An incredible saga.
It was a shame McCullough's publishers didn't hire a better "voice" for this long book. Nelson Runger's desire to read this story in a variety of accents fell quite short of the mark for Spanish. Since a good portion of it needed a French accent, I suppose that is what they were looking for. But the constant repetition of French names, rendered with a "foreign" accent, made it difficult for me to keep the characters straight. In this one respect, I, personally, would have been better off reading the book. On the other hand, the book (really, the tome) is so long, I doubt I would have finished it as quickly.
The overall story of a dig was moderately interesting, though the dates seemed a bit preposterous. The family melodrama was interesting. Roberts did a good job of intertwining the various "good-guy" families together, but was a bit two-dimensional in describing the "bad-guy families."
I found this to be a hard book to listen to, yet not a book I could walk away from, either. Was it because I had just recently read a rather silly book on haunted Eastern Shore properties, where no attempt was made to beguile the reader into actually believing things were going "bump" in the night? Maddy was portrayed as very real, and worse yet, appearing to different people in different guises. Maybe the twisted feeling I had in my stomach was the precursor to her moving from my iPod into me! Best read on a dark and stormy night....
The narration of Pamela Garelick was spot on.
How many of us can even pretend to live by this sentiment? How many politicians? In this day of virulent political bashing--even from the pulpit, how many clergy, even, can say this? So the story of this man, this ordinary, honest, rail-splitting, Father Abraham, alone rates five stars.
I down rate the narration simply because I feel the narrator attempted, but did not carry-off, the Hoosier twang or the Illionois accent: Lincoln must have had some combination of these (even Kentucky). But other than that, I thought the narrator, Bill Weideman, did a good job. I did not hear him breathe, nor did he swallow excessively...two of my real complaints too often.
Overall, I suppose, biographies have a need for repetition of the same or similar material in various sections due to then nature of the uses that students will put the volume through. If I could, I would deduct half a star here, but that is an Amazon feature.
The audio editing is terrible. The period at the end of the last sentence of a chapter is totally ignored, not even a breath is seemingly taken, before the next chapter begins.
I guess the book was performed in the early days of digital recording?
Perhaps it would be a good book, but I cannot even bring myself to finish the second chapter.
Some books just need to be read with the eyes and not with the ears?
Tremendously moving. I think listening to the audio recording was probably more powerful than reading a printed version. I made the decision to read this book after reading a review that said Weisel's wife's translation (from the French) was superb.
Guidall's narration was quite dramatic, but never overly so.
Weisel had a difficult time finding a publisher originally. He was an unknown writer writing about an episode in history most wanted to forget, and some didn't believe had happened.
I suppose it is only fair: some books are chick lit, and some appeal equally to all. This one, however, was overloaded with testosterone. Yet, I did become involved in the story.
Travis McGee is clearly the right agent for the right job...and the right job had nothing to do with money. For him it has more to do with loyalty and doing what is right. But sometimes what is right may not look that way to others.
Robert Petkoff did a good job on the narration
I'm surprised no one seems to catch the quirky title!
This is the first fiction book I've read (or listened to) in a long time that I really liked. The title itself grabbed me. How cool would it to have a 24-hour bookstore nearby? And what a name!! The suggestion of a shadow, hinting at a subterranean cult that becomes stronger and until the sun is self-consumed. Gads! I'm beginning to freak out like Clay!
Ari Fliacos was a superb narrator.
I am so glad I listened to this. Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin were marvelous at bringing this story to life. The Author's Note at the beginning of the story set the tone for the book (and many people who "read" the book skipped this)...the afterword tied up many loose ends. And finally, the interview with Rebecca Skloot at the very end anchored the book in reality, where it belongs.
Do you know, I never read the actual book? I suppose I haven't still, since this was a audio recording I listened to in the car. Narrated by Anne Hathaway, who did a pretty decent job of most of the voices. In the beginning I found it was difficult to distinguish the Tin Man from Dorothy, but that went away. Many of the other voices were superb. I would have given her 4.5 stars if audible used that protocol.
And the story!! I was raised on the movie, and even though I knew the ruby slippers were silver shoes, still, I expected flying monkeys to be bad guys, etc. Glad to know that Toto was still fairly annoying....
The story is pretty good. No surprise denouement, for which I am glad. I tend to feel cheated when clues and facts are only added after-the-fact.
But, as usual, Mrs. Pollifax is made to sound as though she were in her 80s...but though I work with a large number of extremely active octogenarians, I doubt if even one of them could swing their legs high enough to perform some of her "karate" moves. Perhaps the way she "sounds" is directly attributed to the narrator (Rosenblat), but I would imagine the author had some say...and if not, then she should!!
I also criticize Gilman in this book for her unspoken racism. What is the purpose in describing someone's hand as "black" when speaking of an African? She didn't resort to it too often, but often enough that it caught my attention.
Rosenblat, as a narrator must be commended for the wide range of voices she brings to her work. But I still find myself constantly wondering if she wears false teeth or is constantly sucking on a piece of hard candy. The shlurping sound that accompanies many (most? all?) of her voices is irritating.
Still, I am sure I will be reading another Pollifax mystery next year!
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