The story is good and worth the 23+ hours but I had to write this review to praise the narrator for such a wonderful job. There are about 16 different characters with all types of accents; Scottish, Irish, Australian, French, etc. He mastered them all and I could always tell who was talking based on the voice. I think this is quite a feat with this particular book. I seldom notice the narrator unless they are very bad, but I wish I could give this one 6 stars.
I had never heard of this book but really enjoyed it. It held me from the first page (or minutes?). Only downside is that I hope there is a sequel because it ended a bit abruptly, although you can imagine what would happen next. In other words, not a cliff hanger but I would really like to spend more time with the characters.
Perhaps this book would have been better if I had read it. The reader's slight Southern accent (which was accurate for Roanoke) rubbed me the wrong way. I only finished it because it was a book club selection.
Read this book for our book club. Took the book out of the library because the reader made it sound like a romance novel. The life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh is interesting and worth the read but the author adds a lot of her own spin on the Lindberg marriage and Anne's perspective.
While the story is interesting and Haruki Murakami is a well known writer in Japan, I cannot rate this highly or recommend it to other listeners. The main reason is that (slight spoiler alert) there is very little sense of an ending. I wondered why the author kept repeating so much material and about halfway through the book I realized that it was because this book was originally issued as several books in Japan. I don't know if my subsequent conclusion is true or not, but I then started to think of it as a teenage saga. Essentially the author has created an alternative world where many strange things are happening. Things that are never adequately explained. There is a lot of graphic sex, tangential sub plots, and people that just fall out of the book. If you are reading this and considering purchasing the book, at least you are forewarned about the ending. Perhaps there is another book in the works.
Yes, we all know processed food is bad for us but eat it anyway. What we don't know is what is in that food and the extent of consumer manipulation by the food industry. The government has played a role in this as well, but they are now turning around and complaining about the high obesity rate when they are part of the problem. My favorite chapter was the one on cheese. In a sentence from the book - "cheese went from being a food to being an ingredient". How true. There many enlightening facts which I cannot quote since I listened to the book but I believe it was something along the lines of a cup of Ragu having as much sugar as 4 Oreos. That tends to make you aware. A very enlightening book.
My review has nothing to do with " A Christmas Carol" since we all know it is a classic. The quality of the recording was terrible. I sounded like an amateur recording of a live performance. I listened in the car and it got so loud at times it made me wince. I was constantly adjusting the volume. The sound was not clear and as an extra added attraction, the narrator would announce, Track 1, Track 2, etc. at various points of the story. I did not listen to anything beyond "A Christmas Carol". Too annoying. I'm unsure of how to gauge the performance, but there was too much shouting to suit me.
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