I know that Mr. Updike is very famous and has received the top literary awards, but each time I attempt one of his books because of his reputation, I cannot finish it. And the reader in this edition is SOOOOOO boring! The best I can figure is that I am an California boy and I just cannot relate to this East coast angst. No, the angst I can relate to, it is the idea of making a story out of it that I do not relate to. Oh well, I know I am in the minority. But to me, this book is not worth the time. Examine your own life and the story will be better lived.
I listened to this book while driving to Montana from California which is mostly a very boring drive. But the narrator did such an excellent job with the author's humor and cynicism that I wanted to keep driving so I could keep listening. The story is very well crafted and very engaging. Who would think to make a normal guy out of a professional hit man? Plus, the author throws in Eastern philosophy to make it all perfectly respectable. Do yourself a cheap favor and plop down the chump change for this gem.
If only all my high school teachers had the wit and the clarity of communication that Mr Bryson has, I might have paid more attention. I begin every one of his books in anticipation of learning much and laughing more. This book truly astounded me in the number of significant events that occurred in 1927. I couldn't understand how it was that I knew nothing about the magnitude of public adoration and celebration caused by Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic. Nor did I know about the equally significant achievement by other men which went practically unnoticed because the public just couldn't be bothered to be distracted from the Lindberg craze.
Read this book and become an instant history buff.
I have yet to listen to any Bryson book that is read by the author which did not leave wanting more. He has one of those minds that experiences life like it was a brand new box of toys. He never fails to leave me conjuring up ways to go to the places he has just described. And his cynical genes assures me that we are somehow related.
I wanted to see the movie version of this book after hearing the author on the radio state that the movie was very true to the story except for one unnecessary scene of him stabbing one of his capturers which never happened.
And the reviews on Audible were all so good I could hardly wait to listen to the book. Even if I am the only person who disagrees, I still found it impossible to listen to the narrator. Nor was I interested in the entire biography of Mr. Luttrell and his political views. Somewhere in the training for SEALS it seems they lose the ability to remember that ( A) they volunteered to do this work (B) that everything they got and became is because the American people provided it to them and they got the best of everything and (C) their unique and limited experience of the world does not reflect REALITY for the rest of the universe.
The title of this book is misleading as it implies it is the story of Operation Redwing. I fast forwarded and fast forwarded and never got to the story but did get to the end of my patience listening to Mr. Collins imitating a "good old country boy from Texas." Golly and gee whiz, I want another book Audible, you can keep this one.
This book taught me a valuable Audible lesson. To look at the bad reviews and not to trust the overall ratings. This book was the trashiest Audible fiction I have downloaded. The story is ridiculous and unbelievable, unless you believe in 17 year boys being super heroes. It is for young adults who watch a lot of television. Once I went back and tried to analyze how it got such high ratings, I started looking for the bad reviews it got. Then, I read what those reviewers had previously reviewed and found that they have the same standards as myself for the most part. One reviewer in particular noted that after listening to 3 hours of this book, he was startled to see he still had 20 more hours of drivel to listen to. That was my take exactly. Considering the ratings that this book received, I tried to believe in this book, but, JEEZ, what trash!!! the reader was okay, but he also got very boring to listen to. Don't waste your credits on this book!!!
I was expecting some good fictional mystery....not some silly fantasy. Thus, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the plot to develop into something exciting. That kind of happened eventually, but there was nothing about this book that I would recommend to anyone I know.
I admit I haven't finished this YET. But I quickly got bored. I probably misread the review but I did not realize this was about Black migration. I thought it was about all the migrants.
May finish it when i am stuck someplace and have nothing else to listen to, but I am not feeling like I am missing anything.
Goes to show that awards and accolades do not necessarily mean anything to any given individual. By the way, I DO love to read American history, so it is not that I am not used to the genre.
"to everything there is a season..." or the multitude of other ways to say the same. The story of life and life's tireless cycles. All with a wonderful Chinese flavor. I was amazed at the author's ability to express her story from a Chinese male's view point as well as the fact that she was not Chinese either. It deserves it's reputation and should be read by all those interested in reading the great works of literature rather than just the popular works.
I had always heard this was a fictionalized account of Huey Long.....but it is much, much more than that...but because that is what I had heard, I waited many decades to read what turned out to one of the the top ten best books I have ever read. ..it is stunning story with more levels than the first time reader can possibly guess. Just when you think you understand the plot, you are taken into a deeper layer, and again, and again until, just like Jack Burdon, you find yourself wondering if you have enough air to reach the surface and yet also not caring if you do. From the opening, the author's command of the language leaves you paralyzed with wonder..."how did he find those words to fit together?" It is obvious, the author is also a celebrated poet.
There a those rare books that when you see someone reading them, you become envious because you know what they hold and you lust for that virginal experience that the reader is immersed in....this is one of those books.
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