Yes, I enjoy listening to books while I drive, walk, crochet and work around the house. It is a great way to keep up with all the great books written.
Yes, it was a fun book with good narration. A definite listen if you have read or listened to the first two in the series.
I rarely have the opportunity to listen to a book in one sitting, especially one this long. But this book would hold my interest if I were listening to it on an extended car trip.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
It was a good story although it became somewhat tiresome towards the end. I realize it is necessary to tell the story of the Holocaust and that it shouldn't be glossed over but each tiny detail of each painting or sketch described in the story became tedious. I stayed with the book because I did care about what happened to the characters but it became a strain about the last fourth of the book.
I guess but with reservations.
Why is it that some narrators sound like they have just taken a drink of liquid and have not had a chance to swallow? Both narrators sounded slobbery. Plus Suzanne Toren over dramatized most of Lenka's words. Her narration was schmaltzy and got old. I have heard her on other books and didn't mind her in those - in this book I did not care for her interpretation.
Guidall narrated pretty much like he has all the other books I have heard him on. He is okay but not wonderful or insightful of his character.
It won't make my top 10 list or even my top 50 list but it wasn't a waste of time. I did finish it but would not listen to it again.
This book was mesmerizing. The author's use of perfect adjectives and unique metaphors made listening a joy. The 16 hours passed quickly. The narrator's reading of the author's words was excellent.
The story of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, living in Paris with her father begins right before the Germans invade. It follows their exodus from Paris to the coastal city of Saint-Malo, its eventual siege and her escape. You meet her great-uncle, his housekeeper and other French citizens.
But that is not all of the story. Werner and his younger sister are growing up in an orphanage in a mining town in Germany. Werner's brilliance is rewarded by being sent to a Hitler Youth School.
As these two young people grow up, their lives grow together. And the journey that Doerr takes the reader on is filled with many amazing twists of phrases and words.
I don't really listen or read books again - too many new ones out there but on the basis of if this was a good listen - then yes I would. Good story and good narration.
That Ben Franklin married Deborah Reed out of obligation, duty and pity. Not what I understood from nonfiction books I have read. Interesting take on the author's part.
He did raise the timbre of his voice for the female characters he didn't do it so much that is was a distraction or irritation. Often male narrators when reading for a female character use an affectation that makes the character sound stupid, false and basically irritating. Colacci did not do this.
Separately I would like to have dinner with Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Franklin. I would like to hear Deborah's side of the story in more detail and find out if she was really not as intelligent as the author made her seem. I always thought BF would marry someone of high intelligence not out of pity. And of course dinner with BF would for sure be an interesting experience.
Interesting way of looking at one of our founding fathers. I'm sure there was dramatization and fabrication of some events and feelings but still made for an interesting story. Liked the fictional character Ann, William's mother & Benjamin's mistress.
The narrator, Candace Thaxton, did a very nice job. So often narrators try to use different voices for the various characters that become more irritating than interesting. Thaxton maintained the integrity of the characters while reading us a great story.
I liked the twist in the last third of the book. Did not see that coming.
No - but I would listen to her again.
Mary B. Cutty - she was far from one dimensional and definitely not predictable.
I love historical fiction - this was a 4 star story for me. Also 4 star narration.
Yes. This is a very good story, well written and well read.
I liked that Shaara brought not only Grant, Sherman & Pemberton (the generals) to life but he also told the story from the townspeople and the soldier's point of view.
Bowen - the Union soldier.
They were all great. From the Generals to the townspeople.
A different narrator.
The main character Honor Bright Haymaker was not as strong as some of her other female characters in her other books. Honor was just a bit too whiney for me to enjoy this book.
Nothing. Every sentence sounded like it ended in a question. Her accent for Honor was not consistent. I almost didn't finish the book because of her narration.
This was my first book by author Ivan Doig. I read this book for my book club and didn't really know anything about the author or his work. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I enjoyed getting to know the 3 Milliron boys and their classmates in the one room school house in rural Montana. The adults were also an interesting group that made this story fun and interesting to listen to. It is not a fast paced, action packed story but one of pleasant, humorous and honest events that made me curious to find out more about all.
I didn't really care for the narrator at first but the story was strong enough to overcome that negative. I'm not sure I would listen to another book read by Jonathan Hogan but I think his presentation fit this story.
Slightly above average as far as the story and performance.
I wish Follett had spent a little less time on the characters' sex lives. I'm not a prude but I got a bit tired of every sex act between characters described in detail. I would have rather he spent more of his writing energy on the historical aspects.
His narrations is good but I am not real fond of his female voices.
Again, the sex scenes were over done and actually became boring instead of scintillating.
Despite a my few negative comments I am looking forward to listening to the third book in the trilogy.
I wouldn't consider this one of the best books I have read but I did enjoy the story. The narrator did a nice job and his narration helped keep the story moving forward. I did like the ending, gave me something to think about & discuss with others who have read the book.
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