I love Stephen King, and this is another wonderful yarn, but why doesn't he put himself into the hands of a good editor? This book must be something like 1000 pages long, and there is probably a really great 500 page book hiding in here. All of his early books were much shorter, although never short, and they were better, more concisely plotted books. He is still a great natural story teller, but if he worked with a good editor, these books would be much better, and less larded with language.
The length of this book may be off-putting to some readers, but once you start reading it, you will find it to be as compelling as anything you have ever read. So many biographies are dry affairs that feel like homework, but Caro has written a page turner! I lived though all of this history, but Robert Caro brings it the era alive like nothing I have ever read before. The previous books were great also, but this covers one of the most fascinating times in the history of the United States. A beloved president assassinated in Dallas, with a man who was reviled in the White House for the previous 3 years assuming the mantle of leadership. Caro's depth of analysis, and ability to provide new insight into the time is like nothing I have ever read before.
I worked at Walt Disney Studios during the time that some of these events transpired, so I have an extra interest in the topic. But even if you just love the Disney product, this book will be a fantastic read. James Stewart has the ability to make even the most arcane boardroom dealings read like a thriller. Reading about Michael Eisner, and Jeffery Katzenburg's behavior makes you realize that the antics of Ari Gold, the over the top agent on "Entourage", wasn't that much of an exaggeration!
Wonderful read by Patrick Lawlor also.
I love Harlan Coben, and when I saw he was reading his own book, I thought this might be an extra bonus. However, it turns out Harlan is not his own best reader. He isn't terrible, but after listening to his books read by the masterful Scott Brick, Harlan would be advised to leave the reading duties to others.
This is a terrific story, or course, like all of his books.
I love Led Zeppelin, so when I saw this book on Audible, I had to get it. The stories in this book at just delicious--these guys were the quintessential out of control British rock stars, and they relished their roles to the hilt. The stories of their sexual escapades, while not for the faint of heart, are really funny and crazy.
I wasn't wild about the fake first person flashback sequences, and I wish the author had just written the information in a more conventional fashion, but the book has so much interesting material that I would highly recommend it. Be sure to have you Led Zeppelin library available on iTunes so you can listen to the tracks as they are discussed.
I'm not really a baseball fan, but I totally enjoyed the book. I love Michael Lewis's ability to make even the most arcane topic, like the baseball draft process, sound spine tinglingly exciting. I think Brad Pitt will be fantastic in the role, but I am glad I read the book before the movie came out. Even if you hate baseball, you will enjoy the rich characters in this book.
Wonderful reading by Scott Brick--he is the best!
I'm a sucker for this kind of action thriller--I've read everything by Lee Child, who I think is the master of the genre, and even by Vince Flynn, who's politics often grate on my nerves. But Brad Thor is in a category by himself. He seems hell bent on proving that Arabs are drooling, slobbering villains, totally consumed with killing all Americans. I'm sure that some are, but he paints his characters with such a broad brush that in is actually offensive.
There is a scene in a movie theatre that highlights my objection. He describes the perfect American family with 2 small children out for their first movie, and of course they tragically meet their deaths at the hands of an out of control, America hating mad arab bomber. But the family is described in such ridiculous, candy coated prose that even Walt Disney would be nauseated. Note to Brad Thor-why didn't have the family bring Tippy, the 2 month old adorable puppy they had just adopted, to the theatre with them so the reader would be even more enraged at the bombers actions? Seriously, I have no objecting to setting up dramatic villains, but give me a break!
To compare Thor with Lee Child shows off his weaknesses. Child sets up great villains, but never makes you feel cheap for wanting to see them slapped down. No matte how much you hate them, you get some insight into their motivations. I think Thor writes decent action scenes, but why does he always have to have everyone who even teeters on supporting a liberal agenda, like preserving privacy rules, and not allowing widespread torture of detainees, as morons? Vince Flynn reads like a mushy headed, late sipping liberal next to Brad Thor. I wish he would just tell the story, and let the reader come to their own conclusions rather than jamming his opinion down our throats.
On the plus side, the reader is great! Kudos to Armand Schultz!!
This is an OK thriller, but beware that this has an unbelievably irritating reader. If you like being screamed at for half the book, this guy will be right up your alley!! He needs to take a chill pill before doing any more readings....
Also, heads up that this has some super gross descriptions in it. Have a vomit bucket nearby while listening. It does have to do with biological warfare agents, but enough is enough by the stomach churning material.
But not a terrible book. If that guy would stop yelling at me I would have enjoyed it more....
I loved this book! I felt like a kid again, listening to this long, engrossing tale. Follet sure knows how to write a complex multicharacter tale like this--no one does it better! My advice--read "Pillars of the Earth" first, then follow up that masterpiece with the second book in the narrative.
Thanks, Ken Follet!
This may not be a bad book, but I am having a hard time listening to it due to the over emotional reader. I admit that I tend to like readers that deliver the material as a read, rather than acting it out, and this book may be the text book case of a reader acting out every line. I actually have to turn this off every few minutes to let the readers interpretation get out of my brain.
My request to the reader--calm down! I'll put the story together in my head without you verbally spoon feeding me the book!
Also, I'm not Italian, but if I were, I might find the italian stereotypes in the story pretty hard to take. This makes "The Sopranoes" look like a nuanced masterpiece of italian culture....
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