Began listening to Volume 1, but only made it through the first 8 hours. I wouldn't have given it that long had it not been touted as one of the greatest novels ever written. I found no evidence of this whatsoever in the first 8 hours. Characters remained undeveloped, conversations between them are uninteresting with a whining, sniveling and pretentious tone. Made all the worse by a narrator with the same tone. An engaging story line never made an appearance. If a novel is unable to engage the reader in some fashion within the first 8 hours, I would hardly call it a gem. This one unfortunately is going on my most over rated list along with Ulysses and The Catcher in the Rye.
It is not among the top audiobooks I have listened to. I did not find myself so wrapped up in the story that I just had to keep listening, which I have experienced with other audio books. I felt the storyline got off to a slow start and in fact I thought I had made a bad choice. I kept going though and eventually I started to get into it a little more. Yet it is not a fast paced book, so if that is what you are looking for this could be disappointing. At times the storyline seems to require some coaxing like an old dog to get up and get moving again.
Willie Stark because of the dichotomy of the character playing the hick, but highly intelligent and with an uncommon philosophy on politics and life.
Hard to say since I haven't just read the book, but I suspect I would perhaps have a different perspective about the characters since I would likely give them a different voice in my own mind.
No, even at the most interesting parts, I felt I could stop listening without the compulsion that I had to know what was just around the corner.
While I think it is better than average, it is not one that stands out or be one of the top audio books that I recommend. I felt it was a bit long winded and there was a lot of extraneous writing that really did not add to the storyline or character development. What I did like is that there was some thought provoking philosophy infused into the dialogue that made the listen worthwhile. A portion of the book is centered around politics, yet there is much more to be gained about life philosophies and human nature.
Learning more about the JFK assassination and that it acted as a catalyst for contemplating the benefits, issues and paradoxes of time travel.
Its fairly unique. I haven't consumed any other literary work that I would consider similar.
Yes, I feel he is talented and is relatively good at distinguishing different voices for the characters. However, I felt there was something that was just a bit off about his narration for this book. Most particularly for the main character, it didn't seem quite right.
Nothing stands out at the moment.
I felt that some of the romantic portions of the book were over done and a very sappy. Luckily, and despite there being many of them, they were short in duration. These parts may have been made worse by the narrator. Made me want to fast forward through these parts. Some may say it is necessary to establish the protagonists motives, but I think that could be accomplished without the overly embellished romantic discourse.
Yes, the storyline felt very disjunctive jumping from string to string often without definitive conclusions. Frequently the storyline would move at the pace of molasses, mired in description and 50 dollar words that seem only written for the authors amusement or ego, but leaves the reader disconnected and/or thinking about something other than the prose at hand. I think there is a decent story in this book, but it just needs to be boiled down to about 10 hours instead of 20.
Too disjunctive in the way it is presented.
Good cadence, tone, variation, etc.
No, as noted, above I think more was said than needs to be for the most part except for the lack of definitive conclusions to sub plots within the narrative.
I selected this audiobook because I read and enjoyed Cormac's book "The Road" and because of the positive reviews. Now I recall one of the reviews relating Suttree to works by William Faulkner. I have only read one book by Faulkner, "Light in August" and really did not care for it. Now I kind of see the connection, although I think Cormac's Suttree is more digestible than Light in August.
Great writing similar to Pillars of the Earth. There was quite a bit of repetition of Pillars of the Earth in this audiobook, which is why I only gave it 4 stars overall. The author does a good job building the tension between the protagonist and antagonist. Although, I frequently found myself yearning for the antagonist to get what he has coming already. Perhaps this delayed gratification adds to the story.
I enjoyed listening to the authors trials, tribulations and triumphs while taking some time away from his conventional life. Something I feel many long for but few actually do. I was surprised by how insightful the author is and felt myself wanting more of that inner voice. While the narration was acceptable, I felt it had too much of a melancholy tone that seemed a little off from what I envision the author's true persona to be.
I have listened to other audio books on the FLDS and while their behavior may be shocking to the uninitiated, I have become to expect the irrational from the faithful. This book is very revealing about what occurs within this religious community. However, I am very puzzled by the authors own beliefs in Mormonism. Based on the book and his occupation as a PI, he seems like a rational human being capable of logic and reason. During the course of his investigations and research into the FLDS, I have to believe he uncovered the truth about the not so humble beginnings of Mormonism which contradicts the whitewashed version the church leaders are slinging. I know about the white washed version since I was forced into the religion growing up. Additionally, the FLDS is actually staying true to what the founder of this religion envisioned in many ways that the more popular LDS religion does not. Like it or not his religion (LDS) and its doctrine have the same fundamental holes in its validity and the same sordid past as the FLDS. It's very puzzling to me that the author has turned a blind eye to this, especially knowing how this blind faith can be exploited by evil people. One would have to be very naive to think that some of the horror stories coming from the FLDS devoutly faithful would never occur in the Mormon religion or any other religion for that matter where followers turn off their brain and follow without questioning.
This audiobook gave me some explanations and insight into some of my behavior and feelings that I have wondered about for many years. It is very reassuring that I am not the only one who is wired this way and that there is nothing wrong with not wanting to be as social as society infers.
I like the thought provoking insight that uncovers hidden agendas within the mainstream organizations and thought processes. It's the mainstream thought process that has led us to all the health and environmental issues that currently exist.
This isn't a novel.
His cadence is a little slow but methodical and somewhat soothing vocal tonality. If the slow pace doesn't bother you, it seems to work for the content.
Good, but left unanswered questions.
While I applaud Mr. Campbell's extensive career and efforts to uncover truth's related to health, medicine, nutrition and disease, it seems to me there are some gaping holes in his conclusions that a plant based diet is the only healthy diet for any human anywhere on the planet. Just from a purely logical point of view this raises some immediate questions in my mind. For example, should I assume that the only way an Eskimo could possibly be healthy is by eating plant based food. That is likely not feasible, and the Eskimo would likey not make it through the winter on that diet. One of the best books I have read on health and Nutrition is by Weston Price and is called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It clearly indicates that healthy primitive people living in different locations all over the world eat different foods and this does not always mean that animal products are excluded. In fact in many cases animal based food was integral to the diet and health. I agree that most people should consume more plant based food and less animal based food, but I think that it would be somewhat reductionist thinking to only examine one group of healthy people (e.g. Rural China) and conclude that their diet is the only healthy diet for everyone located anywhere. I think we need to look to nature and our own common sense and rational for guidance. Although, technology makes it possible to consume an extraordinary variety of food that is produced all over the world, this is probably not what nature intended. I think our diet should be more locationally and seasonally based upon native food sources. Unfortunately humans have been extremely effective in disrupting the natural order of life on this planet and natural is becoming a rare commodity. It is a positive sign that more people are becoming aware that the fate of human beings is inherently tied to nature and are becoming alarmed enough to begin taking action. I believe Mr Campbell is one of those individuals.
I kept waiting for something interesting to happen or to become engaged in the story or characters, and there was just nothing there.
How slowly and uneventful the story unfolds.
The narration of Susan was enough to turn my stomach. Maybe the narrator was capturing how the character was written, but hard to listen to.
Well I guess it gave me a deeper appreciation for good books and I will make sure I am more scrupulous in my purchase decisions.
Book is over rated.
Engaging, informative, incredible
The story has a good cadence and doesn't get too bogged down in dry details that sometimes accompany documentaries. There are numerous quotes from written accounts by many characters within the story that add a sense of credibility and different perspectives.
Like good acting you just don't notice it. You get caught up in the story and the characters and forget an actor is acting. That is the way I feel about this narration, it was good enough that I didn't even notice it and just got caught up in the story.
Against all odds!
I feel this book not only provides a great story, but also provides a good look at one of the most beloved political figures in the past century at one of his most challenging periods. At times I was astounded at the incompetence and recklessness that admittedly makes this an amazing tale of adventure, luck, coincidence and human will power. While there are individuals described in this book with extraordinary character there are also those of exceptionally low character to counter balance the forces of good and evil. There is sufficient description to get a good sense of what the characters encountered on their journey and how they felt about it but not so much that the story gets bogged down. For those with a thirst for adventure and exploration this is a great listen.
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