I was hoping for a historical novel more along the lines of the Last Lion biography of Winston Churchill. But this was more like a children's history lesson. There was very little analysis or tying cause and events together. Just a listing of relative unrelated occurances. I listened up to when he ran for president and was very disappointed on the lack of insight as to how a relative unknown, unpopular man came to be elected as such a pivotal time. Very little analysis of how torn the country was at the time of the election. My son's Jr. High history book had more depth.
If you want an action focused story, you won't like this writer. If you like unique characters in fantastic situations with a rambling free form structure, Rushdie is worth the effort. At the beginning I found myself wanting to go read John Irving's Son of the Circus instead (one of my favorites), but I stuck with it and I am glad. I understand why Rushdie is heralded as a great writer in the tradition of Dickens. But it does take some effort, it's not a casual read. On the up side, it isn't the violent, pointless depressing roller coaster ride of so much current fiction. I will be reading more of Rushdie's fiction. The narration is very enjoyable as well. Regarding pronunciation, please don't make the mistake of thinking that the typical American pronunciation is "correct". The different pronunciation is British, not a narrator mistake.
This isn't an over-powering story. It isn't a world changing story. But it also isn't a formula, stock standard story. It's sort of a fairy tale set in a war zone, a fairy tale about regular people in extraordinary circumstances. Narrated by Death, nice touch there. And the writing isn't the typical modern formula either. There are many places where the author's use of words are so unique it caught me off guard, and made me stop and think. Instead of the typical descriptions of the sky or the cold or a feeling, they were unexpected and rich. I want to listen again and pay better attention as I'm sure there are more that I missed while I was following the story. This is the kind of book your high school literature teacher would have loved and the kids would have hated (remember Tess?). Given I'm long past high school and much wiser, I appreciated and enjoyed the craftsmanship. I'm sure I will listen to this over and over and recommend to friends. Once again, thanks Audible!
Professor Greenberg has made me a convert. I started with his survey course and enjoyed it so much (How to listen to great music) I've been working my way through all his offerings. I've listened to several of them multiple times. His excitement and enjoyment of opera in the other sources convinced me to give this one and also the Mozart opera course a try. The course was very enjoyable as are all of his courses I've purchased. My only complaint is I wish this one had extended to more current operas as well. As soon as I could I went to see the Marriage of Figaro. I felt almost like an expert and enjoyed the performance so much more than when I first saw it years ago. Thanks you audible for offering these courses and at such an amazing price.
I've been working my way through some of Western culture's "classic" literature and have enjoyed many of them. Some I disliked so much I didn't finish them. I did enjoy this performance, and I enjoyed many aspects of the book. I did struggle with a general dislike of pretty much every character however. I kept waiting for the lead character to grow and change but he did not. I'm guessing it's a combination of cultural differences and literary tastes from the early part of the 20th century. I didn't like any characters in the Great Gatsby either and certainly there isn't anyone likeable in Atlas Shrugged. Having listened to this book soon after the Grapes of Wrath, it was difficult not to compare the two, with the Grapes of Wrath being the clear winner. Still, I am glad I made the effort. The narration is very good and I'll be looking for other books done by this narrator.
I am a big fan of OSC. He comes up with lots of interesting ideas. But sometimes his characters talk too much. Listening to the adolescents bicker over and over and over was difficult to get through. I'm going to listen to the next book just because I'm intrigued by the ideas and want to see where he takes them. But I do wish he'd spend more time polishing the dialogue.
I am in love with Professor Greenberg. I wish I had attended even one lecture in college as interesting, entertaining, and informative as this. And I want more. The others that I had hoped were similar just did not measure up. His wit mixed with his passion for his subject was wonderful. Now I'm going to add all his lectures to my wish list.
I don't think I've ever done this before, but I just finished listening to this and immediately started over back at the beginning. I'm just not ready to leave yet. And I want to go back and hear the things I missed when I wasn't paying close attention the first time. I wish I were a better writer so I could express how much this book resonated to me. My words feel clumsy and inept in comparison. The love of reading, the texture and depth of the story, the atmosphere. I hate to gush but it was wonderful. The book is a homage to Jane Eyre, The Lady in White, Middlemarch, etc. so many of the classics that I've loved over the years. After I finish listening for the second time, I believe I'll re-visit some of my favorites again too. The audio performances were excellent as well, adding to the enjoyment of the story. Bravo! Standing ovation! And thanks Audible for the recommendation.
I wasn't too sure about this book as I had heard mixed things from others about it. But the narration was so well done, the character developement so rich and the pacing just right. I was hooked and pulled right along with the main character into this dusty dirty rough world. I rooted for the old man and cheered at the ending. I enjoyed the jumping back and forth between time frames, it added to the suspence and provided a breathing space at the same time. I was anxious to find out what would happen next, I cared about these characters. The narration of both the past and the present was just right. Excellent and well done, both the story and the performance.
I have never read any western fiction. I didn't watch the mini-series. I've had friends recommend this book over the years and even purchased a paperback at one time but put it on the shelf unread. I grew up in the southwest and it doesn't hold any particular romantic appeal for me. I only reluctantly decided to give this a try out of desperation - I'm addicted to audio books and needed something long to listen to. But this narration and this story was such a joy, such a wonderful surprise. The characters were so wonderfully rendered, so engaging, the situations so quirky/tragic/rich. Thank you to all the other reviewers who convinced me to give Lonesome Dove a chance. And thank you to Lee Horsley for a wonderful performance. This will definitely go on my list of things to listen to repeatedly.
I really was primed to enjoy this book. I loved loved loved Revolution by this author and hoped this was similar. But it is not at all. I was hoping for an intriguing story with lots of texture and character and minimal "bodice ripping" but I was for the most part disappointed. I never became involved in any of the characters, never felt invested in what happened to them. Add to that all the bedroom detail and it wasn't an enjoyable ride. The narrator was very good and I would definitely listen to another of her performances, I just wasn't taken in by the story or the characters. By about half way through the book I couldn't justify plowing through the bedroom scenes to find out what happened. I really didn't care any more. It takes a lot for me to stop reading something as I tend to be somewhat OCD about books. And I know a lot of people don't care or even enjoy hearing the details of other peoples' physical encounters but I'd just as soon leave things up to the imagination. If the story is well done and the characters intriguing, I can overcome that obsticle but that wasn't the case in this book. So far, I'm 2 for 3 on trying female authors writing historical fiction. Maybe I'm too picky, I think I'll go back and read some Dickens again...
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