I admire Harris' philosophy, research and writing. But this book could benefit from a professional narrator.
In an interview, Harris claimed that "read by author" was desirable because one can hear the writer's inflection and intent. IMO, that's quixotic. "Read by author" has always been a red flag for me and this book proves my point. Harris is a brilliant man and this audio book is well worth having but he doesn't sustain the narrative the way a pro could. After a while, he's just reading aloud. He's not really telling us what he wants us to know. His narrative lacks the passion of his words and ideas. Alas. I, nevertheless, recommend it.
Complex but always fascinating story.
I'm a MacDonald/McGee fan.
I used to think Darren McGavin ( a fine actor) was unbeatable as McGee in those abridged versions, but Bob Petkoff IS Travis McGee. He has wonderful distinct voices for all the characters. He's a major talent and in three decades of audio books I've never heard a better reader.
I just hope they don't replace Petkoff they way they screwed up the Spenser novels by using alternate talent to Joe Mantenga like Michael Pritchard. Just doesn't work. What are they thinking?
Yes, the subject material is fascinating.
It was a broad overview of the William Morris Agency and too many characters to name just one.
The reader has all the inflection of a dial tone. It was difficult to concentrate on the story because he read so poorly. I can't believe a book with such extraordinary and interesting subject matter was given to someone with virtually no talent. His diction was fine, but he had zero personality and one had to make a conscious effort to dismiss his lackluster ability. What were they thinking? His reading undermines this fascinating book.
How to read a book like a junior high school C-student.
The story is well-plotted and I admire how politically astute and up to date Daniel Silva is and how prescient are his predictions about Syria, Hezbollah, Iran, chemical warfare et al., but George Guidell brings the story to life. His reading is flawless and his talent for interpreting a story evidently limitless.
Any book in this series by Silva will be rewarding for the listener.
He's batting a thousand. Brilliant talent.
Moved me where?
I loved Kevin Pariseau's extraordinary reading. Every character came alive - and he had no shortage of characters and accents to portray. Yes, the story was engrossing and this is Wouk's Great American Novel, but he couldn't have asked for a better reader. Pariseau is among the top two or three readers I've enjoyed listening to in more than 30 years of listening to audio books. He's a brilliant talent.
Several characters being caught in Poland and barely escaping during the German invasion.
See above, but it's a long book.
Just another endorsement for Pariseau. With all due respect to Herman Wouk's fine writing, Pariseau makes the story so enjoyable for the listener. The producer(s) were smart in finding the right actor because the wrong person reading such a long work would have been potentially disastrous.
Yes, because Joe Barrett's reading is exceptional. The timbre of his voice is very pleasing and his inflections are pitch perfect. I can't think of anyone who could have delivered a better performance.
Good question. This work is so comprehensive that it's difficult to compare to another book that isn't a straight-ahead reference. It addresses the political and geopolitical issues of the era, the space program and the important changes in jazz, literature and art. Simply, it's the most engrossing and informative non-fiction book I've read in years. Fred Kaplan had a great idea and employed a brilliant angle. I've listened to this book several times and learn something new with every listen. This work is for anyone interested in a complete (if there is such a thing) education. It's quite impressive and I was delighted to discover it.
Never, but very pleased with Joe Barrett's excellent performance.
It's engaging and engrossing, but who has that kind of time? One looks forward to earmarking the time to listen.
Five stars! Eagerly await any other works by Fred Kaplan.
If only ten percent of Bowers' stories are true it's still a fascinating and frank look at an era in Hollywood when certain activities and attitudes were sequestered and secreted from the public at large. Bowers names names and reveals the alleged sexual activities of many of our most famous celebrities. He seems to have known everyone and been a touchstone (no pun intended) for hooking people up. Just the vast number of vignettes causes one to ponder his verisimilitude. But I'm not casting aspersions because so many of his recollections have a ring of truth and seem plausible. And I'd think Gore Vidal would not endorse this book flippantly. But who knows? As always, Johnny Heller's reading is perfect.
Simon Vance, as always, gives a superb reading but has to wrestle with a plot that sometimes doesn't move for an hour. I listen as I walk and that's how I know. I love and admire Fleming and the Bond character, but this one moves slower than the last day of school. Despite my being a fan, I couldn't get through it.
Grisham had a good story going. Just wish he'd have ended it. He left so many loose ends it seems like he abandoned the project. He could written another fifty or hundred pages and wrapped it up. Yes, there is an ending but not a satisfying one. I feel like I've read a book with the last two chapters missing.
Charles Pierce has given us a book citing virtually hundreds of society's foibles and foolish manifestations. It's brilliantly written, astute and very funny. Moreover, it's astute food for thought. It's well worth repeated listenings. Excellent job by Bronson Pinchot as well.
Toby Stephens delivers Jeffery Deaver's 007 novel with flair and conviction. Deaver's story is typically brilliant and riveting with its twists and unexpected plot points. This is perhaps the best and freshest 007 novel ever. This presentation was a pleasant surprise and an engaging and rewarding experience. Highly recommended from and audio book veteran. This is the kind of story and performance that we search for and has one longing for time with his iPod. More please, Mr. Deaver. Bravo! Five stars all around.
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