WORCESTER, MA, United States | Member Since 2014
Around the middle
Brings back things from my childhood - some by direct reference and others just remind me of similar things in my past.
Bryson also uses language effectively. He balances literary style with the humor of more common speech. I really like that mix.
In Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bryson (reader and author) tells the story of his childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. Being from the midwest myself, and having spent a good deal of time in Iowa with Iowans I find myself really put off by Bryson's accent. That is not any kind of Iowa or even midwest-US accent. I wouldn't remark on it, except that A) it is an audiobook, B) the book has everything to do with the author/reader being from Iowa, C) Bryson is in his 60's, so one would think that he would have been exposed to more Iowa accent than a younger person.
It was OK for passing the time on a long commute
The voice for the Gaspar character was awful, frankly. The overall reading was droning rather than lively. Something tells me that the reader was going for that "government" voice, but it didn't work for this listener.
No. This plot works better as a book.
As a fan of the Jack Reacher books it was interesting how Capri wove a new story around the artifacts of a Reacher story, but neither the counterfeit money nor the implication that Reacher was involved in the unfolding crime really went anywhere, so it was a tease really. I will try another one to see if Capri does any better.
I could only get about half way through this book, so no spoilers. I kind of liked the Odd Thomas series, but this one was really poor. Waaaay too much Catholic artifact in it, which may have become important at some point toward the end of the book, but distracting without any obvious thematic point.
Koontz writes for the mass market and generally his writing is pedestrian, but he sprinkles $64 words in this book from time to time without a clue from the contact what the word might mean. Makes me think he writes with a "word of the day" list nearby. And how many times can you use "nevertheless" on a page?
Performance was sketchy. Poor accents and a constantly breathless main character. Yuck.
No point in beating a dead horse. There was a reason this book was on sale.
So many to pick from . . . .
Poor accents and main character's voice.
It was inexpensive.
I really, really didn't like Arte Johnson's performance. It is hard for me, a person who enjoyed Arte Johnson on Laugh In years ago, to denigate his performance.
really? Bad Question.
Wolitzer's ability to get inside the heads of the characters without sounding clinical
No -first time
Its hard to find a better writer than Barbara Kingsolver. Audible's version has Kingsolver herself reading the book. Because the book has passages that require the accent of the blue ridge mountains, it is a bonus to have the author read it herself. Kingsolver's voice suits the material so well, you would think she speaks the lines out loud before writing them down.
This book excels in the same way Flight Behavior does - fusing the sensations of the natural world with the characters. Beautiful!
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