Anyone who hasn't read Vonnegut should probably START with this book. It's filled with humor and he sort of warped perception of society we today take as "normal," but at the time this was written was certainly outside the norm.
I cannot compare it to ANY book I've ever read...totally unique.
Tony Roberts' narration is excellent. I read where other reviewers rated it poorly which makes no sense because I thought it was part of what made the story to good.
Several points in this book are hilarious and will have anyone bursting with laughter. there are points that would normally be saddening, but due to the overall tenor of the story the "sad" scenes aren't really a negative. Vonnegut's characters are so weird that when anything happens to them one can't really be disappointed because one feels they had it coming...even typing that makes me laugh.
This is a VERY unique, one-of-a-kind novella that deserves reading today even more than it did when it was first published. The story is quite short and the narrator makes the listener want to keep listening. I normally listen when driving but with this book I found myself wanting to leave earlier than normal and drive slower than normal just so I could have more time with the book.
The fact that is is the biography of a true American hero.
Have not listened to Tom Parker before but the narration was quite good including the accents. I've seen the movie a dozen times and never realized that Murphy's principle friend was Irish but having heard this book it made him somehow more "valid."
It would be hard to speak in terms of "extreme" reactions to this book simply because it covers a subject few ever experienced. Also it seems Murphy himself insisted on keeping the book more low-key rather than typical post-modern sensationalism to garner audience reaction.
In the movie one could easily grasp the significance of Audie Murphy's actions thanks to photographic impact, but listening to the book seem to lack some of that - again I understand Murphy did not want his story told as being principally about HIM, and more is the pity because he truly deserves such a telling.We live in a world where people who have done nothing beyond being born with a certain name are considered celebrities with their every action reported upon by a overly-dramatic, profit-driven media, yet, Audie Murphy truly EARNED a place in American history, and perhaps it's time Hollyweired revisted his story with a more dramatic retelling that focuses more on him than the entire period.
I enjoyed the "rest of the story-esque" information about significant events in history.
The narration tended to be a bit drab.
Not really if only because it is composed of many rather small vignettes of history...but I suppose on a History channel venue it might garner a lot of interest. I'd watch it.
The narrator - Craig Wasson is OUTSTANDING in his ability to create different character voices! The story is typical Stephen King which means good, but that goes without saying. For those who think all King writes is "horror" be warned this is not that kind of novel. I love to see Craig Wasson go back and narrate ALL of King's work because he truly makes the listening something to eagerly look forward too!
To me the Stand and The Tommyknockers are very similar in that neither was particularly "horrific" (nor intended that way I suspect), but contained a LOT of detail and character development.
The part where Jake and Sade are on that final mission to stop Oswald is absolutely filled with suspense yet also encompasses events which one cannot help but find amusing - if not hilarious.
Yes...I even held my iPhone as I stood outside watering my lawn so I could keep going....this is hard to put down.
I would encourage anyone on the fence based on other reviews to do as I did and take the plunge. Stephen King has NEVER written a disappointing book and this one is superb!
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