I've read a few Jefferson biographies before this one (American Sphinx by Joseph Ellis) and books that chronicle Jefferson's times. I learned a lot of new things in Meacham's work, and feel like I have a better understanding of Jefferson as a person, and some of the factors and experiences that movitated the decisions he made. Plus Edward Hermann is fantastic.
It was a compelling story. I could feel the desperation of the miners as the drill would come close, then pass them by. Once they were rescued, though, I think the story fell apart. It's like the author wanted it to over.
I liked the narrator, too, though his need to use accents for the miners got tiresome after a while.
I listen to audio books a lot during my daily commute. If a book doesn't get and keep my attention early on, I usually return it (thanks Audible!). There was no danger of that with this title. From the first chapter to the very end, I was riveted. I found myself thinking about the story, plot twists, and what-if scenarios between times when I could listen. If that's not an indication of a good story, I don't know what is.
For me, the best fiction stories contain lots of truth, and the Circle does not disappoint. Eggers has woven a tale of what happens when our need to connect, even with the best intentions, goes horribly too far. Conversations in this book have taken place, I'm sure, at some of our top social media companies. That's the scary thing about it. Many of the scenes in this book seem entirely plausible.
Dion Graham does an amazing job bringing life to each character. This is one I would listen to repeatedly, and have recommended this book to others.
I am a big fan of "The Shining." It kept me up at night and I loved the ending (no spoilers). The sequel "Doctor Sleep" picks up a few years after Danny leaves the Overlook and takes it from there. It's a great story and Will Patton was an excellent pick as the narrator. I found myself listening to it in large chunks because I couldn't bring myself to stop listening to it.
Much has been written already about Neil Gaiman's work. It was well written and narrated by an author who is clearly passionate about his work.
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