My first Vonnegut. Slow start but well worth the patience. The characters in ensemble are clearly drawn with each one showing growth and clear change.
I was quite moved in the final scene, when the General shows his strength of character by admitting his need for change of heart and expresses clearly with great difficulty that this indeed has happened. Then he is able to speak directly to his family with emotion no longer a threat to his authority, speaking of love with a balance of discipline.
Colin Hanks presented the characters clearly and consistently. He did a fine job.
I listened with interest as long as I could before breaking off for other required activities
It was a slow starting book for me, but I'm glad I hung in there rather than giving up. It was a great experience and I needed to learn not to quit too soon.
It's a tie! Gabaldon and Porter are a formidable combination of writing and reading. I can't express what a great experience it was except to say that at the time of this writing I've just finished the third of the series and can't wait to start number 4.
Claire Beacham Randall Fraser is an attractive, honest, selfish, plain spoken, profane, courageous and extremely sensual woman. After being immersed in Dickens for almost a year, it's almost embarrassing how much sex there is in this book, but soon, it becomes integral to the story of love, romance and adventure between Claire and Jaime.
Every character is well written, presented and fully developed. Of course Claire is the central figure with Jaime a close second. But you could look as far afield to Murtaugh, or the little dried up lawyer, or any of the less prominent characters and feel that you know them and care about them.
The next Harry Potter series only for (very) Mature Audiences.
"A film" of this book would only be possible if it we done like the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series . . . only on steroids. This is a big, big book and there are 7 of them. Do the math.
Diana Gabaldon is prolific and extremely entertaining. She starts quickly and goes all out pedal to the metal from start to finish. Are there flaws? Yes, but I'm not listing them because what I see as flaws another would see as style. This was her first novel. It's just almost miraculous what she was able to do (and has done since.) And this fact makes the consistency of her writing, at least as far as I've read to date, amazing to me.
Hold the Anchovies was fun, light entertainment: fresh to my ears and . . . well my son owns a pizzeria, so it hit close to home.
Any of the noir detectives.
The encounters with the bad guy: the fearlessness of the battle hardened retired detective: his wily manipulation of the crime boss and particularly the strenthening, rather than weakening as the threat increased and grew clearer.
I listen to all my books in big chunks and only leave when duty calls me away.
Bill Comb's rendering of the characters ranged from the consistenly harsh and rough voice of our hero to the lightest of the females and was good in every one of them.
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