Great story brought to life by the amazing Claire Danes. The reason I will recommend this to my friends - and insist my nieces read it - is because it brings home how fragile our current way of life and its freedoms are. While I admit I fantasize about not having to work and having all the time I want to knit and garden, the idea of not having the freedom to work, to read, to own, to decide... Chills me to the bone.
I was very tense while listening, wondering how things would work out. I wanted her to be successful in getting pregnant but worried what would happen if she did. I wanted her to find out what had happened to her loved ones but worried it wouldn't be good news. But other than the ending, which made me cry, the part that was most intense for me was when she lost her job and found out she could no longer own anything or have money. It felt too real. That said, the description of someone's feet being tortured, while short, made me squirm. Just the idea... Yikes.
At first I wasn't sure I liked the narrator because she reminded me of the narrator from a book I didn't like. However she did a great job and really fit the voice of the biologist.
The story swept me away and I couldn't stop listening. I appreciate stories that resist explaining everything, that are mysterious and somehow potentially plausible at the same time.
Starting #2 now!
Even though I already knew the basic premise of this story, the twists and turns kept me riveted all the way through. The tension had me at the edge of my seat at times and I was impressed with King's ability to create a character who was a monster and yet instilled empathy in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
James Dickey has an amazing way with words. Several times I re-listened to passages just to enjoy the dialog and descriptions again. Many times I would think "yes, that feels true" whether he was talking about things I've done (gaining confidence in a canoe) or things I hope I never do (tracking someone through the woods). And I can't imagine anyone doing a better job reading this than Will Patton! He made the book come alive for me.
A classic story that holds up well over time and is expertly told. You could set this in current times, make the guys lose cell coverage and nothing else would really change.
It felt like I was sitting next to Will Patton while he told me a story of a trip he took. It never sounded like reading or even acting. He infused the whole book with life and character without overdoing it. We just re-watched the movie and found myself constantly disappointed by the lack of his voice (even though I knew he wasn't in it).
While Lewis is an interesting character, this is Ed's journey. I like seeing a character go through experiences that helps them learn more about themselves and push their limits.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good storytelling.
I loved this book and have listened to it several times already. The characters, the story, the dialog, the narrator. More, please!
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