I had never heard of StoryCorps before, and I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this. The stories were wonderful, and some of them brought tears to my eyes (much to my chagrin, since I was listening to this at the gym!!!). I absolutely loved each and every story; there was not a bad story in the bunch. These are honest, heart-felt stories; having them told by the people in their own voices was superb! Thank you, Audible for the free gift and also to introducing me to this concept!
I enjoyed the format of this interview; it was like being part of a conversation with a friend. I just recently started reading Kurt Vonnegut's books, and I knew very little about him. It was interesting to hear about him from a peer perspective.
I love the narrator's English accents; she does them perfectly! This was a freebie from Audible, and having recently read the first book in the series, it was perfect timing. I enjoyed the intro to the characters and the story was good. Thanks for the freebie, Audible, it was much appreciated!
I give this a 3.5-3.75 overall. I thought that some of the stories were pretty average, but there were three that were very good. I think my expectations were high because of all the positive things that I heard, but many stories didn't fulfill those expectations. I liked the title story, as well as the first and last stories the best. The narration was good, although it would have been nice to have different voices used in the various stories.
The one distracting thing in the audio version was that at some points in the stories, music played. It didn't signify the end of a story or end of a track, and it was more distracting than anything else; there was no sense as to the placement of the musical breaks.
This started out really slow, and although it picked up, I don't feel the need to continue with this series. There was not enough focus on the dystopian world, such as what led to these changes, how did this impact the characters' lives, etc. I agree with the reviewers that questioned why ban chocolate, which is central to the story; although they allude to its addictive qualities, there is no ban on alcohol, which also has addictive qualities. It was a pleasant enough story, but I just don't care enough about what happens to the characters to continue with the series.
The narration was good, but it was distracting at times when the character would break out of the story and speak to the reader. A specific example was when the main character was sick and she stops in the middle to say to the reader "and you probably thought I was pregnant, I wouldn't do that to you, I'm an honest narrator." At first I had no idea who she was talking to and thought she was talking to another character.
Disclosure: I received this audiobook free through the Ford book club; there was no requirement to review this audiobook in exchange for the freebie.
This is the debut book by this author, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were well developed, and the family dynamics were well told from the perspectives of the various characters. I particularly enjoyed the parts about the dynamics of a Chinese man marrying a non-Asian woman and the effects of the bigotry that existed at the time they were married on the family relationships. I wasn't sure until the end what happened to Lydia, and I was surprised by the ending. I had my suspicions throughout the story, but I was completely wrong - which is a good thing, as the author didn't tip her hand.
I listened to this on audio, and enjoyed it but found that I had to pay very close attention as the characters' perspectives changed without much notice. Once in awhile, I had to try and remember what perspective we were in. The narrator was very good, but I wish there had been some changes to the different character's voices to help differentiate when the perspectives changed. This may be a better read in print if your mind tends to wander at times when listening to audio books. It is also a good book to discuss in a book club, as there are a lot of interesting questions that can be raised.
This was an excellent book. I love baseball, although I'm more of a Yankee than a Mets fan; it was still interesting to hear all of the familiar names mentioned and to learn interesting tidbits abut the players and their lifestyles. I knew that Dwight had gone through some difficult times, but I had no idea of the extent of it until I listened to this book. I often wonder how people who seem to have it all - talent, money, fame, friends, and family - can throw it all away on alcohol and/or drugs. His story helped me to understand how it can happen and the power that addiction has over someone. I was happy that the book ended on such a positive note and hope that he continues with the positive changes in his life! The narrator was good and easy to listen to.
his was an interesting story. I had heard of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, but didn't know much about them. I knew that some of them had relocated to Syracuse, where I lived recently for several years. Imagine my surprise when I listened to this and read that he was one of them who went to Syracuse. This made the book even more enjoyable to me, as I could relate to the local references.
I enjoyed his story and learning about the troubles he faced in Sudan. Despite the serious nature of the book, some parts were laugh out loud funny, like the first time he touched snow when they were teaching the boys about life in America. I also thought his issues with figuring out how the shower worked was also amusing, although I'm sure he didn't find it that way at the time.
One of the things I appreciated about this book was his optimism and ability to see the good in things. He really appreciated his life in the U.S. and what others did for him along the way. When you listen to the news today and hear how many people hate America, this was quite refreshing. Many Americans who don't appreciate what we have would benefit from reading this book and listening to his words of joy and hope.
I listened to this one on audio. Although it was a bit lengthier than I liked, I found the story engrossing and entertaining. The narration was also good. I wasn't quite sure how it would all turn out in the end, so it kept me guessing which is always a good thing! This is the first book I read by this author and I would definitely read another one by him.
This book was well written, particularly for a debut novel. The plot was good and moved along nicely. I thought that the characters were well developed and I was interested to see what happened to them. I would definitely read another book by this author. The narrator also did a good job with the characters' voices.
This was an interesting book. I thought that there was the right mix of case studies and theory (psychology, sociology, and group). Some of the case studies were chilling and I found myself comparing the sociopathic traits to people I know.
The narration was average. It was clear and easy to understand, but at times she sounded like she was tired. Also, there was not enough of a break between section headings to alert the listener of the section change.
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