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By far one of the best autobiography books I've ever read. Janis did a wonderful job narrating the story, also hearing her sing was a wonderful touch.
I loved it so much, that after finishing the book I went on iTunes and purchased a couple of the songs.
Such a wonderful, fascinating story. I'm glad I took a chance on this book.
Anyone who read Angela's Ashes can tell you that this book is nowhere near as interesting or engaging. The story is more about what the author overheard while sitting in his mother's shop, bits of gossip and other people's conversation. I don't feel like I learned much about the author, he had plenty to say about his sister's love life, though.
There is so much usless information in there I often wondered off and completely forgot what he was talking about and had to rewind several times just to keep up with the story. I'm an avid listenner, this is by far one of the most tedious books I've had to deal with.
Honestly, I don't see how anyone would even compare the two. Comparing to what the McCourts went through, seems to me that this kid had it pretty easy.
As if I haven't suffered enough though the first one, I had to go ahead and buy the second book. Clearly, I'm a glutton for punishment.
If like me, you were hoping for the story/writing to improve... Let me stop you right there. It only goes down hill from here. This is only a repetition of the first book (they fight, make up then screw) only now, the sex scenes are even more obnoxious and desperate. Also, let's not forget those annoying never-ending emails they keep exchanging back and forth. UGH!
Now that E.L. James had made a fortune selling this trash, she can certainly pay for a few creative writing classes.
Some of the fantasy scenes in this book are quite intense, especially the one where Anastasia finds a job right out of college.
What a joke.
Henri Charriere definitely knows how to embelish a story. I believe that most of his accounts were greatly exaggerated or made up.
Despite the fact that he kept publicizing he was a convicted murderer did not stop complete strangers from helping, giving him money and all sorts of presents. Nuns, Priests and Cardinals were going out of their way to hide or help him escape. Local Indian women threw themselves at him (Sisters, if you don't mind) Prison Wardens helped in his escape, other prisoners fatally endangering their lives to sneak him food while in isolation. He even got lepers to give him a boat loaded supplies. Wardens wives had nothing but compliments and lust for him.
Like, who the hell is this guy, right?
Let's not forget that he was also an adroit Sailor, Gardener, Fisherman and tattoo Artist...
The only thing this strory is missing is a couple of Mermaids riding pink unicorns.
This book should've been published as a work of fiction.
... and desperately wanted to see them getting their throats slit during one of their awful sexual encounters.
I don't understand why this was categorized as a Sci-Fi novel. This story was more of a 'Bad Sex for dummies' type of book.
Time travel? Please! -- There was no information offered as of how she ended up where (or should I say When) she was.
If you're looking for an interesting time travel novel, I recommend Stephen King's 11/22/63 or Replay by Ken Grimwood.
Throw this one in the rubbish pile, right next to Fifty Shades of Grey
This story is intense. So well told, you'll feel transported as if you were part of the adventure aboard the Endurance.
Great recounting a lengendary survival.
Who knew Elephants could be such magnificent, intelligent creatures? This is definitely one of the most interesting stories I've ever heard.
I was particularly astonished by the complex relationship between the main character and the elephants. It's amazing to see how they were able to learn from each other. I know I learned a lot.
As always, Simon Vance was superb. He did a grat job bringing the story to life.
This whole book is a never ending repetition about how poor Waverly Bryson got dumped by her fiance... She whines about it to just about anyone, her Celibrity Client, a woman she meets on a plane, a complete stranger at a party, her publisher. I mean, enough already, we get it!
Overall, the book is not bad. The ending is predictable as expected. A+ Narrator.
I wouldn't waste a credit on it but well worth the the sale price.
By now I'm pretty sure you've already figured out that Brandon Sanderson did not dissapoint with this sequel. The book was great. This review is more about Micheal Kramer's performance.
I had some major issues with the narration. Matter of fact I can't listen to anything by Michael Kramer. His normal voice is pleasant enough, but as soon as he tries to switch between different characters all of them sound the same. Why does he insist on speaking with his lips tight!? What made this narration even more unbearable it's the emphasis he puts on all the "S" Which forces you to listen to the story on a very low setting.
Here are the different vocal ranges of Michael Kramer:
Men Voices : NASAL, constipated, muffled
Women Voices: NASAL, long time smokers
As far as Kate Reading goes, I'm not sure why everyone is lashing out on her. She's just performing the character as it was presented to her. Really, It's not her fault if Shelan is an idiot. Haha. I thought she did a great job. The one star rating does not reflect on Reading's performance.
Seriously though, this performance is in serious need of an editor.
WOW!!! What a great experience... Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes is one of those books I can listen to over and over again. Don't let the title fool you. This is not one of those sad, depressing books. McCourt did a great job telling his childhood story with a lot of humor and wit. The movie version is lot more depressing though.
I don't think anyone else but Frank McCourt could of done this story justice by narrating it. Truly amazing!
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