the narrator's ability to toggle between characters and make both male and female voices believable
the tone and flavor of the south and its mindset
While I don't recall reading any of Grisham's works prior to Sycamore Row, the narrator, Michael Beck, was able to deliver me to the end. One character in particular caught my fancy because he actually sounded like Andy Griffith in his Matlock persona. Well done Michael.
Well spent in terms of "what-ifs" in the storyline, but I was distracted and put off by gratuitous sex and stilted narration.
The whole premise of "did they" or "didn't they" die in the bunker is the crux of the story and gets your mental wheels spinning. The sex was an unnecessary distraction. And if sex was to be integral to the storyline, then the author needs to make it seductive rather than clumsy. I wasn't tantalized but rather exasperated; it got in the way of the storyline progression and served no purpose. Love erotic literature, but this wasn't it and didn't complement the plot.
While I appreciate the rich timber of Mr. Williamson's voice, he needs more practice in breath control and portraying female characters; those characters weren't believable for me. Some narrators transport you through opposite sex characters with little effort and it becomes seamless. Mr. Williamson needs more experience.
Absolutely because the narrator WAS Owen Meany! Reading would have been too tedious to finish.
Owen was an intellectual with a heart and perseverance.
I would never have read this book, but listening to Joe Barrett made it possible and I'm pleased.
Mr. Weber was able to keep my attention and hold it together for me to the end.
The storyline was involved enough to keep my attention, but it was Jake Weber, who delivered me from start to finish. Some parts held more promise than others, and I'm not panning the book. Pessl seems to have talent. I was just looking for a little more in a "whodunit".
I never read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition.
Don't recall hearing Steve West before but will certainly consider him when making future selections.
Until Death Do I Paint
Steve West was able to deftly convey the complexity of a life fraught with bouts of mental illness and disappointments. I was intrigued by Van Gogh's life, relationships and the hardships he endured in pursuit of his passion for art. Appreciated learning about his Impressionist peers and how they influenced Van Gogh's work.
don't think so
Ms. O'Donnell's voice hit a raw nerve with me. Her cadence made what "might have been" a book worth listening to a "NOT" -- ouch!
Follet is a longtime favorite author; however, Fall of Giants didn't live up to my expectations. John Lee, on the other hand, is exceptional so I'll still get around to the next installment.
pretty much everything
John Lee can read my phone bill breakdown and make it compelling… Aliena is still may fav.
more like cringe
Life is harsh and The Plague is in full force -- nuff said...
Historical fiction is my "go-to genre" and so far is at the top of my list.
Aliena, because she perseveres in spite of all...
Not sure I can pinpoint one favorite scene because I was smitten from the get-go.
It started with the very first chapter of the book about Tom, his wife and newborn babe.
Learned a lot about the stone masons and the cathedrals they built -- amazing! You have to wonder how civilization continued with all the blood and mayhem, but it WAS the 12th century...
I have experienced these amazing creatures in Kruger National Park and two private game reserves in South Africa. I wanted to hear some history.
His performance conveyed empathy; however, his accent was more heavily weighted to British than the rich, lilting South African dialect.
I was overwhelmed by the author's sobering account of the African elephants' plight. He provides insight into the secretive life of the hierarchy within the herd. These sentient beings touched me by their extraordinary familial interactions.
informative, fascinating, visceral
historical novels by James A. Michener
There were both male and female narrators and each did an admirable job; however, I most enjoyed Will Patton. His modulation and intonation always intrigue.
I was fascinated to learn about the rituals and mores of the Comanche Indians. Have to admit however, that some of the descriptions of capture and torture were a bit visceral at times.
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