As soon as I saw this title for sale I bought it immediately and listened to it straight until the end. I was not disappointed by this book. It is one of the funniest books out there. If you enjoyed "America (The Book)" you will love this. It is brilliantly read by Stephen Colbert along with many guest voices such as Jon Stewart and Amy Sedaris. My only problem was that it wasn't long enough. I am definitely going to buy the book when it comes out as well. Stephen is an American hero!
I am currently living in Japan so listening to this book on Thanksgiving gave me a little taste of American history.
This is a very small slice of history that somehow affects the whole of America history. The choices of a few Puritans on the ship The Arabella are shown to have consequences years later. This is not about the Pilgrims of Plymouth but an equally interesting lot of people.
I laughed during the book a lot but I was also brought to tears by her description of the Pequot Indian Mystic Massacre. The characters really come to life in her writings as well as in the performances by all the actors. She didn't inject as much of herself into this book as others. Usually she has many anecdotes about a trip she took or how she learned what she is talking about which I think brings the book to life and make it seem more like a conversation. There are a few gems here and there though that are great.
I always enjoy her books. I'm not a huge history buff by any means but her writing is so entertaining that I want to learn more. I have listened to her two previous books and look forward to listening to her newest book Unfamiliar Fishes.
I got this book on a whim because it was on the audible home page and they recommended it. From the description it sounded like a Romeo and Juliet story for circus folk. It is not that at all and I am so glad for it! The story went in a completely different direction than expected and kept me guessing all the way through.
I was pleasantly surprised at the way the story is told. It switches back and forth between times by a couple of years which is a bit difficult to handle in an audio book since you can't flip the pages easily back to see when the last time was. But you can figure out when you are by what's happening.
There are a few surprises in the book and shocking moments but mostly this book is a very slow paced book. But the slow pace gives you the pleasant feeling as if you are walking through the circus yourself and you really get to immerse yourself in the characters' lives.
I thought the circus would be creepy or something because usually they are in books and movies but it's the complete opposite. It's the nicest most pleasant circus there ever was.
I use the word Pleasant a lot because that's the closest I can get to describing how this book feels. Everyone in the book is basically a nice person. Even the jerks in the book aren't that bad.
The description of the circus makes you feel as if you are actually there and Jim Dale brings it to life so well. His performance was outstanding except that his Indian accent sounded almost Scottish. Beautifully read otherwise.
I just finished this book after listening to part 2 for 5 hours straight and I'm still on an audiobook high from the feeling of this book. I might start from Part 1 again so I can go back to the circus and be with the characters again. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an almost trancendent experiece.
It's a pretty creepy story. I could only listen to it in the day when I was driving in my car but then I would be sad that my drive was over because I wanted to hear the next part. I really like his writing style and the narrator does the voices well.
There are no major events really in this book. It's sort of a day in the life of a time traveler and his wife. It's a good listen especially with the male and female narrators. I didn't like the ending very much mainly because it ended too quickly and wasn't very satisfying. You fall in love with the characters so you hate to let them go. With this book it's more about the journey than the destination.
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