I love Dave Eggers' stuff, but this was flat out boring. Chapter upon chapter of hand wringing and describing how Kathy waits for the phone to ring... Arghhh... I'm only finishing this listen out of apathy. Not recommended.
Not my cup of tea... don't know why, but it just didn't grab me, so I only listened for about an hour.
The language was beautiful. The author spent time describing facial features, gestures, landscapes... and it all contributed to fantastic characters. Warren was poet laureate of the U.S., and his exquisite prose has more than a little poetry as its foundation. Delicious.
The narrator did a nice job with all the characters. I wasn't keen on his voice at first, but as he hit his stride in this long book, I got quite comfortable with it.
This book has inspired me to find a biography of Huey Long...
This is a hilarious book, well narrated, well written, and with a terrific plot line. You will love it. It was recommended to me, but it took me forever to download it because the title was vaguely off-putting. I'm glad I finally got round to it. It is a wonderful tale.
The title made me think this would be about building ancient churches in Ireland or something... I was pleasantly thrown off balance by this tale of India, medicine, childhood, etc. It was quite engaging. I recommend it.
This is one of the books on my list of top-ten all time favorites. I've read it many times and thought I'd try listening. The language Conroy uses is so divine... this is one of the only books I've read in my long life that has a preface that is so lyrical that it sticks in my mind... the rest of the book is just as good.
The narration is good, but does not contribute to the story in the way that a brilliant reader sometimes can... think about Frank McCourt's reading of Angela's Ashes, or the audio version of The Help... those narrations made execellent books even better, bringing a new dimension to the text. This reading is quite good, but not in the same class.
Still, if you haven't read this book, you need to. It's beautiful, lyrical, funny, profound.
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