amidst all the glowing praise for this audio book is one written by a reviewer named Sarah. her description fits my experience almost perfectly. i have to say that I didn't enjoy the subject matter as much as she did, partially due to the "herky jerky" aspect of mr bryson's narration. while a brilliant writer, mr brysons speaking voice is strangely lulling. I found myself mentally wandering away from the story often, and struggling with the odd emphasis' and cadence of his speech.
to soften this review, I have to say that "A Walk In The Woods" is one of my favorite books, ever, and I have read, and enjoyed, most of his other books. this is the first audiobook of his work that I have attempted to listen to.
this is a classic bodice ripper, and even though I want to tear it to shreds, i will not.
If you are looking for a brainless, light-hearted adventure romance, this just might be the book for you. If you are looking for something smart with riveting romance (along the lines of Outlander) this IS NOT it, at all.
the author is overly preoccupied with prodigious penises, blinding blue eyes, and massive physiques, to the detriment of the plot.
I do not think this book was intended to be humorous, but it is, in a grim sort of way.
The police, who play a very large part, as written, are so inept as to defy belief. Honestly, if a police officer, even a rookie, found a suspected kidnap victim, wouldn't he remove the duct tape over her mouth, the rope binding her hands, and the blindfold covering her eyes? perhaps ask her her name? or just throw her sideways across the back seat of the cruiser and head back to town, imagining the glory in store for the hero?
ugh. just terrible. This story does no favors to the inhabitants of Alabama, presenting the majority of them as thugs, obsessed hunters, or fame-seeking police officers.
would not recommend.
Enjoyed this very much. the narrator does a terrific job with all the scots accents. Each accent is easily distinguished from another, thus making it sooooo much easier to keep track of what is going on. i have read other books that deal with the Risings, but hadn't ever read so much about the first one, nor had the actual origination of the problem been made clear.
the mood and scenery are decribed wonderfully, and it was easy to fall into the mists, feel the ocean spray and smell the peaty smoke of the fires. i will be looking for another by this author. the plot device gets a tad over-used, but not so much that it made me crazy.
an engaging book, mainly because of the dog. the scenes told from the dogs perspective are very well done. the cops scenes, not so much. the difference was so pronounced, to me, it was almost as though from two different authors. i found the police officers character, thoughts, and deeds to be stilted, repressed, and extremely idiotic. anyone who is a fan of police or detective procedurals will be rolling their eyes as this doofus blunders though the plotline. his transformation from being completely self-centered and ignorant of even the basics of dog-ness, into a "dog-person" are abrupt and ham-handed.
all that being said, i enjoyed the overall story. Maggie gives 250%, which makes up for any short-comings of her partner. the plot was semi-predictable, but the novelty of having the dogs perspective makes it seem fresh. the stars for story are all for Maggie, and even so I just couldn't go to 5.
I have been a fan of Grishams' since the beginning, especially enjoying the non-lawyer novels. Painted House and The Last Juror are two of my faves, along with A Time to Kill. This novel did not disappoint. It was great to catch up with Jake and Carla and Harry Rex. Also wonderful to have a cameo by Willie Traynor.
In a change for me, the narrator was great, lol! (i usually slam the narrator, but this one did just fine).
I almost stopped listening to this book. Jack is a love-lorn dude, and those are annoying. Despite repeatedly being told and shown by his ex-girlfriend that she wants nothing more to do with him, is in fact, repulsed by him, he deludes himself that they perhaps have a chance. I have no patience with type of storytelling.
The storyline is intriguing, the dips back into time, to explain the backstory, were enjoyable and well done. The story, and Jack himself, did grow on me and I listened to the last half with enjoyment. Satisfying on a level where you would really love to hire a guy to right all the injustices perpetrated against you. I'll buy the next book int he series.
Once again, narration was poor. Her cadence is off, and distinction between characters almost non-existent. It genuinely sounded as thought she was reading the book, line for line, with no rhythm for the actual sentence structure. Her voice went up at the beginning of the line, and down at the end of that line, whether there was a period or not. ugh. awful.
as to the storyline, difficult to swallow. I have read all the previous Pigeon novels. The earliest are the best. the last 5 or so (with the exception of the wolf study book), the author has centered all her plots around harming children. The one that starts out with the woman in the wheelchair, is excellent, though horrific. That one is one of the best Pigeon novels. sorry, I digress. This one I just found impossible to believe. This solitary woman now has a husband, whom she is supposed to adore, yet he is given only the teeniest presence in the book. (a shame, since as described, the Sherriff/Holy Man is more interesting than Anna). Throughout the book Anna acts in contrary ways, taking actions precisely to put herself in danger. Forehead smacking moments, a friend calls them. She does this so many times, that I groaned out loud when (SPOILER) being chased by a truck and on foot, given the choice between running towards a restaurant full of people and a phone, and running out into the open desert (with an infant in arms) she choses the desert. and that is only one of the last terrible decisions she makes.
These books are not getting any better. stick to the first 6 or so. I will not purchase another by Ms. Barr.
I;m an hour into this and the narrator is making me crazy. Why do all these narrators insist on a monotone for their delivery?? He is reading this as though it is a stockholders report. Good lord. I am not sure I can go on...
This is difficult for me to accurately judge. The story is a favorite of mine, and has been since it's original release. I have read the book several times. The audio part of it was good, not exceptional, I don't feel like the audio enhanced my perceptions of the story, but it was enjoyable. There are books I have listened to in audio, that I hadn't read first, which were a more enjoyable/satisfying experience.
Stu of course. And Frannie, though this narration makes her sound a bit like a twit. I like Stu's stoicism and resolve, how he is fragile but strong, and his character grows through out the story. I like that he gains confidence in himself, and their path, while retaining the ability to question his motives. Frannie, as read in the book, seems real, like someone I know, or perhaps even a part of me, as a daughter, a young adult and an impeding mother. I identified with her because most of her decisions are ones i think I would have made in the same circumstances. SPOILER Except I would have spoken up about Harold. The end of the world is no play to worry about hurting someones feelings.
I didn't like the performance. At most times it was only tolerable, others it was irritating. He delivered the majority of the narration is a strange monotone, only occasionally injecting some life into the words. His accents made all the men sound like "Oklahoma sod-busters" and the women like whiny and helpless, or hard. I found myself practicing lines out loud as I listened. The story is so rich and multilayered, it deserved an exceptional narrator, not mediocre one it received. Harsh, I know, but the truth in my opinion. If I hadn't known the story, I doubt I would have finished all 48 hours. That is looooong time to listen to a voice you do not enjoy.
No. And at 48 hours, it would have been impossible.
Mr. King... please make an effort to find better narrators for your work. I have listened to two books, one narrated by yourself and this one. On narration alone, I cannot recommend eithr, though you did a better job than Mr. Gardner.
Yes and no. Yes because it is a great concept, and parts of it are intriguing. No, because 25% of it could have been eliminated and the story would have been so much better for it; concise, a tighter plotline, more suspenseful. I don't need a detailed listing what she packed for her trip, or to hear, for the one-hundreth time, that the wayward lock of hair has fallen over her forehead.
The ending was good, a great set up for the next book. I was just beginning to enjoy the characters, and it ended.
She did a good job. Not really good, just good. Although now that i linger over the question, she did really well with the various accents. hmm. ok, i'm upping her stars to 4, she did a great job with the assorted voices and accents, and there were quite a lot of them.
The heroine of the story is kind of a twit. On one hand, she is brainy and determined, on the other she is completely willing to bury her head int he sand and play helpless female. Also, denial of the obvious is a strong characteristic of her personality. The hero (?) is over-protective, and dominating. There is really no explanation for their all consuming commitment to each other. It is not love at first site, but rather, after a couple chapters, the author decided they needed to be together and unreasonably devoted to each other, right now. A little hard to swallow. Not sure if I will go forward with the series.
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