will be.
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