Jeff Shaara is one of my favorite authors. His writing is always consistent, well researched with a great story from beginning to end. This book was entertaining as well as informative. I look forward to reading (listening) to the next one in the series. Paul Michael did a great job with the narration as well.
***There are some spoilers in my review****
I really enjoy Grahame-Smith's writing and this latest book was as entertaining as the others. I enjoyed his revised view of history and the main character Henry's encounters/relationships with well known historical figures (i.e. American presidents, Tesla, Rasputin, Mark Twain, John Smith etc.)
I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars for the following:
- it seemed to have a little more gore than the others.
- it did seem to go on a bit long and got a little boring toward the end(around the Kennedy assassination part).
- I also felt the letter/rant that Lincoln sent to FDR was a bit long and over done.
- Wished we could have had a bit more insight into Virginia Dare's actions. I realize the massacre of the tribe was a major factor but there had to be more to it than just that.
-Didn't care for narrator's voice for young Virginia and Alexi.
Despite the above this was still a good read/listen.
Judd walks in on his wife having sex with his boss and his father has died. This is his story of grief for both as well as for his life. Good narration, good story.
This was an enjoyable story with some good suspense. Good narration. Looking forward to hearing another Nevil Shute audible book.
Very enjoyable listen. It is a good story and the narration was well done.
Actually I enjoyed James the narrator the most. His insight and personal reflections about his family and their varied lives was realistic.
Overall a very well written. Not too detailed in the "gore" but enough to convey what an autopsy is really like. Dr. Melinek did a nice job describing her work and those she performed autopsies on in a respectful and interesting way. Glad I listened, despite the horrendous narration.
Eby may do well as a narrator for romance novels but for something as serious as this title her style is totally inappropriate. During very serious and dramatic passages she sounded like she was having fun time & not sober or even genuine. This was especially evident during the chapter concerning 9/11. If the story/writing had not been so good I would not have finished the book. Very disappointing. Also Eby's attempt at accents and male voices was truly ridiculous. All her male voices sounded like Simpson or cartoon characters - atrocious.
Yes, this was an interesting story with some well rounded characters. Some the events & characters were predictable but it was still entertaining,
Yes, as an easy read and as long as they are not looking for something deep or socially changing.
This was an enjoyable listen. It was not one of the best I've ever listened to but also not the worst. This is what, as a librarian, I call a gentle read. Yes, there was some sadness but nothing tragic, jarring or detrimental to the overall story. Nice progression of the story with a happy ending.
Bloom used the similar technique of introducing a character, using them for a while in the story & then giving us their life's story & final ending in a quick look forward. She creates the characters with a full life story but can't seem to fit their whole narrative into the novel so she hurriedly "wraps them up" in a quick couple of paragraphs. It makes it look like her editor tells her to cut down the book because it is too long.
It would probably be Gus. He led a very interesting life. Despite all the hardships & injustices he carried on and came out fairly well adjusted.
The narrators did a great job with their characters. I realize this was a radio play and so all the added sound effects made for a different listen from a reading of a book, but those sound effects made it difficult to understand the words. I would have enjoyed being able to understand the words better if some of the sound effects had been toned down.
Fun story to listen to. All the characters did a good job. Just wish the sound effects had been toned down.
Yes - this was a well written, well narrated story with plenty of drama and humor.
I enjoyed the realistic transition of Cora from a small town, uniformed mind to an understanding, worldly person. Her change in attitudes about love, sex, race and people were gradual and as I said realistic.
No, I haven't. I did like her interpretation of Cora (and Louise) and would enjoy hearing her again. Her accents and inflections were right on.
Obviously it was Cora but all the others were important to the story. I did like Mother Kaufman and her love for Cora.
**Some spoiler info in my review*
I did not read any reviews before I started this book; I selected it based on a high recommendation from a fellow librarian. I usually agree with her choices but NOT this one.
I made it through a little over half the book before I finally had to stop.
I am not a prude and really don't mind sex in a book if it is pertinent to the story but the sex in this story became gratuitous. It did nothing to move the story forward. I understand violence either sexual or not can also be necessary to a story but again in this book it really did nothing for the plot.
Also, I prefer books where the female character is intelligent and capable. Sorry but Claire may be a capable nurse but that is about as far as it goes. She continually makes stupid decisions that place her and others in danger. And her acceptance of the beating she receives from the man who proclaims to love her is ridiculous. It is spousal abuse, plain and simple. Not something I care to read about in a romanticized way.
I really tried to give this book a chance, 14 hours of listening, but I just can't waste any more of my time. I looked on Wikipedia to see what happens & really don't want to hear about torture and sexual abuse, in I'm sure very graphic details. After some thought, I'm not sure this book would be the success that it is with all the sexual passages deleted. There really wasn't much historical detail nor time travel to truly carry the story alone.
I did like the narrator and felt sorry that she had to read this book. I hope she was well paid.
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