This one's a winner- a bit fantastic but so much fun! Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.
Laurie is a much better actor than author- I'd prefer if he would read books- he has a great voice!
This book is slow and dull- the author tells us whats going on then again then again, then explains it again- I couldn't get through it- made it to the second half and was still facing ~ 6 more hours!
The sound is irritating- there is a 'talking through a tube' quality to the reader's voice- it's great for the voices over the phone but not for the reading.
The story is predictable and plods on.
This is a very old Sci Fi novel that does not sound dated. The terminology is surprisingly relevant with only one mention of the 19th and 20th centuries.
It is well written, read and very optimistic.
The story line follows characters on the fringe of American life; the outcasts. Some of these people deserve to be where they are and some, not so much. It's an interesting dilemma in our society that we tend to shelve and ignore. This book is very well written, read and has much to ponder.
This book is not "heavy" or difficult to read in spite of its topic.
How many times can a writer depict conversation as "words", he said then "words", she said. Conversation is never depicted in anything but that format. "It's irritating and boring", I said.
This book is beautifully written and performed. The story is wonderful and has the feel of clearly depicting a time gone by. There were times I laughed out loud. The characters had life and I was interested in them and their lives.
If you have never read Doig before, this is a great first read. You'll be hooked.
I am now in the third section (well into book 2) and find that the slow pace is sweet because the story is unwinding at an appropriate rate. The detail of the narrative fills in any blank spaces and the plot is appropriately complex and interesting. I am eager to hear the rest of the story.
The readers are fantastic and the technical properties are close to perfect.
This is my first Murakami novel but not my last.
This book turned a local historical person (Doc is buried in Glenwood Springs, Colorado) into a real person for me. Gunslingers are usually made into a hero in the face of danger in being made into more than human. Doc was an intelligent dental surgeon who suffered from a devastating disease. His heroics were in overcoming his personal demons.
This is a great read and a very well written and read book. Enjoy!
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