It's rare that I listen to a book and wish the main character dead, but there were many times during this book when he was in near death situation and I would catch myself saying "please let it end now". I don't know that the point of this book was but I am not a fan of books that center around self-absorbed criminals trying to justify their actions with some "random acts of kindness". His monastic devotion to Carla was a joke. The whole story was ridiculous. I know it's fiction, but really good function leaves you with some send that the story COULD be real. Not this one.
I read the book all the way though primarily because I bought it but also because the narrator, Humphrey Bower, was outstanding.
I would not read another book by Clive Davis. I thought the narrator did a fine job. He couldn't fix the problems with this book.
No, I love autobiographies and have developed a specific love for autobiographies of people in the entertainment industry.
I didn't love the book but I didn't totally hate it either. I just had to take it in small doses. There were bits of information but this book is all about him and the great things he did. He apparently never made a mistake, gave nothing but great advice and wasn't very personally connected to his artists. It was more of a history of contracts than a history of artists and relationships with artists.
I just finished both volumes of Peter Guralnick's biography of Elvis. By the time I reached my teens and started paying attention to music Elvis was already past his career revival so I never really had an appreciation for him or his music. This book changed all of that for me. It's a beautifully written biography of one of the most charismatic, talented and influential musicians ever. I enjoyed every word and am grateful to the author for finally introducing me ti Elvis Presley.
I love biographies and, in recent years, have really enjoyed biographies from the music industry. Elvis was a little before my time so his music wasn't "my" music. I appreciated the impact that he had on rock and roll but I didn't really appreciate his music.
Much of what I knew about his was from the later part of his career. I knew nothing about his early years in the business. Mr. Guralnick did a great job of telling that story. The book was interesting from the first word to the last. It also prompted me to YouTube where I was able to see some of his work from his early years.
Now I understand what it was all about and I have a new appreciation for the man and his work.
I love Bryce Courtenay's books and especially enjoyed The Persimmon Tree. Unfortunately, I wish I had left this one on the shelf. It's as if Mr. Courtenay was told to weave some more "modern" topics in his books. This one has it all: environmentalism, sexual dysfunction, breast cancer, superhuman woman and greed. I imagine that he Googled "current issues" and picked the top 10 and made a game of including them all in one book. The whole story is simply ridiculous and the book is very weak compared to his other books.
Humphrey Bower is such an exceptional narrator that I'm convinced that he's the only reason I was able to finish this book.
DOn't let this book turn you away from Bryce Courtenay. Every other book I've read I have enjoyed, especially The Australian Triology.
I am not bothered that the story in this book is sick. What bothered me was the tediousness of it all. About half way through I found myself wanting a terrorist to appear and blow up the entire town. It was difficult to like any of the characters and I would have loved a War of the Roses ending for Nick and Amy. But I stuck with it just to see how it ended and was met with disappointment. Glad to put this one behind me.
I have not but both were excellent narrators. They made the story bearable.
I tried this book twice but found it incredibly dull. There isn't one character that inspires empathy or is even the slightest bit interesting.
This is one of my favorite Bosch novels so far. Great characters, lots of intrigue and drama.
Dick Hill annoys me to no end. His over-dramatization makes half the characters sound like morons. The female characters are either played as halfwits or ****** and most of the male characters are played as bumbling bubbas. Adding sniffles and other sound effects into the dialogue is like nails on a blackboard to me.
I never saw the movie so I had no basis for comparison except with other biographies that I've read. John Nash is a fascinating man and I appreciated this detailed look into his life. I think that the author treated him with respect but did not hold back on sharing the tragedy of his life. I love biographies and this one did not disappoint me.
Yes, I have listened to several of her books but this is the first biography. I thought she did a great job.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Agent Pendergast series but loyal readers deserve better from the authors. I don't make a habit of reading half a book one year and the second half the next. Being forced to do so by the publisher and authors is an insult.
No, the trickery of publishing a book with half a story is a slap to loyal customers and they have lost this one.
Bryce Courtenay really knows how to develop characters and tell a rich and entertaining story. I just loved all of the characters. He placed me in the time period and I felt that I really knew every character in the book.
I don't have a favorite character. All of the characters were fully developed and were all critical to the story.
I can't identify a specific scene, I loved the entire book.
As soon as I finished this book I immediately downloaded Tommo and Hawk and Soloman's Song because I had to finish the trilogy. I was shattered when I finished Soloman's Song and knew that I would not hear from these characters again. My deepest thanks to Mr.Courtenay for such a fabulous story!
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