It was extremely over-contrived. Baldacci kept trying to throw in twist after twist. Oliver Stone continually made deductions and arrived at conclusions that would be a HUGE stretch. In addition, the dialogue was often cheesy.
The more I listen to him, the more I doubt it.
McLarty was fine, but not as strong as in some of the series' other books. Cassidy was horrible at the accents she was trying to pull off. The British accent was okay, but her U.S. southern accent was very distracting. Even when trying to voice a charactier with no accent at all, it seem like she struggled.
Not so much. I was ready for it to be over while it still had hours left...and that's rare for me.
I enjoyed how the narrator used the different voices of John, Paul, George, and Ringo when reading their quotes. You could definitely tell whose quote it was just by his voices. It really gave life to what could have been a tedious non-fiction work.
I think this book is great for a die-hard fan. However, for the casual fan or average reader, there is probably way too much minutiae to keep it entertaining...hence the 44 hours.
The memoirs part of this book was great. Billy has lived a fascinating life. The musings part of this book, read before a live audience, was mostly an unfunny stand-up act. I expected more from Mr. Crystal.
I'm looking forward to watching the mini-series.
The audio on this audiobook was horrible. Gus is supposed to be a loud talker, as is referenced many times in the book. However, the difference in volume between the normal narration and Gus's dialogue was so vast that my speakers would rattle when Gus talked. If I turned the volume down, I wouldn't be able to hear the rest of the narration. Also there were many instances of poor quality when it came to the recording: frequent and audible sound breaks, papers rustling, and even an instance or two of the narrator clearing his throat. I enjoyed the story thoroughly, and even the voice of the narrator, but this book needs to be re-recorded.
This is my first review to write after listening to over 100 audiobooks, but I felt it needed to be written. I enjoyed the author's imagery and poetry-like descriptions, but the story was too "all over the place". The vignettes, while independently interesting, were not in any sort of reasonable order (at least none that I could discern from listening to the audiobook) which made following the story difficult. They jumped randomly from World War I to the 1960s and everywhere in between. While I don't always mind this in certain books or films, it just didn't work in this book.
Also, from the descriptions I read, both Audible and in other publications, I believed that this book was written as a mystery. It read more like a bunch of disjointed barely-connected stories, none of which piqued my interest as to who (if anybody) might have committed the deed in question. I'm extremely glad it was only four hours long, as I would not have been happy to have wasted any more of my time than that listening to this book.
I will probably listen to Winter's Bone in the future, just because it has been so well received.
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