I was hesitant on getting this. I have never read a biography that wasn't an assignment and was afraid I might not make it through it. I was happy to find my fears were needless. See, I was never an Apple fan. In fact, I took pride in telling others "I have never owned an Apple product." But I knew a lot of the stories that surrounded the company and the man. It was amazing to get some of the back-story; hearing what went on behind that curtain. While, I saw some things left out, there was so much more revealed. It was very insightful and interesting and I have been recommending this to everyone who has any interest in technology.
The reader, Dylan Baker? I don't understand the negative reviews. At all. I have heard some horrible narrators. This person read the story. He didn't act it out. He didn't study Steve Jobs to practice that arrogance in which he spoke. He simply read it and he read it well. I am tired of the narrators who think they have to "perform" the characters. I want more readers who...just read.
Oh, and I bought an iPod Nano. I wish I could say because of this book but it was a number of months ago. I'm beginning to think I understand.
The performances are are good but some of the actors gave the impression it was their first time seeing the text (Alan Alda was the worst for this although it may just be he was the most recognizable voice for me). They did not seem to put a lot of effort into their readings. John Turturro's reading was probably one of the better ones.
The story didn't keep my attention. I realize it was abridged and the premise is based on interviews of survivors but I was hoping the people were going to be tied together in some way at the end. It had a fragmented feel for me. This may have been one those books better read. It did not make me anxious to see the coming movie adaptation.
This book seemed to be (along with Feast of Crows) used for little more than to tie together some plots. I really didn't like the stories of some of my favorite characters in this book. Tyrion did some things that seemed way out of character for him without good reason. Jon's whole story was pointless and when he finally made a decision it went against everything he's struggled with in the whole series (in terms of his battle with duty vs. desires). Dany has never been one of favorite characters and I actually found myself on the border of hating her in this book.
Theon was the jewel of this volume. His story was compelling and gut wrenching. For the first time I was rooting for Theon, of all people. Roy Dotrice was great as ever and it was good to have him back but I think I'm one of the few that didn't mind the last narrator, whatever his name was.
All in all, this book needed to be written to get things where they are but I don't think it needed to be this long. I think it could have been accomplished in 1/3 less the time. The reasons given for some character's decisions, if they were given at all, were not up to par of previous books. I would recommend this book (and FoC) only because of my love of the story up to here. I didn't hate it but if the first 3 books were like this I would not have lasted this long.
I WANT to tell you this story a bit too feeble. I WANT to tell you the narrator, while not the worst I've heard, was not good. I WANT to tell you the main character isn't all that likable of a person. I WANT to tell you your credit is better spent elsewhere. I want to say I did not like this book...but for whatever reason I can't. In looking back at how it kept my attention from beginning to end I can only say I WOULD recommend this book. Maybe it would have been better for me if I read it rather than listening to the narrator's interpretation. If you like fast paced plot lines that are very linear and want to just sit and be entertained this would be a good book to turn to.
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