Georgia, USA | Member Since 2014
This book was recommended to me by another China-lover, who had also spent a decent amount of time there. It was dry, and that was tough for me, but the narrator also butchers many pronunciations of Chinese words, and even to my American ear, it was painful. I bought this book ignoring the warnings, thinking those must be people who are very fluent. (I have taken about 2.5 years of Mandarin Chinese courses and spent a few months there years back.) But no, if you've ever studied Chinese, his narration will drive you INSANE. If you haven't, well then, you might enjoy this saga of new and old China.
See above as well; I recommend it for the history and present-day juxtaposition of China. That's why I was interested. I found it too dull for my liking. If you've spent time studying the language, beware of this narration.
Yes, so long as it's not a book heavily based in an Asian nation.
Tim O'Brien wrote the unforgettable source material here, and Bryan Cranston performed it incredibly well. This is an audiobook to remind you how powerful the written AND spoken word can be. I could not recommend it higher. It's a war story, sure, as O'Brien will say. But it is also a life story, humanity broken down raw, and it is important. Don't skip this because you're "not into war stories." It's so worth it.
Yes. Fun easy listen, I learned a great deal about the technical components of humans underwater.
The main character, Anna Pigeon, is a great protagonist-park-ranger-mystery-solver.
She was relatable and personified the characters, brought them to life. I would listen to other books by her for sure.
Potentially, if I was a person who did that. But I've never done that ever! It was compelling though.
Humans: flaws & survival.
Other apocalyptic books. Obviously one of the characters in The Stand is a primary character in King's Dark Tower series, but I've never read the series. This is a classic in the genre of end-of-days books.
I found Nadine Cross and Harold Lauder to be so compelling - not favorite characters in that they are very likable, but favorite in that they add SO MUCH to the drama of the plot! And mister sociology professor Glen Bateman is so good at waxing poetic on the fate of us all.
The whole first section, with the breakdown of civil society, is completely fascinating all on its own. I was also surprised at some of the people I really expected to survive the climactic Stand to not make it through. Drama through-and-through.
mysterious, whirlwind, fated
The black and whiteness of the circus. I am not a circus loving person, nor do I find them terribly romantic or magical. But this circus, I have never wanted to climb into a book more, and experience this place for myself. Impressed that this circus could do that to me. And in black and white - genius!
Well I started listening to the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale, but only after this series, so it's fun to hear some of the same accents of varying regional UK folk. Great narration!
The way it cuts across several generations of the same, gripping story. And all their lovely travel throughout Europe--Amsterdam, Oxford, across the South of France, Istanbul, Romania and the Carpathians, with a few moments in the U.S. - dreamy!
Vlad Tepes, of course. Just kidding, Rossi.
Nope, but this one is phenomenal! The voice of Dracula is insane. Insanely good.
I felt moved often, especially when we uncover little new bits of the truth, and continue to be suspicious of pale librarians and the undead! I love that the people in this book are so very intelligent and logical, so that it takes us a bit longer to actually believe, as it takes them as well, that the rather unnatural things that are happening are really happening. Creepy!
I would recommend. It's a solid crime story, detective you care to keep up with, and the story is compelling.
From the first chapter, which takes place long before the modern Harry Hole mystery to solve, I was hooked. What a way to start the a story!!!!! It comes back around and fits so well later!
Excellent pacing, I would say. I always listen to the sample first so I'm not burned with bad narration, and read reviews. He did a nice job.
IT'S GONNE GET COLD!
Maybe. I could not get through it. No character was likable in any way that I could keep caring about the story.
Nah, it was a solid story that kept me listening and had excellent music. SK did a good job narrating it himself too. But, I've heard the story, so I'm OK closing it and moving along.
I've made it through The Stand. I've listened to The Shining twice and know I will continue to listen every few years. That one's THE BEST. Other SK I've liked... ehh not as much.
The small creepy things that keep you wondering, like the two sunflowers and the sticker, and the stuffed animal along the trail. You'll know what I'm talking about. Reminds me of some of King's best work, like the hedge animals and the elevator in The Shining. SO TERRIFYING. That's his best stuff. That same kind of unabashed stuff adds a lot to Bag of Bones too.
Several main characters I actually found a bit annoying; I won't discolor them before you have a chance to read. I found Jo, his wife, compelling.
The narration is quite dreamy, omniscient voice seems impossibly hard to do well, and it works here. Everyone is kind of floating through this crazy, insane traumatic event. I really found I couldn't stop listening, even though I kept wondering why I was so compelled.
The unraveling that finally--after so much tension has built up in the small space they all inhabit--happens. The climax.
The way the chips fell. Except the epilogue was quite cheesy and could be removed entirely from the book and do no one any harm.
I did feel emotional at the end, after all that time invested in these people whose lives are so weirdly intertwined in this stalemate for so long, in such close quarters.
I read this audiobook a couple years ago, but recently pegged it for my upcoming April book club reading, so I'll get to read it again, and this time discuss with friends. When I read this the first time, I was gushing about it to everyone. Highly recommend as a great read on women's health, 20th century medical history and innovation, changing medical rights and legal rights to our own bodies, and a saga of one African American family still struggling with a legacy that would confuse many. The author's own role in this story is also a great component, as she must navigate these complex, heavy waters.
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