It's a really great anecdotal account of the concept of why Kenyans are such strong runners. Ever since 'Born to Run' everyone's quick to say that barefoot running is the secret to all fast nationalities. But 'Running with the Kenyans' really looks into the ideologies and dogma of running culture of the country to help people better understand what's at stake for a successful Kenyan runner.
I'm normally wary of books read by the author, but this one takes the cake. Blaine Harden blows through punctuation relentlessly throughout the entire book, making it a massive run-on sentence. The actual story is well-written, but the manner of the narration just kept making me lose interest to the point that I'd zone out and have to re-listen to whole chapters to figure out what I missed. The story is worth hearing, but if you can find the time to read the book instead, I recommend going that route.
The story's still strong and just as good as the rest of the books. My only problem is that Roy Dotrice, now 4 books in, changes up the pronunciation of the names and the voices he does each character with. It's a bit hard to change gears since he's basically just shuffled around how the characters sound. After you get used to that, it's just as good as the others.
It's rare to find a "sci-fi" book that doesn't seem at least a little campy 40 years after it has been written, but Vonnegut does a fantastic job of making the imaginative parts of the book toned-down enough to be believable.
Ethan Hawke does a great job of narrating as well.
First off, it's pretty cool that the autobiographer is the narrator. This book provides a great introspective into the depth of character and toughness required to be a SEAL. It has some really poignant statements about the proper times to apply strength and compassion when addressing international affairs.
Good performance. Well-written story. I guess it just wasn't my style of book. Or perhaps it would've been better if I had listened to all three in order.
I loved reading Watership Down when I was a kid, but I had a hard time with the narrator. I understand that this is an English classic, but this guy is so British it makes my face hurt. After about an hour, I ended up getting used to him and wsa able to enjoy the story.
Hemingway is a fantastic writer and it's easy to see by the story why this book is a classic. The narrator does a good job of staying almost stoic, yet interesting to listen to. He doesn't get 'campy' with the characters' voices and remains easy to follow.
A lot of older science fiction starts to feel anachronistic after a while due to the advances in technology that an author is unable to predict at the time of writing. 'Brave New World' still has a futuristic tone that doesn't feel cliche and still feels like a haunting possibility for our culture if we're not careful.
While an entertaining story, it was one of Palahniuk's more predictable tales. I liked it, but there wasn't anything impressive about it.
Anna Fields does a good job of narrative flow with Palahniuk's, disjointed, near-rambling monologues that he's known for.
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