The author does a great job with bringing the listener to a New York I was pretty unfamiliar with, mixing terms of the time into the story without seeming to force it. Mr. Boyer is a very credible Timothy Wilde, with just enough grit, exhaustion and tenderness to breath life into the main character. Overall a great listening experience.
Entertaining story, overall enjoyable. If I had to pick between The Stand and this, I'd pick The Stand, but still worth the money...
What an excellent story! The book is so well written, and the story so greatly performed, that the listener is thrust right into the depressing world the author created. The characters are so well fleshed out that I found myself rooting for most of them despite how awful they are. It was really hard to put the headphones down, and I'm sure to give this book another listen rather sooner than later.
If you at any point in your life found yourself sucked into role playing games, video games or fantasy stories, this book will bring you right back into why you liked them so much. A who-is-who of 80s and 90s nerd culture all spun together into a futuristic story that's sure to grip you from the get-go. Very enjoyable listen!
Mr. Marlantes managed to drop the reader/listener into the story almost immediately, bringing the Vietnam War back to life in an instant. He manages to draw characters so convincingly that everyone seems like they could be the hero/villain of the story all by themselves, and there are many of them. I think what I like most about the book is that it's not just one man's story, but the story of an entire company, and it feels like it.
Matterhorn will rope you in with well-placed humor, stories of social conflict and graphic descriptions of war, and just when you think you completely fell in love with the book and the story told, he will break your heart. And again, and again.
Mr. Pinchot does an excellent job as a reader, making it seem like he speaks from the jungle himself, convincingly conveying the nuances of the story. His intonation is so well done that one can recognize the dozen or so individual characters through his inflection alone, without stereo-typically over-doing it.
One of my favorite purchases of all time. I couldn't put my earphones down, going as far as picking up extra chores around the house so that I could listen to it just a little bit longer (I guess my wife endorses the book, as well). It's a must-buy.
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