I really enjoyed listening to this audio book, and highly recommend it. Treasure Island is clearly the archetype for most everything we think of when conjuring up pirates. Alfred Molina's narration is ideal here and I'll be looking for more of his readings.
The number of, and positive ranking of, the reviews for this book leave me puzzled.
The characters, generally, are very unlikable. The main protagonist is a raging alcoholic, a whore, a chronic liar, and is consistent in that she can be counted on to use incredibly poor judgment. Oh, and her favorite expression is "I'm sorry", of which she states a thousand times.
The women portrayed in this book are snarky, conniving, insulting, disloyal, and calculating. Or all of the above. The one thing they have in common is that their lives are somehow dissatisfying and it's a man's fault.
In the end, the writer has you focus on the despicable character of "Tom" leading the reader away from the fact that ALL the main characters are despicable. There is no victor here, no one to cheer for. Overall, quite depressing.
Oh yeah, the narration was good.
It's about a 13 (maybe 14) hour book that takes 17 hours to complete due to a VERY slow reading pace. At times the narrator is heard clearing his throat or licking his lips, so somewhat poor marks for production. The accents of FDR and women were just silly.
To the story… plays on the usual small southern town stereotypes, and probably accurately. It became quite predictable how it was all going to wrap up, but that's not unusual either, read: John Grisham.
Overall, an OK story with an OK reader. So, just OK.
Like all of Connelly's work, it's about the ride and not the destination. You should know the latter if you've read (listened) to him before. Still, pretty good writing, good narration, and being an LA boy, fun references. Good beach or vacation book.
Lot's of flowery exchanges, with too much focus on interpersonal relationships. Some of this would have been OK but the book seemed to drag on at times and at times felt like I was listening to the same passage over again. By reducing this component and adding a bit more about the issues of the day and the challenges they presented the book would improve IMO.
Edward Herman is a good narrator generally, but in this case was the wrong choice IMO.
His cadence and tone exacerbated the problem of the excessive gushing letters and memoirs.
This took longer to get through than most, for me, and I never really looked forward to the listen.
Started strong but the middle of the book got drug down in a love story with fairly sappy dialog. About a fourth of this book could have been tossed and the result would have been a story with far more pace and tension. None of this is particularly unusual for King as he has often been accused of being paid by the word.
I found the end to be somewhat clunky as well. The "geologic" issues didn't make any sense and, frankly, was little insulting to the listener/reader after this tome.
The reviews here on Audible for 11-22-63 I find to be somewhat over-rated. It's just OK IMO. I've been through most of King's works and am a fan of his best stuff but he has certainly had his clunkers. This work is dangerously close to being in that latter category.
Lastly, Craig Wasson's narration is just excellent and I believe is largely responsible for this audio book being as well received as it is.
Quite entertaining with good narration. Fast paced and to-the-point. I gave it 4 stars because, frankly, this isn't literature. The writing played fairly fast and loose with the logistics of his endeavors, but still enough was there for me to think "ah hah" or "oh, yeah". Good character development which makes this story very engaging.
I read (listened to) the Butcher's Boy and the Informant before this one and find the ratings for Dance for the Dead too high. The narration is a let down. I have observed, for my own taste, that men can do women's voices pretty well but women fail when portraying men... generally. Beyond this observation, the narrator also sounded like she was reading rather than acting the parts, at times.
The writing and narration are quite flippant in style. Considering the subject matters, death, demons, child abuse, drug distribution and addiction, and especially the protagonist's own pending demise, it becomes irritating.
As with (seemingly) all stories with magic and witchcraft and supernatural powers, there are lot's of inconsistencies. Once these are noticed it's too much of an offense to overcome, for me, and I often think the author uses "magic" as a cheap trick similar to the literary dream sequence.
Fantasy, the occult, and the supernatural are big right now. I guess I'm not that trendy.
This is not in the same league as "A Short History of Nearly Everything". Though Bryson uses objects in different rooms of his "rectory" as jumping off points, he quickly and consistently starts his verbal meanderings and the listener is left wondering "what was the topic again"?
A lot about England's Victorian gilded age and English class, or lack thereof, and their class system. Overall the book doesn't seem very focused and we really don't learn much about the objects that populate our homes and their back story.
Still, pretty good because, hey, it's Bryson. Moderately recommended.
I enjoyed this well paced "page turner". It wasn't so black and white regarding who the characters were and what motivates them, which I appreciated. The narrator, Robertson Dean, was ideal.
I'll be listening/reading to more by Alex Berenson.
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