This book has a lot of problems for me. I had expected an imaginative and well constructed post apocalypse science fiction, not a weakly strung together vampire and Dracula tale.
Scott Brick, usually such a subtle and varied narrator, nearly carries the book. But he is forced to read in nearly the same depressing tone throughout his portions because of the work's content.
I let The Passage run in my headset through a long rainy bout of remodeling, but its one dimensional characters and repeated demands to suspend disbelief fail to hold my attention to the end of the reading and my project.
I wish I could return this one for a refund.
I loved everything about this book. I love the way the author weaves the details of the character's lives in so many setting and decades together so meaningfully. I love that this beautifully written book makes a strong point about the nature of being human. I love the author's subtle use of description to evoke the focal setting, coastal Italy.
In addition to the novel itself, I particularly enjoyed the narrator's voice. He doesn't butcher the lovely language of Italian. He puts just enough expression into the reading. I found myself tearing up repeatedly throughout listening the book, yet it doesn't leave me sad in the end.
I found myself comparing this sweet little romance with the self-consciously shocking Shades of Gray: similar readability, modern relationship expectations hungering for something more traditional and deeper, mystery man love object. I definitely prefer this book to the soft porn novel. The narrator's voice works well with this simple, sincere little tale grounded in solid moral values.
I also enjoyed reminiscing about Texas Hill Country through the writer's eyes. There's just enough local color to keep me engaged. However, another Texas based audiobook gets much higher marks for me, Boy Kings of Brownsville by Domingo Martinez. That book evokes the real Texas for me.
Why don't things seem to work in America any more? The author, a Washington insider, dishes on his friends and sources to provide this glimpse into the world of the privileged charged with the people's business. He reveals specifics of their concern with image, connection and fortune while ignoring the fate of our nation.
I followed this diet and can now wear the clothes in the very back of my closet that were too small for me for many years. And I feel better, just more energetic, more well.
I did also buy an ebook copy because I wanted to be sure I got everything right, but the author explains and motivates in the audiobook in a way that might not come across as well in print.
I'm an older woman who has always eaten healthy, but some wholesome foods weren't helping me to maintain an ideal weight. This elimination diet let me figure out what does and doesn't work with my particular body chemistry. After resting my system according to the book's instructions, I gradually added back the eliminated foods. It was readily apparent which ones triggered excessive appetite and which ones were satisfying for me.
Great characters, wonderful colorful language, ironic humor this book has it all. The narrator does a great job of interpreting the stories with just enough of a border accent to make you feel it's a great story teller sharing his family experiences.
This book is a real gem - perfect as an audible book.
This is a very listenable hybrid of actual events and people with the narrative voice of a novel. I truly couldn't turn it off once I'd started.
The narrator seemed to pronounce all the words correctly.
Absolutely. How many times can one listen to the same few trite expressions?
It would require a compete rewrite. The dialogue would be perceived as a sarcastic satire of this genre, yet the writer seems to consider himself to be clever.
I will be much more selective in buying the $4.95 books in the future.
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