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Intelligent, thoughtful, memorable,
The most amazing reaction to this rather lengthy listen was it held my interest! Indeed, at every opportunity, I looked forward to getting back to the story presented. I am not familiar with Greg Bear's work but will certainly be scanning his additional writings. Although I am not a scientist, I found the scientific explanations entirely plausible and were certainly entertaining. Then the mix of spirituality, personal growth and a reasonably believable story were just too much to ignore!
Very good read. I recommend this highly for those who have a spiritual bent as well as those who are fascinated with gathering knowledge and thoughtful wisdom.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I don't write a lot of reviews so usually try to keep them for special books....those that really filled me with thoughtfulness and enjoyment. This one was one of those. It was certainly a winner. The author beautifully described the special bond we form with our animals and how they change us for the better.
The end. Won't insert a spoiler but it must be said, "the choice" was there 'til the end.......
Highly recommend. Not only for "animal people" but for all of us who continue to grow and learn and love. :)
Once the story grabbed onto me, I was helpless to give it up. Every moment I could, I hooked up my ITouch to listen. Maybe it's just me but I wanted to believe this was not a book of fiction but had really happened. And so it goes.......
The author did a wonderful job in narration.
The only negative, perhaps a little heavy in the pre/adolescent angst but perhaps this was part of what made Charlie "grow" (mature) and lent more to the story and character development.
Other than that, I totally enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to others.
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Indeed, I am interested in all "out of body" experiences and have been for many decades. By the description, this book checked all the boxes and I looked forward to listening to it.
Alas, the narration was a total turn-off! Mr Martini speaks so rapidly and with such a staccato delivery, I simply could not bear it. Perhaps this is due to the fact I live in a rural community and have learned to slooooooww down....! Used to be a city girl but after many years in a more relaxed and laid-back environment, I have learned to appreciate the language and certainly my own speech, by necessity, has slowed down. This may not be a problem for more urban listeners who still go at such a rapid pace, but for me, it was so distracting I was not able to listen to the end. Maybe I'll get the book.....don't know yet.
Would have enjoyed it more had there been a trained narrator who could read the book at a better cadence.
Did not really expect to be so impressed with this book but was so pleased and surprised as it kept me spellbound! Terrific writing. Perfect narration. A thriller but also major characters were dealt with perfection. Definitely intend to look for more from this author and narrator. Highly recommend.
I am not usually attracted to Stephen King's books anymore, mostly because I am older (late 60's) and don't really like to scare myself silly anymore! That being said, I had read the reviews for Revival and decided to give it a go based on other's opinions that this was not going to be gory. I am so glad I did and thank the reviewers appreciably!
The story was more characterization, as others said, and I totally enjoy such writing. King is a marvel when it comes to digging down deep into a person and what drives them. I liked the main character immensely, despite his flaws, and appreciated his maturity and sensitive nature.
The ending was a bit flawed--thus the 5 for storyline--but still, the writing was so enthralling, I was unable to put down the book until much later than I usually go to bed. How's about 2 am! Yipe!
Yes.....the ending.....not what I was expecting and could have had a different twist but acceptable in the long run.
I recommend this heartily for good writing, interesting and believable characters and an enjoyable journey beyond reality.
I absolutely loved David Morse's performance! His voice is both soft yet masculine, somewhat world-weary but sensitive. Perfect for this assignment. I intend to research other audio books he has narrated. Excellent choice for expression of this book.
It is not often that I am struck almost speechless by a story or a book but this one stood out. In the writing, one can detect the writer's love of the subject matter. Ms. Letts captured the story of a man, his dreams and his love for a horse that led him down a path no one could have imagined. I will definitely be seeking further works by this talented writer.
The narrator, Bronson Pinchot, was absolutely perfect as the narrator. His inflections and sensitive rendering of the writing was beyond description. At the end, when Snowman is looking towards the Rainbow Bridge, one could detect a bit of a muffled sadness to his voice which I judged as his own......I respect that. He wasn't just reading, he was feeling and was sad himself.
I recommend this book without hesitation. The story is wonderful and the fact it is nonfiction and really happened, adds even more admiration for the piece. One of my most favored books ever.
I first read this when I was in my early 20's and at that age, the significance and quality of writing didn't impress. Now that I am in my late 60's, I was stunned to find this book so captivating, it was difficult to put it down. Oscar Wilde wrote brilliantly and so captured the withering of Dorian Grays life as well as those experiences that change us. Admiration indeed for such a wonderful writer!
Simon Prebble was the perfect narrator for this piece. His maturity, inflections and capacity to express the varied emotions of the characters was just right. I will be seeking other works by this talented narrator.
I heartily recommend this book for both the content and the storytelling. Lessons are abundant and despite its 1891 writing, much of what is presented can be compared to life today.
If you are interested in reading something that has a little bit of everything, I would highly recommend this as it contains them all: Love of animals, a powerful treatment on life on the streets, understanding one's self and just a little bit of the mystic and wonder of the Universe. That may be overkill but I have to say, I found all these things in this little book. Sometimes it was a trek listening as James Bowen endured many hardships during his life but somehow managed to turn his life around and continue on. I am so glad he did and that I finished listening. But even more so, I am so glad Bob appeared in his life to be both a companion and a teacher, a protector and the glue that held it all together until James got a firm foothold on his own.
The narrator, Kristopher Milnes, performs James' voice in such a way that I fully believed I was listening to the writer. Bravo!
The ending was perfect. Touching and complete at this point of their lives. We all face struggle, pain and adversity and James and Bob had their fill of this. But their relationship and the goodness that resulted gave me hope for us all. Love, gentleness, patience and perhaps just a bit of guidance from I know not where, can just pop out and change everything.
I look forward to any future books about James and Bob. I would love continue to travel alongside them on this journey called life.......
As I do not write many reviews, the fact of this writing is surprising even me! That being said, I felt compelled to write as this book was so wonderful, I had to share with like-minded readers.I have read Jon's books and enjoyed them all very much. But this one stands out. Perhaps because of the storyline....hospice....always a delicate and sensitive subject. But even more-so, Jon's experiences with what I would call Clinical Depression and his open and honest portrayal of this devastating disease meant so very much to me. I, too, have Clinical Depression and have struggled to deal with its enveloping presence over many years. The loss of Robin Williams only deepened its hold on me and the occurrences increased as a result.Hearing Jon's personal thoughts and descriptions as his depression began to take hold and deepened were like a script from my life and I feared for him.But somehow his healing.....a result of his experiences with the dying and a good deal more with Izzy's incredible feats.....were a calming and reassuring balm for me. I will look upon my furred creatures with far more depth and understanding as a result.And if I "go there" again, I will hold onto my beasties and thank the Universe even more than I already do for their loving attention and devotion.Thank you, Jon, for it all.
Tom Stechschulte, as always, was perfect for the narrator. His utterly masculine but soft and gentle voice, helped to deepen the listener's emotional involvement in the storyline. He is one of my favorites!
I have been curious about NDE's since Raymond Moody's first book came out in the mid-70's. Indeed, I believe I had an NDE in 1985 but that is another story entirely.
This book is just about the best one I have experienced so far on NDE's (and I have gone through quite a few). The narratives are presented simply, personally and almost matter-of-factly without drama or with an effort to influence one's beliefs. As stated, there is no prejudiced view such as to "Christianity is the only way" as is, unfortunately, the theme in several NDE books. Non-religious but certainly a spiritual vein which appeals to many of us. I listened over a period of days and when the epilogue arrived I was somewhat deflated as I had been enjoying these stories so much.
Excellent narration by Simon Whistler! Sensitive yet with just the right emphasis when needed. Will be looking for more audios narrated by this talented professional.
I heartily recommend this book for the NDE "seeker" who wants to gather more information and muddle it through one's own mind and consciousness to find wisdom.
A definite winner.
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