Adventure, anthropology, mystery
Any mention of bugs burrowing and living under the skin of the men for long periods of time...I can't get those images out of my head!
This was my first.
No extreme reaction, and definitely no laughing! It was very relate-able though, so I feel like I really got to know the men and what they were going through. This story will stick with me for a while.
It was a little dry in places, but isn't most non-fiction? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a case study in adventure, in native people, in the rain forest, and in human nature. Not that having a movie based on a book should denote its success, but I honestly cannot believe there is not a movie based on this one, given the number of people who tromped off into uncharted territory looking for the original lost crew, and then those who went off looking for them when they didn't return! The amount of fame given to this "Lost City of Z" in it's day is amazing, and that I'd never heard of it before I read this book, even more so! I also thought it was amazing how awful the natives were treated (maimed, tortured, killed by the hundreds and thousands) by early explorers, and that THAT has not received more attention in our history books or by Hollywood.
I also read Endurance, about a shipwreck in the Antarctic, and found it absolutely fascinating, if not unbearably unlucky, that one of the men who survived that hell went on to experience this one.
All in all, I would recommend this to a friend. If you love history, exploration, and/ or real-life mysteries, this book is for you!
Other reviews and recommendations from friends said David Sedaris was "laugh out loud" funny. I must disagree. I do think the subject matter discussed in the book was at least mildly amusing, but David Sedaris as the reader completely killed it for me. He sounds bored with himself, and totally not entertained. I think I probably would have enjoyed this book more had I read it to myself, but as an audiobook, I would never recommend it to a friend. The only parts that he came alive for were when he described and impersonated his brother, which was only a very short portion of the book. I won't be downloading any more David Sedaris books...wishing I had my credit back!
Oh Sookie Stackhouse...I have to say, I listened to the first four in the series all in a row and felt like my brain was turning to mush. I'm not real big on vampires and such, but I admit that I thoroughly enjoyed these books. If you are looking for something that is entertaining, and yes, even a bit of a page-turner, give Sookie a try. They are fun. Just maybe mix it up a little and don't listen to them all at once!
All the action! And I loved that it was not just a man's story. I loved the women in Lonesome Dove.
I loved Clara. I loved her story with Gus, and with her husband, and listening to everything about her boys made me ache with sympathy for her. I loved her with her daughters, and the baby, and with July Johnson. I want her to be happy! And I loved that she loves cake.
He just sounds like a regular dude. Not one of these NPR-like, super perfect, no accent, no history, no personality voices. He sounds like people I know. It was like listening to a story over a campfire.
I'd say Blue Duck was pretty memorable, just because he is so terrifying. And Clara because I love her so much. And Captain Call because he's pretty quirky.
I am a woman and I have never read a western in my life. My husband convinced me I just had to read it. It was a little slow for me at the beginning, and it is a long book, but once they finally packed up and left Lonesome Dove, I loved it! This book is great, and I can't wait to read another in the series!
I have no idea why I downloaded this book...I think it was in one of my Audible emails and I was desperate for a new book, quickly! But I am glad that I did! It had an interesting and plausible storyline, and I liked that it flipped back and forth between current time and the past, and let the story unravel slowly. It has a very interesting take on death, and I actually read it within just a couple of days of the death of a friend's mother, and this book's take on it gave me a little solace. It is strange to say that, but it did.
I loved the relationships between the women in the book (The Supremes), and also the love stories between them and their respective husbands.
Both of the readers were a little slow-paced, and placed emphasis in what seemed like the wrong part of the sentence an awful lot.
It was a good read. Not one to rave about, but definitely enjoyable.
I am sorry to say it, but I so disliked this audiobook that I did not even finish it. I tried to get through it, but at the halfway point, I just decided I did not have 4 more hours left in me to dedicate to it.
I love anything and everything to do with edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants, so I was super excited about this one when it was recommended to me by a friend. But I am really not so much into "magic", so the story itself lost me on that level.
However, I WOULD have finished it, had it not been for narrator Susan Ericksen. Oh my gosh, her voice got under my skin so badly. In the span of about 3 words, she would go from SHOUTING to completely inaudible. It was uncomfortable via headphones, thanks to the shouting going directly into my ears, and annoying in the car, thanks to the fact that I just had to guess what she probably said at the end of that sentence, or the middle of the next one. In general, her voice was, hmmmm, how to describe it?....Squawkish? Her voice for Bay was ridiculous, and like listening to baby-talk. And she made Claire seem to have no real personality of her own with an extremely boring voice. Think of it as listening to 8 hours of excruciatingly bad acting. I could not take it. I would not recommend to anyone.
The performance of the reader is amazing. He did a great job with all of the accents and even the voices, and made it very easy to listen to. I also love all the descriptive details about the Italian coast. It sounds gorgeous and made me want to go and visit!
I loved it flipping back and forth in time, place, and between people. It kept me in absolute suspense just waiting for the moment when they would all come together and to see how everything and everyone fit together! It was a major page-turner! I also loved that it centered a little on true events - Richard Burton and Liz Taylor filming Cleopatra in Rome. It made it that much more real.
When Pascuale confronts Michael Deen at the hollywood studio office...that seems to be when a lot of questions are answered and kept me absolutely on the edge of my seat.
I love Pascuale. He is so tender-hearted, loves his family, wants to do the right thing always, and to me, he was the glue that held everything together throughout the whole story.
You will not regret downloading this title. It is a beautiful story.
I have only listened to a handful, so this is in the top 5.
The Summons was the better book of the two, but the Brethren was also great. The Summons was relate-able since it was centered on family issues, but the extortion scheme in the Brethren is also super interesting, even without being something most of us can relate to. Oh, and the fact that it is a two-fer can't be beaten!
Ray Atlee. Hands down. He reminded me of my brother...a good person doing his best to protect his family and do the right thing, and having a little fun along the way.
Each individually, yes. Since this was a 2-for-1 deal though, I think that listening to it all at once would be a bit much. It did a very good job of keeping me entertained and alert during my long commute to and from work. All the political stuff in the Brethren was a little windy at times though, but the concurrent storyline about the Brethren themselves was excellent.
Other reviews mentioned Michael Beck's strange way of reading...I don't think I would have noticed it without them pointing it out, but since they did it was a little irksome. It was like he was reading a horror/mystery novel...he is also the reader for The Green Mile and his style of reading fit that title very well, but it isn't quite right for John Grisham. It was okay though because the storyline was excellent, and you just get used to his voice after a bit. Don't let that deter you from listening to this book! You'll love it.
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