i have to admit that i purchased this novel thinking i would be getting a detective story along the lines of sherlock holmes or agatha christie. but this book is so much more than a detective story. it is a story of love and africa, the kalahari sun and simplicity, the joys and heartaches of a family, and the triumphs of the human spirit.
the narrator is poignant and articulate and communicates very effectively the simplicity and unburdened hearts of her characters. her accents are impeccable and the listener can almost feel the sun on their brow and the dry wind at their back. a narrator can make or break a title, and i can't imagine reading this title as a book - the narrator brings out so many nuances that i would have missed simply with the written word. her efficacy ranks up there with the narrator of life of pi and why we buy.
i was also surprised that, as character-driven as this book is, i held my attention through to the very end. the author is very skilled at offering little details and background settings that intrigue the listener and cause one to want to push further and discover if these little details are going to be important later on. rarely was i disappointed. the book fits together like a difficult jigsaw puzzle: many pieces that somehow make a beautiful picture once that last piece is filled in. even more beautiful is that the pieces are so often portraits of the heart of the author's intimately crafted characters.
Sure, don't be fooled into thinking this is a happy Christian novel. It's raw and real and authentic. It's mythical, it's a provocative narrative, it's true to the biblical story but offers depth of insight and color to an otherwise one-dimensional text.
Each narrator is compelling and relentlessly poignant and interesting. The Bible story will never be the same.
This book was okay, but don't expect to really care about the characters or expect them to act in three-dimensional ways. And slap-me-in-the-butt-and-call-me-Judy if the narrator's voice for Eragon isn't Sesame Street's lovable furry old Grover.
This piece isn't really science fiction, though it is certainly high-tech stuff. But most of it actually could happen today. And the present-tense narration is smart and witty and moves along at just the right pace for a high-tech noir piece.
Sure, this isn't a Dirk Pitt novel or anything - here you will find depth and character and mystery that isn't always solved. You will find corporate marketing as a potentially evil force and that not everything on this earth is as one-dimensional as Danielle Steele.
Gibson is at the top of his game and provides a story more readable than his genre-defining Neuromancer. Great read, great narration, A+!
Coupland became one of my favorite living writers with this title. This book starts off hauntingly beautiful, and then is at turns funny, dark, everyday, twisted, hopeful, hopeless; a mystery, a tragedy, a comedy, a coming-of-age tale, a critique of postmodern culture, a parable, a story of a father and his son, a celebration of life and a emotional story of loss and death.
Coupland himself knows how to deal with today's generation that both rejects and yearns for truth and life, valuing authenticity and real-ness above all else. He coined the phrase "Generation X" with his groundbreaking novel of the same name, and continues to show us the way of new life and joy in the age of commercialism and postmodernity clouding the wealthy lives of Americans.
The audio production is one of the best in the business. Often I turn this book on just to be comforted by the narrators' poignant inflections and subtle underplaying of emotion.
I have long considered Stephen King an underrated literary author, and this book proves me right. Here he is at his literary best - stories of depth and insight that define great storytellers.
Hurt's narration is slow at the beginning, and takes getting used to, but it fits with the slow summer days in Bobby Garfield's life and picks up right when it needs to. And King, as always, is simply brilliant reading his own work.
King is a master storyteller, and Dreamcatcher is one of his finest. I am convinced that King is an underrated literary author - his flashbacks to the childhoods of the boys and Duddits are breathtaking and poignant. And his horror and suspense are the top of the line of pop fiction. Sure, the narrative gets long at times, but it's worth it.
The narrator does a fantastic job at the New England/Maine accents, giving each character exactly the right nuance.
I'm not sure about the facts or fiction behind the book, but I enjoyed the ride. Yes, the narration is a little fast, but if you take your time listening and worry little about catching the details of the math, then you'll be fine.
Anyone who thinks that this book is just a series of vignettes or short stories or overblown tangents must have forgotten that real life is that way, and great storytelling is built of such things. Grisham transcends the static and predictable courtroom thriller by giving us something deeper to care about: family, friends, justice, integrity.
I found myself in tears by the end of this book, something that I would not have expected from a Grisham title. But the power of Grisham's books has been transferred from his legal knowledge to his understanding of the human heart, which could project him from merely a pop culture icon or pulp fiction writer to a genuine author of true literature, that which touches the heart and carries the emotions as well as entertains or engages the reader.
I know this isn't Grisham's latest, but it was refreshing to hear a novel that wasn't just about suspense, but about people. Muller is a fascinating reader (though at times overdramatic) and he brings this story alive with cunning accuracy. This is well worth your time and certainly well worth the unabridged - it ended and I was hoping for another couple of hours.
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