Barrington, RI, United States | Member Since 2002
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.
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.
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.
I love audio books that make me eager to get in my car so that I can listen - thanks to the complex story, the mystery and unusual and the unusual and interesting characters this book drew me in tight. Oh, what a pity that the first hour is just so boring - where was the editor? - However, it is worth slugging trough to get to the rest. This book is not a masterpiece but it will entertain you well.
This is a book that comes alive in audio form. The book itself is interesting, insightful look at wartime. I am not a war buff at all but really enjoyed this. thought provoking but in audio format it shines. The story is a personal recount of time in Vietnam and we catch the nuances of his moods, from elated singing to desperation. If your kids read this for school, encourage them to listen -it becomes a living story.
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