Hmmm... I'm pretty sure i would not have made it through this book had it not been for a book club assignment. It was an interesting story, but in many areas it was like reading an accounting ledger (yawn... I'm sorry... what was he saying?). Still, I'd recommend it for those not chased away by lots of facts and figures and graphic description. What these men went through was amazing and I really learned a lot about early American whaling.
Everything! OK. To be less vague... I loved the characters, I loved the storytelling style (the interview responses were wonderful, and I found myself laughing out loud as I heard people I know in the statements. We all know these people! I loved the way the layers were peeled back to reveal a little more information. I loved Caroline Lee's performance. I'm guessing SHE know these people as well, because she captured their tone of voice and their personalities perfectly. The book was wonderful!
Madeline and Ed were probably my favorites, but there were many.
A different narrator who portrayed the personality of the characters. I have LOVED all of Liane Moriarty's other audiobooks, and the narrators (Caroline Lee and Tamara Lovatt Smith) led the listener through the stories with such life and personality in their performance, that I hated to hit the stop button when I arrived at work in the morning! Listening to this book was a completely different experience, and I found myself having to rewind for whole sections because I started drifting off into other things around me and missed parts of the story. The monotonous tone and odd inflection in the narrator's voice was like listening to a story read by my GPS or my iPhone's Siri. Is Heather Wilds an actual person, or was this some sort of software?
Have Caroline Lee read the story!!
Liane Moriarty has a talent for revealing a story as layers of covering are removed. Although she let the cat out of the bag a bit early in this one, I still think I could have enjoyed the story if I'd read it or if it was narrated by someone else.
I still can't wait for Ms Moriarty's next book!
Maybe someone's 12 year old niece.
The evidence in the story was just unrealistic... too many unrelated tidbits blown into "and CLEARLY this means..." sort of declarations when there was nothing "clear" about it.
Nothing really. She'd need better material.
Flavia's character was well developed. The author has said that she just showed up when he was writing a different story.
The book was not really 'bad,' at least not horribly bad. It was just underwhelming, and honestly, I found it kind of annoying. It felt like the evidence was unrelated, yet kept popping up out of nowhere. I'm still trying to figure out why anyone in the world would see pie crust in a hotel waste bin and think "Aha! clearly he smuggled a dead bird in from Norway!" Seriously?
Nick Hornby's character development is brilliant, as is his sense of humor!! I found myself laughing outloud in several areas of the book.
I won't even pick one. The whole book was memorable.
No. This is the only title listed for him, but I hope he does more. He did a wonderful job, and caught the attitude of this snarky, teen-aged, skate-rat perfectly!
I nearly did. I've listened to it twice now and laughed the second time too.
Great read. Makes you laugh, but also handles a very tough subject. The characters are believable and their reactions to their situation felt realistic to me. Hornby really writes well as a young boy... must once have been one. :)
The voices were whiny and began to grate on me after a while.
I'm not sure if it was the narration, the story, the characters, or the fact that my lack of sympathy for the main character makes me feel like a horrible human, but something about this book really turned me off. I finished listening to it, but it was painful. I am horrified at my lack of sympathy for the young girl in this story, but honestly, I just didn't find her situation realistic. Maybe if the author had done more to help me believe in her, or the narrator hadn't made me want to scream "JUST TELL YOUR DAM**D MOM, ALREADY, SO I CAN STOP LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!!" I may have been more on her side.
Did you just ask me if i have any stupid friends?
Write a story rather than attempting a comedy club act.
Everything seemed to be an over-the-top punchline attempt. Not entertaining OR funny.
Most of what I listened to did not seem like "scenes" at all... just a bunch of bad punchlines. The brunch was the only actual "story" I remember.
I got about an hour in, but it was like swallowing glass... so I stopped.
Better dialogue, better writing, and a far less annoying main character. If it was possible to give a book less that one star in the Audible system, this one would have gotten a 1/2.
Not another E.L James book
Anastasia Steele is one of the most annoying characters I've read in a very long time. I wanted to slap her myself... only not with a velvet glove. The words "Oh my" have become like nails on a chalk board.
I can only assume that this book is so popular because it has stirred up so much controversy, because I REALLY don't get the hype. While I can understand how the subject matter and the graphic scenarios have stirred up those opposed to such things as well as those titillated by such things, if you take that all away, underneath, this is just not a well written book. I wanted to read it, and quite frankly may have found the scenarios hot... had I found the main characters the least bit sexy. This was worse than porn with really unattractive people. Unfortunately Anastasia Steele's constant and pathetic self-talk made her wimpy, unsympathetic, and completely unlikable as a character. Hard to get my panties in a bunch over someone so unappealing, no how many positions you tie her up in. Christian Grey was one dimensional and I really didn't care what he did, didn't do, felt, etc.
The storyline also seemed EERILY close in many ways (though not so well done) to the 2002 movie, Secretary, with Maggie Gyllenhaall and James Spader (whose character is also named Mr. Grey, btw). The story felt so familiar when I began listening that I actually looked up the movie to be sure it wasn't based on this book. Bottom line, I want my 19 hours and 45 minutes back.
Boredom and apathy
I just could not get interested in the characters or the story. I got about 1/2 way through and just stopped.
The narrator wasn't so bad, but the story just seemed to ramble endlessly
I think I may just be the only person I know who does not enjoy John Irving's books. I have tried several and it just seems to me that they all ramble endlessly. My review may not be terribly helpful because so many other people seem to like his stories.
This is, by far, the best book I have listened to in years.
I will not call out any one part. There were too many to list. I finished this book and immediately began listening again. I felt like I knew every character in the story. The author reveals these men, their thoughts and motivations perfectly. I'm not sure how long it took him to write this book, but it is clear he has lived with these characters for many years.
I have not listened to any other books he has narrated, but will. He was brilliant! I lost count of how many characters spoke throughout this story, but each one's personality came through in the narrator's voice. Just wonderful!
I can't even begin to describe this book. The characters were wonderfully developed, the chaos of battle and the conditions were painted so clearly, I could see it. The dialog in the book was natural and flowed as if I were overhearing their conversations. The author wove this story with so much...history, politics, racial tensions, human nature, character development, fear, ambition, brotherhood, and bravery, yet it felt like I was watching a movie. The points were made in the natural course of the story rather than told to the reader. Mr Marlantes tells a story thst is not pretty in a beautifully written tale. I am blown away!
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