I'm a big fan of Noah Adams on the radio so I was looking forward to the audio version of his book. My suggestion: buy the book and READ it yourself. If you're a fan of audio books, you know the reader is as important as the author. Mr Adams has a wonderful reporting voice but it's very distracting to hear him as a book reader. Hearing a poetic description of a scenic river float read in the same style as "Coalition forces came under fire as they made their way into Baghdad today..." well, you get the idea.
You can't hear this story and not be touched. It's honestly written and beautifully read. I felt as if I got to know Farah personally and felt her pain and joy as she struggled to do more with her life than just survive. An amazing story.
I couldn't get past the reader. Her voices were often inappropriate for the characters. Especially annoying were young people speaking in raspy, elderly sounding voices. She often failed to pause between sections and that was confusing to the story line. It is a good book, however, with an ending I found refreshingly surprising. I would have rated it higher if not for the reader.
After reading several favorable reviews, I was looking forward to hearing this book. I was so disappointed, I didn't even finish it. I could not care less about what happened to the ranting,self-absorbed main character. The reader was probably appropriate for this character but, after a while, I got tired of the continual yammering and started tuning him out. He was like a tiresome relative who never shuts up. I was happy to ditch him and move on to something else.
The concept was interesting but that's about as far as it went for me. I have to say I'm amazed at all the positive reviews. The author never made these people seem real to me.
The readers were hard for me to listen to, especially the guy. He has a smug, know-it-all tone that grates on my nerves. Looks like a lot of listeners like this one, but not me. I'd say it's probably my least favorite so far.
Sue Miller's narration of her beautifully written book is as intimate and personal as someone speaking to you across her kitchen table. You share her pain, her doubt, her devotion, her anger, all the disjointed emotions she feels, as she journeys with her much admired father through his slow descent into a devastating disease. It's a story that is heart-breakingly sad and yet woven through with threads of humor and treasured memories.
Julia Roberts was a perfect choice to read this entertaining book. The story is in many ways heartbreaking but is told with wit and humor. I highly recommend it.
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