I found Idiot America expressed thoughts and feelings I have had on my mind for a long time but could not articulate anywhere nearly as well as Mr. Pierce. His observations are astute and his style of expressing them clear and, at times, hilarious. It made me smile at the prose and sometimes want to weep at the lunicy running roughshod over our country. Bronson Pinchot was a perfect narrator for this work too.
I have heard a few of Bronson Pinchot's narrations and find his amazing flexability a rare treat. He can narrate both the serious and somewhat flippant, the frightning and the funny without ever seeming to have to struggle for just the right way to do it. For Idiot America he was the perfect choice.
A lot of history is wound up with the timeline of this book. Donnely's Ninenger, Parts of the life of the Founding Fathers as well as the behind the scenes personalities involved in our constitution are brought to light. These are kind of back story, but they are illuminating enough to pique curiosity on the subjects, many of which I had never heard of.
The story of our main character's ascent from street urchin to the most formidable assassin is truly gripping.
Nobody's hands are absolutely clean in this. It's a brutal world and all of the characters in it are doing what they have to do to survive and occasionally, thrive. There is no squeaky clean good guy, and even the vilest of the villains have more depth than just cardboard cut outs. There is a brooding pessimism hanging around this story. The worst in human nature is so openly displayed, that the shining moments really shine.
I'm not really crazy about this narrator. I don't like his voice or the way he reads for this. Try as he might, He comes off sort of flat. It's not that he's a bad narrator, but I think this was an ill suited book for him.
This book kept me in very good company for a long trip.
I did like the twist on the "viral created zombie" tale. the infection is more a progressive change into full Zombie. Book 0 is the best. I didn't like the somewhat clunky prose and the glaring holes in some of the book's premises. You really have to stretch your imagination to accept that there was zero federal response after a major city falls to a mysterious food borne contaminant, especially when regulators find it------ and are never mentioned again.
I would have tied up some major loose ends or kept the characters together. You start with three groups coming together and then most of them just vanish into the sunset really abruptly...including the ones the whole story starts with. Kill 'em resolve 'em or keep them together. I would have figured out a way to make it a sudden nationwide thing to explain why a major us city falls to this terrorist created contamination, the contamination is discovered by the feds, but there is zero response even from the CDC or DHS.
The narrator was ok. He probably would have been more at home with a hardboiled detective story or something like that.
It's a mystery that just keeps getting bigger and more amazing as you go.
It's a well written and very fun book. Ray Porter's performance as narrator really brought it to life. The Characters are very believable and vivid.
Some Locks Should Never Be Opened.
14 was a very fun and engaging story. The WOW factor just kept getting bigger with every new turn. Some things were telegraphed wayyyyy ahead and weren't as surprising as maybe intended, but still made for a good story.
Read it soon.
So much to choose from---It's wonderfully crafted with delicious ironies and a just right Lighthearted tone to what could easily slip into horror or slapstick. Instead it acheives a delicate balancing act that makes it something more.
Crowley. He would know the best place to go no doubt.
I loved this book.
Yes. My first introduction to McCammon was "Stinger" It's kind of fun to go back and see the earlier work
Baal was definately a first work. I have read other stories by McCammon, and you can watch his maturation as a storycrafter develop. It's not a bad story, and I'm not sorry I bought it. When It's held up to his later work, though, you can definately see the progression as he improved his craft.
Yes, It's a good story.
Lovecraft's work is in my favorites bracket.
I like Mike Vendetti’s voice and I think he's a good narrator, I just don't think His style of narration was quite right for this story. Still, it's not an off putting job and I would listen again.
The narrator just didn't have any expression to his voice. It was like listening to a robot.
The stories were up and down in craftsmanship, but the ok ones would have been good with a decent narrator and the not so good ones, at least salvagable. Terrible narration.
I liked hearing a collection of some of Lovecraft's best tales in one volume. Wayne June's voice is perfect for the brooding atmosphere of Lovecraft's tales. I have heard other tales ruined by the narrator. Not here though.
I have listened to several volumes of Lovecraft's work read by Wayne June and by others. By far, Mr. June is the best of them. I have not heard him in any other writings but would be interested to do so.
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