While there was some great historical information in the book I felt that it was quite a lot to slog through. I love history books and I love long history books, as long as they are well organized and engaging. This one took me 3 weeks to get through.
Had it been a biography of Winant, Harriman and Murrow, I think it would have been much more engaging but it veered off into many other directions. It's as if the author gathered much more research that she needed and was damned determined to fit it all in one book. It really needed some editing. Also, a good historical author should be able to leave her own political views out of historical text. She was completely unable to do that and I feel that it cheapened the value of the book overall.
It's not a horrible book and I learned a lot about all 3 of these men, but I don't think I could recommend it to anyone except a hard core history buff who has a lot of time and patience.
Probably. It's a good read. It got off to a weird start. I particularly thought that Jenna's behavior was very weird but was never suspected. But once I got into the second half of the book and, particularly, the courtroom scenes it was completely enjoyable. It was easy to tell who "did it" from the beginning but the ride to get there was very interesting.
Oscar, of course!
There wasn't anything "moving" about the book but there are some hilarious and clever courtroom scenes.
I know this book got great reviews but I just couldn't get into it. It was a slog to get into and after about 5 hours I just had to give up. The narrator is fine but I found the story not the least bit interesting.
I wouldn't read another book by this author but I'd listen to Robin Miles anytime.
Robin Miles is a true professional. She did a great job. I only got through this book because of her narration.
A lot of rolling eyes. This story has been done over and over. Everything about it was cliche. Why does every older black woman have to be overweight and sound like she didn't make it past 5th grade? The daughter is a weak character who is almost middle aged and still can't hold her own life together. She cleans rooms in a motel in Mexico. Where did she get the money to rent or buy and SUV? Why is she so hung up and hateful to her mother over one slap she received as a child? I got slapped my my mother when I deserved it. I learned, got over it and moved on. Why does the author need a trip back through generations to slavery to deal with being slapped as a child? The whole story is a collection of one cliche after another. There are no truly unique characters. We've seen all of these characters before and read all of the stories before.
If you like stories of slavery and the South, read The Kitchen House. It's much better.
I really enjoyed the narration and would listen to another David Pittu book in a heartbeat. I'm not so sure about another book by this author.
I so wanted to love this book especially give the glowing reviews but it just wasn't to be. I don't have a problem with characters with drug problems or other serious character flaws but don't try to make them also portray characteristics beyond any possible capability of such a person. She made the 13 year old Theo, who can barely put one foot in front of the other, into someone with the introspection of someone who has lived a long hard life. He's way too immature for that. At times the character is so stoned that he can barely talk and yet he's able to function in school and at home. There's no way that this character made it to adulthood with the drugs he took and the way he stumbled through decision in his life. Also, the dog lived an unbelievably long time. The book just got way out of hand. It needed some serious editing.
The narrator is excellent and is what kept me in the book to the end. He has an ability to put you right in the moment with the character even when the moment is absurd.
The book has a good premise and a movie screenwriter could make a great movie from it. Screenwriters know how to edit to get the essence of the story.
No, I agree with everything Mike for Mesa had to say except that I found the narrator's use of mimic to be really annoying. I agree with Judith that it was tedious.
Kissinger is a very interesting person but no one is interesting when you tediously slog through the events of their life. So much could have been edited from this book and you would still "know" Kissinger. Although, I agree with Mike that the author seemed to have it in for Kissinger and purposely shown him in the worst light possible. That surprised me after reading Steve Jobs and Einstein. In fact I picked this book only because I wanted to read something else from Walter Isaacson.
He mimicked Kissinger, Nixon and other main characters. I don't know why but I found it to be really annoying. It was as if he was mocking them.
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.
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