I laughed so hard over the "Gwen" story I nearly wrecked my car on the freeway. Don't listen to this one unless you can drive responsibly while completely losing it.
This is a tired, overblown attempt at a parody that fails because it bears little resemblance to the original tale. The parody Harry is a low-life who hustles, smokes, and has no life, much less interesting adventures. A real parody captures the essence of the original and tweaks it, usually just enough to make it humorous. If you like fart jokes, this book is in your style.
For a book about a dramatic fire that cost some brave firefighters their lives, you'd think this would be more interesting. I found my mind wandering as I listened.
The plot may be a little bit formulaic but the story is grand adventure all the same, and I enjoyed it. I'm a little surprised by the negative reviews - it is a book about medieval times for grownups, after all. The "bawdy" jokes and sex references are quite mild, so if you find this book offensive for that then I'd have to say you most definitely qualify as a prude. If anything, it was the violence and wanton cruelty of war practices and criminal injustice during those ages that made me wince.
This is the fascinating story of a person who sees the world from the viewpoint of both genders without actually knowing why. The parallel story is the tale of a pair of young, naive Greek immigrant ancestors (told with loving grace by the narrator), and the fascinating juxtaposition of pioneer spirits. Download it in high quality format, as the voice volume modulation is not too good.
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