This book was well written. The first Robert Crais book I have listened to. It was exciting, not very predictable, and read well by the narrator. It was well worth a credit.
I never read this book growing up in school, and now I know I missed out. I'm 41 and just listened to it for the first time, and I plan to listen to it again. As a native southerner, I feel that no one else could have narrated this classic book the way Sissy Spacik did. She was the perfect choice. I love the characters, each and every one. My favorite "scene" that not only made me cry, but left an indelible impression in my mind is when Scout addresses Mr. Cunningham and the mob outside the jail house. Just a little girl, trying to be polite, but little did she know, she saved the life of Tom Robinson, and possibly her own father. I think every child and every adult should read this book.
He is a good audible reader and was able to keep the story interesting. He was able to keep the voices in character which is necessary for an audible listen.
predictable and light but worth the time and credit
I think it is a good book but unfortunately was rather predictable.
predictable- I am glad that everything worked out but you are frustratedby the dumb predictable things that are done by the main characters.
the main female character was beautiful and innocent.
Good character development and enjoyed the hisotical data. It helped me realize the inhumanity that man can do to one another. It also helped me understand when I was a child, and relatives/family friends that had been prisoners of war acted the way they did- such as refusing to eat oriental food (especially rice). I never understood how a person could refuse to eat something as simple as rice, or how people developed such sterotypes and disgust for another human or ethnicity
I think I liked best the ability to understand how peoples character is formed by their past experiences.
I was amazed with how long and the ability of the characters to stay alive in such adversity. I did find it hard to believe that the only one in the raft that was able to solve any problems was the great Zamparini. I wondered how realistic that was- It seemed somewhat skewed.
too long but did hold my interest. I listened on a trip with my 19 year old son and he was unable to stop listening. It was comical how if any type of disturbance occured during our listen, we had to reverse and listen to the area again.
Well worth the time and money. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and as I said before if you can enjoy a book and learn as well, it is time well spent.
Historically interesting and unpredictable
The main character was intersting as he developed and began to understand how his actions affected (wrinkled) time.
He was a good narrator and was able to use different voices/inflections to help you recognize the differnet characters. Otherwise can be hard to follow an audible book if the narrator is not good at changing characters to be recognizable in his voice.
too long but did keep my interest
well worth the time listening to it. The historical data appeared to be relatively accurate and the limits in the time period was well thought out and seemed to carry through the book. It was interesting that he had help from economists and others to imagine what the world would be like if the past was changed to such a large degree.
About 50% of the book was well written the other 50% was for the authors political initiative. I am a disabled veteran as well, and I have no problem discussing the rights and needs of disabled veterans - people that get this book need to understand that this book was written to help the author with his political agenda. As long as you understand that, it is worth listening to.
I am glad that "service dogs" are helping disabled veterans in multiple ways that are needed.
Before this book is purchased, the purchaser needs to understand that there is a considerable political agenda adopted in this book and that is the main reason this book was written.
It might have been nice to develop his childhood more. It might have been interesting to see if some of his childhood issues were the cause of his lack of resilience. Autobiographies are always skewed to some degree anyway; and it is difficult to be judgemental to ourselves as much as by others- I think this could have been a better book if written by somebody else about his life and Tuesday's life without the inevetable one-sidedness of an autobiography. I give an example of Steve Jobs book was more realistic as it was not an autobiography.
Please understand before purchasing this book that there is considerable political motivations in this writing. Which is very common in literature but understand that this is not just a cute little book about how a disabled veteran and a service dog came together to become a functional unit, but also includes considerable ranting about the way disabled veterans have been treated and denied their rights. I am not against politically motivated writings for disabled veterans rights but realize this book is 50% cute, sweet, and heartwarming. The other 50% is politically motivated (rightfully so) for the improved rights and benefits of our service members who deserve better treatment.
I have yet to meet anyone who has read or listened to this book and has not liked it. I realize that a book set so far in the past seems like it would be dry and boring. Quite the contrary, the character developement is phenomenol and you actually feel for the characters as they go through their trials and tribulations. There are some rather R rated parts in the book but I think they are appropriate for the book and add to the story and character of the book. This is one of the few books in your life that you will read and never forget. I am sure it will become one of those great classics that will be studied in literature classes after we are all long gone. I highly recommend this book and if you don't enjoy it then you are definitely in the minority.
Very well written. The author as the narrator is tolerable but probably not ideal. In all I think he does a good job. My wife and I really enjoyed the book. There are a few areas I don't feel are appropriate for under teenage children. Don't know why considered "audible kids" production. It does show mans inhumanity to man, and the maturing of an individual to regret his past treatment of his "best friend" and his attempt to correct his wrongs which regrettably is too late. I wanted to listen to this before seeing the movie and plan on renting the movie in the near future. It was well worth our time and feel it was entertaining as well as somewhat insightful.
This book does not compare to a good fiction novel. It is very well written for a historical book, and I think the author as a narrator is fine. If you are looking for an edge of the seat thriller, look elsewhere. However, if you would like to learn a little more about our struggle against Britain to become the USA, we know and love, it is a good book. I do think it would be more interesting and easier to understand if you had a hard copy, and could see some maps which would be easier to understand during the descriptions of the battles and troop movements. It was obvious that he had done a lot of research for this book in all the quotes from letters and diaries. All in all a good book of revolutionary history but not all that entertaining.
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