Stephen King fans will enjoy this one. The story moves along and there are a number of good characters. There are weaknesses, though. A number of plot points regarding character reactions to Big Jim's machinations are somewhat unbelievable and strained. In addition, as many have noted, the narrator's voices for women and children are terrible to the point of distraction.
I love Stephen King, but this was average, one of my least favorite of his books. The plot is fairly predictable and not that gripping. Gardener is an excellent narrator, as usual.
This is a terrific book, worthy of all the high praise. The plot is great, the writing is great, what makes it unusual is the humor. It is a very funny book. I am looking forward both to the movie and to Andy Weir's next book.
I thought this book was mediocre. I think it is at the top of the best seller lists because of superficial resemblance to Gone Girl, with similar title, vaguely similar plot vis-a-vis the unreliable narrator. I kept hoping for it to get better but I found the various plot twists to be fairly uneventful or interesting.
This was my first time reading or listening to an Elmore Leonard book and I was disappointed. The plot isn't that great, I though some of the characters were shallowly written, and I thought the ending was especially weak. Frank Muller is the absolute best and his performance here is very good.
Like several other reviewers, I found this to be a bit difficult to get through. The parts about Sacks' family history and childhood were interesting but there is a lot here on the history of chemistry that is a slog to get through. This would have been better as a long magazine piece and is stretched as a book. I usually like biographies but I just didn't enjoy this book very much.
This is a great novel, beautifully written and the plot picks up and gets quite suspenseful. Highly recommended.
This book is basically a strung together collection of articles that Osnos wrote for the New Yorker magazine. The stories are somewhat interesting but I found that the book dragged and was somewhat repetitive. The sum here was less than the whole of the parts for some reason.
This book was great. I was initially put off by the sample audio, which is from the preface and in the author's voice, which I do not think is good but is only a few minutes long. Boutsikaris narrates the rest of the book and is great. The story is a little slow in the beginning but picks up, and the post-World War II part, which is the bulk of the book, is excellent. It's a really good history of modern computers and the internet and how they developed and the people involved at the various steps.
I agree with all the high ratings. This is a very accessible and interesting survey of the Civil War. After reading this, I have added a number of other Civil War related books to my list to listen to as well. For those who enjoyed this and want a modern take, I highly recommend "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horowitz.
A pleasant story but not great. I have listened to quite a few Shute novels and this is not at the top of the pack. The story lacks any real drama and plays out rather slowly.
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