I could not reach a unanimous decision on this book.
The Racketeer kept me engaged throughout, yet as I listened I found myself waiting for drama that did not eventuate. Not that there wasn't drama in this book, it just wasn't as dramatic as I expected. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the surprise ending a bit unrewarding.
J.D. Jackson was excellent, keeping the characters nicely separated within a predominantly first-person narrative.
Yes, we all know how the story ends.
But this significant book (44+hours) was well worth the listen. Carl Sandburg tells the story of Abraham Lincoln in a way that had me feeling like I knew the man. I learned the good, bad and completely unexpected about Mr. Lincoln, his beliefs, his relationships, his humour and the amazing times in which he lived.
Arthur Morey was a wonderful narrator, balancing his delivery and dialects in a measured, respectful and, I thought, unbiased way.
The ending was sad because it felt like I had lost a friend.
No, Jo Nesbø's book, The Son, is not a comedy. In fact, it is filled with the drama, suspense, mystery and surprise that make him such a great author. But I have always enjoyed his twist of phrase, metaphors and wonderful use of language. Listening to The Son while I was wandering through a book store I heard one of his great characters, Kalle, say "But ultimately it was about getting the work/life balance right". And I did, in fact, laugh out loud. Why? You'l have to listen to the book to find out.
The Son takes place in familiar settings (Oslo) with some familiar groups (Crime Squad, Kripos) but with new and complicated characters.
Although there were a few moments that tested my credulity, this was another Nesbø book that I just could't put down!
As my father served in the 45th Division, I read with interest Alex Kershaw’s story of Felix Spark’s Sicily to Dachau odyssey. The story is detailed and personal, providing real insight into the reality of war and the horrendous conditions that soldiers faced.
Fred Sanders does a good job interpreting the emotion as well as the variety of Italian, French and German words. I wish he had not done accents, which I found to be caricatures and distracting.
All in all, it is a book I recommend, as it brings to life a time which is fast fading from our memories.
I grew up with a great deal of instruction about christianity, but very little about Jesus himself. Reza Aslan crafts a story which breathes life into what I had perceived to be an archaic time. His style is approachable and not pretentious.
Reza's description of the life and times of Jesus made me realise that almost every New Testament verse I had heard, read or memorised was out of context. It is that context which makes the book so compelling.
Donnie Eichar cleverly weaves his personal story into this decades old mystery. His approach is methodical and captivating. I felt as though I was trying to unravel the evidence along with him.
His narration was steady and nearly monotone, which for me, added to the suspense. This story could have been sensationalised which would have done it a disservice.
The book kept me engaged throughout. In my mind's eye I still find myself seeing that mountain and those hikers, feeling the cold and hearing that wind.
If the book had been rewritten with some respect for science, education and the reader.
The story wasn't horrible, but the way it was told was offputting.
She seemed to capture the cynical, hypocritical, immature, disrespectful, humourless attitude of the author.
Maybe not the very edge, but the suspense was there along with my curiosity to know more.
Having read the rest of the Harry Hole series prior to reading Cockroaches, I found this to be a giant "flashback" to a character I already knew. It added some background to the other books. The book reamiand a compelling read full of all the interesting twists and wonderful language of Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett.
I would have had no interest in reading Wilson, except that I heard the author interviewed on an Australian radio program. My preconception of the former President was of a bland, formal, humourless and ineffectual leader. I confess that this view was based on my own ignorance, and the few grainy black and white photos I had seen.
So with that backdrop, I touched play and proceeded to have all of those thoughts turned on their heads. I was enthralled by this story. A story so connected to modern politics and world events. A story of emotion and humanity, not a dry chronology of the movements and decisions of the man.
It is a story well told and well narrated. As the book unfolded I found myself connected with Woodrow Wilson, as well as his family, friends, enemies and the fascinating times in which he lived.
This is a familiar story told in a new and compelling way. I enjoyed learning more about the assassin, the plot, the accomplices, the motive and the implications.
The “chronological count down” adds suspense to a story to which we already know the ending.
As other reviews have mentioned, Mr. O’Reilly misread his own book. The Calvary / Cavalry mix up was bad for two reasons: first it was annoying, grating and distracted from the drama of the story. And secondly, because no one, not the author, narrator, editor, director nor publisher cared enough to correct the mistake. That is either lazy or a gross disregard for the audience.
This is a wonderfully written book. Mark Kurlansky’s protagonist could be seen as just a rather boring fish. But he demonstrates that this fish has been in the middle of great struggles, political battles, economic experiments and even wars. He throws a net around a thousand disparate facts and hauls in a fascinating catch.
I was less enthused by the narration. Whilst it was a solid performance I found the accents forced, even caricature like.
Chapters begin with a recipe, a nice technique that I quite enjoyed in the book “Like water for chocolate”. But I read that book, and listened to this one. It leaves me convinced that recipes are meant to be read, not heard.
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