Liked Rose the dog best. Author's narration was the worst. She sounded miffed, angry, just plain pissed off at so many things, people, places...the whole world.
Not really. Didn't like Bel Canto. Maybe this author is just not for me.
no. she does not have a reading voice that one wants to hear for more than 30 seconds.
Many of us have been waitresses. Perhaps less bitter because we weren't frustrated poets and didn't go to Iowa to study graduate writing.
Grew up in the UK so I like stories about the UK.
Scottish accent sounded fake & forced. Pronounciations were inconsistent in the point same words in one sentence was mispronounced. Later in the book when the accent is Canadian (N. American), it was easier on my ears. Maybe most Americans won't notice but it's difficult for me to hear narrators try so hard doing Scottish, Irish or even English accents and not succeed.
No. Too slow & too monotonous. Screen play would have to do all the Hollywood tricks to engage an on-screen audience.
Many LOVE Alice Munro, she's just not for me. Glad I tried and found out my own preferences.
I read others reviews before deciding I wanted to try Alice Munro anyhow. I reckon I can at least try. But like one of the reviews, I find it too slow going for me. It is probably wonderful for people who enjoy the description of every minute detail and of every single ordinary thing, it's almost like cinematography but words without visuals didn't work for me.
I've heard many rave about Alice Munro, it's like trying caviar. I tried, I didn't like it. It's wonderful that some people love it :-)
I listened to "View from Castle Rock" just to see if a novel would make a difference.
Unfortunately it didn't. I almost stopped several times due to the bad fake Scottish accent. I'll write a review for that one separately.
Worth it that now I know Alice Munro is not for me.
This is a story of working dogs. Having been a working dog handling, it is interesting to hear about tales of others doing similar work with their dogs.
Puzzles of course. What a rambunctious pup who grew into an amazing working dog!
Puzzles coming home to meet her new owners' group of Pomeranians (house pets).
The antics, the attempts to establish dominance, friendships, disruptions etc.
reminds me of so many other dogs causing havoc/comedy in their handlers' lives.
Wouldn't make a film about this book. A documentary maybe for dog handlers or SAR enthusiasts but not really "movie material" for today's audiences with such short attention spans.
For those who like short stories yes. Other reviewers complained about this collection being "thin" and that not enough stories. Well, this is not meant to be "War & Peace" (big fat novel). I find myself satiated with this collection & looking forward to more. I've always liked anthologies though I realize it's not for everyone.
The two former "consultants" who met up in a Paris cafe after years of being "together". A taste of secrecy, spies, intrigue yet such humane exposure of two human beings.
Find out for yourself. I don't wanna spoil it.
The farm wedding (hehehe), laughed so hard! So tell-it-like-it-is REAL. Moore's storytelling is so good I can visualize the whole enchilada! The voices, wedding dresses (love the color descriptions), the ex-father-in-law's lust, the "entertainment" and chaos from unexpected snafu...hilarious.
Yes, when the woman in the Paris cafe wondered if she should pronounce the two S's in "couscous". Is it just couscoooo since there's no letter after the 2nd "s"?
Made me realize how silly it is when I worry about this kind of thing too. Made me have empathy for the character (key trait of good storyteller).
Well done Lorrie Moore! I dig even all the double entendres, alliterations, puns e.g. the title "Bark" and 1st story "Debarked". Debarked means so many things to me (a dog nut), it means one's unique voice has been taken away, like a cat declawed, a bull that's neutered - fundamentally altered.
This collection of short stories is NOT "thin". I find them rich, full spectrum and engaging. I look forward to more stories from Ms. Moore.
No. Just too slow moving. I could guess the plot.
Back to Michael Connelly 's Harry Bosch. Already listened to all the Lucas Davenport series.
He did OK. Not spectacular. Bad accent when portraying eccentric fly fisherman. Was that supposedly English (from England)?
Not one of Sanford's best. The Virgil Flowers series is more about rural MN and not the big city cop stories as the Davenport series. I guess I prefer faster pace, more complex stories.
Same incident rewritten 7 times from supposedly different points of view. The entire Part 1 could be deleted. NONE, not one of the characters elicited empathy or understanding. Least of all the missing girl - sounded like an awful, selfish, shallow girl. Cressida may be an uncommon name in the US but not in Europe.
VERY disappointed in Joyce Carol Oates. I kept hoping something would happen, or the people would get more interesting. Nope.
Oh yes, the entire part with the eccentric professor in Florida & Cressida's internship might as well be deleted too. Didn't connect to any other part of the book.
Nothing made sense.None of the people made sense. There was no story.
Not anything new. Some of her old books were good.
Droll. Dull. Monotonous.
Still can't believe how bad this book is!
Not necessarily. Individual preferences in processing stories are different, even our moods can be different. Sometimes I like reading, sometimes I like listening.
Margaret Atwood's Hand Maid's Tale. Not the nature of the story (although both fiction) but the degree of detail, most intimate thoughts of the protagonist, the " naked truth" told, calm yet merciless.
Did a good job articulating author/protagonist's calm, plain narrative dotted with exquisite agonies when he first experiences "Love" not until he was middle aged.
When Stoner started to learn about true human caring and love.
Beautiful in the sense that it's some totally honest, bare, guileless. Ordinary human condition, extraordinarily written.
Agree with another reviewer. Chop off Ch 2 - 4 when author went on and on about the pretty blonde 2nd wife. Her character was boring and annoying. Added nothing to the story. I was in NYC in that era and close to the Wall Street scene. The book "Less than Zero" as well as "Bright Lights Big City" were both FAR more realistic, gritty and better in storytelling. Jordan B simply wasn't engaging and didn't make me care about him or his other characters. In "Wall St" there were equally nasty characters but they were "human" and got me to pay attention even if I don't care about them. The 80's was AMAZING and a "blur".
However, there were real people back then, Jordan's book just feels fake and plastic.
I couldn't even listen to half way through and I tried to. Returned it.
Shorten the 2nd wife. Flesh out character development. He did a better job with the Brit Aunt (but still with too surface of a treatment). I grew up in London and the know many Brits, French & Swiss. The description of these characters did not feel authentic. The accents were atrocious and plain wrong even the book doesn't even demand a very talented performer to distinguish amongst the German, Swiss, French and English accents and how each nationality speak French.
Mr. Belfort was trying to describe brainlessness and vacuousness and addiction and
perhaps perpetual fog with rare glimpses of clarity. This repeat & rinse rhythm was so mundane and boring maybe the pretty face of Leonardo Di Caprio and a better screen play can put some interesting tidbits for the movie audiences to chew on.
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