Oh my goodness - I found this book excruciating to listen to. I managed to endure about 4 hours of part one, and then simply could not continue.
I really enjoyed the beginning, thinking that here was a author who was really skilled at colorful descriptive writing. Soon, however, it became apparent, that this book has the feel of an assignment given to an english major. The assignment would have been, "write a novel with minimal plot, but maximal descriptive elements. Every step, breath, character, bird, car, twig, even a fight, are detailed in minute detail, using laborious, excessive language.
This author is obviously trying to impress readers with his mastery of the English Language, which is unquestionably good, but makes for a terrible novel.
I must assume that the way in which Mr. Larrson's novels became famous involves much luck and good fortune. The story is not particularly intriguing and there is an enormous amount of superfluous detail which serves no purpose. It almost feels as if the publisher gave him a minimum number of words for his novel to be published. I found the last 2 hours to be a big anti-climax.
Even though the narrator has a very pleasant voice, the use of various British accents for the main characters was very distracting.
I agree with Michael, except his rating. As a doctor too, I found the protagonist very irritating in his arrogance. Also, his "abilities" far exceeded his experience. The descriptions of the medical and pharmaceutical professions were really melodramatic and bear little relationship to reality. There are definitely problems in these areas, but the descriptions in the book are pure fantasy.
The comparison to Quentin Tarrantino really insults the latter. This book is pure melodrama, not fantastic (in the true sense of the word).
I found the profanity gratuitous. It added nothing to the story and was overdone.
I agree that the author will probably never practice medicine. I would be worried if he did. This fiction must have arisen from somewhere in his subconcious.
I listened to, and loved "Marley and Me."
I have to admit that I did not listen to the second half of "Wesley the Owl". I had to stop because I found this book very infantile. Perhaps part of the blame belongs to the narrator, who has a very sing-songy diction, suitable for children. I quickly started thinking that the author is more than a little kooky and that she way over-anthropomorphized Wesley.
This book was very well written. The English was very good and the narration (with the exception of the male voices)was good too. I did however think that the story was weak. The intrigue wasn't exciting and I found the story amateurish. I was not able to identify or sympathize with the protaganist. The characters were written very stiffly, with a sort of "stiff upper lip" British pomposity. Even the young child was stiff and unbelievable. As one of the characters says, towards the end of the book, "it's good to know how insignificant and petty it was in the end...." That's kind of how I felt about the book
Like a number of other reviewers, this was my first Stephen King book, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was immediately apparent that Mr. King is a masterful writer. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. I found that I was able to suspend my disbelief quite easily, and develop a relationship with the characters.
However, I found the last 1/3 of the book, quite silly. The supernatural wasn't at all scary (and I scare easily) - I found it just supernatural for the sake of being supernatural. I also felt that some of the deaths in the book were gratuitous.
I'm not sure if I will read another Stephen King book. Duma Key was very long and I would hate to spend that amount of time and end up with the same sense of letdown.
I was mildly disappointed by this book. I found that it was less about the Ganguli's acclimatisation to American life and more of a disdain for the author's perceived view of quaint, but silly Bengali customs. I also thought that she had a particular fondness for the more "worldly and sophisticated" New England crowd. I got the distinct impression that she, perhaps due to her upbringing, was embarrassed by the native culture of her parents which was probably imposed on her as a child.
I found this book very long and boring. Everything that could go wrong to the characters, did, over and over and over again. I skimmed through the second half of the book and listened to the last chapter and I don't feel that I missed anything.
I fail to see how this book could be characterized as humorous. The only parts I found funny, were Red Hammernutt's metaphors. The story could also have been cut easily by a third. I also felt that the good and bad guys were very formulaic and had no depth. I found the author's environmental activism too obvious rather than being subtely woven in to the narrative.
I do think that the narrator is excellent. His accents and change of tone from male to female characters are very good
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