This one is a disappointment. Unlike the listen that enhances the text, this one seems as if it would be more engaging if the author had not decided to read it himself. His unchanging monotone renders what might be interesting content unbearable. Too bad--I would like to know more about Alaska, and I suspect that he has written what I want to know. I just don't want to listen to it.
Poignant, engaging, funny
Almost hate to say Doc because so many are engaging, including Wyatt and Morgan, as well as the Jesuit priest. But Doc it is. He has so many sides, virtues and flaws. Russell has created a character who seems to have a perfect understanding of his own humanity.
Still Doc. The accent, the changes in tone that come with different moods of Doc are spot on. That said, Bramhall turns in a masterful performance of all the characters. His reading has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of this book. His timing and nuances are perfect.
Wyatt Earp. I would want to see if I could engage him in conversation.
This is a delightful listen. All criteria are met--great story, interesting characters, outstanding reader.
No, I was sorry that I spent time on this melodrama. I am not a big fan of melodrama, but kept thinking there would surely be something more than what was so predictable.
The narrators did do a great job with depicting the different characters. Can't fault them for what they had to read.
No. No spoiler from me, but I don't think there is anything left to say.
I have read a lot about the awful situation in North Korea, and I am not averse to reading a novelized version. But this one went over the top, creating its own version of a propaganda script. If that was Johnson's intent, he succeeded, but I found myself increasingly bored with the idealized caricatures of his "good" characters.
Absolutely, and I will. It feels like an intimate conversation with Stephen King, who reads it. And it is filled with insights into both his own life and into the creative process.
His description of his first book success.
It did indeed make me laugh at times.
Stephen Kings does a great job of reading his own words to you. I highly recommend this one.
Absolutely, and already have. It is a number of stories interwoven into a satisfying whole. I kept wanting to go for another walk to "read" more, but kept looking, sad to see that there was so little of the book left for me to enjoy.
The various characters--they are well-developed so that you feel as if you know them.
Not that I recall, but he was just great. I'll look for him again.
Really a wonderful listen. Recommend highly.
Yes, it was engrossing and well told.
The characters are so well developed that the reader feels they must be real people.
Who wouldn't pick El Gato??? But he did a great job of reading everyone in this work--no small feat.
Laugh, for certain, but was also very serious at times.
A really good medical story (stories, really), filled with interesting characters.
Yes, particularly women or anyone who wants to understand them. In fact, I have recommended it to my children to give them more insight into me, as well as to other women such as my sisters.
These memoirs, read by the author, are well arranged and resonate amazingly with my own experiences as a woman of similar age.
Lovely! Feels like she is talking to you personally.
Really, several. Her discussion of mortality was moving. The way she talks about a relates to her children also hit home.
I will listen to this again, but, unusually, I will also now go buy the book for handy reference. I hope she follows in the vein of others who have written memoirs, and we will see another when she is 75.
engaging, literary, humourous
too many to pick
Rosenblatt is always amazing. Really captured the essence of the main character/narrator.
Several, but hard to specify without giving away important plot direction.
One of my favorites.
Probably not. The book engaged me at first, but it went on way too long (and I have listened to many long books--just don't like it if, in the end, they aren't worth it). The reader was inconsistent in his accent and pronunciations--felt affected.
A disappointing end to a book that started out strong. I wanted to love this one, and did not end up doing so. I did finish it, however--can't say that for every single book.
the many stories that are woven together. There is an overall story line that holds things together perfectly, but the sub-stories are gems in themselves--genius!
Fiver--who wouldn't want access to his insights for an evening?
I read this book hard copy years ago and loved it. I decided it was time to revisit it, so listened this time. Still love it--one of the best adventure stories ever told.
A slow start as you learn the characters, but this is how Kingsolver draws you into identifying so fully with them. This is a great book that finally captures the awful human tragedy that was the result of the Communism scare in the USA after the war. The book is not about the politics, but about one person's admittedly extraordinary life and how it is ultimately affected. I loved Kingsolver's reading performance as well.
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