So many surprises with these characters. It is interesting to see the changes in viewpoints and attitudes people can have as the events of their lives mold them.
I loved this book and EM's wonderful performance.
This is Jackson's autobiographical account of what led him to his "cat whisperer" business. His story is gritty and his language is unfiltered. This isn't a book for the kiddies. That having been said, I would expect nothing but Jackson just being all out real and himself. He is sincere and seems to cut through the BS of his life. He admits weaknesses and leads you through his struggles.
If you're expecting a "How To" on how to keep Fluffy from scratching on the couch, you'll be disappointed. Although there is a small amount of information at the end, the real story is of the man himself and what he learned as he journeyed through the rockiness of life while caring for and learning from the animals around him.
I will tell you this....the grief he describes feeling for a pet, is as real a description of grief I've ever heard, whether it be for a 4 legged creature or 2 legged one.
These are war stories. This is not a story with a beginning and end, it's just a collection of stories written by someone that was there. Though gritty and fascinating, it wasn't what I expected. Nevertheless, not a waste of time by any means. Just ok, in my opinion.
This is just a wonderful book. Don't miss it. The narration is wonderful and the German accent and translation is superb. Wonderfully written about a tragic and frightening time, with a completely unexpected voice telling the story. I'm so glad a friend recommended it to me!
One of the reasons I've avoided listening to this is the downright chilling nature of criminal minds. It's heartbreaking how easily lives can be snuffed out with such brutality but with nonchalance. This is such an interesting study of the judicial system of the times as well. Definitely a classic and the narrator was excellent.
This is an interesting book, with quite a few twists and turns. It's definitely unexpected and clever. Many times during the listen, I could imagine how this would unfold as a movie. However, if a movie is made, they'd definitely change the ending. I really liked this book, but probably wouldn't read again because I know how things resolve. Also, not a book to have rolling in the car with the kiddos, because the language rivals an R rated movie. Glad I finally got to hear this book as it's been on my list for a while.
Tina is smart, funny and REAL. Her delivery is hilarious and unpredictable. You're listening along to one of her stories and she slips in a zinger that catches you off guard. (Do not drink liquids while listening). Lots of laugh out loud moments and a great break from the usual audiobook. She makes her point on so many things with a dose of anxiety and comedy; two things rather close to my heart. Loved it!
As a sort of "whatever happened to...." sequel, King continues the story the Overlook's survivors. Although there weren't many "unanswered questions" left in the original book, it was nice to revisit the characters again and find out more about their lives. It is an uncanny comparison (in my opinion) to substance abusers' exorcising their demons with alcohol or drugs with those plagued by the "shining" also falling into the same trap. The emphasis on Dan's recovery was woven throughout the story. Of course, I glibly found myself saying, "gosh, no wonder he drank!". But part of the triumph to me was that during the greatest stress of his life since his childhood, Dan managed to weather these events while managing the alcohol demons in his head. Maybe I'm making too much of the similarity, but I just kept coming back to that in my mind.
Of course, classic King cannot do no wrong as I see it. I'm glad it wasn't just a "hey let's got back to the Overlook hotel again" kind of book and it really could easily stand on it's own. Thanks, Stephen, for writing this. You're on the top of my list of people I'd love to meet. But I'm sure you're not reading this. xoxo
First the narrator is superb and masterfully delineates between characters. If you've seen the movie, many of the phrases will be familiar, although if you're waiting for "here's Johnny", you'll be disappointed. The narrator isn't, nor does he try to be, Jack Nicholson. In fact, the difference is refreshing, in that Jack Torrance seems more like a regular guy. When you see Jack....well, you expect a little crazy/weird from the beginning. The contrast in the actual character (not the movie character) makes the story even more chilling. Jack goes from family guy struggling with addiction, anger and family woes to a madman. I appreciate King's way of detailing things about the story that would be difficult to translate onto a movie screen. These would bore the movie-going public. The history of the hotel is fascinating and having been in a similar hotel that had quite a history (not necessarily a supernatural one), it was an interesting addition to the story.I'm glad I read this book many years ago, before the movie came out, and now again all these years later. Once you see the movie a few dozen times, you start forgetting the original work. All in all, this is a definite read for King fans and fans of this genre. He always delivers! Now, on to "Doctor Sleep!"
Yes and it was easy to accomplish on a Saturday morning. PLUS: The narrator was absolutely perfect in every way!
If you are at all familiar with the setting of this book, you will know that the author's fictional account has very real undertones. The poverty, self-preservation and family loyalties are all too real. This is a short book but is packed with meaty, gritty realities that are sad but true. The author masterfully captured the setting and gut-wrenching reality of a young girl's desperate search for truths that hinge on her very survival. If you've ever traveled the roads in this area, Woodrell's descriptions are spot on! It is a treacherous adventure. I didn't even know this was a movie, but now I'm going to look for it.
You've either been Charlie, or you knew him. This does take you back to the awkward teen years. Not only is Charlie awkward, he is mentally and emotionally fragile. The story has redeeming qualities, although it's not what I'd run out and recommend to everyone.
The narrator makes every second worth a listen. The scenes come alive under Noah's stellar performance. You never even realize that he is reading...he's just talking to you.
I believe the book might have been "over-hyped", and whenever that happens, my expectations are high. Dealing with my own teenager's angst, emotional health, substance use and the like, I related to the character a little too much. Therefore, the emotional rollercoaster of high school are relived and some of us would just rather not revisit that. It's up to you. It is a short listen and like some movies, you can get lost in the performance even if the movie is just so-so.
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