This was a nice review of certain early to mid-century architectural style(s) and theory.
If you need to freshen your memory of things learned in Art History 101, this is the ticket in the architectural field.
Mr. Wolfe did what he proposed. That being an articulation of just how the minimalist idea in the architectural canon evolved.
Well, no characters here, but Mr. McKee did a nice job reading the text.
(Ah HA!! I see that Audible needs to apply some editing their questions when reviewing nonfiction! This is an essay, pretty much, not a fictionalized account of architectural stylizers.)
But OK... I'm game!
If Mr. Wolfe wanted to have a movie made of the evolution of intellectualization of the human habitat from dirt floors and burlap curtains to the glass box of the 20th century, he could introduce into a work of fiction an immortal who lives on one square acre of ground for about 12,000 years and has to undergo a thousand renovations of his habitat.
Anyone who has ever been inflicted with of a renovation of the tiniest kitchen or a measly bathroom knows that this leads to madness. So, instead of a vampire or wolf-human that lives forever, we could have, as our protagonist, a common man driven insane not only by the intellectuals who dictate fashion at the expense of comfort but also a man driven to suicide by the endless torture of construction never finished. Sort of like what happens in any actual renovation.
Of course, being immortal, the man cannot chose to end his suffering at his own hand because, well, he's immortal and must endure until he is finally encased in a glassy, soulless, boxed tower .
I'd place it about a third-of-the way down the reading list.
Some of the protagonists needed a forgivable flaw or too, perhaps.
Probably the end, of course.
No, but I am somewhat immovable when it comes to listening to books. It has to be a whopper of a story line to get me to really dive into being moved.
This is a good enough read.... maybe a beach or rainy day read.
Highly recommended. The writing gives multi-faceted layers to the characters. You have to know enough intimacies about the lead actors to care about their fates. Wecker does this very well.
Well, that's a coin toss between the Golem and the Jenni.
No, I haven't listened to George Guidall before. But in this reading, he admirably colors the voices with just the right tinge of an accent -- and most Americans (thanks to Hollywood,) expect their foreign born characters to have an certain lilt to their English. (Even when, in the story line, they are supposed to be speaking their native language, it sorta has to be read with the accent to give the English reading a little more flavor and to keep the environment at an appropriate level of the exotic. George Guidall does this really well.) Mr. Guidall also reads the women's parts without the simper that some male narrators seem to lean on in order to distinguish the feminine voices.
This book didn't automatically engage me on that level. That is not a fault, however.
Isaac Beshevis Singer would have enjoyed reading this book, I think.
Really up there. About Number Three.
Lots of memorable moments, not just one.
His bella Italian.
I never have extreme reactions to a book unless I really, really Hate It. So it's a good thing I had no extreme reaction.
Read it, listen to it, enjoy it! Ciao!
It's been a couple of months since I listened to 'The Memory of Running', so the fact that I can still recollect the plot and characters and voices speaks loudly too its success.
Forrest Gump. Like everyone else, the naivety of the main character parallels Forrest.
Like most saps, the very end.
The narrator. Too much simper in the Wife's voice.
Sure, I'd try another on because she obviously is talented and looks as though she has the chops to dig deeper than she did in this book.
No. But nothing inspires me to anything. Except maybe coffee.
Keep writing, Paula. Get a little grittier.
Maybe, maybe not. The Interestings has the potential for some great character development but sorta disappoints with predictability.
With 60s being such a deep field of events, The Interestings could have opened up a little more to the pop culture relative to the characters lives. They seemed a little claustrophobic in their involvements...But hey, you don't see me writing any novels so I give kuods to all authors. And I did listen to the entire book to see what would happen. That is always a gold star for a writer.
Ummnnnn... I might. It had it's moments.
I'm guessing that Judy Collins has stories about her life and friends that weren't so sweet. That most of her peers from her early beginnings are still alive might have inhibited some of the juicier, more real stories from hitting the page. But overall, a good listen, if only to see if there was going to be any truly meaty 411.
That said, the times she sings a cappella, are worth the price of the book. She is still in extraordinary voice.
This was a pretty lengthy book about a guy who probably deserved about two hundred words. And, I'm thinking it might be better read than listened to.
Mr. Silver fit the character and time period just fine.
Depends on who plays The Swede. I felt like Mr. Roth envisioned Kirk Douglas in that role. Alas, too late for Kirk.
The book seemed to eulogize so many aspects of American life that it was depressing, to say the least. But then, everything depresses me, so pay no attention. You might loveitloveitloveit.
Mosey: She had the best, most pivotal viewpoint.
Well, her definite Southern Accent. Even though I'm a Virginian, it took a while to get used to her deep south lilt.
Not an extreme reaction. But it was an enjoyable listen on my morning walks.
I found it was a complex plot which held together well, even in the age of social media and instant communication.
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