This is the only book that I have ever given up listening to. The narrator's monotonous voice coupled with the endlessly repetitious and supremely obvious observations from the author had me screaming in my car for them to get on with it.
The whole book could be summarized in just a few short sentences (SPOILER ALERT): slave owners had power; slaves did not. Slaves didn't like being slaves; slaves were treated differently than free people. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and Sally Hemings was one of them.
The author has taken what should have been a 2-page monograph and spun it into a 3-section book by constantly regurgitating the same information.
All this is is a reading of a table of contents and some captions. This is NOT a book!
What an excellent look at a truly remarkable period of history. As a Canadian, I have not been immersed in the history of the American Revolution. This novel brought it to life in a way that made the characters breathe and gave a humanity to people who are often cast as unflawed super-beings in movies and TV. Quite apart from the historical content, it was a true love story from beginning to end and it showed the influence that strong women had in shaping America as it is today.
I will be listening to this fascinating book again. Very well done indeed!
I never thought I'd say it, but I was looking forward to traffic jams! I was so completely entertained and distracted that I was afraid of running red lights, or worse - and I couldn't figure out how I was going to explain to the police that it was Stephen King's fault!
The horror is understated but all-pervasive. The characters - even the evil ones - are likeable and believable and you can feel their confusion, fear and anger. The writing is "visual".... you can see through the characters' eyes.
Stephen King has outdone himself on this one.
The only thing good about this book was the sale price. I would have been upset if I'd paid full price for such a collection of drivel. The author makes up with synonyms what he lacks in plot or character development. It's like listening to someone read a Thesaurus, with a bit of gratuitous sex and violence thrown in when the diarrheal flow of words begins to dry up.
I kept hoping it would get better..... or at least not get any worse. I was wrong.
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