I watched the movie with my family when I was a child, and never forgot it. It touched all of us then, and it shakes me now. Twice I had to wipe the tears away while listening on my ipod, and countless times I found myself saying, "oh my God" and shaking my head in disbelief. This is a story like no other, and the narrator, Avery Brooks, was masterful with his engaging deep voice and emotionally charged inflections that easily transformed from man to woman to child, in pain, in joy, in desperation, in love, and everything in between.
DO NOT PASS THIS UP - IT'S ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
I've gone back and forth with my spiritual beliefs ever since I can remember. This book says aloud all the things that so many of us think, but are afraid to talk about - just in case we're wrong, LOL! This book makes sense, is logical, and because it speaks the truth in so many ways, it is very scary at times. Not scary in terms of being an atheist, but scary in terms of believing in God to the point of Holy Wars and Suicide Bombers.
I lost my faith not after some personal tragedy or great loss, but after reading the Bible from beginning to end.
This is a well thought out piece of work by a serious-minded author whose sense cannot be denied.
Within the first few minutes I was already laughing out loud, and continued to do so all the way until the end - even when out in public by myself. What a shame the author didn't live long enough to see his incredible novel published - he was a brilliant writer, way before his time. You'll never forget these characters! Especially the way the narrator brought them all to life! What an incredible job by Barrett Whitener! He deserves an award for this one, no doubt! Well, except for the small part of trying to sound Hispanic and having it sound more like a Chinese. But other than that, I can't imagine any other narrator doing a more spectacular job and nailing each and every character with just the right tones and nuances to make them as real and 3-Dimensional as can be. John Kennedy Toole would have been proud! THIS ONE'S A WINNER - ALL AROUND!
Hats off to Margaret George on her brilliant writing - this is my third book of hers, and I've loved them all. One would believe she truly lived in that era. She did not leave King Henry without a sense of humor, either, and had me actually laughing out loud, even into the next day, while remembering his reaction upon seeing Anne of Cleves for the first time! No one but no one can compare to her when bringing these characters to life. She is remarkably talented, authentic, and undeniably gifted. Although the beginning may seem a little slow paced, once it gets going (meaning, once she has established the layout of the land, so to speak) it is a wonderful journey to take you back in time, and give you a first row seat into the lives of those who lived in the realm of obscene power and sickening wealth. This book is a lavish treat for all. Let's not forget the Narrator - he was awesome! Perfectly chosen for the part!
This is my first Justin Cronin novel - purchased solely on Stephen King's review. Impressive writing from beginning to end! Some writers, Tami Hoag for example, come up with a good story, but are not particularly talented in choosing the right words or expressions to maximize the effect. This author is immensely gifted in using the right words at the right time - breathing life into every movement the characters make, every thought they think, every smell, every breeze, every step of the way is alive in prose. A most excellent book through and through - and the narrator was great, as well.
Matheson takes us beyond the limits of terror. I was on the edge of my seat for virtually the entire book, but the last two hours were so intense, I could barely breathe! If an audiobook could be compared to a movie - then I would compare this to The Exorcist. If you love horror, fasten your seatbelt - this is the ride of a lifetime.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is the work of an old master - his detail and suspensful timing is superb. The narraters are wonderful, and especially Greg Wise - whose scary inflections, when in the voice of Dracula, send chills up and down the spine! A haunting tale and mesmorizing portrayal of a timeless classic. THIS IS THE ONE TO CHOOSE OVER ALL THE REST!
I loved Jeanette's voice in telling this tale and am so delighted she chose to do it herself. That twangy and fiesty tone really set the pace to portray her dear old Grandma.
This book is every bit as good as The Glass Castle and is written so well, with such insight and detail and feeling, I, at times, felt as though I were right there at the kitchen table, having a cup of tea and a chat with the family as Lily waves her choppers around to show them off.
Jeanette, I really love your writing and truely admire how you turned your life around and became the successful writer you are today. It's all very amazing and profoundly inspiring.
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