I love reading Barbara Kingsolver and think she is an exceptional talent and an interesting person. That said, I will probably resort to reading her in print. While she has a lovely voice, I find her over-enunciation and too-careful diction to be distracting, verging on annoying. I feel as though I'm listening to a first grade teacher reading Dick and Jane stories to me. I'll wade through the Lacuna, but this would be a much better listen with a narrator who could do Mexican accents and "perform" this novel. Sorry, Barbara.
I don't know; haven't read the print version.
Secret of the Seventh Son has an amazingly different plot that continued to build and become more and more disturbing to me while entertaining me immensely.
Haven't had the pleasure of listening to him before.
If you thought Area 51 was too frightening to exist, think again!
This is one of the most entertaining and engaging thrillers I've listened to in some time. Cooper's novel was referred to by one listener as a combination of Ken Follett and Michael Connelly. I agree. Cooper's characters are certainly less complex, but in this case the story carries the characters and is complex enough that we don't need deeper characters. I agree; this novel is perfect for a blockbuster film, and would adapt very well to the screen without losing the story. I can't wait to see this in the theatres.
Completely engrossing; poignant.
Can't say; it would be a spoiler.
Can't say; it would be a spoiler.
I never cried, though I felt extreme sadness. I did laugh and cheer.
This was my second listening to Under the Dome. It's a very long book but very well worth the time. On the second reading, I knew what was going to happen so I could spend time appreciating Mr. King's well honed craft. I became aware of foreshadowing I had missed, rock and roll references, historical references, and literary references, including the mention of Jack Reacher, a character created by Lee Child. (NOT Tom Cruise, no matter that he did a good job with the part in the Jack Reacher Movie). I enjoy watching Mr. King pay homage to his favorite musicians, his favorite music, and his favorite fictional characters, not to mention his fellow authors. He's just a master of the craft of writing. If you don't re-listen to your books, I highly suggest you do so. This custom will enrich your life.
Not even Will Patton's mesmerizing voice could save this slow, bleak story. I can't finish it.
Something with a plot.
Everything. I could listen to him read a pizza menu.
The scenes between the first page and the last page.
Just because a book is a classic doesn't make it good to read.
Yes. I think this is an excellent series.
I liked the new dimension added to Reacher when he learns he might be a father. Lee Child never disappoints me with his Reacher stories.
Dick's voice is both powerful and flawed. He sounds like Reacher to me, very worldly and experienced but not at all sophisticated. Reacher doesn't put on airs. Neither does Dick Hill.
Jack Reacher is NOT Tom Cruise.
The interweaving of philosophy and real life.
Phaedras, because he worked so hard to come back.
The narrator. His voice was extremely well performed with much nuance.
No. Much too difficult to process in one sitting. The philosophical parts were really difficult for me. I'm too practical and usually think philosophers sound like people who need something real to do; they are spending too much time thinking.
I'm glad I finally "read" this classic, despite the fact that every time I read or try to study philosophy I wind up thinking the authors have way too much time on their hands and need to do something constructive. It seems to me this book is proof of that; here is a character who thought himself into insanity.
I liked the somewhat different plot line. I didn't like that much of the story line was, to me, not plausible. I kept thinking, is this guy really that stupid?
Not on a par with the writing nor the narration of the Tara series, but a decent attempt at a different style for Rosenfelt.
Amateur, trying, lacking
Yes. I think a movie producer could fix the broken parts.
I love conspiracy theories, but I don't care much for stupid main characters. The lead character fell for too many outrageous coincidences, and brother, is he naive when it comes to women. I won't include any spoilers, but you will be shaking your head at some of the things he falls for in this book. The narrator is trying hard but his voices are very lacking, especially his bad guys who all sound phony. There was one point where he did a good job so that I recognized a particular bad guy when he spoke from behind. I think he will improve as he goes along in his career. As for the writing, it was a decent attempt at a thriller but not up to the par of the Tara series with their wry humor and interesting characters. But, hey, I'm picky.
I haven't read the print version.
Yes, Mr. King has woven a simple but effective plot that leaves little clues but leaves you guessing throughout.
Can't say! Don't want to spoil it, but every scene was well written.
The last good time.
Sometimes Stephen King gets too long winded and could use a good editor, but in this story he has created a near perfect novel and shown that he's still THE king. It's spooky enough, sweet enough, dangerous enough, and every so poignant. In the hands of another writer, this could be a string of cliches, but Mr. King knows how to paint a traditional coming of age tale with a fresh pen.
Yes. I read the book years ago, and Joe Barrett's narration brought it back to life for me.
I can't say; everything about this book is memorable.
His voice with its gruff edge brings forth the writer's sense of humor along with his respect for people of all walks and means.
Worth the listen!
I wouldn't want to say for fear of writing a spoiler.
Dick Hill does an excellent portrayal of the very realistic and unglamorous Wallander, a character whose flaws and indecision are a refreshing yet very tense contrast to the usual do-it-all perfect detective. Wallander maintains his humanity while struggling with his near paralytic reticence. He changes, but very slowly.
I liked all the historical details and the performance of the narrator. I most disliked the disjointed and repetitive writing style. It seemed that the author jumped back and forth too much, repeated information, and took a long time to get the story told. Also, the epilogue seemed more an intricate part of the story, with, again, much repetition. I think the book could have been organized to have a better flow while still including the interesting history.
I thought she did an excellent job of portraying the personalities of the characters and keeping some of the more tedious historical facts interesting.
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