Adorable characters, good story (though predictable), and terrific narration make this a very enjoyable "read".
There are five attributes to books that I enjoy: (1) personal appeal, (2) an absorbing story, (3) well-developed characters, (4) articulate use of language, and (5) thought provoking nuances. I give one star for each element. This book only had one--personal appeal. It did not appeal to me, however, I know it does to some people because my sons enjoy this type of writing. Their criteria are simply different than mine.
My impression was that Hyperion reads like an outline of a book with what sounds like a mere lists of thoughts, ideas, and events. If subject happens to appeal to you personally, than you still may enjoy it, but I’d recommend listening to the whole sample before you decide to purchase.
It was very interesting to hear what Steve Martin went through, and what went through his mind, on his way to becoming the comedian we see on TV. I'm glad he shared his story with us. Of course, the book is nicely written and narrated as well.
There are enough fresh plot features in this story to keep you listening despite the simple writing style. It could make a good movie.
Oh thank you for offering this unabridged version done by Davin Porter. My hands shook with excitement as I downloaded it. In the previous absence of this audiobook I purchased and read and loved the print version. Seeing this offered on audible today made my day! Yippee!
I just finished listening to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager. To be fair, that is a very tough act to follow. Pillars of the Earth was okay because of the interesting storyline but had several hard to believe events early on that took me 10 hours of listening to overcome. Eventually I was able to forgive these gaffes and wrap myself around the tale, but not without effort. While a bit disappointed after reading all the rave reviews, Pillars of the Earth was good enough that I may yet purchase World Without End.
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