What's not to love?
Carrie Fisher, addicted to brutal truth, delivered the fascinating details of her life with her classic self-effacing humor.
Well... 'Wishful Drinking' -- Ms. Fisher's memoir that also let's her fans know what her Wonder Bread years were like
Everyone has a 'readervoice' in their head that turns on when reading a book. You have your own style, and it works; besides, what else are you gonna do for a narrator?
When an author, who is also an actor, reads you their work, you know you're getting it exactly the way they wrote and meant it to be heard.
So you get the added novelty of filling in a sort of emotional gap between the author and audience.
You could... in my case we did listen to it from beginning to end while driving (skidding) through a torrential downpour while looking for an open restaurant on the backroads of Virginia one Sunday.
I loved it.
I am not a physicist, biologist or nuclear scientist. But as a (somewhat) normal human with a (reasonable) amount of curiosity, I found this book engaging. I admit to not following every science based nuance and facet that the author presented in these 13 anomalies of the scientific world but I did feel that Michael Brooks had dumbed down the intricacies as much as was possible for the lay reader and still preserve the essential ingredients of the Things.
If you were drawn to the title, you will be drawn into the book's intriguing facts. The narration is superb and it's the type of book that can handle a second or third listen, just to nail down some of the fine points you may have missed during the first listen. If you've already read a few reviews & like what they say, you will find the unreasonable 13 Things excellent fodder for your gray matter to chew upon.
If you decide against listening to or reading 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, Mr. Brooks will have to edit the title to then read: 14 Things That Don't Make Sense.
First off, Doll-Baby is superbly narrated. January LaVoy masterfully adapts her reading to her characters' personalities and origins. This definitely gives the story depth and adds flesh to the bones of the individuals in the tale.
The story itself is good… it holds your interest, but Ms. McNeal often stunts her tale by a too simplistic sentence structure, which leaves the listener hoping for slightly more depth in the thought and personalities of her characters. Ms. LaVoy helps to add gradations of personal qualities which Ms. McNeal often neglects. Hence the three stars for the story itself and the five stars given the performance.
Some listeners may find the characters somewhat stereotyped. But in Ms. McNeal's defense, this seems to be a matter of the depths to which she wished to mine her players' inner life. Also, all of her characters are treated to the same level of development, which does give the story an even literary treatment. In other words, there isn't a lack of development in only some of the characters, there seems to be an overall reliance by Ms. McNeal to have the reader fill in the undefined gaps on all of her characters, while mainly giving a surface development to them all. That said, you do actually get enough grit in the story to get to know the players and to care what happens to them.
If you are interested in a (non-intellectually-taxing,) solid story of a young girl's coming-of-age in unexpected circumstances, you will enjoy Doll-Baby overall, at about that four-star level.
Just don't expect to discover the next Great American Novel.
Well. If you love British History, especially the history which zeroes in on a particular family's life, then of course you will want to listen to "Black Diamonds."
This is a well researched and intriguing presentation of the history of the Fitzwilliam family and their relationship to the industry which supported them and the thousands of colliers who lived to mine their fortune of coal, or "black diamonds." That the mining of coal allowed a lopsided advantage of privileged wealth to the gentry while exacting a heavy toll (both physically and financially,) on the miners, is revealed in an interesting and engaging way by the author, Catherine Bailey.
By examining the rise and fall of the Fitzwillams, Ms. Bailey renders a good understanding of the economic relationship of English aristocracy and the people they employed while also fully coloring the manner in which industrial England transformed after the reformation of the ownership of the coal industry itself. Even with all the finely nuanced political and economic information which Ms. Bailey includes, it is never a dry read (or listen,) but a thoroughly gripping story of human trials, life and loves.
One last word. I need to throw some well-earned accolades toward the narrator, Gareth Armstrong. His performance, in which he easily switches from some very specific regional accents and back to his "neutral" narrative voice, is 100% on target. His abilities, (even when wrestling with the flattened vowels of an American voice,) are beyond expectation and render a full spectrum of character and depth to the book.
"Full Dark, No Stars" is a great beach book.
It's also a good listen while you take your daily exercise stroll through the town.
Stephen King never writes a Bad Story, although some of the tales in this book are a bit irregular. As though they were written early in his writing endeavors, when Mr. King was developing his "voice."
I got the impression he wanted to write a full-throttle gore and horror tale when he penned "1922" but his natural inclination to invest a character with humanity and pathos sometimes bled through, knocking the profile of the lead character somewhat off. But that mild inconsistency isn't fatal. You still engage with the storyline and hang on to see what happens. I could say the same irregularity in viewpoint and characterization somewhat applies to the other three tales in the compilation to a lesser degree, also.
All-in-all, though, it's a good and interesting ride.
But if you're looking for your next Stephen King excursion and haven't yet read/listened to "11/22/63" by King, I would recommend that "11/22/63" be your next King pick. Go for "Full Dark, No Stars" only when you've exhausted all the other offerings by Mr. King.
Can't say I actually loved anything in particular but I did like the recreation of the 60's and beyond music scene from someone who managed to stay aware enough to obviously recall most of it.
I thought the serendipity of meeting the Everly Brothers on the street in England and talking with them after seeing them perform was intriguing. I guess that could never happen today with an aspiring musician and their heroes.
It was nice hearing his actual enthusiasm when reading some anecdote that appeared to really touch him in some way.
Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll LIfe
Relive the crazy, incredible fun without further damaging your liver!
I could have used fewer political advocations.
Researched; Personal; Gripping
Ms.Gilbert does read with enthusiasm.
I appreciated that Mr. Matzen fleshed out some peripheral players in the lives of Lombard and also Gable.
I've always felt I knew Carole; now I feel I know her better.
The descriptive character building.
It's a road trip without the car.
Well, what American doesn't love a British accent?
Harold, at the end of his trip.
If you needed to re-think your artistic endeavors, it would be recommended.
It might get you to pick up your paintbrush again.
The rich detailing of everyday life and capturing the essence of living in Henry's era really made the story as fully fleshed as Henry eventually became. You felt that Margaret George had been there and had supper with Henry many times, or could have been someone in his court.
I loved the voice… the human (and often petty) qualities that Margaret George gave Henry.
I loved his performance. He could give even the feminine characters a believable quality without seeming forced or stilted.
It did transport me back in time.
The author brought the era to life and did not rely on stereotypes from your typical school history books.
Hmmmnnn. Maybe. This had enough going on so that I listened to it all but there were times that I was working too hard to learn some element or aspect of the character in order to care about the character(s). And sadly, when I did learn something, it really wasn't all that sympathetic to the character. I thought Ms. Verson a good reader, especially for the narrator's personality.
This is my first book by DiSclafani.
I enjoyed any explication involving the horses but the horses were not really a main point in the plot, except that the riding camp/horses fit into the main character's personal likes/talents.
Probably not. I'd had to give away some pertinent plot points to explain why but I can just say that the pivots that turn the plot are fairly non-relative to most peoples' lives and therefore sort of distant and unreachable.
I give kudos to anyone who finishes writing a novel. And points to DiSclafani for writing from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. I might give another book a try. But it will have to have some elements of day-to-day life which don't reach so far into the periphery of the weird and untypical.
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