This was pitched at a book groups and sounded so very grim. Frankly, I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Some characters (and their narrators) are more likeable than others, but more fun than the subject matter would let you believe.
This was an icky book. Nothing to do with the reader, who was adequate, but it is very gossipy and more than a bit negative. At the end I felt in need of something to get rid of the mean-spirited feeling that dominates the listen. I have no idea how much of it is true...if even a fraction is fact, then I pity the Royals. I am no fan of them, but no one deserves this type of National Enquirer treatment at the hands of someone like Tina Brown. Shame on her for either making it up or bringing to light stuff that is none of her business. Ick.
This is a wonderful, tender, compassionate and heartbreaking account of a life. Although it is very violent at times, the story is compelling; romantic without being saccharine. One of the few books I wish would have gone on much longer. The ending was very satifying. Powerful narrations by both actors...a great listen.
While I like "Odd Thomas" better, this was a pretty good listen. Odd is a great character, in a book (well,mostly) full of great characters. The main baddy is completely over-the-top, but this is almost ok, given the ironic nature a of the narrative.
A great listen...good narration/characterization by the presenter.
Here is an example of a book I should have looked at a bit more closely before purchasing. The promo audio clip sounded alright, as did the squib on Audible. This was a tedious book. Long-winded, purported non-fiction with no unifying theme that was apparent, other than the author is the only man alive clever enough to find space aliens behind hang-up phone calls and other natural disasters.
The writing and the narration of this book are phenomenal. A friend gave me the hardback novel, and I put it aside in favor of the terrific narration. Eugenides' skill is tremendous: no detail is too small or too heartbreaking. Cal vividly and insightfully tells the story of his family, sad and ironic and funny, very much brought to life by an exceptional narrator.
A hilariously tragic description of the rending of clothing during grief (by Desdemona) is spare and masterful, and just over the top enough.
Despite the length (and I really am sad that it's ended) I will listen to this novel again.
Sad but very beautiful. A bit slow moving, but well-narrated enough to get you through the less compelling parts. David Guterson uses gorgeous language, even when the subject matter is hard-going.
The narrator of this title is positively dreary compared to the life instilled in each and every Amelia Peabody book performed by Barbara Rosenblatt. I won't buy any other titles using this reader...only Barbara Rosenblatt.
I'm pretty fussy about the quality of the narrator. This one wasn't interesting enough to keep me focused throughout the entire story. Whereas Rosenblatt's interpretations of the lead characters are witty and often tongue-in-cheek, this reader made the characters downright unlikable when they weren't utter bores.
A dis-service to the book and it's wonderful cast.
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