Somehow I knew what the story was about but I didn't realize it was so more than plot. The story is thoroughly told with rich language. Nothing minimal here.
The reader was professional and excellent. I would have preferred the old squire not have such a problem with phlegm every time he spoke.
The book stands on its own. I've just never read it and didn't love it.
Someone who would have prepared better instead of making one voice by talking through her nose, another by copying from the movie (Cowardly Lion), another like a sing song New Yorker.
An American classic.
I wonder if she didn't think this project would be so simple for such an accomplished actress that she didn't find time to prepare.
Before I listened to this book, I read reviews that said it was a good book for runners. I dismissed that because it wasn't a manual, it was a novel, and I'd like to read about runners more than, say, football players.
So glad I did. I never lost interest, never thought that if I were reading it off the page, I'd be skipping this part. The reader is a genius at making the many voices fit the characters and be recognizable. The many characters are perfect. We learn why they want to run and then there's the deliciousness of them coming together and making the story.
These characters overcome a succession of obstacles that can't be predicted. They are people I'd love to know. The story is exciting and feels good.
Having lived in different parts of the country, it was interesting to read about their trials and successes in those parts. Wholeheartedly recommend.
This is history but not the kind I learned in school. A murder, gruesome but not more so than others of the day, became a source of competition between the newspapers of Joseph Pulitzer and Randolph Hearst. The book is filled with juicy details and we are filled in on the stories of all players. Excellent. I hope more of Collins' books make it here.
I loved the simplicity of the story, the little details, the charming people Harold met. The story's background unfolded nicely. But when things went wrong for Harold, the low-key writing, his physical and mental condition, the people who used him, his sad memories that kept cropping up, made the experience of this book a downer for me. I'm not saying it's not a well done and meaningful book. It's just not what I prefer.
Loved the cool seductive tough guy narration. Loved the colorful wide assortment of characters taking part in the story. Loved the information about currency and counterfeiting. I just didn't love the small part where he figures out where someone is (city and hotel) with no hard information at all.
When people start complaining about ageing, I stop listening. I do what I can to retain my health and having someone put thoughts of bodily deterioration into my head is not appreciated. This book has a lot of that. At first, I thought it was going to be the whole book.
Then there was a story but it wasn't the story I wanted. He went to Europe, found (with so little interest) the home of his mother, realized that her name was still known there and just when I was perking up and paying attention, he said "it wasn't worth the price of admission."
It was a downer to me .. humorless and too much in the head of the main character.
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