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.
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.
While at first I really loved the odd collection of neighbors and her interesting little block in urban Oakland, they eventually became uninteresting and there to make a hippie's story more colorful. I was very gung-ho rooting for Novella, urban farmer, but I just lost interest after awhile in her farming antics. It might just be because I don't have a huge frame of reference for the experience. Someone who is into farming, and urban farming, might truly connect with her and her struggles. I live in a total urban jungle and my grass is public parks, which I love because I don't have to garden or mow them. So maybe I'm just not the right audience.
I didn't have any complaints about the performance. That's a big factor for me before I buy an audiobook. She was good.
Yep, 2013 was my second listen to this book, in fact. I love the novel version of this story (though I'm a big fan of the movie as well) for its wonderfully frightening elements, many of which did not make it to the movie version.
Got to be Jack Torrance. I read somewhere that the movie version of Jack Torrance is a man having failed, at career, at staying sober, at being a strong husband, while the actual original novel version of him is a man trying to improve his darkness, his failures, and his demons. He's not too far gone, and it's an exploration of his downfall, which is not inevitable.
The fantastic dialogue between Jack, Wendy, and Danny, as well as each of their inner monologues fabulously brought to life.
My dad recommended this book to me, as he spent 25 years in law enforcement, and said it was particularly affecting. The case in this book reverberated across police departments the nation over, impacting the way many of them interacted with dangerous people. I see why Joseph Wambaugh went on to do this full-time, because the story is gripping, and we get a great sense of all four of the lives and perspectives of the major players involved in the story.
Yes! I try not to look up too many details of a true crime story as I'm reading or listening to it, since I don't want to spoil certain pieces. So I only looked this up in greater detail once I knew who died/the main incident.
"The Gardener" is an excellent device for driving the story. If you get this audiobook, you'll meet him and know what I mean.
Not because it was happy, but the actual events The Night in the Onion Fields are WONDERFULLY written and read. You feel the same stress and fear and confusion all these men must have felt.
I felt quite sad for Karl Hettinger. It seemed a deep tragedy equally as much for the ones who DID make it out of the Onion Field, who carried that burden far and long. Though I didn't feel very much sympathy for him, Jimmy Smith is portrayed as the unlucky, dumb, complex person he probably was.
Well-written and well-read account of the 20+ year saga of the Green River Killer. I wound up buying the mass market paperback copy too, just because I did want to see the photos of the victims and other accompanying photos that are in there. Long but didn't drag like some audiobooks can, because of Barbara Caruso's great reading.
I felt like she was my friend who just happened to be an ex cop and crime writer, sitting me down and telling me this epic saga. She's not actually Ann Rule, obviously, but that doesn't matter. Something about the tone of her voice is calming. You can't just anyone narrating the gruesome events covered in this book.
The audiobook has been far more pleasurable than the actual book. When I read the paper copy, I was annoyed with the young adult level and mediocre writing. But it's a fantastic story, so I kept with it. All that goes away when Carolyn McCormick is narrating the tale for you. I got totally lost in the tale and she's consistent with the voices of each character. EXCELLENT and I would definitely listen again.
The narrator and the great tale of rebellion, love, and distopian struggles.
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