Maryville, TN, United States | Member Since 2010
This book was better than average. It is very graphic. I have read a lot about serial killers, but this definitely adds something.
For me, the book was more about Tony and the way his family dealt with a very difficult situation in a humane, kind, and ego-free manner than it was about the serial killers, per se.
I suppose from my prior reading on the subject of serial killers, I was aware of the depravity of which the human mind is capable. What I took away from this book is admiration for the courage shown by Tony's family. It couldn't have been easy for them to let their disabled son write to serial killers, but instead of judging him, they made the best of it. The truth of the matter is, had his parents behaved as almost any parents would, it would likely have pushed Tony over the edge and likely resulted in his own death. Interesting book in that regard.
The story was every bit as good as advertised. It was absolutely riveting. I was a bit hesitant to start on this trilogy, as I rarely find satisfaction in anything I've quite as much as the millennium trilogy has been. Alas, I was not disappointed in the least.
Simon Vance does an outstanding job with the narration. He masters the various accents and dialects. In fact, he somehow succeeds in creating many characters with his mere voice.
This is a perfect marriage of an outstanding book and nearly flawless narration. I have already read the first two books of the trilogy and am halfway through the third one. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has definitely been my favorite so far, although Fire and Hornet's Nest are certainly not second rate.
I am sad that I am nearing the end of the trilogy!
But, yes, I also listen to Nicholas Sparks occasionally. The story itself is vintage Sparks sappy, fairly predictable, made for movie. The narration is average, but it didn't stand up. Nothing particularly special about this book, but it was a good read.
If you have any traits of a people pleaser, you need to read this book. This is a truly remarkable work!
This is pretty much as good as biography gets, in my opinion. Apart from the fact that Steve Jobs would certainly have been an interesting subject, Walter Isaacson is just a damn good biographer. Fascinating story. I also learned a lot, as I had hoped I would.
Along with Martin Sherwin's and Kai Bird's book on Robert Oppenheimer, David McCullough's biography of Truman, and Mornings on Horseback, this is among the most memorable biographies I have read.
This is a difficult review to write. I loved this book. I hated this book. I'm not sure what I think about this book. Confused yet?
For two thirds of the book I thought it may be one of Stephen King's best. Like always, you feel as though you know his characters. As is the case with all of King's best works, his characters are all too human. There is no black and white.
The problem is that, as he often does, King takes a story that is contains the perfect amount of supernatural and goes way off the deep end. I nearly lost interest about three hours before the book finished. It's just horrible! For those of you who don't mind horror the sake of horror, you probably won't share my opinion. But I just don't dig the kind of science fiction/horror into which this story devolves.
Even had I known going into it, I still have read it simply for the characters and the premise that King started out with. I think it's a shame that he didn't finish this book in a way that is more believable. As a long-time skeptic, it is only been the last few years that I have entertained the supernatural in fiction. For example, in 11/22/63, the story was a little far-fetched, sure; but I couldn't swear that something similar could happen. Who am I to say there isn't some time warp that human beings will eventually discover? But I'm not ready to go to the point King reaches in this one.
Narration was very good!
I read and listen to a lot of similar books. I'm interested in self-help books in general, but especially those touching on the spiritual. I typically look for a blend of philosophical and practical approach, and this offers it. Ms. Chodron doesn't offer you a step-by-step guide to spiritual Enlightenment. What she does is offer a very honest rendering of and often mysterious spiritual life, especially for those of us steeped in the Christian tradition. This is one of the few recordings I will listen to over and over again.
True, she doesn't exactly come up with anything new. Then again, the saying "there's nothing new under the sun" is well known for a reason. Like Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron takes material familiar to many but strikes a chord with her humility and an ability to influence others that is almost palpable.
I have no idea. It is exceedingly rare that I will listen to a book and read it as well. The type of book where I will do both is typically a self-help type book that I think I will want to referred to in print. Once I have heard a story, I rarely want to hear it again, regardless of medium.
As always, Nora Roberts develops her characters very well. Her stories are entertaining and they provide a good escape from the heavier stuff I normally listen to. In fact, I make fun of myself for listening to this stuff. I am a 34-year-old man, father of three boys, and typically interested in "manly" things. Many years ago, when I was still renting audio books from Cracker Barrel, I got a Nora Roberts book and it simply made my long drive so quickly. As a result, I will still pick up one of her books every now and then. I guess it's my guilty pleasure.
Yes, I suppose.
Yeah, pretty much.
How do you answer this?
Probably not. Just isn't that interesting. If you are interested in the roles and history of fires, then it is a worthwhile read. If you just want the outdoor memoirs type book the are better works out there.
Performance was not noteworthy one way or the other.
Sound have been abridged to about 3:30. Probably not.
Don't know. Didn't read the print.
When Jake was first shown the Rabbit Hole.
The scene where Jake and Sadie were trying to make it to Dallas.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to the book but I did enjoy it immensely.
A very good listen. I am not a huge SK fan, but this is a great book!!
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