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Anyone who is familiar with the persona of Jimmy Connors on the court will likely be curious to know whether that was the real him or simply a PR stunt. By the end of the book, I concluded that (like most things in life) the answer is somewhere in-between. Connors readily admits to much of the hijinks that many of us witnessed in the 1970s and 80s, but provides some fairly raw admissions of poor decisions and actions. However, peppered in-between are several endearing accounts of the relationships that launched his career and/or accompanied him along the way. Truth is, I wasn't sure of the sincerity part until later in the book, when Mr. Connors spent a considerable amount of time acknowledging all those folks who'd supported him during his heyday: his fellow players, his family, even his dogs. I don't think an ego-maniac would devote so much attention to praising others (and admitting to his own failures) if there wasn't a healthy dose of sincerity and humility in there somewhere. Color me impressed.
Brave, honest, and provocative.
As someone who still has much to learn about Hawai'i, its people, and its history, even I tire at the endless cliches and myths that generally get recycled in books, television programs, and films. Ms. Hemmings' book conveys a part of Hawai'i culture that is rarely portrayed and is perhaps a bit uncomfortable to read. Oddly enough, although the circumstances presented may be unique to Hawai'i, the internal struggles of the characters are likely far more universal.
I think Mr. Davis did an outstanding job with some amazing material. My one wish, however, is that the producers had provided some guidance on the pronunciation of the Hawaiian and pidgin words in the text.
Actually, the title was quite perfect.
Yes, I would because, as a sequel to the first book in his series ("The Geography Club"), author Brent Hartinger has gone in a direction that was certainly novel and opened up new opportunities for growth and experience among his characters. The unique setting for this second installment was enlightening, informative, and relevant. Certainly a treat.
Yes, and I have. As mentioned in earlier reviews, I appreciate Mr. Hartinger's respect for his characters: teens who are figuring out the world, are admittedly confused about lots of things (including their own behavior), and (most of all) speak like teens.
He's awesome. The author really retained the "teen voice" throughout this book series, but that could have easily been lost with poor narration. Mr. Hurley did a fantastic job conveying all that the characters are at this point in their lives.
Josh Harley was totally convincing as the voice of Russell.
I was drawn to the book after seeing the small independent film version, which I discovered before hearing of the series. As I was reading all four books in the series, my partner, who volunteers with a youth diversity committee at his school, asked about any resources that might be good for teens who are struggling with sexual/gender identity issues. I immediately suggested that we buy a set of the books for the group because (a) they are a bit more contemporary than others, (b) they offer a larger spectrum of diversity than is typical, and (c) the characters are imperfect, like everyone else, yet learn from their experiences. So, yes, I would highly recommend this book (and the subsequent entries in the series) to friends and colleagues.
They did, and it was a pleasant film, but really fails to really capture the heart of this book, which is about the relationships Russell has during a pivotal time in his life. So, my proposed tag line would be, "Preview to a great series of YA novels!"
I applaud Mr. Hartinger for writing a YA novel that really holds onto the voice of a teen. There are so many books, television shows, and movies out there in which young people espouse great proclamations and truths that are extremely rare for individuals with so little experience with life and who are soaking up as much as they can during those critical adolescent years. The voices of these characters feel very real, no matter how unglamorous or uncool as they may be received. Many thanks for an entertaining, yet compelling, series of books!
If you're someone who can appreciate an old, drawing room-style mystery, this one will not disappoint. It has all the usual tropes -- diverse group of individuals with their own secrets, all trapped on a ship, suspicious with one another -- but is elevated about the "same old thing" with the great narration by Michael Kramer, who is fast becoming one of my favorite readers on Audible.
Characters named "Gauche" and "Sangfroid" are a nice tongue-in-cheek addition to the increasingly complex mystery.
I have heard Mr. Kramer in other works -- Mike Carey's Felix Castor series, and Thomas Perry's Butcher Boy series -- and yet he still impresses me with his cadence and facility with accents (which was of particular importance in this book with multiple key players). I'm sure that all readers have their own tastes when it comes to those who read our stories, but I must say that Mr. Kramer is among my favorites.
Buy it for the by-gone story; stick with it for the storyteller.
The narration by Stephen R. Thorne was outstanding. There were a few gaps in the editing that were odd, but his performance was solid and entertaining throughout.Less appealing moments are those in which the plot got caught up in excessive gore and anatomical issues (read: Part II). The book seemed to morph from extremely entertaining supernatural conundrum to a plodding, gore-fest with moments of humor thrown in.
As I was reading, I was thinking, "Gee…if this is ever made into a movie, I *really* hope they take more of an Sam Raimi's 'Army of Darkness' approach (i.e., heavy on humor, light on gore) and avoid a John Carpenter's 'The Thing' approach (i.e., zero humor and over-the-top gore)." Unfortunately, I think that's the turn the book took from Part I to Part II.
I feel that the book started out strong -- I saw a strong element of Christopher Moore's tongue-in-cheek humor with other-worldly things, which was definitely appealing -- but it petered out in Part II, as the gore increased, the twists and turns got messier, and the body count rose. In the end, it was the outstanding narration that kept me going. (That said, I would keep my eyes (and ears) open to see what Mr. Wong's might come up with next.)
David Sedaris' own narration is incredible. I cannot imagine anyone delivering this work any better
...some amusing, some side-splitting, all thought-provoking.
Wow...this was the first time I'd heard a book for which Kate Mulgrew provided the "voice." Like other listeners, I was blown away by her incredible performance. It makes sense, of course, given her substantial acting credits -- I've been a fan ever since "Mrs. Columbo" -- but she still managed to keep me enthralled throughout a book I wouldn't normally consider owing to its violent content. Kudos Ms. Mulgrew!
Yes, I did. I was seriously creeped out by it: less so because of the horror story elements, but because Mr. Hill created such real, flawed characters. The raw "realness" of the protagonists in the unreal world conceived by Mr. Hill left a lasting impression on me. As a result, I will certainly seek out his other work and look for new books in the future.
POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: As the book drew to a close, I thought to myself, "I'll need to look for an interview with Joe Hill to hear more about his inspiration for this book..." Imagine my surprise when we were treated to a brief commentary by Mr. Hill at the book's conclusion.
Yes (especially if they are 40 yrs or older)
I actually thoroughly enjoyed this "biography" of a beloved show from my youth. I not only appreciated all that transpired to bring the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" to the small screen, but enjoyed the narration equally. Clearly many other listeners were disappointed by the reader's performance -- an opinion that I certainly respect (especially since I, too, have been put off by poor narration in the past) -- but I just wanted to register that the opinion was not unanimous.
I've already recommended the book to any friends or colleagues who share the guilty pleasure of any Bravo television shows. It was a fun insiders' view of the reality television industry while also demonstrating for readers that there is so much more to Mr. Cohen then is shown on WWHN.
The book was escapist delight and brought a smile to my face -- if not outright laughter -- on several occasions. Mr. Cohen writes (and narrates) just like he speaks on his talk show: energetic, self-deprecating, honest and with a spirit of unbridled "let's have some fun!"
Being of the same generation as Mr. Cohen, I recognize that other readers/listeners might not resonate so much with his exeriences and observations. However, I really enjoyed his recollections and hope that he'll follow-up in a few years with more perspectives on our peeping-Tom society -- or is it a "There but for the grace of God, go I" society? -- and remains as open and honest as he is here.
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