Better writing (Janet Evanovich could use a better editor). Better narration. C.J. Critt speaks too slowly, is not dynamic, uses a chipper voice for everything as if she's explaining how to use a smartphone to an octogenarian, and she pauses too long between sentences AND you can hear her take a breath before she says each sentence. I find myself just listening to her inhale throughout the book.
Boring. Stephanie Plum sounds like a bone head.
I was hoping this would be a neat/new series for me, but it sucks.
This story sucks and is depressing and pointless. The dog on the cover evidently doesn't match the dog in the story - at least that would have been something. Starts off boring, continues to make you want to kill yourself, then ends making you want to kill yourself.
There isn't much of a story to this story. I'm glad I got the book on sale. It seems like a way to create a bunch of monologues for the writer to demonstrate how clever of a writer he can be, but it backfires. Willy Christmas sounds like a dumb jerkoff, and I'm sorry he was such a piece of garbage to his dog.
He mispronounced prelude and some other words. I think the narration was ok.
Willy Christmas and his mom.
Please do not waste your time on this piece of garbage. I did, but there's no reason why you should.
I enjoyed listening to this book; great characters, kind of like hanging out in an L.L. Bean catalog, but at Lake Wobegone.
George Guidall is the grandfather you never had, and my favorite narrator. Sometimes I look for books that he's narrated, because I like his narration that much.
Nope. I'd wait for it to come out on Netflix, or TV.
This is ok, but it's a little like hanging out in a retirement home with active seniors.
Interesting, detailed, edited.
Holly Gibney - well developed, and genuine.
He's done a great job with other Stephen King books, and he does a great job with this one. He has a nice tempo to his narration, and develops reliable voices for the characters.
No, I wanted to savor this book.
Getting this book was a no-brainer for me, and it was worth it. Enjoyable book.
Probably not. I don't like Dick Hill's narration that much; it reminds me of an actor in a 70's cop movie that you'd see on TBS on a Sunday afternoon while eating leftover beef lo mein.
Some of the characters were stock, so I'd make them more unique and therefor more real.
ok, meh, not bad.
If you're on the fence about this one, I wouldn't go for it. I didn't feel that this book was fun to listen to.
It was easy to listen to; it reminded me of a Lifetime movie. The writing was good, but at times the protagonist asks a lot of questions that don't need to be asked, and is a little verbose. The actions and words of the main character are a little unrealistic, a little too innocent, a little too nice. For example, if someone is going to try to ruin your life, you wouldn't exclaim "You bastard!" - that's probably the most foul language used in the book.
The descriptions of coffee preparation are nice, but they make it sound like a book written in a coffee house by a coffee house worker looking to move on from working in a coffee house. The least interesting aspect was the list of characters who seem stock.
I didn't really have any favorite scenes; the book doesn't seem to have too many highs or lows - it's just a nice smooth story, like a nice cup of coffee.
If you're looking for something relaxing to occupy your time, this is a good book; it won't take you to many places that will startle you or make you uncomfortable.
Not really. I spent more time listening to Mitch Albom's accent and lisp.
Mitch should have had a professional narrate his book; his narration includes his accent, his lisp, and his pedantry.
If you want to listen to Mitch Albom ham it up, listen to the 'special' interview at the end. Geez, I thought I was going to throw up. It's embarrassing hearing an author speak so poorly and make grammatical errors during an interview where the soft-ball questions are gobbled up by Mitch, like that dog food where you add water and it 'makes it's own gravy'. What a douche!
Yes, it was incredibly informative.
When you realize that L.Ron Hubbard wasn't just a science fiction writer, but a complete scumbag dictator oppressor.
The narration was pretty good. I would have preferred George Guidall... but that's always the case.
It was a long book, but I liked the part where L. Ron Hubbard is in the Navy and attacks a log at sea.
If you want to really know what Scientology is all about, listen to this book.
I have already recommended this book to many friends, because it's great. It must be listened to, because reading it will not be as fun.
I liked the narrator best.
I like the scenes with the psychiatrist the best.
The main character is the most memorable, because you get to hear what is going on in his head, which seems fairly normal.
Listen to this book, don't read it, and don't go to see the movie first. The movie does not really represent the book accurately. The movie does a disservice to the book.
I love the characters, I absolutely love the narration by George Guidall; he is the grandfather you never had, and is a master narrator!
Not at the edge of my seat, but I didn't want to be at the edge of my seat, I'd rather enjoy the whole chair, just as Walt Longmire would!
Everything. George Guidall makes books come alive. He is my absolute favorite narrator, and I look for books that he has narrated, because he is a master story teller.
Get ready for extraordinary ordinary.
I love this book and have devoured the series. I feel like I'm riding with pals.
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