I would definitely listen again! I have to agree with the reviewer that said the beginning of the book felt a little rushed over and after reading the reviews of how great this was I began to hope I wouldn't end up regretting the purchase ( I didn't). Although the writing may not be Shakespeare and Penny's reading may seem a little elementary at first, I cant stress more, you need to be patient. Once she hits her stride, I actually found myself laughing out loud. The emotional way she speaks of her momma's death made Me cry along with her. She honestly brings you along for the ride, no holds barred. The book wouldn't have been as great if I read it for myself. The memories are enough for me alone.
Penny and the whole cast of characters.
Her accent, the emotion she gives you.
Yes, She honestly brings you along for the ride.
Just so as not shock the listener, there is a bit of coarse language and drug reference.
This is a stupid fun perspective on food. Jim Gaffigan makes me laugh no matter what he is talking about. He takes us around the country to all the little dive restaurants the locals eat at while introducing us to all the regions most traditional dishes. There are things here about food I just took for granted. Things I never knew, never wanted to know, and still wish I didn't know:-) . To all you Kale-eating-vegetarian-gluten free nuts YOU"LL LOVE THIS ONE. Us meat eaters just devoured it.
Once again Luke Daniels knocks the narration out of the park. The writing quality of Scott Meyer is consistent with Off to be the Wizard, but I guess to me the story was lacking. I'm not really sure why I didn't care for this one as much as I loved the first book, I just didn't. Maybe it was the unneeded intimacy between some of the characters. I love a good love story and I wouldn't have minded here so much, but because of the narration and the last book I guess I just pictured the characters differently. But, on the other hand I love Mr.Meyer's writing and the way he thinks and I hope the next book in this series is as good as the first. But honestly it doesn't matter what I think because, my seventeen year-old son adores these books. He loves the computer jargon and the old video game reference ( some I missed ). We read them in our home school literature class along side the classic we have been reading and I have never seen him devour a book like he did these. He even went out and is buying an old Commodore computer. So, for those reasons I give this one, four stars anytime you find books that start a kids love of reading books or listening, I Say Kudos Sir.
I absolutely loved this audio book. I think Luke Daniels's narrating was so good that I swear it sounded like ten different people. He is an incredible reader and I laughed all the way through it. I love time travel books and this is a really good one. I read a few reviewers that panned the story, one said that if you had the power to travel through time why not change things. Not to give away any of the story and create a spoiler, but apparently that review either didn't listen closely enough or they just didn't understand the story. Scott Meyer doesn't take himself too serious and I really appreciate that. The story is intelligent, funny and complete with no loose ends. If you are into this genre and you want to take a few hours ride back in time to the dark ages and have a good laugh, then you must down load this book. I would love to see the movie. For those who care, there is no bad language at all, and nothing you will feel the need to fast forward through.
I am not sure if I will ever listen to or read another Franzen work, but we shouldn't say never
I love Mr. Guidall's work, usually, and here as the voice of the older couple he is great (and even the younger men), but I just didn't care for his voice for the women. It was hard for me also because their are no chapter breaks in the audio book and because of this and the fact that Mr Guidall's voice really didn't show the changes, it was often confusing.
I think this gentleman is an incredible writer, but sometimes that isn't enough. I really hated the characters and everything about them, I would have loved just one person in which I could relate, but this whole family is perverted and sad! There wasn't one I rooted for except maybe the young book reader. I don't mind a few scenes of passion or whatever you would like to call them,or characters that are harsh with their language if the characters stay true to their form. But, good lord, I finally found myself saying out loud, "COME ON", "Geesh", Get A Room! When a writer is an incredible word smith but is self indulgent, for me, this can makes for a awkward read. Some things are better left to the reader's imagination. This kind of writing, to me, is like the gratuitously made movies in Hollywood today. A little go a long way. And that's my two cents worth
Sissy Spacek has always been one of my favorites and To Kill A Mockingbird one of my favorite books, and this combination of reader and author is a match made in heaven. Mrs. Spacek doesn't self-indulge,or act as though she is trying to win an award. She doesn't have false voices; except for a few accent she doesn't change her voice at all. She just effortlessly slips in and out of the characters,and by being a true actress, a great actress, she takes you on a journey of life set in the 1930's and 40's in everywhere small town-America, a journey of innocence,adventure, love, hate, prejudiced and even murder, through the eyes of a preteen adolescent.The book, itself is absolutely amazing, Harper Lee is wonderful writer she is able to transport you easily and believably to another era and is able to teach lessons in a way that isn't preachy but you know in your heart what she is saying. I honestly couldn't stop listening, It felt like my Grandma was telling me a story from her childhood. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one. Just lean back, relax and enjoy. It's like butter.
The setting and the on the edge of your seat-because you THINK you know what is coming up, writing.
The Great Gatsby or the old detective dramas of the 60's. I would mention others but it would mess up the ending.
She did a fine job.
I wouldn't trust any of them. Maybe Rose just to interrogate he.
Some may not like or get the ending of this book, but you will be talking about and debating it for days after you are finished. Then, you will listen to it again. Bring on the movie is all I can say.
I have been on a classic book kick lately. I LOVE the language, the rhythm, and the detail to event, the thought process, intelligence, and above all; I love never having to worry about the gratuitous vulgar language. Yes, today's culture has evolved and the language has changed, but the classic struggled to love and to be love hasn't changed at all. Of course this is a classic for the ages and most know the story even if only through legends, but while reading "Wuthering Heights" keep in mind the day and time it was written. Women were seen almost as property, as well as the children, and the struggle to find and true love was ridiculously hard and really considered trivial. Emily Brontë's writing compels us to pity, loathe, and cry for these characters. I for one love this book, sometimes the narrative is hard to understand because the language is so different, but who care listen twice. The more I read these classic stories the more I can see how much of today's so-called original works were influenced. So now it is on to the next classic.....
The Hiding Place
His passion for the characters and the emotions he gives them.
Some books you read (listen to) and you are changed. Something changes you, maybe you see yourself in the characters, maybe the story. Sometimes I read a book and I am so haunted that I can't read another one without thinking of the previous book, this is that book. (I listened twice back to back.)
Absolutely, this is great ride.
The continuity of the lives.
The death due to the wife abuser. Anymore details will spoil the book
Almost everyone has wished at one time or another that he or she could change a time or event in history, may it be one of your own or a historical tragedy. But, this novel shows the good and bad that these changes could bring. This is not a book for everyone. You have to pay close attention to the small details. The changes in the plot always effect the reader more than the characters. I believe that Kate Atkinson is a genius. The intertwining of the lives is amazing. I found myself actually relieved after couple of times when the death occurred and a new life began.There was a few events that happened that I wish would had been more clearly explained, but I got it. And, I believe that is it, you either get it or you don't.
Having it read in Stephen's own word by him.
Yes, Bag of Bones. It is hard to compare Fiction to Non-fiction.
I loved how he was so honest about his addictions and the accident he was in. And when he talked about his mother I had to smile a bit because from just the few things he said I would have loved that woman.
I enjoyed this book so much. It could have been longer and I certainly wouldn't have minded. I learned so much by listening to his experiences and writing technique. I suggest if you are a King fan, a writer, or just a fan of writers you really need to read or preferable listen to this one it is a winner.
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