I adore George Guidall but I'm done with Begley.
This was just not my cup of tea so I don't think changing it would have worked for me.
Guidall never does a anything I would change
I'm going to see Nicholson in the movie -- maybe I'll like it better.
Oh, I cannot tell you how much I loved this book and the excellent narration. I do not know where Wendell Berry has been all my life, but I have already given this book to half a dozen friends who love excellent literature and they all loved it too. More will be gifted during the holidays. If you loved Our Town, guarantee you will love this one too!
I think I understand that narrator Mary Beth Hurt was trying to sound brittle and arch like the main character, but her narration was way over the top. Grated on my ears (and nerves) so badly that I didn't make it any farther into the story than one hour... after I forget that voice, then I'll try to read this story myself... but that will take a good long while. Too bad. I was really looking forward to listening to it!
Lots and lots of background about Harry in this one, plus a very interesting story otherwise. Highly recommended!
I've read a few times that it's a bad idea for authors to narrate their own books, and I have to say now that I've listened to all 3 of Karr's, I think that's mostly right. I first read Liar's Club and then listened to it, to Cherry and then Lit. The first was a hard one to listen to, but the second was better and the third was best of all. I hope now that Karr is really comfortable at narration -- and really good at it -- that she will do some more. She is one of my all-time favorite authors.
First Harry B book I ever listened to was this one, and now I'm going back and picking up the earlier ones. He has definitely gotten better with time. Nice when that happens.
I wish they did this with a few more of Connelly's books. Felt like 3 novellas rather than full length novels, but that was just fine with me. I liked every one of them.
I enjoy winding down at bedtime with a M. Connelly listen... I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the others. The climax was a little too deus ex machina for my tastes. That said, I'm using my new credit on another Connelly, so I'm still a huge fan!
I must say, I didn't like the last book (Sing You Home) and started this one with some trepidation. No worries; JP is back as before. Her plots always have so many thoughtful elements -- very gestalt -- and with that one exception have always been a satisfying story. I have to say that I really didn't have much interest in wolves before listening to this book, but now they fascinate me. The way that JP wove wolf packs, families, misfits, reconciliation, alienation and end of life issues was truly wonderful. Enjoy!
As an attorney of 28 years, including stints as a prosecutor and in private practice, I can honestly say that this book rings more true than any other legal "novel" I have ever read. Now, when I'm asked by someone in college whether to go to law school, I refer them to this book. If they can get through this book, then they can get through the practice of law. This is definitely not a slick legal thriller or a quick listen. I savored it over about 10 days and was sorry to hear it end. Too bad that Kermit Roosevelt III only wrote one novel -- the rest are scholarly legal tomes. I'd give anything to read more fiction by this author (who is now a professor of law).
I'm an attorney and so very fussy about my legal novels. This more than sufficed, and it's clear that the author is qualified to be a lawyer even if he isn't practicing at present. I'd be very surprised if the author hasn't also been a criminal prosecutor at some point.
I just cannot tell you how much I enjoyed listening to every word of this novel. The book would have been an excellent read in print, but was just one of those works that was made even better by excellent narration. I'm a fan for life of this author and this narrator!
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