I haven't read Steinbeck in years and, honestly, avoided this one for a long time. I was so wrong. It is typical Steinbeck with his typical characters. I am enjoying every minute of it. I love the strong female protagonist.
My opinion of the harmonica is that it is a little loud compared to the rest of the recording. It sort of reminds me of "Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?" and helped me get into the period of the story. The harmonica player is fantastic and I would love to hear more of that particular player. Does anyone know who it is? The only problem is you don't know when the harmonica will break in and it can be jarring, plus it gets a little redundant.
The narrator is great and he has identifiable voices for each character. You can tell who is speaking before the author identifies the speaker.
Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook and I am inspired to read or re-read some Steinbeck in the near future.
I enjoyed Ms. Heminsley's account of her initiation into running and her foibles and successes she experienced over the years. Mostly I liked how she described the support of friends and strangers to get her to the finish line of any of her marathons. Bravo. It is quite an accomplishment, for sure.
What I didn't really like about the book is that Ms. Heminsley takes a disparaging tone toward anyone who is not a runner or prefers to work out in a gym. Ms. Heminsley, running is not easy as you believe it is. Your derogatory remarks about those of us who enjoy going to the gym and maintaining a level of health without running only emphasize your lack of knowledge about overall health and fitness.
Generally, I enjoyed the book, but cringed at the times when she belittled others who are not like her.
I love this series of books; they're lighthearted, fun and I love the stereotype references to New Jersey...and not just because I grew up there. Whenever I get tired of urban fantasy and zombie, I know I can always listen to a story about John Ceepak.
I love Maberry's Joe Ledger series and I've listened to them more than once. This book is just okay. The story is the reaction of each and every one of the small town's citizens reaction to the fact of zombies in the town. EVERY SINGLE PERSON. The book moves slow because we have to know what every person thinks about seeing the impossible. I don't think I'll finish it.
This book kept my interest until the end. It was well written and easy to follow. The author made the back stories of the characters relevant to the main story and he did it in a way that flowed with the story. I get frustrated with stories that go back and forth from past to present or this character and that. The narrator was excellent and although the narrator didn't have many different voices, you could distinguish one character from the next. He also read the story in a way which made it believable.
A good recording for beginning meditators. Ms. Salzerg's voice is soothing. It's a guided meditation without annoying music.
First I want to say the narration was great and not in any way the reason for my review. I have read Daniel Suarez before and I liked him. I like science explanations and perhaps some of the physics was over my head. But the story line was trite and predictable. Super geniuses come up with major discoveries, but, you guessed it, there is a government cover up. The major discovery in the book is, essentially, anti-gravity. Okay that's an oversimplification, but you get the picture. So, the anti-government figures out how to use it for.....flying. But it isn't flying it's anti-gravity. So people fall off the earth. That was the only thing that was unique to the story. There are explosions and people dying and courageous escapes and redemption in the end. Ho-hum.
This story was written in 1959 and it shows. I never before appreciated our politically correct world until I read this authentic pre-civil rights book. I don't think any author today could authentically write in this style. It is amusing and horrifying at the same time at how ignorant the US was about race relations.
At any rate, I enjoyed this book primarily because it took place in a fictional town in Central Florida. I currently live in Florida so this aspect of the book made it more interesting to me.
I also read this book after I read, "One Second After," which is a modern post-apocalyptic book. Reading "Alas, Babylon" helped explain many of the things said in "One Second After." It was also interesting to read a nuclear holocaust book written so shortly after WWII ended. I am not from the "Duck and Cover" era, but from "Red Dawn" and other nuclear holocaust scares. I enjoyed this book for that reason. It did get a little trite and slow toward the end.
I love Will Patton's voice and I could listen to anything he reads.
This book starts off with a preface by Newt Gingerich as though the book has a very important message to tell the American people. I'm not quite sure what type of influence the author felt that Gingerich might have, but there it is.
The book is about how an EMP blast can and inevitably will cripple the United States and remove it as a superpower on the world stage. The moral of the story is that Washington knows about this threat and is doing nothing about it....so there's your politics.
There is obviously a conservative slant to this book because the main characters live in a wealthy small town in North Carolina. The author repeatedly voices his disdain for anyone taking psychotropic medications, heart medications, people who don't exercise and eat properly, prisoners, drug users and pacifists...oh, yeah, and people who live in Florida. He champions the armed services, veterans and diabetics.
In the end the book is nothing but fear mongering to scare the American people into believing that the end of the United States is inevitable when a nuclear bomb is detonated 100 miles in the atmosphere over Utah. What, I would like to ask Mr. Forstchen, would you like me to do about it? If you present a problem then it's only proper to offer a possible solution. As a child of the Cold War I have heard all this fearmongering before when we were told that the USA and the USSR would eventually annhilate each other by launching nuclear weapons. Perhaps an EMP blast will reduce the USA to medieval times, Mr. Forstchen, but I live in Florida and will be dead soon afterward.
I had this book in my wish list for quite awhile before I finally decided to buy it. The story was compelling enough that it held my attention until the end. I was disappointed with the ending because it merely made the story a lesson in morality, which is: You can't judge a book by its cover; or some other trite parable.
The story was almost like a non-sequitor by the way it started; its development; and its odd moral ending. It is as though the author was trying to give a particular person a private message. I don't know...when I read a novel, I want to be entertained not preached at.
This story was completely unexpected. It is a mystery that doesn't rely on sex, money and gore. While there are deaths involved in the story it doesn't involve the detailed blood and guts sensationalism on which many of today's mystery writers rely.
The characters are well-developed in an entertaining way. The author does not get bogged down in relationship interaction that often becomes cumbersome and unrealistic in other books. Each character has his or her own distinct personality without being annoying.
If you're looking for a light summer mystery which will hold your attention. This is your book.
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