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First, I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I have been listening to many of the classics, and until now have not been dissapointed. Maybe I am living in the wrong century, but I just didn't get why the Great Gatsby is considered a classic? The story was not exciting, like watching a boring night in front of the TV. There are only two aspects of the Audible edition that I enjoyed. 1. The narration was fantastic - Jake is the penultimate reader. 2. I live on Long Island about 20 minutes from the gold coast mansions, which I've passed by many times. For me however the Great Gatsby was anything but.
This is one book that I could not put down. I love science and history, and Clockwork Universe has both. The book is well written and Alan Sklar is the best narrator I've heard, I will be looking for more books read by Mr. Sklar. He has the perfect voice, combined with a relaxed style that I loved. Getting back to the book itself, I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Science is one of my favorite subjects and I have read other sources about these great men of 17th century science - Newton, Boyle, Galileo etc. - and about their discoveries. Clockwork Universe added to my knowledge. The biographical aspects brought these great scientists to life. The scientific aspect was spot on, but may be a bit over the head of listeners unfamiliar with the experiments and math involved. I flew through this book in record time because I found the stories, and narration, fascinating and well read.
What an enjoyable story, I couldn't stop listening. Jeff Dunham is not only great at his art, he is also great at writing his story, and a terrific narrator. Actually, Jeff isn't the only narrator - Walter, Achmed and the characters he created, humorously interrupt Jeff. Sometimes I just want to listen to a book for fun. Sometimes I need to break away from history and the classics. Jeff Dunham's story is just such a book. I found it to be be thoroughly entertaining, humorous, and interesting. Ventriloquism is a disappearing art. Having grown up enjoying many "vents", Jeff's jargon - it brought me back to my childhood, the good old days. All I can add is that I loved this book and I think you will top. Take time out for some pure fun and download Jeff's story. You will not be disappointed.
Will Patton is a fantastic narrator. I felt as if he were living Jack Keroauc. The beat generation was what I looked up to as a Pre-teen. I loved listening to the stories as if I was the protagonist. I have wanted to read On the Road Again for decades. I'm glad to have finally listened to the book by one of the best narrators I have heard to date.
Having lived through the Vietnam era, I expected much more from this book. I kept hoping that I was close to the end, so something obviously didn't click for me. I am not sure if it was the book itself. For me the narrator was awful, and this might have ruined the story for me. The narration was monotone, no affect, no change in inflection, just a dry reading which was extremely boring. I've heard some great narrators, unfortunately this was not one of them.
I should state that I have 2 disabling neurological diseases; Post-Polio and Guillain-Barré. So I am looking through the lens of someone who has gone through many of the same experiences, physically and mentally, as Michael J. Fox. In fact, that is the reason I chose to listen to this book.
Only someone who has a progressive disabling condition can tell the story, and Mr. Fox does an excellent job. As a narrator he is natural, relaxed, as if speaking a to close friend. He describes the challenges of dealing with the inevitable, in a matter of fact style that draws the listener into his world. It is an almost impossible task to explain the mental and physical effects to someone who has not experienced a disabling condition. Yet, as author and narrator he tells the story of the onset of Parkinson's as it happens. Being told by doctors that he is too young, hiding the symptoms from his employer, knowing that something is seriously wrong. (Disclaimer, my own experience parallels his so closely, that I can attest to his honesty)
For someone who has a disability his story resonates without a sense of pity. It is comforting, in astrange way, to relive the experiences, knowing that you are not alone. For those who do not have a disability his book is educational, and on its own merit a well told tale. I wish everyone would listen to Michael J. Fox tell his own story in his own words. I wish that people could understand what a person with a disability goes through, the world would be a kinder place.
The fact the he is a celebrity reaching the peak of his career when Parkinson's begins, adds an element of interest apart from his disease. The book is not depressing, it is even humorous at times. It is the story of a very likeable person, a husband, loving father and a hard working actor. Lucky Man is the first of Michael J. Fox's trilogy. Having thoroughly enjoyed this book, I bought the other two. I can't wait to listen to those books as well.
Hiis story, excellently read by him, is a fairly humorous, yet poignant, account of a poor Scottsman, an ex alcoholic who fought his demons to become a late night talk show host here in America. Yes, he's funny and sarcastic but his life certainly was not an easy one. He struggled with alcoholism and drugs for much of his life and overcame his addictions. Craig tells his story, exposing all his faults and not holding anything back. His autobiography was impossible to stop listening to, I played it continually. There was always some adventure, some excitement and some demons that made for one of the most honest, heartfelt autobiographies ever. Success didn't come easily. He worked hard and many roadblocks were placed in his path. But he persevered, culminating in his very own TV show. If you are familiiar with the show, you already know his personality and his way with words. And his autobiography is like his show, irrevent, quirky and honest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.t I wished it go on forever. Listening to Craig tell his story felt like listening to an old friend. A friend who has a true gift off humor which permeates throughout. This is one book that I could listen to again, not something I usually feel.
I heard the author interviewed on NPR and immediately came to Audible to download this novel. The prize-winning book tells the story of a Dominican family that moves to The USA. The writing is incredibley intoxicating, I couldn't stop listening to the story unfold against the background of Dominican dictatorship, the grittiness of life relocated to another country. As a reader I usually stick to history and science, but this novel was a welcome respite.
The story itself unwinds in a logical and sometimes surprising manner. Oscar is a nerd caught up in a culture that is anything but nerdy. His life is a struggle. Girls were not in Oscar's life, he was more interested in science fiction and fantasy.
Mr. Diaz is an enticing writer, so well written that it almost seems realistic and magical. The reader is one of the best I have heard. His style is relaxed and natural, making the characters and story come to life. I loved this book so much that I felt compelled to write this, my first Audible review. I will be looking for other books by this author. And I will also search for other books by the reader.
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