This book attempted to be charming and period-based... it ended up being ridiculous and shallow, with obnoxious characters that you long to kill off.
Stephen King always surprises me with his writing talent. He spins tales and characters that you can relate to and believe in. The narrator did a great job (I gave 4 stars due to what developed into an annoying female-ish voice for one of the characters).
The one thing I had forgotten is that Stephen King has made his name in the horror genre. At points (3 or four times in the book), his story turns past gruesome to horrifying... and as someone looking to spend time enjoying a book during my commute, parts of this story were really rough. Keep King's roots in mind if/when you buy this book.
I feel terrible writing this, but the narrator was painful to listen to. I wanted to listen to Brave New World as a refresher, since I haven't read it since school. I thought the audio book was a perfect way to do that... but the narrator was terrible. His reading voice is fine, nearly pleasant, but the voices he makes for his characters are uncomfortable at best. Honestly, the best way I can describe it is when Andy from The Office does his awful Cockney impersonation and it goes terribly, terribly wrong from there.
Mr. York, if you ever read this (which I doubt you will), I'm sorry for being so brutal. Please accept my apologies.
The book itself is great. It's an awesome dystopian scenario, cautioning against losing respect for individual human lives and human rights. Loved the book. I'm returning the Audible version.
I listen to audiobooks on my drive to work, so when I saw that Colin Firth read this, I was thrilled.
That said, the story was not worth the listen. The protagonist's struggle with love vs lust vs hate seemed convoluted and contrary to any Judeo-Christian moral code. I was mainly left with a sense of pity. I do not mean to pass judgement, but the existence was so bleak there didn't seem to be a reason for the book.
This book tells the tale of a man on a search for the perfect run... it's amusing, inspiring and motivating. I really enjoyed it. I also think it would be a great book for a non-runner looking for motivation and an amusing tale.
One problem, though. The author really thinks himself a WRITER, complete with overuse of metaphors. It became a little annoying, but I'm willing to blame that on me being much too picky.
I really enjoyed this book. I first looked at it because I loved The Help, which, by the way is FANTASTIC in audiobook form. The Kitchen House wasn't quite up to The Help, but I did enjoy it and found myself driving more slowly to gain more listening time.
The narration is impeccable, the story is endearing and catches your attention. I would definitely recommend it.
I enjoyed this tale for the first several hours... and then it turned righteous. The main character turned from likeable to preachy and I actually disliked the change enough that I didn't finish the book.
I really wanted to like this audiobook. I didn't.
When I started this audiobook, I had a hard time listening to it, as it deals with old age and nursing homes and I had just lost my grandmother. A friend encouraged me to continue it, and I'm so glad I did. The characters were realistic and endearing... I'm really glad I took the time to listen!
I loved this audiobook. I purchased it to drive across Washington state... and it made the time fly. I highly recommend the book, you love the characters and their stories.
I was not sold on this book by reading the descriptions, but the reviews tempted me. I LOVED this book. They have several readers who really help bring the story to life. It is a well-written reflection of southern culture and I really enjoyed listening to it!
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