I'm sorry, I know the author has passed away and feel strange questioning his work as he can't answer for himself. But as I listened to parts of this I did question some of the research and wonder if it was just added for shock value and to sell books. I won't name items as I don't want to ruin the book for others but will warn, unless you can or is willing to validate some of the claims made by the author than take them with a grain of salt. Other than that the book was well organized, a bit long in places but a good tool for anyone doing scholarly research into the life of Malcolm X or the NOI / FOI / MGT. I just couldn't give it 4 stars with so many questions lingering in my head.
Its a good listen, the character voices are done wonderfully. A must listen before seeing the movie. Or if you see the movie first, listen to this to get all the parts that were left out or changed. There is one part that doesn't add up... don't want to give anything away so I won't mention it, but other than that it was an awesome listen.
I'm not sure if it was the writer's dry wit or the narrator excellence in delivering it, but this story just made me laugh. Its sad at points and your heart goes out for the main character at times, but his unique way at looking at life is refreshing and funny. I almost gave it 4 stars because the ending didn't quite live up to the rest of the book, but after thinking about the fact that I listened to it twice (something I rarely do) I went ahead and gave it 5 stars.
Sometimes it was a bit corny in spots, but it was a likeable enough chick lit adventure book where I will purchase the next one in the series to see what happens next.
I lost my father in June 2008, this book accurately described what both my mother and I have been going through emotionally but in a manner that made me both laugh and cry. I would have given it 5 stars if had been unabridged. Her description of grief counseling is exactly the way I saw the group experience also. Nice to see someone else with the same "out there" crazy feelings, really lifted my down spirits. The interview with the author at the end is very good. Just really wish audible had the unabridged version, this is a book where you want to hear all of the author's descriptions.
Black River is more of a short story vs a novel. As someone else mentioned it was like an episode of the twilight zone. The narrator sounded a lot like the guy that plays Frazier Crane on Cheers which took a little getting used to. Also there isn't a lot of dialogue, the majority is a narrative. Having said all of that I found it to be enjoyable and think the screenplay the main character discusses within the story would make an excellent novel! I also think this short story could have been developed much like Knontz's Intensity novel and made into a very good novel, shame he didn't go that route. Good to download for story you can finish in a one or two day commute or short airplane trip.
This is one you need to think about as you listen.. that is okay when you are in the mood for it. I didn't care for the ending, but I didn't care for the ending of Remains of the Day either. Its not as good as that novel, but good if you are looking for a slow paced thinking person's novel.
..was enough to drive you batty, I can't believe I made it through this book... gosh why didnt they just hire a woman for the female part?
This is the best title I have purchased from audible. Normally I listen on long drives or to go to sleep at night, but this book was so good I listened to it through out the day. The action and such towards the end was appropriate for us Rubes. :) I would love to see a sequel, Jacob at 103!!
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