Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2012
Middle of the pack. For DFW fans it's a must have. Unfortunately it isn't the entire book, but selected portions, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why those particular selections were made.
DFW's unique perspective on what makes men "hideous" and the way in which the characters are blind to their own grotesque behavior.
Yes, as its' one of the single greatest novels ever written. The story captivates from beginning to end, brings a variety of timely social issues to the table and tells a great story around the discussion of those issues.
Chip's arrival at the home for Christmas, which seemed predictable but at the same time the author gave no clue that it would actually happen ... or Alfred's dementia induced talking feces..
His voice actually bothered me at first, or at least for the first few minutes of the listen. As you get involved with the characters of the novel what at first listen seems like the voice of an elderly man becomes capable of giving each character a completely distinct voice, and ultimately ends up in a great listening experience.
Neither, but there were numerous moments when Gary and Chip were placed into situations I, like many men, had experienced in real life.
Thomas of Hookton becomes a Knight. I loved the Grail Quest series and, if possible, this novel topped those. I initially read this before the Grail Quest novels (I honestly wasn't aware they existed) and immediately devoured the other three novels and then read this again to understand all that I missed the first go around.
The author has written numerous books similar to 1356, though I consider this among the top two or three of his novels, and with one exception, the best of his non-Sharpe novels (the exception being The Pagan Lord).
The battle scene at the end, which does a great job of bringing a medieval battle to life in the mind's eye of the reader.
Anyone who enjoys novels that don't draw in the reader, have somewhat confusing story lines and at times just .. droned on without a point. And some of that is typical for Franzen, but he generally ties it all in together at some point. Not here.
I have listened to every novel by Franzen and this is the only exception to a man I consider one of the greatest two or three living authors.
None stick out, but this wasn't the fault of the reader. I think she did a great job with the characters and subject matter.
Scenes weren't the problem, so none. I finished the novel and, at the end, asked myself why. What was the point? I'm somewhat surprised Franzen's publisher re-released this rubbish, though I suppose it got me to
It creates the character of Richard Sharpe of course. Gives a little more detail on how he was able to rise from the ranks and gives a great background to the Napoleonic Conflict to describe the various British / East India Company battles in India (though, much like the American conflicts with Native Americans, there isn't much glory in the British "invasion" of India, nor does Mr. Cornwell place any.)
It compares well with any of the Sharpe novels. As it was written chronologically after many of the Napoleonic Sharpe novels, the author does a wonderful job of going back and explaining the background of many of the Sharpe characters and story lines.
Again that would have to be Richard Sharpe, for fairly obvious reasons.
As I didn't start on the Sharpe novels until last year, it raised my anticipation level for the remaining Sharpe novels (which, with one exception, I devoured in about a months time).
Of the four Starbuck books I enjoyed Bull Run the best, though at times I wasn't sure if I was reading about Mr. Starbuck or Richard Sharpe (not that it matters). Among Mr. Cornwell's novels this one probably ranks somewhere in the middle.
The novel hooks you immediately. Unlike many of Cornwell's other series, the Starbuck Chronicles all take place within a two or so year window, so there doesn't have to be time at the beginning taken with laying the foundation of what has happened to the primary characters between novels. Further, the detail taken in describing the Battle of Sharpsburg is tremendous. Just a great novel.
It was good enough. He gave the various characters distinct voices, though I considered some of the southern accents a bit over drawn. He certainly didn't hurt the novel.
Yes, it drove me crazy when I learned there wasn't a fifth book in the series to start on. The ending of this novel leaves so many open story lines, none of which are resolved.
Yes, largely because I've listened to most of the author's books on more than one occasion. While fiction, it's very fact intensive and listening a second time tends to provide more insight into the story.
As with all of the author's novels since "To the Last Man," at least a portion of the story is told from the perspective of someone serving on the front line. This, to me, makes these novels stronger even than his father's "Killer Angels" and the two follow ups written by Jeff. People that haven't served in war have no idea what the average soldier goes through on a daily basis while serving the front lines, so the perspective provided by Mr. Shaara is both real, fascinating and frightening all at once.
I believe, but can't be certain, that he has read many of Mr. Shaara's novels. If I am correct they are all outstanding jobs.
The front line infantrymen.
It's an outstanding story, with great character development and an ability to at least explain both sides of several social issues dealt with in a rational and well thought out manner (though the author's actual stance on any such issue is never left to the imagination).
Any of Franzen's other novels. It's what he does.
His ability to show the proper emotion at the proper times.
Well no, but only because it was over 20 hours.
If you liked "The Corrections" give this one a try.
Great story with an excellent reader. DeLillo takes a simple concept (in the path taken by the Bobby Thompson home run ball) and twists into an incredibly detailed and interesting story about the many lives the ball affected in the subsequent years.
It engaged me from the beginning. DeLillo is a great author and knows what it takes to write a captivating story with many hidden meanings that I'm sure will be debated for years to come.
Not one particular moment. The way the author creates an intersection of each characters life is captivating on its' own.
Interesting material and less arrogance on the part of the author.
I think the overall point of the book was good, but I think the 12th time he reminded the reader/listener that he worked for Dave Ramsey I started to truly loathe him. Examples other than his own life story (he isn't particularly old by the way) would have made it far more rememberable and the author less detestable.
Given the material the performance was ok. The author, however, rubbed me the wrong way.
None, and that's the problem.
The story was far better than I anticipated and the Mr. Welch did an outstanding job of reading.
It was far more engaging than I truly expected. I bought in after listening to "A Dog's Purpose" (which, given I'm generally a fan of literature, I was almost embarrassed to admit, but ... I don't care. I liked it. I love dogs. C'est la vie). "The Art of Racing in the Rain" was far more a story about the human characters, but I highly recommend it to fans of "A Dog's Purpose" or dog lovers in general.
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