I didn't know much about Glenn Beck when I chose this book. I knew he was a republican talking head and that was about it. I was afraid this book would be more propaganda and less story but the other reviews convinced me to get the book anyway. What I heard was a story about dealing with your own personal demons and personal redemption. Does the story have a republican slant? Yes, but only once or twice does the story become heavy handed in that respect. Does the story deal with religion? Definitely. As an atheist I decided it was no different than reading about orcs, dragons, or aliens. Just keep and open mind and give it a listen. The story has a message for anyone that will ever face a rough patch in their life. So basically everyone.
The three stars are for the average writing and less only adequate narration. I really wondered how Glenn Beck gets people to listen to him with some of those character voices.
PS:Length of the story is about perfect so the book doesn't drag on too long.
There wasn't a single character in this book that I liked. They were all terrible people living terrible lives and I wasn't interested in a single character. I initially liked Elsa but then her character changed once she and Bo moved away. I suppose I was supposed to be sad at the end but I felt no emotion towards the characters so I didn't really care.
I thought the author did a good job describing the different settings and the descriptions of the environment. I felt the harshness of the cold wind and snow but that is hardly enough to sustain a book.
Make this a short story instead of a novel.
When Ursula was responding to bombings during the blitz.
This book is a slow, boring version of Groundhog Day. It takes way too long to get to the point.
The characters themselves are fine;however, when they interact in relationships their actions don't make any sense.
Not very good male voices but passable. Yes, I would try another of the narrator's books.
An average effort by the author and narrator. It was an "ok" book that had heavy handed plot devices.
This is the third Joe Hill book I've listened to and it's definitely my least favorite because of the following reasons.
1) It reads more like a Stephen King book and less like a Joe Hill book. The voice isn't Joe Hill's.
2) The story doesn't feel original to me (Christine). Is Joe trying to ride on the vampire money train?
3) In at least two places in the book, the author pulls the reader out of the story to talk to them directly. It's my recollection that these points happen at times when unbelievable coincidences take place. It seems like the author is admitting that he doesn't buy it either.
Kate Mulgrew's performance was excellent. I really enjoyed her performance with one exception. I think the main antagonist was supposed to have a southern accent and she didn't perform that dialogue with that accent.
In brief, this story needed a lot of editing I only made it half way through this book, or about 23 hours. This is the first time in three years that I haven't finished a book I've selected and there have been some stinkers. Very little happens in the first 13 hours of the book. The weak characters aren't particularly interesting and are like children in that they are told what to do through the story. The writing is sterile and has very little warmth or life to it; however this could partly due to the narrators who are below average. Even the sex scenes early in the book were described without passion and sounded more like a government report to me.
No. Allison Hiroto was particularly bad. The person that performed Tengo's story was below average. Neither performer brought the story to life.
Boredom. The writing and/or performances were too sterile to invoke any emotions.
Ok, so the elephant is a metaphor, but it's really not worth suffering through the rest of the story to learn what the book is trying to say. The female character has no substance. I cannot understand how this story got so many good reviews.
If Tom Clancy published a poorly written, poorly researched zombie book, then this is what the book might be like. To be fair, I was not expecting award winning literature when I chose this book; however, I was expecting a protagonist that had more than one emotion, anger, and did not behave a teenager full of angst. It's ok though, because the main character is in therapy. Quarantine this book.
This book is a police drama but reads like true crime because you know from the second scene of the book "who done it." All you're left with is listening to the police chase every red herring in what sounds like a fairly realistic police investigation. There just isn't any suspense or drama when you know the police are following the wrong clues.
Where this story shines is the ambiance of the book. It's a fairly gritty setting that paints New York as a very depressing place to live. The reader also does an excellent job.
This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read and I think it was also the first audiobook to which I ever listened. This book is seeping with creepy. It is "walking alone through a creaky oak forest on Halloween," creepy. It is "footsteps in your backyard but nobody is there," creepy.
I repurchased this book to play for some friends on a road trip. I will tell you that they thought the beginning was slow, but as the details of the story are slowly fleshed out, they were eager to return to the story after rest stops.
Narration is perfect as there is just enough "cool" in the character voices without becoming campy. Well, except where the writing stumbles a bit.
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see why this collection of moral stories has stood up over the centuries. I understand that this is a new interpretation of the original texts and I understand that the narration of the stories plays a big part in the story; however, to me this tales were antiquated tales of morality. I did enjoy some of the comedic stories near the beginning, but some of the more pious stories bored me. To each their own!
Point to consider: This rendition of The Canterbury Tales also contains UNFINISHED stories. You don't know they are unfinished until the story ends. Abruptly.
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