I am 40, too young to have been around during the times this book references. But I know every movie mentioned and dissected, nearly every director, producer, actor mentioned because my father is a huge movie aficionado. This book is amazing. I actually recommended it to my dad right after I finished it, and he's reading it now.
It does lean to the tabloid feel with the stories told, but I get the impression the entire era was a series of tabloid exploits. These people lived tabloid lives, and they are fascinating.
Anyone who enjoys the politics and personas of film making will thoroughly enjoy this listen. And you will wonder how the heck these people made it out of the 70's alive.
Stephen King would be so proud. 14 is not a gorefest or an action packed thrill ride. It is a wonderfully written story of characters who are discovering an expertly woven mythology that is their building. If being around friends and neighbors popping a beer on the rooftop is grating to you, then I apologize for that. You should move along..
Most of the rest of us know these people. Some of them are coworkers, friends, mentors, annoyances, acquaintances you run into when you do your laundry. You have had a drink with each of them, and listened to them bitch and cheer. Anyone who has not met these people has never been single, working for a paycheck, and hanging out for whatever the next day brings.
The mood is set the minute the protagonist enters the building. Something just isn't quite right. Finding out what that means is the whole rest of the story. I could not stop listening, and I hated to leave the characters when the story ended.
If you like King, you will love 14. I have to say I was saddened to find that Mr. Clines other efforts are of the Zombie genre. I'll have to wait and see what else he comes up with outside that cliche.
Molly Murphy is a strong, interesting, smart, yet flawed heroine. I was elated to see another series by Rhys Bowen on Audible. I have devoured the Her Royal Spyness books all in one year, so knowing there is another group of cozies by the same talented author is thrilling. Set stateside a few years after Lady Ranoch's setting, Molly's story is not one of wealth and privilege, but a grittier tale of the working class Irish in New York City. As usual, the author seasons her story with heaps of history just by virtue of the setting itself. I found myself empathetic to the immigrants' journey to and through Ellis Island and into the city of tenements and Tammany Hall politics even as I was enthralled in a nicely constructed murder mystery.
If you have never read Her Royal Spyness, well go buy the first in that series now too. If you have read and enjoyed the former, you will love Molly Murphy. Either way, treat yourself and get acquainted with a new delightful heroine as you embark on this series!
Salem's Lot is just pure scare! King's second work is devoid of anything extraneous to the story at hand. It will have you looking over your shoulder and closing your blinds at night. I made the fun mistake of listening to this book the first week we were in a brand new home we built. No window treatments = sleepless nights in this case. I scared myself silly!
So glad I did. I was expecting more of and "It" type of tale, and got something completely different--and nearly as good! Two masters of fantasy is just double the pleasure as they weave a haunting tale of a boy and his dog, er--no, a boy and his mother, errr.... no, a boy and every hope and fear and dream his 12 years can fathom!
This is a terrific ride that captures perfectly the essence of being on the brink between childhood and teendom by putting our hero on the brink between two literal times and worlds. Scary, funny, heart-breaking, and fun. I can't wait to listen to the followup and see how Jack turned out.
I will have to go back and listen to other books in this series. This was actually less fluff than I expected, but I feel I am missing a lot of character development that probably happened before this installment.
The story here is good, but the revelations are far from earth-shattering. As the words flew by, I was much more interested in the people than the mystery, but it was good enough to warrant listening to another book in the series.
I thought I read it in middle school.... Then I thought I read it again in college. I must say, I truly have never read 1984. I have seen the Macintosh commercial 1984, and I have heard the misused references to Big Brother time and time again. I have assumed my entire adult life that I read 1984. I had not. And I should have!
The narration hooked me immediately into this ugly London of "the future" that is quite different from what I expected to encounter. The main character is a stark figure who is constantly in search of something just to define his existence. There is a love story here, and an adventure, and they culminate in a horrific ending that certainly is worthy of more than the daft pop culture references to the government spying on us.
If you have read 1984, let Simon Prebble tell you the story again. If you assumed you'd read 1984 at some point in your life, I assure you you probably haven't--you'd definitely remember it!
Not quite what I expected, but interesting enough to hold my attention all the way through. I found myself wanting more information, and this lecture series only has enough time to scratch the surface in many cases. It did ensure I will look for more in depth titles dealing with real world espionage and its effect on the geopolitical landscape of the past couple centuries.
P&C could spin Corrie off in her own series. This is much more a Corrie Swanson novel sprinkled with just enough Pendergast. After the roller coaster Helen Trilogy's climax in the last book, this one is more a stand alone "in-between" book to sate fans of the series. it's very reminiscent of Still Life With Crows in that respect. There are short nods to past characters and events, but none play a particularly important role here, as the plot is self-contained.
That plot and the telling of the story are a perfect winter's tale revolving around a strong, smart, young heroine and a series of strange and horrific events that build to create the mystery she must unravel. As with all Pendergast stories, this one is replete with history and charm, action, and downright horror.
I enjoyed the book, because Miss Swanson is delightful and worthy of being Pendergast's protege, and the mystery is nail biting, but I kept looking for more of the overall Pendergast universe to appear.
I love most everything Baldacci, but I especially love Oliver Stone, Michelle Maxwell, and Shawn King. Since we seem to be in a Camel Club drought, I have resigned myself to enjoying the last couple K&M installments. This more recent one does not disappoint.
The story is classic K&M fare; starting off quickly but running headlong in all directions to a climax you will never see coming. Brilliant, and the characters progress nicely in an unpredictable fashion due to a couple curveballs Baldacci throws our way this time.
The narration is great, better for Orlagh's reinterpretation of Michelle this round, but as always for some reason the production is cheesy. Not as bad as the 6th Man, but still includes silly music and sound effects that are completely unecessary. I wish there was a rating for "production" instead of performance.
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