Barrington, RI, United States | Member Since 2002
Ruth leads us on a culinary exploration of the New York dining scene. I enjoyed learning the back room tricks of the resturants and the devious tactics Ruth used to get around it, her contemplations on your public personna and above all the food descriptions. From dumplings to duck the book was fun and fascinating. She can both distinguish flavors and describe them. This was a book I looked forward to having a chance to drive in the car to be able to listen to (but not one I sat in the driveway to finish off.)Nice to have the author as narrator - it was clear and very personal.
The writing is simply superb and the narrator's voice brings it alive - so lovely to listen to. The "double" story line is also very interesting - the life of a drug addict and the life of recovery in Chili. Very interesting and the weaving of the two works very nicely - it keeps it interesting and is not hard to follow. I also really enjoyed learning a bit of Chili's checkered past.
this book needed a good editor - 1) simply too long 2) it has a whining tone to it. However, the whining tone actually is a reflection of who she is - it just grows old. Her self-reflection somehow does not feel genuine - for example , it sounds like she should be or is done with an issue and there is the same issue all the many years later.
It got me to watch the movie On Golden Pond - that is fantastic!
More adult perspective about life on a reservation. I didn't learn much about Native American culture. What I did learn I found very interesting.
The story revolves around the detailed inner life (and some outer) of a teenage boy. It just didn't hold my interest for an entire book. Positives: some interesting insights into Native American life. But it was limited. There were a lot of telling of Native American spiritual/traditional stories- again in limited amounts interesting but they didn't capture my interest enough for the amount that was there. Positive: some really great writing. I really felt the boys' experiences, their sweat, their hunger, the woods, etc. Nice to read but lost its power as I got bored with the underlying story.
The premise of 11-22-63 is interesting and thought provoking - going back in time to change historic events. King does a good job bringing alive the (unexpected) implications. Furthermore, it was a lot of fun to live in the past from the eyes of who we are now. Finally, the ending was interesting and unpredictable but fitting - really good. Because of all these points, I listened to the whole thing. All 30 hrs. and 44 min!!!
But dear Editor, dear author if you cared for your reader you would have cut it by a third, at least. It dragged for most of the middle. I used it to fall to sleep to at night and didn't bother to rewind to hear the parts I missed. So effectively, I cut out about 30%!
Would I recommend it??? How much time do you have? Has audible made an abridged version yet?
Good ending which was not predictable
interesting, thought-provoking, repetitious
Parellel plot held my interest, magical realism - I was never quite sure when it was reality and when it drifted into fantasy; learning something of the Japanese culture
I love Nakata - so much to learn from him!
Probably would do well with an abridgment - some of the scenes were repeats. Nevertheless I went on to buy 1Q84 which is 45+ hours!
I tried really hard on this book since it had gotten good reviews. I listened to about half of it. It is simply boring. No action to speak of, zero character development. It is 90% narration of some make believe world and the politics that rule it - I couldn't follow the endless made up names and was given no reason to care. And as if the author knew she had to do something to make it interesting, she put in S&M from time to time. Alas, also not interesting, sexy or particularly moves anything forward. Cheap thrill, but expensive on a wasted book purchase.
I loved this book. The history of the Chicago World's Fair is fascinating - Larson brings it alive. I held back from listening to it for years as I was concerned about gory details of "the Devil" Mr. Holmes. No fears! Firstly, it is a small part of the book and secondly the author is not graphic about the murders except perhaps at one place. Interesting because Larson is beautifully descriptive about he architecture and the World's Fair experience.
This just wasn't in the same league as his first novel, The Shadow of the Wind - so that was very disappointing.
The story meanders and doesn't really seem to hang together. I got lost sometimes. However, use of language is interesting.
Narration is good. Definitely a book that I wanted to finish - and glad I did.
I loved the first book. I love the second. Can't wait for the third. I do not normally listen to crime or thrillers but this is really engaging.
The narration is excellent. The complicated plot is easy to follow.
The key character. Lisbet Salander is enormously interesting. Just when you want to feel deeply sympathetic towards her you are then jolted to another perspective. Thus I am also kept emotionally on my toes.
Listen to it!
Depressed suburban wife & mom story. Alas no lessons, moments of insight or new perspectives to redeem this trudging story.
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