Weaverville, NC, United States | Member Since 2009
Brick (narrator) is well paired with this book and does an excellent job. The story brings to life a rarely highlighted but extraordinarily important time in the development of the American culture, and that's only the background to the real story! Fantastically done.
Joyland is a good, fun story. King avoids his typical pitfall of over writing. The story advances at a good pace, and is over almost too soon. Ironically, I thought it lacked depth, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The ghost-y elements are good and creepy, but never exploitative. Kelly's performance matches the characters and the tone of the story well. He crafted unique voices for each character and plays them so well that you never lose track of who is talking.
Not what you would expect, given the source. It's actually the most balanced and reasonable argument I've heard amidst the current fervor. Direct, but not preachy. Definitely worth 45 minutes and whatever the token cost.
Very engaging. Well researched. I like the way he laid out his case and the order that he presented the information. A fascinating study that I found thoroughly intriguing.
Narration is perfect.
The author successfully demonstrates the oft forgotten truth that members of cults are victims, not wackos-- and he shows the process by which intelligent and reasonable people are ensnared into brainwashing institutions, and why they choose to stay.
It's not terrible. It's not great. Mostly, it wasn't engaging. I didn't care about the characters-- they lacked depth and believability. The concept had potential, but the scary aspects weren't promoted. More thriller than horror, but even in that, not very effective at suspense. Mostly, it was overwritten and could be twice as good at half its length. Prose was borderline amateur. Quit listening two chapters from the end because the path was obvious and I didn't care if any of the characters lived or died anyway. Disappointed-- I expected more from Simmons. Read like Koontz.... but reeallllyyy long.
Narration was good.
The narration makes the story come alive in a really special way. The story itself is enchanting, compelling, deep, and yet lively and light hearted. I recommend this highly.
It is a volume of fun, useful, cleverly told, fascinating information that is useful, if for nothing else, at making me look smart at social gatherings. Honestly, it is one of those books that I wish I could force on people "hey, you, read this! Right now!".
What you want to know is whether it is worth the credit and can you tolerate the narration. The answer is an emphatic YES to both. I enjoyed the perfectly paired narrator's presentation of the gruesomely enthralling subject matter, and I'm sure you will too!
It is a very enjoyable, lively read. Unique and quirky. It was well narrated.
I have been in love with Anne since I first heard her story at age 10. The characters are so real, tangible, and lovable that it doesn't matter that the story has no real plot. It's just about being human at certain age, and it is beautiful.
The only trouble is that Escalona has great reading voice, but clearly no chops as an actor. The dialog was read all wrong (generally with the same voice and inflection as the general narration) and it did a great disservice to what makes the book so good; the characters.
It's Samuel L Jackson narrating a children's book for grownups that includes everything except the olive martini.
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