I give it an 8 only because I think it would have benefited from readings by various voices. Though this narrator was very good and played the characters well, the story is so intricate that at times I had to go back and re-listen to some parts that I missed along the way.
Loved Marian -- not only strong, but a "class act" as a devoted sister, loving friend and intuitive thinker.
He played the characters as well as he could, but I would rather have had the characters read by different narrators.
It would give the story away.
I loved the book and its many twists and turns. And I loved the way the author chose to tell it from so many points of view -- my favorite literary device. Wilkie is clearly a master storyteller and it kept me busily listening for many enjoyable hours.
Not only is this a great novel but hearing it performed by one of my favorite actors was a thrill. I was so disappointed when it ended!
In true "The Loved One" satire, Waugh describes a droll college professor in denial of his addition to pain meds and sleep aids. His journey blends a strange mix of reality and fantasy in quite humorous fashion, leaving the "reader" to wonder which was which -- an entertaining journey.
Not only is Herman Wouk's pre-WWII tale engaging and informative, Kevin Periseau's performance is delightful. I hope he will be tapped to do the sequel "War and Remembrance!"
OK -- I get it, Ms. Piccoult: you dislike the homophobic, born-again, conservative Christian right, and strongly approve of the gay lifestyle and marriage. Your proselitizing made me stop reading many times because it was so heavy-handed that I couldn't stand it. However, I did finish it and found the whole experience disappointing. Won't be so quick to pick up her next.
I bought this because I thought it seemed a good value for the money. Not only is the subject matter a snooze, the author is dry and droll. I am using it to put myself to sleep at night.
A great story and a great read. I just finished going through it for the second time and it is one of my favorites. The story is wonderful and I will look for more books performed by the narrator. I couldn't get enough of these characters and was so sorry when it came to an end! Bravo!
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