I read and listened to this book. Franzen clearly points out how ethnocentric Americans truly are. We have the freedom to criticize, denigrate, choose, decline, and yet somehow the blame is not equal to the responsibility. Sure, we made the decision, but it was because our mommy didn't love us enough, I daddy held us too tight, our classmate told us we had buck teeth! Franzen points all of this out in an amusing, entertaining, and delightful way. Thanks Franzen for this masterpiece of American Life.
Is this a love story, a mystery, a romance, a murder mystery? It is all three. The manipulation that takes places in this book amazes and astounds. Does he really love her? Does she love him? All the questions come into play. What is real, what is made up? The book kept me on the edge of my seat, in my car and walking just a little too far listening to as it captivated my interest, and pulled, dragged, and had be hopping to the next chapter. The narrators did a great job. I highly recommend this to anyone who was a one, two, combo punch.
The way it was always changing and the intrigue set up by the author.
I loved the puppets and the way the couple are so entrenched into one another. Can we say co-dependent? Oh yes, oh yes we can. This couple defines co-dependency in a delicious, nasty, evil, and juicy way.
Was she alive? Had she been kidnapped? Who was responsible for all this? Was it the crazy father-in-law; the alleged stalker, the past boyfriend? So many questions, just begging for answers.
Knowing the characters was the best part of the book. Sandford kept in character for the history of the characters in his book. I am a HUGE Sandford fan and look for continuity in his Virgil Flowers and his Lucas Davenport series.
the entire book was the best part about this story. I like the idea of Davenport's family growing up and I get to be a part of this amazing fictional story. Lucas and Weather now have three children - Letty (adopted), Sam and a new baby girl. Letty gets to be a more active character in the book and in Davenport's life. The way Sandford is able to weave in the characters we know and love continues to delight.
He achieves this by keeping the characters true to the nature that readers/listeners have come to recognize and love.
nothing was wrong with the performance. Great, per norm for Ferrone. I am a Ferrone fan and have and will continue to listen to his narrations.
Yes I would highly recommend this to a friend. Hickey does an great job with the different characters' voices. Many times the narration will take away from the book as in Jean Auel's latest, but this time it was right on the money. I am an Irving fan and he didn't disappoint.
I liked Elaine, Billy's best friend. She was an interesting character and always true to Billy and to herself.
I enjoyed it immensely when Billy stood up to the bullies that were torturing G. Definitely need more of his type in these days and especially in the 1980's when Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals were finally being heard, and in a limited forum, being accepted.
Obviously the most memorable would be Billy, as he is the main character, but also Mrs. Frost. It was apparent to me from the beginning that she was a biological he, but I liked the way Irving didn't come right out and say it. I liked how she went out of her way to fit in and how the wrestling coach never gave her away. Irving told a story, made his views known without bashing me in the face with it. Great JOB Irving. Applause, applause, applause. Keep 'em coming and I'll keep listening.
oh definitely yes. Listing to this book was a great way to learn a bit about history, the Amazon, and this amazing President. I highly recommend it. The narrator was true to character as he moved from Teddy Roosevelt, to his son Kermit to the other characters. it was just right. Many times the narration can be over dramatized but the narrator found just the right spot in this fantastic nonfiction book.
Truman and John Adams because both are about former presidents and both are very good books and excellent audiobooks.
I do not recall.
When Kermit goes wayward, and when Julian turned nasty, both make me very sad.
most excellent listen.
What a great book! I enjoyed the author's contribution, Kelligren's narrating and the way the story played out. I found it intriguing, entertaining, honest and enjoyable.
I attempted to listen to this with an open mind, but he makes so many excuses for the decisions he makes, blames Jesus Christ for all of his decisions and they are "allegedly" devinations of God speaking to him. They have medication for this, and places where they could keep him safe and the world safe from him. The book reaffirmed by opinion of this trite, self-congratulating and conceited man.
This was a very interesting story of a child and his family's reaction to the death of a family member through the disaster call 9/11. It made me smile, cry, wonder and cheer the boy on. Great listen!
This was a great listen. Highly recommend it. The concept was bizarre at the minimum and totally unique. The view was from that of the child's with minimal emphasis on the actual abuse, which could have made it rather exploitative and taken away from the child's perspective.
I am a Scott Brick fan and could listen to his voice all day and night long. This is a great listen and exciting, horrigying, on the edge of your seat ride. I am anxious for the next in the series. Highly recommend!
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