A wonderful,smart, personal, and funny account of our recent history through the perspective of an insider who is unabashedly passionate about our country's ideals and institutions, angry at the stupidity and cynicism of the current administration, and accepting of the rules of political battle. His account of the inner workings of campaigns - and of what was the matter with the Kerry machine - is fascinating. Uplifting. McAuliffe does the narration - very well.
A template for understanding recent financial market shenanigans based on human behavior and human limitations (of intellect, pride, greed). Lewis is always entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyable.
The reviews of this book have been strong and a book-friend highly recommended the written version. When I sampled the audible version, I hesitated because the reading sounded dull, uninspired, a bit whiney - but I took the plunge. I regret it.
I quote another reviewer (different book, same reader) because it expresses my reaction: "I found myself mentally rolling my eyes at some of the dialogue, until it occured to me that the problem was the reader and not the prose. When I imagined reading the words I was listening to, everything fell into place and the book instantly improved. "
I hated for "The Help" to end. This is a book that I will listen to again, and I hope that Kathryn Stockett is hard at work writing a sequel. As one reader suggested, "The Help" may be better as a listen than a read. But that is because the narrators are outstanding. It is an unfortunate oversight that only Jenna Lamia is listed as a reader, given the magnificent voices of Bahni Turpin and Octavia Spencer who embody different characters. All 3 are perfect.
Marisha Pessl is wonderfully attuned to the nuances of relationships, solitude, and life in this world. She brings a clever twist to the use of metaphor. Humorous, lively, smart as heck, you will not bored for a second.
I read most of the book and found it very satisfying in detail and feeling. Then I listened - and found it boring. The reader's voice is distracting, its modulations seeming inspired by something within the reader rather than by the narrative, and he employs a potpourri of not quite identifiable accents. Even the most basic French approximations are too far off-target: "monsieur" becomes "mushyur". The acting is overheated or boring. Disappointing.
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