This was an oddball read for me. While the underlying story was interesting enough, I found the author overly descriptive. I know that in some literary circles, "painting" a vivid picture via prose is considered the highest from of story telling, but as in with most things in life, moderation is the key.
As I've said, however, the underlying story was quite interesting and a little bit twisted when you think about it, but I won't give anything away here. Overall, it was a rather depressing tale, so I won't recommend this for anyone looking for a light uplifting read.
I can't really say much more. A novel that garnered multiple awards for one of America's top authors, paired with one of the best narrators in the business. This book sells itself.
My only criticism is one that is common to "high literature", and one that concerns over descriptive sentences. There are many occurrences of similes used to paint a picture of another simile in this book. That's a pretty picky point to raise, and it's a point you can easily get over as you listen to the story.
So, if you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
I picked up the book not knowing what to expect. Based on the description I expected the story of a young man captured and adopted by a Native band. Well, it is this and much more, as the story traces the effects of migration and exploitation in Texas from 1830 through to the present.
While this may seem overly ambitious, the use of the characters through different generations is very effective. At first, as with many novels employing this technique, the switching of multiple view points and periods of time can be challenging. After about a quarter of the book, as you get more attuned to the various characters, it does become more readable.
While the characters were were interesting, they definitely weren't characters that endear themselves to your heart. Greed and ambition are the underlying threads to the individual stories in the book. It may well be a work of fiction, but the events portrayed within probably aren't too far off the mark as to how events were galvanized over the past century and a half.
My only criticism that stopped me from giving 5 stars was the last quarter of the book. The ending seemed rushed, and the characters at the end, those of the next generation, seemed less developed and hurried. Perhaps this was intentional, or maybe the author faced a deadline. Regardless, it detracted from the story a bit.
The multiple narrators were excellent. Each character had it’s own voice and cadence, which made switching between people and time easier than in print.
If you’re interested in American history and enjoy the western setting, then this book should appeal to you. This audible experience was definitely worth the credit.
I'll start off by saying that you really need to read the first book of the series before tackling this one. Golden Son would not be good as a stand-alone work.
As for the story, I must admit that I was worried. Many follow on books in a series have a difficult time following an opening story as good as Red Rising. Lucky for readers, Golden Son doesn't fall into this category, and the story moves onto the next part of this epic tale seamlessly.
The story is not without it's faults. Some of the flash backs and "inner torment" of the lead character starts to wear thin at times, and there are some story-line synchronization issues that won't escape an attentive reader, but these are minor faults when compared to the gripping plot and engaging characters.
While the majority of the audience will be Young Adults, this is a book that should also entertain a more mature audience. If you enjoyed Red Rising, you won't be disappointed in this second book in the series.
Wow! This is the quintessential pirate. It has stood the test of time and is still as accessible and entertaining as it was centuries ago.
What made this version special was the outstanding performance by Jasper Britton. This was my first experience with this narrator, and his inflections, voices, and cadence were flawless. It really made for an exciting listen and I will definitely search out more of his performances.
So, even if you read this years ago, give it a listen. I think you'll find this format and narrator brings the story to life like never before.
In reading other views, and thinking about the book afterward, I realized that you must read this book and form your own opinions. I don't think many will take a middle ground on this novel. You'll either love it or hate it.
For myself, I wasn't really into it for the first half. The book seemed more about the dog's owner Willie, than about Mr. Bones (the dog). To top it off, Willie's monologues were the rantings of a madman, which is what he was. I understood the authors intent of showcasing the mentally ill and their challenges, but it seemed to go on too long.
For the second half, it was more about the dog, as told through his thoughts and actions. This drew me in and eventually complemented the first half.
While not a perfect work, I thought about the story for days afterward. This, in my mind, is a hallmark of a top notch novel.
Joe Barrett did great job with all the voices, inflections, a cadences. I'll listen to him if afforded the opportunity.
Like many, the character of Sharpe was not new to me, but I had always seen and read various stories in an order very different than the series progressed. This book is where it all starts, and it is a must read for those interested in the series and the character of Sharpe. As with most, if not all, of Cornwell's works, this is well researched and written.
Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where the narrator detracted from the story. I found his cadence disjointed, with frequent pauses in areas that interrupted the flow. Inflection and modulation was also missing, no matter how urgent the action or scene. Maybe it was just me, but I found the audio version hard to listen to.
My final recommendation: read the book. The book itself is a "must" for fans of the series, but avoid the narration.
I wasn't all that familiar with George Carlin before this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I certainly wasn't let down by high expectations. In the end, I didn't find this work all that funny or engaging. There were some very funny and pertinent commentaries that showed a clever brain behind the man, but the in-your-face blustering wore me down.
It was well read by the author, but his voice enhanced the feeling I had that Mr. Carlin is a curmudgeon. I'm not sure this is a person I'd want to meet in person.
So, if you like Howard Stern or similar comedians, then you may like this book. For me, I'm just glad I got it on sale.
With the cold war 20+ years past, this novel is starting to show it's age. Who knows, perhaps with the rise of Putin, we'll see a return to this type of east/west relationships.
Old school soviet politics aside, this novel was still very entertaining. I haven't read Gorky Park nor seen the movie, but that didn't prevent this novel from being excellent on it's own accord. Frank Mullers deadpan inflection matched the somber "grey" Soviet era atmosphere created in the book, and greatly enhanced the listening experience.
Of course, as in most thrillers, there are some incredible leaps of logic on behalf of the hero in order to solve the mystery, but these were easily overlooked and is a minor criticism. Only one other complaint, and that is that this author, like so many before, felt the need to write in a "sex scene" for no apparent reason. I'm not a prude and I understand the need for these in some story lines, but in this story it seemed placed specifically for a certain demographic, but not to enhance the story.
So, if you like a solid thriller/mystery that is outside the standard US major city setting common to most of these stories, give this novel a try. It's worth the credit.
This book, for the first 90%, was very well written and, as indicated in the title, I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction. The author did a first rate job of creating a set of characters and describing events and conditions so that the entire story seemed very real.
My only criticism comes towards the end. It almost seems like the author was rushed to complete the story. There is a contrived coincidence that allows the hero to confront the antagonist and a quick wrap up with an escape across the border. The final few chapters deal with highlighting how insensitive the USA was to the plight of those in the death camps during the war. Not the best ending for what had been one of the best books I have read in quite a while.
These criticisms are minor, however, when compared with the excellent work that is the majority of the novel. This work was greatly enhanced by the narrator whose inflections and accents were well acted. The cadence could have been a bit faster, but that's likely my personal preference.
In summary, this book is highly recommended. It paints an excellent picture of life in the death camps of Nazi Germany while keeping the reader engaged from start to finish.
Zombies that are sentient! That should scare you. Actually, this book really wasn't that scary. What made it so interesting were the unique concepts in this work. From the origins of the "zombie disease" through to the concept of zombies evolving and being very smart, this book kept you engaged.
Another interesting aspect of the book was the exploration of human conduct under duress. The comparisons of the monster like actions of the researchers to the innocent demeanour of the zombie children made me cheer on the infected.
The narrator was very good and enhanced the work. With the majority of the characters being female, the narrator was a perfect match for this book.
To sum up, this book is very much worth your credit. Even if you aren't a fan of the zombie genre, I think you'll find this book moves beyond the stereotypes associated with the majority of these types of books.
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