It's been several years since I read a Stephen King book...Mr. Mercedes did not disappoint. The master of horror still has it, though this book was not as "lights on scary" as some others I've read. The characters were well developed and the story-line was right out of the headlines for the most part. The psychological side of the story was fascinating...it's always interesting to discover why people are the way they are and how they can carry out horrendous crimes with little or total lack of conscience. Mr. King is a master of that.
No extreme reaction except a realization that what takes place in the book can happen to any of us...that is quite scary enough.
One of my favorite Stephen King quotes, and I can't resist repeating it here: "I have the brain of a teen-age boy(slight pause)..........I keep it in a jar on my desk!"
Will Patton is masterful! He voices every character as though he's actually met them! He nailed it and, although this was my first Will Patton narration, I am anxious to hear more in the future.
I so looked forward to reading/listening to this book...and I was completely disappointed in every aspect, except the narration.
Try as I might, I could not get into this book. It was certainly not the fault of the narrator. Mark Meadows did a fine job...it was the book itself. It was tedious from the beginning. The characters were wooden and underdeveloped. I am amazed that this won the Man Booker Prize last year. There were many books much more deserving.
We once all believed in fairy tales...while listening to A WINTER'S TALE, I found myself feeling the same familiar dreamlike feeling I had as a child, listening to "once upon a time" tales.
This is a purely magical blend of harsh reality and beautiful, breathtaking magic. It grabs you and holds you and you don't want it to ever end. This is what "magical realism" is all about.
Mark Helprin is obviously in love with New York City and yet he shows both sides of it, the dark and dismal side of poverty and gang warfare and the ethereal side of cathedrals and people with hearts and dreams as big as the massive city they inhabit.
He also takes you miles away, through storms and blizzards to a magical place called Lake of the Coheeries, where many important scenes take place.
Not even possible...it's about 39 hours long!
As long as this book was, I hated to come to the ending and wish I had the time to go back and listen to it again from the beginning. And I must give credit to the stalwart gentleman who narrated this tome. Oliver Wyman, whom I had never listened to before, did a magnificent job of bringing out the charm of each character. His voice modulation, his accents and dramatic touches only enhanced what is a pure masterpiece of fiction
Tana French just keeps getting better! Each book I've read has left me thinking the next might disappoint...no way. What a gift she has and I personally can hardly wait to pre-order her next book due out in September.
My favorite character was Frank (Frances) Mackey. With his Irish sense of humor...and his cynical, sometimes angry, Irish temper...he is a winner and I wish he could be in each and every book. But FAITHFUL PLACE puts him in the spotlight and yet get to know him intimately and you just fall in love with him.
It certainly made me laugh...hold my breath in spots...not quite made me cry but came close. I often gasped out loud, much to my favily's puzzlement!
I cannot write a review without throwing roses at the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds. He IS Frank Mackey! This is one of the most outstanding narrations I have yet to read and I am going to check out his other offerings and I do truly wish that he could narrate all of Tana French's books. Outstanding job, Mr. Reynolds!
The impossible dream
When the grand daughter packed away her cello after being criticized by her grandmother.
Three women who shared the same dream of rebuilding their relationship but the reality of generational differences, old resentments, past neglect and alcohol addiction made the dream impossible. Insightfully written and with equal parts anger and compassion, it's a book that every woman can relate to.
I definitely would; in fact, I have recommended it to my Book Club. Unless someone actually reads the entire text of FRANKENSTEIN, rather than watching one of the many movie versions, they have no real picture of the type of book it is.
Dr. Frankenstein...and how many people believe that the name of Frankenstein only is that of the monster?
Emotion...and very well done.
It made me sad...and not just the story itself because it is a tragedy...but because it has been so "typecast" as simply a horror movie and it is so much more. And to think...Mary Shelley was but 19 years old when she wrote her masterpiece.
I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to appreciate what good literature, no matter the subject, can be.
Once again, I take Hollywood to task. Just as they did with FRANKENSTEIN, they have turned DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE into a horror story and missed the whole point of Robert Lewis Stevenson's classic of good vs. evil. There is so much more to this story, so much psychology and so much humanity. The only possible way to appreciate this classic is to approach it the way it was intended: to be read.
Ralph Cosham did a superb job portraying both characters and making the transition from one to the other so seemingly effortlessly. I will be anxious to hear more of his work in the future.
My most compelling reaction to this book was sadness for the plight of Dr. Jekyll and the misuse of this story by the media...mainly Hollywood.
I do hope more people will read and appreciate this study in mental instability and one man's plight at being caught between the forces of good and evil.
Oh yes, someday I'm certain will for several reasons. The writing is beautiful and shows such an understanding of the people and the time they lived in. The performance by Anthony Heald is exceptional This is an audiobook to lose yourself in.
The years of draught and near-starvation.
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I've waited so long to "read" this book. It is timeless and a true classic
The brilliant twists and turns of the plot. Dr. Hosseini is brilliant at captivating your interest and holding you hostage till the end.
The medical descriptions.
Great depth of feeling...you feel as though you are experiencing every scene.
Khalad Hosseini and Abraham Verghese are two of my favorite authors...and both are physicians of note. Somehow they capture the heart and soul of their characters and, with their beautiful prose, make you feel honored to meet and experience their characters lives.
Too much ballooning!
The latter part of this book finally got to the part about love and loss and that was what I purchased it for. I could have done without ballooning and Sarah Bernhart, thank you.
Julian himself and his exquisite narration.
Mr. Barnes is a brilliant writer and I have read three of his books and will continue to do so in the future. This book was a bit frustrating in the beginning because it just didn't get to the point until the latter half of the book.
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