You have to go into this book with an open mind. If you like jazz, then you will enjoy this book. You have to remember that Miles Davis grew up in a totally different time and his views of the world are completely justified. I found myself, on occasion, feeling a little put off by his somewhat one sided views. Then I reminded myself how different times were back then and put in the same situations would probably have similar views. If you can get past all that, you will find this book truly interesting as it goes into the deep deep history of jazz, along with side stories of Coletrain, Monk, Armstrong and all the other masters of jazz.
This is a real history lesson in the music and the times.
I am a fan of David Sedaris, so at a recent reading he encouraged fans to check this one out. Very good advice! As you listen to this one, it's almost surreal that as advanced as our society has gotten, there are still people like this in charge of the lives of human beings. It also make you wonder what is going through Dennis Rodman's head to befriend people like this. Next time you hear someone complain about their "first world" problems, point them in the direction of this book. It is truly eye opening. The author did an amazing job at mapping out the lives of the chosen few and, as a reader, I felt like I was living in the shoes of these poor souls and couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all ended. The narrator also did an outstanding job giving a voice to this book.
If you are a parent, this one will make you think about how your unconditional love for your kids can sometimes leave you blind to the obvious, and the lengths you would go to protect them. This is a book that you will have a hard time figuring out what's going to happen from chapter to chapter and the ending will leave your mouth open. When I started listening to this, I was coming off a book that was really well narrated so the bar was set pretty high, so I was pleased that the narrator didn't disappoint me here.
I'm a long time fan of Will Patton's incredible gift of narration, so when I ran across this one, I couldn't pass it up. I'm certainly glad I didn't. Meyer did a wonderful job telling this story. The book is put together so you are left wanting more after each chapter. It is also unique to see the story unfold across the three generations and be able to hear the perspective from each person. All of the narrators do a superb job at bringing life and a certain personality to each part. I finished the book several days ago and I still find myself thinking about it. I love the way Meyer gave a current vocabulary to the Native Americans. It really helped make the story entertaining and kept this from being a history book. I am from Texas and really enjoyed hearing how the state transformed over more than 100 years.
As an audio book listener, you occasionally run across that really great book that makes the first couple of books after it seem really disappointing. This is that really great book! I was a fan of "A Time to Kill" and kind of skeptical when the follow-up came so many years later. Believe me, it was worth the wait. This is a true page turner and really rich story telling. I found myself sitting in my car after pulling into work and home because I couldn't wait to hear what was next. The narration was also first rate. Michael Beck did a superb job of really distinguishing the characters, which is a huge part of listening to a book.
Joe Hill does it again. He is a great story teller and I found myself sitting in the car wanting to hear what was going to happen next. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Narration was top notch as well.
I really enjoy the writing style of JLB, and have listened to all of the Robicheaux novels. This book is classic JLB and will not disappoint those followers of the Robicheaux/Purcell escapades. The characters are complex and the details true to form. I do enjoy the ones set in south Louisiana better (but that's just because I love that area it's rich history). Will Patton is a master narrator (as usual) and really brings all the characters to life.
Grabbed this one because we were looking for something to listen to for a road trip. The reviews were good and we love Mr. King's story telling.
This one did not disappoint.
Although the description paints a picture of death and ghost, it's really a story of the coming of age in the 70s. This story really took me back to my youth. I could almost feel the ocean breeze in my face and hear the sounds of the amusement park.
This does have typical supernatural and murder, but that's not the sole focus of this one.
The narrator also did a fantastic job.
This was a good story and the world that she created is very unique. It's a little too "teenie bopper" for my taste, but now that I am bought in, I have to finish the series.
Don't get me wrong. The story is great and the narrator is outstanding.
This is the second Joe Hill book I have had the pure pleasure of listening. Just like Heart Shaped Box, Joe Hill tells a really unique and terrifying story. He created some really profound and seriously troubled characters and kept the story flowing really smoothly without making it convoluted.. I am a real fan of this author.
As for the narrator, there are few people who can pull of what Kate Mulgrew did with this one. She really brings all the characters to life, especially the antagonist.
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