This is a great character development piece. The story builds well, and your investment in the different characters grows accordingly. Quite well done. I look forward to other non-Potter stories from Rowling.
I am honest enough to say I didn't get this book and confident enough to admit that it was probably just me. I was able to follow the book, per say, meaning I knew what was going on, but the whole time I kept saying, "What?". I felt lost. Hey - that might have been the point though. The narrator was good - and really it was his soothing voice that kept me going. I kept waiting for something to happen. While tons did in fact happened, but they all left me thinking, "okay NOW it's going to make sense". That never happened. It is a well written book, but, well, just not my kind of book I suppose.
I didn't know what to expect when I started. It is comical, insightful, entertaining, and present realistic issues in a manner that doesn't bludgeon the reader. Aspiring writers may find some interesting tidbits in this as well. Other than the narrator sounding a little young to voice a 60 year old (hardly a complaint), I really enjoyed Amy McFadden's narration.
I always appreciate when an author will narrate his/her own work, and Bill Bryson's narrations are especially good. I'm a big fan of his books, but this is my absolute favorite of the books he narrates. I was quite literally crying I was laughing so hard at many points in this book. I don't usually re-listen too books, but I know I will have to listen to this one again.
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