Orchard Park, NY United States | Member Since 2014
There aren't a lot of books I'd go back and listen to multiple times, but there are a few. There are definitely some stories in this one I would revisit and share with a friend or two.
I find it very difficult to choose just one, but the two stories that I liked the best were the one about Obama being elected and the Europeans thinking it would never happen because Americans are too racist and the one where he talks about traveling abroad and learning German from the language recordings. Oh... and the young father with the special t-shirt in the airport. Can't forget that.
Not only is he a wonderful writer, but he is a very entertaining narrator. He tells the stories in an almost acerbic manner, but so humorously. The thoughts he describes going through his head are so much like what I think, and I'm sure anyone else who enjoys him. This is a man that I would absolutely love to encounter in an airport or coffee shop and spend some time bitching about other people.
I enjoy listening to books while I do my grocery shopping. I go alone, so I like to disappear into my head. I use a set of bluetooth headphones and you can't see them under my long hair. I was listening to one of his stories while shopping the other day and noticed that a lot of people kept smiling at me. Then I realized that they thought I was smiling at them because I just couldn't stop laughing at David. They either thought I was extremely friendly or completely mental. Either way, I enjoyed that shopping trip very much.
I'm very glad my friend suggested David Sedaris to me. I'd never heard of him, but I will be enjoying him from now on.
I can't answer this question, as I did not read the print version.
since this is non-fiction, there aren't "characters"
She has a very pleasing voice and put enough emotion into the performance that you were engaged for the entire story.
I would say not. It was interesting, but not "exciting" like you'd get from fiction. That's a good thing.
Still don't know
Andy, mostly because he's the one you get to really know. His total devotion to his son and unwaivering confidence in his innocence was admirable.
He wasn't the most engrossing performer I've heard. There are some performers that become the book and bring it to life. There are some that sound like any average joe reading a book out loud. Mr. Gardner definitely is closer to the former than the latter, but I really prefer narrators who can "act" every character in the book. His peformance was definitely strong enough that I got hooked, so that's really what is important.
Ugh... none of them. Maybe Father O'Malley, or whatever his name was, but only because I had a mental image of him as Mike from Breaking Bad. I didn't really relate to any of the characters in this book. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy hearing their story.
At the end of the story, I still don't know if Jacob was innocent or guilty.
Probably not, unless the friend was a fan of the show. It's not a bad book by any means, and Cassandra Campbell is a very good narrator, but it's just a pretty forgettable story. You'd think that there would be more interesting things that happen in a year spent in prison.
She's writing it as a memoir, so I assume she wanted to be true to the story. I think the only thing that would have made it more enjoyable would be to make it fiction and make some things up.
I think she read it in about the same way I'd have "heard" it in my head.
Doubtful. I haven't even gotten around to watching the series on Netflix.
I did appreciate her take on the legal system. The way things are dragged out so that your life is in limbo while they go through all their unnecessary and illogical processes is extremely frustrating (forget to renew your dog license and see how many of your hours are wasted sitting in a court room just for them to say "renew it on time next year!" and you'll see what I mean). And then there are the police officers who think that because they have a 2 year degree in criminal justice, they deserve your respect, regardless of how rude they are to you.I also thought her realization of what matters in life was a good message. She was given the opportunity to know women she'd probably cross the street to avoid passing had she seen them outside prison. She saw their kindness and generosity and I hope that it's a lesson she's kept and shared.
Engaging, bittersweet, heartwarming
It wasn't the most intensely suspenseful story SK has written, but I was pulled in when the stuff went down. I actually was surprised when the secret was revealed and sad that it was learned so quickly. I'm not used to short Stephen King books and was so taken with Michael Kelly that I didn't want it to end so soon.
I enjoyed his portrayal of Devon. Kelly doesn't make the huge distinctions in the characters like a lot of narrators do, but he still makes the story come alive. Devon, being the main character, was the deepest.
There may have been a tear at the end. I won't say why
This is a pretty typical Stephen King short story. He has such a wonderful way of pulling you in so that you almost feel like you are there. You are sympathetic to the characters and get attached. This is a nice sweet story of a young man growing up read by a very good actor with a pleasant voice, who I originally thought might be David Spade. Then found out it's Doug Stamper from House of Cards.
This ranks in the top ten percent of the audiobooks I've heard. The genre is much different than what I usually choose and I was engrossed from the first chapter.
I felt that the most interesting character was Boris because of his rough sweetness. His depth of caring for those important to him contrasted his seemingly shallow attitude about himself and life. He had a wiseness that Theo lacked and saw things in people. Through all his tragedy, he enjoyed life while he had absolutely nothing.
David PIttu's performance was one of the best I've heard. He brought each of the characters to life with all the emotion that was needed to truly get a sense of how difficult the story was to live for Theo. His characterizations of Boris, Andy and Xandra filled them out in a way my mind wouldn't have. I would've missed the humor.
The Goldfinch itself was the character that caught my attention and will continue to hold it. Her description of the painting and the emotions it evoked in all who loved it made it almost alive with its beauty and sadness. In my Internet search to see what this painting is, I've learned how much it has captivated other readers as they've flocked to view it with their own eyes.
After reading the NY Times review of this novel, I understand why I was so drawn to it. It does have a very Dickensian feel to it. Tragic with hope. Despair with beauty. Lessons learned with some salvation and redemption, with some help from lucky destiny. I loved how this chain of events starts off just by getting suspended from school for a "crime" he didn't commit and forever changes the expected path of a sweet boy. It sends him into a life devoid of enjoyment and full of pain, with emptiness surrounding him. But in the end, there's a glimmer of "you had to go through all this in order for the good to happen". It's the eternal optimist's way of looking at life.
I can't get through this because the narrator is not very good. The narrator makes or breaks and audiobook, and he's just too distracting due to his lack of talent.
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