My first reaction to this book was that I did not like it. The characters were unlovable and hard to get to know, and the narrator's style of reading somewhat annoyed me.
But that was only in the beginning.
About half an hour into the book I began to love each character's multiple flaws. From one catastrophe to the next, I grew to love everything about the characters and the precarious situations in which they were always a part. The narrator's voice also began to grow on me, as I relized that his voice, tone, and inflection were perfect for the development of the characters.
From Ignatius' "Oh my GOD!" to Jones' "Whoa!" to Ignatius' Mother's "He doesn't love me...", this fantastic tragicomedy is sure to get your attention and keep it.
Overall, I loved this book. If you aren't thrilled with it in the beginning, don't worry. Give it a chance and Mr. Toole's masterpiece will prove itself.
I will definitely be listening to this book again and again.
This is most definitely one of the best books I've read (heard) in a long time. Gideon Mack. Everything about the man, his life, his mannerisms, and his thoughts completely captivated me. He is flawed at best, which may be one of the things that makes him so interesting.
The narrator does a fantastic job of adding life and personality to each character of the story. At some points I had to pause and rewind the book to listen again because he went into the thick Scottish accent of the common man. After a short while, though, you get used to the accent, and all is well.
This is a definite must for anyone who wants a good book added to his or her reading list for the year.
I've suggested it to others in both audio and hard cover form and all have come back to me with great reviews of the author, writing, general flow, and believability of the story. Everyone falls in love with, while also disliking, Gideon Mack. One friend even said that she wondered if she was the only one who thought about planning a trip to Scotland, as the writing is good enough to convince the reader or listener of the trueness of the story.
Great book by a fantastic author. I'm looking forward to seeing more stuff by James Robertson.
Take a dive into the world of Gideon Mack.
Well-written. Edgy. Though it was somewhat predictable, as most books geared towards the younger crowd are, it still kept my attention the whole way through; and I am awaiting the other two in the Trilogy to come out in audio format. While others did not really like the narrator, I thought he was quite good and hope to hear him reading the other books as well.
It's a great book overall, safe for the whole family and entertaining throughout. Though it didn't knock my socks off, I am not surprised, as I have only read a few books so far that were worthy of 5 stars, thus the 4 star rating.
I had heard of this book through a similar work that CS Lewis had written, The Pilgrim's Regress. Lewis made note that he followed the same style as Bunyan in The Pilgrim's Progress. I read Lewis' book (paperback version) and liked it; so I decided to give Bunyan's book a try.
I am now a fan of Bunyan's writings and plan on purchasing more of his works, both in paperback and audio form.
This story "in the similitude of a dream" is filled with so many lessons that I have already listened to it twice and am currently working on my third pass through it, each time with a new blessing, a new lesson.
If you are serious about being on the right road to heaven, this is a must have.
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