Dialogue. Leonard's characters sound about as real as it gets.
The primary protagonist.
Muller's laid-back suspicious tone is a perfect marriage to Leonard's crime characters.
Muller and Leonard are such a good combination, that I started looking at other titles they have together.
The presentation. Bill Nye has always been able to present the facts of our physical universe in a fun and easy to enjoy manner.
Not sure. I don't tend to read the "science vs. ideology" genre much. Books of this ilk (on both sides) tend to preach to the choir so to speak, so no matter what side you fall on we all tend to read what we agree with. It's dumb that we do this, but that's human nature for you. If we didn't there would be no debate, because the curious human mind is unraveling this universe day by day, and unfortunately that scares some people.
Sometimes it's cool to hear the author present their own material, and I enjoyed Nye reading his own stuff.
Not really. The universe is what it is, and I don't need to be told what the facts about it are. It leaves all its own clues for us to find, and that's basically what Nye was getting at: Don't ignore the truth just because you want to disagree with it.
Worth the credit. I doubt it'll convert any of the already religiously indoctrinated (my christian family usually doesn't want to hear the truth from me), but hopefully it'll land in the hands of a few children who otherwise have been robbed of the opportunity to make a fully informed decision for themselves, rather than continue to be forced march in the footsteps of their frightened and ignorant parents.
When the first quarter of the book was about a guy trying to beat a WAY-overcooked suicide evaluation, I started to wonder if there was actually going to be a plot. I never found out because due to the author dragging out what should have been a scene into an act, I decided this wasn't for me.
Sure. It's a fun read that tackles an interesting theme, and the language is a joy to listen to (although it gets a bit repetitive). I actually had an easier time listening to it than I did trying to read it several years ago.
Alex. When a writer can get you to sympathize with a scumbag, you know you've just read something good.
This is my third attempt at an A. Lee Martinez book, and I can never get past the first third of them. I don't know if any of his books actually have a plot, because he founders so much in the beginning that I can't figure out what the point is, get bored, and stop reading/listening to them.
I'm on a noir/neo-noir kick right now, so I might go with the follow up novel to When Gravity Fails. That, or another Elmore Leonard novel that's narrated by Muller. Those are great!
Only if they were a die hard Stephen King fan. The writing is top notch, but King (as usual) spends WAY too much time developing the characters to no end. He loves to be in people's daily lives, yet he spends far too much time there. The man does not know how to kill his darlings.
Just like The Tommyknockers or Salem's Lot, King could have cut about a third of the novel out and still ended up with the same impact and meaning without losing any of the richness of character.
He's engaging, without overacting. I felt he was a touch out of place for the main character he was reading for, but he still pulled it off quite well.
Yeah, but King's longer works rarely make good films or mini-serise. It's his more modestly sized novels and short stories do that better (and they read better too!).
In the upper third. These dramatized Chandler tales aren't not long enough to spend a full credit on, but they are entertaining enough to pay the small price Audible asks for them.
The dramatization. These abridge shorts are very well made.
I really like the background sounds (a clink of a glass, the click of a gun, etc.)
Bought this one and then started collecting some of the others. I'm up to three of these now, and can see myself buying a few more.
I did, and he agreed it was great as well. In fact, even with several days head start on him, my friend overtook my pace and finished the audiobook in two days, beating me by three hours of listening time. Jerk! :)
Our marooned hero of course!
His performance was PERFECT in bringing Mark's good-natured determination and hilarious sarcasm to life.
I like King's earlier works. His newer stuff is okay, but everything from the late 80's on is so self-concious (does EVERY protagonist have to be a writer?) and too over-written for my tastes.
It's gritty and hopeless, and flips off the world it exists in at the conclusion. Typical Bachman beauty.
Jeffery Kafer would be my first choice. Somebody with a hard and expressive voice. The main character is supposed to be a jaded looser that sees the world for its true ugliness, and hates the man for perpetuating and exploiting it.
No, it works perfectly as a stand alone.
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