It's hard to concentrate when it seems that the reader -- Bening - isn't. Her reading is amateurish -- surprising -- and one feels she is not "present.' Her voice is pleasant enough, but that's not enough. She's supposed to be an actress.
Excellent. Not exactly irreverent, but not worshipful, down-to-earth telling of the story of the greatest composer so far. The book is entertaining, no, very entertaining, and informative. It had me laughing aloud, to my surprise. I expect to do something I haven't done before -- when it ends, immediately start it over. Then I'll look for others by the same author/reader.
Delivery occasionally over the top, forgivable.
The incisive irony.
Yossarian, of course. He's human, humane, patriotic, realistic and hilarious
Superlative reading of a classic. I had to check back to see if Sanders was the only reader, there was so much individuation of characters.
William Hughes, yes, Steve Lopez if he wrote it in past tense.
The story was sweet, but writing in the present tense irritates me.
Gave up. Don't know
I did see it.
I liked the characters, including a female Viet Cong sniper. There was a good sense of place, danger, fear and valor. The squad had the requisite diverse demographic
Rendezvous reminded me of Matterhorn, though much shorter and not as intense. The hook of a female sniper was more intense in Full Metal Jacket, a realistic horror.
My reaction was not extreme as it was in, for example, Dispatches or Matterhorn, but the book served the purpose and kept my attention, though briefly because it's brief. :)
Not earth-shaking, but diverting.
More better bad ideas.
After a few amusing stories it went downhill fast.
My favorite, I confess, was that the guy who invented the Segway rode his own off a cliff.
The bad movies had, inherently, the potential to go on forever, which I started to be afraid it would
This was meant to be some light fare between real books, but it was too dull to listen to another minute.
Sometimes being read to is better than reading. A reading like this contests my own imagination, Hathaway gives it so much life.
It's a familiar story because of the wonderful movie. But Ann Hathaway's reading of the book itself is one of the best readings I've heard. She's engaged, she's animated, she's smart, present and funny. She adds "voices" beautifully. It's like there are six people in there with her. Pretty much perfect.
Colin Firth did one of the best readings I've ever heard. Most impressive was that he read the woman's lines in his own voice -- no falsetto -- but with a woman's intonation. The story was only okay, but Firth elevated it. I will be looking for more from him.
Presence, emotions, color.
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