Here is what I emailed to my sister: I just finished Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It was so good. I've had to delete lots of stuff on my DVR because I haven't watched TV in 3 days and it filled up. This was one of those novels that a person stays up late reading and starts again as soon as she wakes up.
I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in ages. I wish the book had gone on another 57 hours. Years ago I read most of it and still have my old paperback. It came in handy when I wanted to follow along or when I wanted to quote something for friends. I was born in 1948 so I remember lots of the events from the later parts of the book. Manchester gave me new insights to those events.
I don't think anyone can read aloud as fast as this reader. His reading must have been sped up some. It took a little getting used to.
I nearly gave up after the opening paragraph. It was worthy of a bad writing contest. You can read it on the Amazon preview. The book was barely okay.
I lived in Natchez a couple of years when I was a girl in the late 1950s. The racism was surprising, even for a girl of 10 moving there from rural South Arkansas.
This book had me not watching TV for several days until I finished it and dreaming about the characters at night.
I truly hope the author and narrator both have other jobs. This is a terrible book with terrible narration.
I enjoyed the later stories much more than the early ones. My complaint with the early stories is that they would often start getting good and holding my interest when they would just end. I know that they are "literary" and not "plot-driven," but I found that so ANNOYING.
Having lots of narrators was great.
I'm not a prude, but this is nothing but pornography. It absolutely grossed me out. I tried more than once to listen to it, but never could get more than a few hours into it.
I've listened to many WWII and concentration camp stories. This fiction just doesn't come up to the drama of the accounts of those who were actually there. The Seamstress is so very much better.
I try to avoid Toren and Guidall. They can ruin books. Guidall sounds like an old uncle that one can hardly wait to get away from.
This book is The House at Riverton. I listened to it in 2012. I kept thinking "this sounds familiar." Audible is such a good place to do business. I'm really surprised that they don't put a warning in the description.
The book is pretty good, but just don't buy both of them.
I've listened to many biographies, and this one is the best. I'd never thought much about MacArthur before I listened to this book. I'd just thought he was an egotistical old general. Now I know that he was one of the towering figures of the last century. If you are interested in WWII, the Korean War, or a history of Japan, you need to listen to this book.
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