I am a fan of Padgett Powell's writing, but I thought this was just pluperfect awful and gave up after 30 minutes. Deleting this book gave me the joy I feel when I unclog a drain.
If I had any complaints about this book I wouldn't dare express them here.
I will say that this is one of those books that would work better in print or on an iPad, because there are sections I wanted to whiz through and times that I would have liked to mark a page to come back to.
That's not a complaint, is it?
This book moves along at a snail's pace, but what a snail! It is beautifully written and the narration is excellent, especially for the character Boris. While most of the characters are not very likable, Tartt's descriptions make for a long but fascinating read.
I am a huge fan of Bill Bryson's books and read or listen to them over and over. I find it unusual for an author to be a successful reader of his own books, but Bryson is a riot. His flat, matter-of-fact presentation has a way of making the most mundane of subjects hilarious.
This book is so relentlessly grim and depressing that I had to alternate chapters with a light-hearted Bill Bryson book to get through it. But I am glad I read it and was reminded one more time of the events that shaped the world I lived in as a boy. The reader moved this very long book along well, though I think he played hooky on some classes in French 101.
I consider myself pretty thick-skinned when it comes to my reading choices, and I have liked Barnhardt's books in the past, but I bailed on this book after a couple of hours. It was just way too crass and vulgar for me. Maybe it got better after the fraternity and sorority horror stories at UNC but I didn't get that far.
While I enjoyed listening to this book very much, I preferred Zuckoff's other plane crash book, "Lost in Shangri-La". But I recommend both of them.
This book and the story it tells are just amazing. While it is a book about WW2 and it doesn't doesn't pull punches about the horrors, it is not so much a good guys vs. bad guys story as it is a story about two men whose lives intersected in the sky over Germany, how they survived the war, and how they found each other much later. It is a book for anyone interested in the war or in flying, but even more, it is a powerful study of human spirit.
This is a typical Carl Hiaasen book and if you like his others, you will probably like "Bad Monkey". But here's the thing. Arte Johnson is a funny guy, but his reading is pluperfect awful. Hiaasen's books are full of outlandish characters and Johnson misses the boat on every single one of them. Go check this book out at the library.
As other reviewers have written, Lovett's book is a mixture of love story, literary mystery, and whodunnit. For my taste, the literary mystery is quite interesting while the other plots are so-so, depending too much on unconvincing coincidence.
I can see why other reviewers were put off by all of Corey's wise cracks, but this is a very long book with extended sections that would sound like a travel guide if it weren't for Corey's smart-aleck witticisms, which I thought were mostly funny, though I'm sure if I had to sit beside Corey on an airplane I would jump out the window. I give the book and narration high marks as an engaging summer read.
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