Like many readers here, I have enjoyed Mr. Mayle's other work, but this was trite to the extreme and laden with cliches like, "What does a girl have to do to get a drink in this town?" The reader was terrible. He seemed like he could do documentaries well--and he obviously speaks French--but this book was painful to listen to from start to finish. The basic story itself is fun...but only if you are one of those people who can overlook how it is told.
We enjoyed every moment of this witty farce. It was well written, skillfully read by Frances McDormand, and fresh and fun from start to finish--while still having the quality of literary fiction. If you want a book that will lighten the cares of the day while keeping your rapt interest, this is the one. A treasure.
It pains me to write a negative review. I just don't like to. But this was an unforgivably bad book, and I feel a responsibility to warn others. I am frankly puzzled by the positive reviews. In the years that I taught creative writing, I don't think any college student ever turned in anything this bad. The writing is painfully trite, the characters are stereotypes, the plot is predictable, and there are more cliches per square inch than I have ever seen on a printed page. I am so sorry I wasted a credit when I have a wish list a mile long. Worst book ever downloaded...or read in any form.
Having just come off 36 hours of a very dark book, we were looking for something a little lighter. One Day was the wrong choice. Hours of real-time drunken bouts and characters who are deeply unhappy. The story is relentlessly frustrating and sad, but only because it is a microscope trained on sad, frustrated lives. One Day is well written and well read, so if you don't mind sharing a deep, dark funk for 17 hours, you may find this book rewarding. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
This is a feast of an audio book with a terrific reader--one of the best ever--and a spellbinding story. Fascinating from cultural, literary, and philosophical standpoints. We were spellbound. The author really knows how to tell a story...and so does the reader.
Couldn't stop listening to this fascinating true-life tale of espionage by the British in the United States--politics, Hollywood, James Bondian goings on--amazing. I learned so much from this book, but it was non-stop thrills all the way. Bought the print version as well and will read it a second time. Reader, by the way, was perfect for the content.
If you can get past the smarmy reader--I almost couldn't--you will be captivated by this edge-of-your-seat story. Just want to say the reader's voice might simply be personal preference, so preview before you decide.
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