I have no patience for Buckley's politics and was never an Elvis fan. After listening to this book, however, I have new admiration and appreciation for Buckley the writer and Elvis the human being / music empire / phenonenon. The narrator did one of the best jobs I've heard, ever, and I'll be thinking about this book for quite a while. Well worth the audio credit, believe me.
Lyrical, gorgeous and romantic.
The Piano, Frank Conroy: New York City; the 1940s; Glorious romantic style. Overcoming great obstacles against hard reality; growing into adulthood through travail and an unwillingness to give up.
Enunciation, an ability to manage voices well and convincingly. Easy to listen to for nearly 30 hours.
It made me patiently watch and engage, unusual for me.
Give this book a chance, but be prepared to sip. This is poetry as well as fiction, and it requires time and attention. I found it well worth it.
Perfect narration, as ever, from George Guidall.
As Walt Longmire struggles with grief, alcohol and a police force that's either competent and irascible or neither, he somehow rises. He links with his community, Indian mysticism and long-hidden secrets to figure out who's killing some young men who richly deserve it.
Walt has credible relationships and shortcomings even as he's brave and relentless on the way to saving a friend and finding a killer. I was sad to see it end.
I gave this five stars just to offset the hypersensitive types who over-reacted to the message about uninformed zealots. It also takes on megachurches and some of their less well-behaved and thoughtful preachers,members and hangers-on.
This book is actually quite pro-religion; it's got a problem with mindless fundamentalism of all stripes. And sorry, it's no "homage to L. Ron Hubbard."
There are many intriguing ideas in the book, and that makes it well worth the time. I urge you to seriously consider it.
Here are some of the problems...
As for the story: yep, too many stereotypes. This could have been a better book given more time, care and editing. The writing is fine, but too many plots twists are telegraphed("Hey, I just noticed this cliff...").
It took me an hour to get past the sub-par narration. There's at least one jarring mispronunciation ("mantilla" like "ill" rather than "tree") and some of the voice characterizations might have been done differently. They served to emphasize the stereotypical nature of the characters rather than deflect that feeling.
I found the book enlightening and a little scary. Riveting story, effective and engaging narration. In short, exactly what I seek in a recorded book.
I'm also not a Mormon. As a reader/listener of this book without an ax to grind, I wonder about the negative reviews I saw here. Was there a separate agenda? Hard to say, but worth consideration.
Order the book and decide for yourself.
The reader was excruciating. Some mispronounced words were jarring because they were pretty basic. Pacing was weak and the acting was marginal. The reader varies so little in tone that my attention often wandered.
If you can't find a better place to spend your credits, try a test listen first to make sure you don't agree with me.
I've only recently started watching The Daily Show. I love it. I think Jon Stewart is always bright; sometimes brilliant and often funny. But this book is sophmoric. I'll get his next one because he deserves another try, but this rarely goes above high school clever.
Wait for the next one, gang.
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