This was a long listen, and brilliant. the narrator is well matched for the story, and the story is compelling. I was sad when it finished, because I felt so involved with the plot. While there is a lot of story, the book never looses the thread of the ever thickening plot.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but with the high rating on this book I was certainly expecting to enjoy this. Well, I didn't. I'm a big fan of The Princess Bride, but this book seemed - to me at least - to be smarmy, self congratulary and dull. It does not contain much that is not obvious. It's nice that they all had a nice time making the movie, but the book says this, and many other things, over and over again. Cary Elwes seems to have a great deal of fake humility, and this book is basically dull. My least favourite parts (and this happens repeatedly) is when he tells a story, and then one of the other actors, who was actually involved, tells the same story. It's so boring.
This is a story about family and community. The narrator does such a good job and the story itself is beautiful and lovely. At one point I was listening to this with tears in my eyes. The religious aspects of this are background, its about friendship and community.
I'm half way through and I'm abandoning this novel, because I just don't care about any of the characters. The author has given me no reason to like any of them. They are a bunch of insipid, unhappy people, but I don't even care whether they get themselves worked out or not. What a waste of time.
Lionel Shriver's books cover a wide variety of topics, but I think she's strongest when writing about families and relationships (Big brother, We need to talk about Kevin, the Post Birthday World) and weakest when trying to ironically address serious issues (this and Game Control) While the premise is amusing, the story drags and the end is insipid and annoying.
I'm a fan of Jackson Galaxy, and a lover of redemptive memoirs, particulary those read by their authors, and this book did not disapoint. It is an interesting and enjoyable listen, well read by Jackson. It probably helps that I agree with his basic premise about cats: adopt don't buy, don't declaw, feed raw etc etc. His own stroy was much more dramatic than I excpected and at one point I was literally in tears.
Not all Discworld novels are equal, and this is one of the best ones. All of my favourite characters, and gentle rollicking plot and Nigel Planer's excellent narration make this book a winner.
that I can't stop thinking about it! I thought it would be a nice light listen. The narrator is a useless human being, who, while described as "successful" can't even get it together to move her car for street sweeping - and can't see a problem with this. Her work "nemesis" doesn't seem to have done anything worse than ask if she needs help. She writes imaginary greeting cards that are neither funny nor clever. Possibly worse than the character's unlikeability is the painful descriptive prose. Things like: "she got in the car, turned the key and drove off" are very common. I'm almost tempted to keep listening, because it's verging on "so bad it's good territory" but doesn't quite get there either.
I'm a fan of Amanda Palmer. I don't really now how this book would go down if I'd never heard her, or didn't love her music. This book is fantastic, it's designed for audio, with the right songs included at the right places. It's interesting and engaging and Ms Palmer is a fantastic narrator.
This book was a bit of hard work. The premise of the book is good, but the characters are a little difficult to care about. The narrator's voice is challenging and whiny, but actually matches the main character nicely. I'm decided whether to give the next book in the series a listen, or let it go.
At the start I found this a bit confusing, but once I understood the "choose your own adventure" joke, I really enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of biographies read by the author, and this was a fun interesting listen.
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