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I think the killer of this audiobook is the narrator, who cannot do a simple American accent let alone the variety of regional accents needed to do justice to the cast of characters. Members of New Jersey motorcycle 'clubs' do not speak with British/Cockney accents. A good narrator can make --or break-- a book. The story itself is funny, clever in places, absurd even -- but just too long for one joke.
Another fine outing by John Scalzi. Loved it for all the reasons already given and won't bore anyone by repeating them.
I managed to pre-order my copy before the offer deadline and was able to get both versions for one credit--and I am so glad that I did. I will tell you straight away that it is very strange listening to this story in two different voices but rewarding. If you never thought that the narrator was key to an audiobook, listening to both readers will show you just how much the narrator influences the read.
This book was just not for me! Buying it in the recent BOGO sale, I relied on the description in the pop up and didn't really see the full description with its 'erotic content' warning. Reading this was like reading a Harlequin romance, right down to the requisite three explicitly soft-core 'encounters.' IMHO, the author couldn't make up his mind if he was writing a mystery or a romance and in the end did justice to neither.
I can't believe that I haven't written a review of this book!! I've ready the whole series already. I love Mma. Ramotswe. I love how she takes me to quieter and more gentle place. I was hooked the minute I started listening.
Here's what I say. This is one series of books that is absolutely brought to life when read out loud by Lisette Lecat. If I were to read this book in print, the voices would all have my distinctly 'American television' sound and, in spite of being set in Botswana, there would be no feel of Botswana in the read. If you have picked up the books and put them down unimpressed, try listening to them. You will have a completely different experience when you listen to them.
Sometimes I'll choose a book just because I think that I should at least read something by a particular author--expand my horizons a bit, as it were. Walter Mosley is one of those authors on my list and so when Devil in a Blue Dress appeared in the sale pile, I took the chance. Glad I did. Mosley's reputation is well deserved. While I am not hooked on Easy Rawlins and racing out to gather up as many in the series as I can, I'm sure that more may make it into my library in the future.
I fell asleep while reading this one and didn't even bother to go back to read what I had missed. The stories felt very repetitive and even though I slept through some of the book (not unusually for me), I didn't feel like I had missed anything. I didn't feel like I learned anything that didn't already know. I just was not impressed by this book.
I love the Dortmunder series for what it is! Give me more and more of the gang that could shouldn't shoot straight. I am happy to laugh my way through their escapades time after time. Here is a book that you can read with a light heart and a big laugh. Here is a book that isn't pretending or even trying to be great literature. It has no depth. It has no message. It doesn't even call out for a review.
It wasn't a horrible listen but I am just not enamored enough of the main character to want to continue to read the series.
I don't usually use the guided review, so here goes. What's So Funny ranks in the middle--it is not great literature and it isn't trash. It is just the life story of a man with whom many of us are familiar because of his work in TV and movies, the story of an everyday man with a singular mission in life: to make people laugh. If you liked Tim on screen, you will enjoy reading about his life off screen. He is a man who has nothing to hide and nothing to be embarrassed about in how he lived his life and the choices he made. We need more Tim Conways on this planet; we need more Tim Conways in our lives.
I like Tim Conway's positive attitude toward life and his singular mission on this earth: make people laugh. If you want Hollywood dirt, you have come to the wrong place.
It was good to hear Tim Conway reading his own biography.
The whole book moved me -- always to laughter, never to tears.
I bought this audio edition for the reader and I was spot on! Hathaway does an excellent job. Some of her characterizations are a bit 21st century but that's okay by me.
IMHO, this is a wonderful parent/child listen.
I am so disappointed! This is one of the few books that I have added to my library that I am returning unfinished. Two paragraphs in I knew that I could not listen to the this voice for hours on end. I gave it a bit longer just to be fair but I just could not continue. Narrators make choices and unfortunately, I did not agree with any of them --not the voice, not the phrasing, not the pace--it all got in the way of the story.
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