I just finished book 3 of this series and could barely put down the iPod the whole time. This story was well written and heart wrenching without feeling manipulative. It's thought provoking and the world is very well-realized and detailed. And the story is structured so you always want to know what happens next.
The narrator was really irritating, though, especially in the first book. The pace and expression she used seemed to be in a manner for reading to small children. Considering some of the violence and other political topics in the story, I think she was an inappropriate choice. I don't know if many young adult novels are done in this style, but it really was annoying to listen to.
Regular listeners of Dan Savage's podcast, or readers of his column or twitter feed will not be surprised by anything they hear in this book. But what they will find is a deeper version of his favorite rants. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I found that the arguments presented are so much fuel for those of us who agree with Savage about the LGBT rights movement, birth control access, and healthcare in this country. He also sets the record straight on a couple of items, including the santorum definition and its origins that newer readers may not know. And for regular listeners to the podcast, the fact that Dan reads it himself is an added bonus.
I loved this audio book. Rosie tells her life story in the framework of the bars she has been a regular in. It's a great device, telling us about her favorite bars, introducing us to her cities and towns and bar culture. The book was light and entertaining, but also interesting and obviously much of the material is deeply felt by the author. But I also liked how it was kind of like telling stories over drinks with a friend. Rosie presents many individual stories and anecdotes (my favorite is the one about the bikers and her knitted hat) which are woven together in the greater context of her life story and the bars she frequents. Definitely a fun listen and not overly long.
It's a very good biography. Not the most exciting non-fiction audiobook I've listened to, but still very enjoyable and informative.
I liked best the author's analysis outsiders' opinion of Joe Kennedy was the best part. He gives both the central character's opinions, but also those of outsiders, citing writings and interviews and even speculating based on actions and knowledge of Kennedy's contemporaries.
I enjoyed his use of appropriate accents when reading quotes by different people in the book. It was wide-ranging, but particularly pronounced in the Bostonian and English accents.
This book encourages thought and pondering of the people in the book as well as the times they lived in. I cannot say it was one I would have enjoyed in a single sitting, as the facts presented are a lot to digest.
I think it's the best way to read this kind of book. The sentences of this particular author are very long, and in some places the topic is a little dry. An audio book is ideal for these sorts of books in which you want to get the facts and the story, but don't want to have to sit and read it.
I always enjoy Erik Larson's way of blending historical facts and events with the seedy, sometimes gory details of true crime. While the subject matter is not as sinister as Devil in the White City, the book does not disappoint. Exploring Marconi's invention of the radio, something which we take for granted in today's world as practically passe, Larson weaves in a tale of murder which would seemingly have nothing to do with it. And yet, as ever, it all comes together in the end. A very good listen to anyone who enjoys true crime, biographies, or both.
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