I like the variety of Bryson's work and his sense of humor shines in this visit to childhood in the 1950s. Much easier listening than his previous "The History of Nearly Everything". I still have "A Walk in the Woods" at the top of my list. I did like that he pointed out a few nasty things that occurred in the 50s -- to keep us from getting too nostalgic for the good old days. Bryson's views on chain stores and chain restaurants are interesting, he really dislikes that they make everywhere the same. I enjoyed hearing him read his own work.
The events in the lifeboat struck me as completely realistic and authentic, yet the setting was so unusual that it was riveting to see what would happen next. The narrator's voice was perfect. Her tone and inflection enhanced the literary writing and seemed right out of 1915. The interplay between big ideas and the small irritations of the lifeboat experience were nicely woven. This is a good yarn and requires a little thinking to get the most out of it.
Ian Toll does superb work with this history. The story of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to Midway is remarkable. These six months may be the Navy's best. Toll expertly weaves in back story and context, just when you want it. Toll's analysis of the facts struck me as completely authentic. And Grover Gardner does his consistently great narration on this book as well.
Turow has the cop and court language captured perfectly. His depictions of angles and attitudes is right on. Turow does the old forbidden fruit story and the eventual heartache with realistic emotions. The ending didn't have the pop that Presumed Innocent does -- but this one keeps the trip to end riveting all the way.
The personal side of Richard Feynman is very unexpected for a brilliant physicist, he was fun, almost goofy, and open about it.
Excellent listen. Narator does a good job with many different voices. The movie was good, and turns out it followed the book very closely. That's a tribute to how well McCarthy can paint a picture. Like the movie, the violence is disturbing, but that's integral to what the book is about.
The first three quarters of the book held my interest. There was a believable level of super-natural things going on. The characters were interesting. Then as the final climax began to build my interest began to wane. It seemed too much and I left disappointed. I was hoping for something more like "The Green Mile".
Interesting and intelligent insights from the mind of Steve Martin. His own voice is sincere and engaging to listen to. His look back on his stand-up period is objective. When I watched him when I was a college student, I just thought he was funny. His book shows there was interesting stuff going on under the surface that I didn't see. This is a serious look and although it has funny moments that made me laugh it is more than that. Steve takes you along through the world of stand-up from the performer's side with a realism and credibility that makes it interesting.
Vivid portrait of the Texas panhandle with quirky and yet very engaging characters. I liked learning some history and geography along with the good yarn. This is one of those books where it is very easy to put yourself in the place of the protagonist and enjoy the ride. Narrator does a great job.
A classic that I always wanted to read -- and probably would never have gotten to if it wasn't for Audible. The central love story has similarities to "Gone with the Wind". It is long, but enjoyable. I liked the occasional philosophical discourses. The narrator does a great job.
Roth caught the essence of American cultural history over the last century and also the central dynamics of family psychology -- a particularly insightful look at the difference between the surface and the inside of people. It has a Jewish coloring -- but is not a Jewish book. Ron Silver does an absolutely great job with Jewish inflection and self-reflection. I found myself frequently telling others about the ideas and insights in this book.
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