It's like watching a bad British Film Strip. Monotone and lack of any entertainment value in the reading. The book is great
Hugh Howey maybe, Amanda Sayle never
Interesting perception on pot apocalypse that contains people, instead of leaves them out on their own. Least interesting is it's complexity. It is rather simple writing and pretty straight forward
horrible character voices, didn't emote to follow writer's direction. I may have loved this book with a good narrator, instead I found it to be simple good and middle of the road
It could be an awesome TV show if done in a Walking Dead style. But it will probably be a crappy movie with some potential tween idols
It is a story written by a journalist who actually lived and experienced the Third Reich from the ground up. This journalist actually saw the rising powers and had first hand interaction with many of Reich members. In addition, this also includes snippets and interpretations from first hand interviews with several leaders of the Reich who were captured after the war and facing trails as war criminals. The first hand experience gives it an honesty of what these experiences felt like not only to those in command, but also to those in the streets following.
There are many reviews that state in the decades since many documents have surfaced and several different forms of research and facts have become available which paint a different story. Documents that discount certain "facts" of this book. But you can't discount first had experience of this story. That is why I find this book an excellent read, it tells you how people felt and how they experienced the Third Reich. On a personal note, I also think that many times information that surfaces right away is usually the most honest because nobody had time to review it ahead of time, or alter it in any way.
I will agree though that the author at times is objective, but many times the author is trying to appear objective but his feelings on the subject shine through in the undertones. For example he describes certain members of the Reich as stupid, short and fat, etc. These all may be true, but many times these descriptions have no relevance to the story, or he provides no evidence to support his description of the person (ie. what had he done to classify him as stupid?). But I feel this adds the the personal feel of the story.
The book is a rather classic tale of a young boy who is nearly an orphan who finds out his life and parents are not what he thought, but actually a magical world where things are not as they seem. He experiences life in this world as a young boy forced to be a man, posing as a runaway. Funny enough another book I read recently "The Lost Gate" seems to be a second hand version of this story. Expect that book was rather awful.
I am almost done with the first part of the book (3 parts) and I have had many times where it went slower than a turtle, and other parts where I just sort of tuned out and 20 minutes later realized I had not been paying attention. Then it picks up in other areas at other times. Normally I love Stephen King, but I don't particularly care for this novel so far. But as I mentioned it has portions that do pick up and get rather good, unfortunately there are too many low points that break it up.
But I have to agree with many reviews and say the reading really is distracting. The constant raspy and dragging phrasing becomes annoying. I won't say you "get used to it" like most people, but I would say "you learn to tolerate it"
If you want my opinion, it's not worth the credit (or money). If you want a wonderful Stephen King book buy The Shining, or The Stand, The Shawshank Redemption, or The Green Mile. This is not nearly one of his better works.
I'm about 1/4 of the way through and bored to death. My best way to describe it is a "Walmart version of Harry Potter". I am 32 and it could be I am a bit to old for this writing style, I am not sure. Normally I love fantasy and science fiction (like Harry Potter) but this audiobook has been very disappointing. I am going to finish it though and update this review.
I am a 32 year old male and I listen to about 2-3 audiobooks a month. Based on the title and basic plot of this book, I thought I wouldn't care for it. But luckily I read the reviews and noticed several other men thought the book was great. I am glad I downloaded this book, because it is a great read! The fact that all the characters are women does not mean a man will not be able to relate. The story is told from a woman's viewpoint, but this is NOT a sappy "chick flick" book.
The core of the novel is about the race struggles between whites and blacks in the 1960's. The book lays out the relationships between "The Help" and family that employs them. It describes situations such as how the Help will raise their children, but the black population is viewed as being diseased and therefore separate toilets for blacks are built outside the houses they work in. The novel makes you feel like it takes place post Civil War in the 1860's. Then to stab you with reality, the author talks about Vietnam, or the JFK Assignation, or some other event that dates these events and makes you realize this was only 30-40 years ago.
Unlike most of the other reviewers, I dislike the method of reading they chose. Instead of 1 good reader, they have different good readers narrate different sections of the book. The problem with this is each reader has a different voice for the same character. So it starts to bother me. Now let me be clear and say this SHOULD NOT stop you from listening to this book. I just personally disagree with the other reviews on this matter.
You could say the first book is a primer to the second & third. These books are a 'spin-off' of a small, but dramatic, portion of the first book. Additionally, the second and third books are like one long novel split into 2 parts. I must admit I was hoping for certain relationships to continue and form new complex situations. Instead the secondary characters from the first novel become more awkward than relevant and eventually they fade out of the story. This is why I give it 4 stars and not 5. Outside of that, I found it to be an excellent read. I did find it interesting that the book titles reference the girl, while the first and second book primarily focus on the journalist. But the 3rd book really ties it all together in a wonderful way.
The reader is excellent, the book is wonderful. I had to rewind time after time because the writing is so witty and so satirical you need to listen to certain monologues or conversations several times to get the underlying humor behind the insanity. To put a tangible comparison, this novel is like M*A*S*H but about 100 times crazier.
The only issue I had is that it is a very long reading, so you need to dedicate some time to this one. And the complicated dialogue can take it's toll on your mind after hours and hours of listening.
It isn't the book or the reader, it is the length of the reading. Normally I enjoy the Unabridged versions but this was a very tough one. This is the only audio book I couldn't finish. As mentioned, usually I am a stickler for the Unabridged, but in this case I would highly recommend the Abridged version!
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