I thought that I would love this book. I grew up with Jim Henson's work and I loved it all. I guess I am just left scratching my head at the end of this wondering how after 600 pages that go into great detail, I am left feeling like I know Jim Henson even less now. There was something sort of cold about this book. Jim Henson was such a great story teller, but this book felt more like a text book on his life. Sure, it told me what kind of car he drove at every point in his life, all the houses he had, and all the amazing projects he was working on...but even when quoting from his journal, I still didn't feel like I understood him at all. It just felt like I was hearing a long list of everything he did, not who he was. The parts that did try and delve a little deeper left me feeling like Jim Henson was a man without emotional attachment. While the ending message was great, I felt really disappointed by this book as a whole.
As for the narrator, I was also not in love. I hated how when sometimes quoting Jim, he would slip into an impression of Jim's voice, but not always. It really took me out of the moment. He also would sometimes do muppet voices, but not always. I found it really inconsistent and sort of strange. I will give him credit though, when he did the voices, they were actually pretty good.
It will be a while before I would trust myself with Deborah Harkness again. I thought Jennifer Ikeda did a fantastic job and would love to hear her read again.
No, just from Deborah Harkness.
This series is my first time listening to Jennifer Ikeda, but i really liked her.
Boredom. I was so bored listening to this book. I liked the first one much better, and held out hope for the third book, which is why I stuck with it and got it through.
Probably not. I really wanted to like this book, and I believe it is the best in the series, but the series as a whole was very flat.
I loved the beginning. I was really intrigued by the story, but then as soon as the romance started (and I like romance) it became dull and uninspired. I found myself switching to faster modes of listening just to get myself through it.
The beginning when she reads from the book, and then the mystery that starts after she sends the book back.
Actually yes, a movie would force them to get rid of a lot and might actually help the story flow better.
I thought the narrator was really great. If she hadn't been, I wouldn't have made it through this series (not that it would have been a bad thing).
I wasn't even close to being alive when this assassination took place, yet I've always been drawn to learning about it. I've read a lot of books on it, both conspiracy and not. What I liked about this book was that he went basically minute by minute. Each minute, all of the things that were happening with all involved. The focus of this book was not just the President and Oswald, but their families, medical staff, law enforcement, bystanders, and the people of Dallas. It was an interesting way to experience the events of those four days. He doesn't spend much time on conspiracy, only a couple of mentions of it when certain events happen to say that those events would be used as fodder for years to come. I was OK with this. I think the way this book is setup, in order to make it flow and able to be followed, you need to stick with one story. Too many theories would have muddled it. This isn't a book of embellishments, it's very straight forward and to the point. Even after reading many books about the same events, I felt like I learned things I hadn't heard before, which is always great.
I love listening to Edward Herrmann as a narrator. This is my third book I've listed to that he's done, and he's one of my favorites.
I enjoyed this because through Malala, I actually felt like I had a history lesson about her region and her people. Her story is hard to swallow. Hard because this girl should never have gone through what she did. All she ever said was that she wanted to go to school, it seems like such a silly thing to have campaign for. In attacking her, the Taliban made her an international beacon of hope and justice, the opposite of what they were going for. It's hard to believe someone so young has gone through this much. I only wish that she had read the entire book, and not just the forward.
Unbelievable Heartbreaking Beautiful
I thought it was an amazing story all around. Some of it seemed like it might have been slightly "enhanced" but it didn't take away from the fact that these men endured unbelievable odds in service to their country.
I did cry, several times. This is a book that gives you a glimmer of what these men felt; their struggles, and their triumphs.
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