Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2008
This the first audiobook I've listened to where I have barely been able to finish the book due to the narration. While the story itself was well written, and well-paced with good characterization, I found the narrator's breathy attempts to sound female annoying and distracting.
In a words...Wow. This book, start to finish, is the story of a young man and his journey from a life on the brink of greatness to his life with his comrades on a journey through hell. How he survived - how they survived, is a miracle of the human spirit and worth every minute of listening. I learned so much I did not know, things I never learned in school. I believe the perspective I have now helps me to better understand the difficult decisions our nation had to make during that horrible time. You think you know, but you really don't.... Narrator was fine. Never inflected much into the story, just told it. But now that I have had time to reflect, I wonder if that was exactly the way it needed to be done due to the difficult content. I was still riveted from first page to last.
I am no fancy writer/reviewer. I can only say that I love books of many genres and this book will be one of my favorites. I thought the writing impeccable and so descriptive, I felt as I was sitting in the cellar room with Momma and Handful, my fingers pricked and tired from hours of sewing. I was Sarah's quiet cheerleader, lifting her up in my heart as she struggled through every step of her journey. These women will live on in my heart. I had hesitated to listen to this particular book - I tend to shy away when a prior book has disappointed me (The Mermaid's Chair) but I am glad I took the advice of other reviewers. It was worth every minute, plus all the extra miles of thought that went into the thinking through-out and after finishing it.
This latest book by Hugh Howey is well-written, and extremely well-narrated. Karen Chilton's voice matches the landscape of heat and sand, I honestly could not imagine a better narration. As far as the story, words don't describe how well Hugh Howey makes the people and environment so real you feel you are there. I LOVED this book.
The narration..oh my gosh, I thought it was awful. I finished the book because I thought the premise of the book was interesting.
The relationship between Einstein, Travis and Nora.
The narrator sounded like he was reporting a news story. When he spoke as characters, in my opinion, his voice did not match the characters at all.
I am not sure how you could have a dog do the kinds of things Einstein did in the book.
If they could pull that off then possibly Denzel Washington as Lem, Jake Gylenhaal as Travis and Michelle Monoghan as Nora.
Wait!! What a disappointment! I had listened to the other Bride books
before this one and (my fault) bought this one just assuming it was the same narrator. Talk about night and day...this narrator sounds like she is about fourteen and all the characters come off sounding like they are pre-teens as
well. Good book, poor choice of narrator...
Like the reviewer before me, I have had to force myself to finish this book. Not only is the main
character uninteresting, but the narrator brings no warmth to the story, whatsoever. A big disappointment.
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