Loved the book and loved the performance. I actually chose this book not because it was a Turow work, but because Edward Herrmann is my favorite reader and I thought it?d be a real pleasure to listen to his treatment of a novel. His nuanced performance of this work is typically flawless. I was frankly leery of a Turow book, having never been able to really get started with Laws of Our Fathers, which was disappointing after having loved Personal Injuries. This novel was a wonderful surprise. Though at first glance one might think it's just another war serial, Ordinary Heroes looks at the basics of human existence in a very unique way. I very much liked the dual first person narratives...quite inventive. It?s a great device that allows the author a very ?readable? vehicle for his take on how our own experiences shape our lives in often unexpected ways, as well as the lives of those far removed from the immediate events we?re living through. I suspect that I would not have enjoyed this book nearly as much had I tried to read it. The richness imparted to the work by having Herrmann bring the characters and scenes to life is not to be missed. All in all, Ordinary Heroes is one of those where the long march to the end is very satisfying, and yet when you get there it?s somewhat sad?having spent so much time with these terrific characters, it?s a shame to have to go our separate ways.
Huge Connelly fan, but this one missed. Looking back, I can't quite tell if the story quit, or the narration didn't make the characters come to life. I tend to think the latter, and give props to the author for trying to pull these great characters together, but it just didn't work for me. Telling Haller's story in the first person made it feel like this was his story, and Bosch just appeared as a supporting actor. The reader is pleasant enough, but has a bit of a lisp I found mildly annoying because it detracted from his ability slip from character to character smoothly without it sounding, well, like a guy reading a book out loud. Len Cariou's still Bosch to me...like Bond without Connery, Harry's just not quite the same guy with this reader. Could be my favorite combo of character and reader, Cariou and Bosch, and I hope they get together again someday. Oh well, the great thing about Connelly is that he's prolific. Though this one didn't quite make it, can't wait for what's next...
Flynn hits a home run again! The only thing wrong with the experience of hearing Guidall bring Rapp to life as only he can is that it's just like dining out on a good steak...it's so delicious that you know you should take your time and savor every minute, but just can't help yourself when you devour it like a maniac and suddenly it's over before you know it. Pure genius to take us back to the beginning, Vince. Hold on tight, Rapp fans. Another great kick in the teeth to the PC crowd.
What an absolute treat! These books are sort of the literary equivalent of the NFL Pro Bowl, MLB and NBA All Star Games all rolled into one. For those who commented that the pacing was a bit uneven, I did not find that so...and who cares, anyway?! When those special all-star days roll around every year they may not yield the year's greatest game, but given the thrill of watching your future Hall Of Fame players on the big stage in their prime...who cares?! We might not get absolute perfection with these books, but they're still fantastic listens and so unique that it's easy to overlook minor imperfections. Having loved "Chopin", I was so excited to get my ears around a sequel that I sort of "sped-listened"; the first time through. I'm going to go right back and savor a second go. Molina is spot-on again. He's just a wonderful reader and the perfect choice for this project. With an all-star game, though it's only an exhibition, one gets a sense that the players really relish getting to team up with the very best at what they do. Here's hoping that these great authors are having as much fun doing these very unique projects as it appears, and that they'll keep these wonderful books coming!
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