Wow! Wow! Wow! I was not sure what to expect when I started this book, but it grabbed hold of me just as surely as the Cherokee grabbed hold of Eli.
Philipp Meyer's storytelling is so rich and vivid that it creates a crystal clear picture of the story in your mind. The voice actors are absolutely spot on with their characters with Kate Mulgrew stealing the spotlight. Will Patton is absolutely perfect as the surly patriarch Eli McCullough. This book makes me want to delve into Meyer's other works, the writing is just superb!
We tend to glorify war. Tim O'Brien tells us how it really is. A must-hear account of a man's time in the hell of the Vietnam War. Bryan Cranston does an excellent job of narration, though I wonder how Tim O'Brien might have done as the narrator as he does provide a personal reading at the end of the book. This book kept me in rapt attention!
Yech! Not a good sign when I get halfway through and don't feel like finishing the book. The only way I finished it was because I felt a sense of obligation to the credit I spent.
The narrator is an overly dramatic English version of William Shatner if it were possible to get any more overly dramatic. I increased the narration speed and still this book was nearly interminable. It's about 6 good hours lost in 37 hours of convoluted nonsense. The book constantly meanders from this (forgettable) character to that (forgettable) character. It attempts to cram too many characters and too many situations into one story. Oh, and aliens are out to destroy us all. One and done. If you want sci-fi done great (perfect even) get Hyperion.
The narrator does a good job with a clear, concise performance.
However, the plot is flimsy. Australia is attacked during Common Day and they round up everyone I guess.... The logistics of that are astounding. Some unknown attackers who speak a language the main characters have never heard, except at a later part of the book where they speak English...
I'll move on to some other books.
I'm glad I got this cheap and didn't use a book credit. The story is convoluted. The recording at times is difficult to make out. I can barely remember the plot or the characters. I can't recommend this.
An excellent account of the mental aspect of extreme running! If you liked Born to Run, you'll certainly like Scott's tale from another perspective. One of the few drawbacks is that Scott tends to skirt around the question of why you'd run an ultramarathon in the first place. He asks that question in different ways, but never truly addresses it. It may be that if regular jogging/running keeps you in very good shape, then there's no need to run ultramarathons.
Just as my review headline states, this books seemed to be more of a rambling road trip than any profound statement on how gods exist in our minds and our belief. Many times during the book I simply zoned out and had no idea where the story had gone or even what the current narrative was - probably similar to zoning out while traveling in a car over longs distances and not paying much attention to the what is around you - a road trip. The plot would have benefited greatly from more cohesion and a main story thread to keep the listener interested. While the narrators were quite talented, the story simply didn't provide me with much to care about.
I'm surprised at how high this book is rated. It makes me wonder if the 12000 words the author added into this edition would have been better left out.
A very exciting tale of one man's effort for survival while stranded on Mars. Absolutely brilliant. Funny, cynical, and rich with space technology/science. There were some points in the book where it just simply became too much to be believed, thus the less-than-five star rating, but overall a great, fun listen.
A very fascinating discussion by Stephen Hawking on his theory of time, black holes, relativity, etc. One of the few drawbacks is that his rational/reasoning begins to sound and become circular - which I suppose perfectly describes the theory of time and the universe - how it contracts/expands - unending.
The first half of this book was very engrossing and captivating. The second half - not so much. The story works well when its about the main character: Vergil. You're interested in his plight and his fate. Once that is determined, the story meanders about to various other characters that I just couldn't really care about.
The narrator also does not speak clearly into the microphone at a few points in the book making you have to turn up the audio very high just to hear him. In his defense, this was recorded many, many years ago when audiobook recording was not at the best. The narrator does not have a vast range of voices either: alternating from gruff, gravely to a high-pitched attempt at female voices which just doesn't work.
An interesting premise and great first half of the book, but not one that I could recommend.
This is easily one of the best audio books I have listened to in a long time. The story of a young 16 year old girl who is dying of cancer and yet finds joyous love in all the misery and heartache she has endured. Incredibly emotional. You will laugh out loud. You will cry.
The narrator is exquisite and perfect to bring about the voice and personality of Hazel. I cannot say enough great things about this book. Just get it and listen to it. Period.
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