LOS ANGELES | Member Since 2009
The Stu Ungar story is engaging and compelling from the get-go. I will look for other books read by Joe Barrett - he did an amazing job. Surprisingly the callous, cliched-heart of Vegas is shattered when you hear of players and friends who tried to help Stu Ungar. Over and over it's a desperate emotional roller coaster - the life of a gifted man who went through one bad beat after another. In substance and tragedy It's Goodfellas meets Casino, meets Raging Bull.
This book was so compelling, so much fun to listen, BUT the last five minutes —and it really doesn't matter—the book failed miserably. The ending was tagged on. The author painted himself into a corner and leaves the reader unsatisfied. UP to the last few minutes this story was fabulous. It ultimately doesn't matter about the end, but a solid, honest ending would have been SO much more satisfying. Don't let this deter you from listening. I won't discuss the end, other than to say it rang false.
I wouldn't write a review if I couldn't recommend this book. Maybe I like stories about fat characters. (John Kennedy Toole's Ignatius J. Reilly) With Audible's Return Policy, you really can't lose! The story feels real and its plot grows organically more complicated- the kind of complicated one savors. Someone else's neuroses while you, the reader, relax in a comforting bubble bath. (Or your car)I'm not a top reviewer, but when I review—I love or hate. This is love.
That the author could write about something so foreign, yet so touching.
my 14 and 17 y/o girls loved it as much as I did.
I am not going to use the word "heartwarming" because that cliche does this book injustice. The experience of the novelist and his wife are lovely, well written, slyly humorous, and I haven't even gotten to "Trixie", their CCI dog. An amazing organization, that the author promotes. To say I have a Golden Retriever does make me ever-so-slightly biased, but I GUARANTEE if you're a lover of words, and DOGS you will extremely pleased with this audio book. Christopher Lane has the perfect reader's voice. (I am going to follow his other works, this was my first.) It was also the first Koontz book I have ever 'read'. Wow, that man can write! Who knew? (I guess about ten million other people.)
I hope you enjoy A Big Little Life as much as I did. I've listened to many, many audio books. I GUARANTEE if you love dogs, you'll love this. And even if you don't (shame on you) it's well written, informative and worth it. 6 stars! please come back and rate my review after you've read this title. I wanna know how RIGHT I am! :) cheers scott s.
As a long airplane ride, exchange for your time kind of story it's NOT BAD. However it's not great either. Entertaining, and some nice factual, legal material keep it from being a waste of time. The writing is OKAY. Not superb. The characters are believable. Not Memorable. The performance is fine. I'd like to rave about this book, but can't. It's okay. It will pass your time. You won't fall in love or hate with any of the characters. I read it because of the Alan Dershowitz "LOVED IT" But I have to wonder what the professor means by that word. Anyway. You won't HATE it, how's that?
ok. i stuck it out -- as everyone suggested. and never got hooked. One shouldn't have to work so hard to enjoy an audio book. the writing style is better suited for reading and not having it read. (That's about the strangest thing I've ever said about an audio book) The reason I wanted to love the book was Craig Wasson's performance on the last Stephen King 11-22-63- a must listen. Next, the material is interesting. and Ellroy is a WRITER. Judging by so many other reviews, it must be me. maybe you need more patience than I have. I could not get into this book. If you're on the edge, PASS.
have always been a fan of Richard E Grant. superb actor, great stories. had i never heard of him, i would have thought i discovered buried treasure. first of all - everyone should see at least two of his films WITHNAIL AND I and HOW TO GET AHEAD IN ADVERTISING. then you can rest assured that your purchase of this audio book will be well worth it. Grant journals the story of how he made the Wah Wah diaries. He writes about everyone he's come across professionally and personally - and it's a wonderful account. he's dropping names because they are his contemporaries. you will not be disappointed. His Bob Altman stories from The Player and other Altman films are inspiring. If you work as a writer in this crazy town, and you're feeling a bit blue - this book's for you. If you're interested in the reality of raising money, casting, shooting - you can fake being a seasoned producer by the time you're done. It's a wonderful listen. Read by one of the great actors of our time.
I'm bewildered at the positive reviews of this book. my guess is they are fake. they are too similiar in tone and word.
The problem lies in the writing. I'm a little shocked that the adult dialogue is so stilted and predictable. There were a few pockets where the dialogue was so poorly written I almost stopped listening.. The story is interesting, but again, the writing is sort of a cheap hybrid of a bad attempt at Raymond Chandler set in modern day. Maybe the narration adds to my perception. When he does the adult voices, it's cringeworthy. As far as story goes, it's pretty good. Ok. I collected locks and keys as a kid, so this story appeals to me. The chapters bounce around in time, but are easy to follow - although toward the end that device gets a bit weary. I'm a little frustrated in writing this review, but if you have followed any of my reviews, or happened to love the same audio books - I'm positive you won't love this story.
I LOVE Murakami. (have read everything he's written) I love audio books. 1Q84 (audio book) was fantastic. This narrator took me out of the story three times. When he gets to any female character, Degas sounds like a straight man unintentionally imitating a drag queen. All the while you, the audience, are so distracted by his narration you're now texting while you drive. It's a shame Degas ruined such a wonderful book.
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Apologies for sounding like a book snob, but I was never a big fan of Stephen King... Until now - although I have always envied (ENVIED!) his story-tellng ability. Who is this writer who can spin such compelling stories time and again? Is he from planet earth? Has he made a Faustian deal with the story gods? Probably not. Probably he's honed his craft to what feels to me - the perfect novel, simply titled "11-22-63". When Stephen King writes "Life turns on a dime" he ain't kidding. Suspension of disbelief is a phrase meaning the reader is transported by the power of that story and never questions the reality of its words, compared to the reader's relative position in their own reality. In other words, King makes time travel real. He makes me wonder whether he's writing a story or writing the truth about his own secret 'rabbit hole'. Craig Wasson begs some mention. His 'performance', though I'm reticent to use that word, is the second ingredient to the pairing of this book and its words. I'll now look for other books read by Mr. Wasson. This book will keep the listener up way beyond their bed time.
Open any door to any Murakami novel, step inside, and your life will change. It's said that people read fiction to escape. At some point in the novel, an ironic epiphany occurs; you realize that you're imprisoned in the mystery of IQ84. Look up and see the two moons. Sit on the edge of Murakami's knitting needle while he threads his way through the rest of the story. What is real and what is fiction? I don't know how to escape from this novel, or Murakami's surreal thread. Perhaps another listen to Janacek's Sinfonietta? Listen. Drift into the world of IQ84. You won't be disappointed.
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