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.
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.
People who are into spiritual readings might like this book
The story took forever to develop and then what did develop was of no interest to me.
The reader was uninspiring, but I would not judge him on the basis of this book since the story was so boring
I believe this book received several literary awards and so has been on my "to read" list for a long time. On the basis of it's acclaim, I finished the entire book. Had I not paid for the book, I would have not have finished reading it. VERY disappointing. Goes to show that like the Academy Awards, literary awards do not always coincide with my concept of good.
Not if Sarah read her own work
My jaw dropping upon hearing the reader's voice
The writing is very good. But I cannot believe that ANYONE would LET Sarah waste Audible customer's money by allowing her to narrate her work. PLEASE, someone tell this woman she has a voice that no one over the age of 5 can stand to listen to. I wanted my money back upon hearing her voice. I will never buy another book narrated by her.
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