I recognize this as a great novel. It could have also been a great love story, but I think it ultimately fails in that regard. As a westerner, I simply lost respect for the main characters in their lack of taking control over their own lives. While, I think that was part of the point of the story, it was very frustrating. Especially considering the length of the book. I enjoyed learning about Istanbul and how its society operated during that time. Someday I would like to visit the museum in Turkey. The very best thing about this audio book is the narrator. John Lee is the best narrator I have ever listened to. Wonderful performance!
Before listening to this book, I read the negative reviews of the narration. I thought that it couldn't be that bad because I had recently listened to a book narrated by the same guy that was good. But it was THAT BAD! I almost stopped listening several times, it was so bad. However, River Phoenix's story is so compelling that I stuck it out. What an amazing
life, and such a tragedy!
Colin Firth brings this story to life. He makes the characters live and breathe and he makes you ache for them. The story is incredibly written by Graham Greene. How interesting that it was based in-part on his own life!
This book may have been shocking or even relevant when it was originally published. However, it is no longer neither now. It is a complete bore.
I found this book to be very inspirational! Rob Lowe has lots of wisdom to pass along and he does it in a thoughtful and humble way. This book made me a big fan of his!
I'll start out by saying that I've been a lifelong KISS fan. However, I was completely surprised by this book. Paul Stanley is a humble, sensitive, real guy. It is a real treat to hear him tell his amazing story in his own voice. I came away from this book a much bigger fan of his than I would have ever thought. He is a true inspiration how he overcame his difficulties in early life to rise up and be an extremely successful musician. Through it all, he stayed real and a very respectable guy.
This book was written a while ago, but remains a classic because of Sir Charles' insight of the world. It's extra-special to hear Charles read it himself. I always appreciate Charles' honesty and willingness to say the truth, even if it's not what everyone wants to hear or even if it's not politically correct. Very few people in the public eye are that brave.
This is a really neat idea for a book, but it went way beyond the believable and wound up on the corny side. In one word: disappointment.
Charles Barkley is one of the great heroes of modern times. He says exactly what is on his mind and in complete honesty. Very few others are willing to do that. In this book he tackles some difficult issues in a humble, honest way. I wish he would write a follow-up!
What a treat to hear Pattie tell her story with her own voice! Pattie does a wonderful job at telling her amazing life-story. While a lot of her story is sad, much of it is extraordinary and joyful. Who would not want to be her? My only complaint is that I wish it were not abridged.
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