10 hours of sarcasm wears thin after the first hour. By the time I finished the book, I decided to give up on the Marines of Tanya Huff.
I can't remember this deluge of diatribe when I was in the service 40 years ago. But sarcasm which seems to be 90% of what I hear when I listen to this book, is just not funny or worth listening to.
Protagonist never gets seriously hurt in a fight. Just a bit too sophomoric for my taste.
The reader was fine. I love hard core serious shoot-em-up westerns, but the author's humorous novel was a flop for me. I love Ralph Compton novels, but this is shallow, not funny, and a total waste of time.
Had he continued writing after 1965, J. D. Salinger should have written this book to get more coverage. Wonderfully written and narrated. I enjoyed it more that the original Catcher. Not for young children, but for those who are passing from children to adults. A coming of age story that thinking adults would surely enjoy. I stayed up all night to hear the last word.
I voted the movie as the best western I had ever seen. And I had a front row seat in double feature westerns as a kid some 60 years ago. I give the audiobook my top rating for the craftmanship of the author and the splendid reading by the speaker. The voice of Gus McCray grates on the nerves from the beginning, but there is only so much a speaker can do who has to be multiple characters. I learned a lot about living in the West from listening to this book. I also feel kinda warm all over whenever I give an iPod to a friend and tell him to get this book.
I loved the reading and text of Lonesome Dove. I thought this would be comparable. The reader, Alfred Molina reads like he has his nose up in the air. He's a real drag in maintaining any interest in the book. I just couldn't get past the first 20 minutes and gave up on the Berrybenders. You'll be disappointed if you buy this book from AudioBooks.
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