Loved it. The book stayed with me for weeks after listening to it, and it still hovers in my subsconscious mind many months later. I sincerely wished Alex Supertramp had survived, I am fascinated by what made this man tick and walk his own walk.
I so often find myself pondering on what life is in this modern age ... commercial and materialism and consumerism, we now live life in shopping centres and restaurants. After listening to this book, I find myself wishing I was 30 years younger, and that this book was available then. I might have thought deeper about what I wanted out of life.
I think J. Krakauer did a brilliant job researching Chris McCandless's lifestory, and I enjoyed the narrator, too. A few repetitive errors in the reading of the book, but all in all, I thoroughly appreciated everything about this piece. A life-changing experience if closely and intently listened to. I absorbed and rehashed many parts of it, thinking and musing over several points and opinions and experiences. I googled the story extensively, and its interesting just how much has been said on the topic of and about both McCandless and Krakauer.
Will be buying a printed copy for my library bookshelf, I intend to keep it close by for a very long time. Whole-heartedly recommend this as an absorbing listen.
Its not my thing, and I dont think my friends would enjoy this stuff either, so I dont think Id recommend it, other than to bring the title up if we were broadly discussing the subject or the various writings of porn thats out there. I like to listen to or read books that teach me something or make me wonder or think about life in general. Ive read a few good romance with novels that do just that, and was curious enough to dive into this one. This book .... well. All I learnt was that an unconscious woman, a young virgin at that, all of a sudden can become hot property desired by 3 brothers (and in my innate curiosity about humans and things in general, I cant help but wonder ... does/could this really happen!? Can you imagine!? Heck, I cant. How could this possibly work out?!) without her even knowing about it at the time. This to me seems like a confabulated pornographic tale of Snow White with Prince Charming, only here she has THREE of the Charming Princes! All brothers. The whole premise made me feel a little uncomfortable, I must say. Apparently the story goes on in a further book in a storyline which makes me feel even more uncomfortable - she has their kids and they all live happily ever after. Really, what twaddle. For me personally, I just dont gel with this kind of writing. Im not anti-erotica or against stories with a sexual theme, but this book is just plain ridiculous. (IMHO). This is not romance, its porn, plain and simple, and I feel this *entire* series should be listed under the erotica section, not romance.
Its a dumb story. Just plain weird setup all round.
If that one guy said 'Im/we're not going to hurt you' one more time, I swear I was going to spit a spider. Aside from the boring repetition, I mean, its hardly a healthy situation that he wants this woman to be in, and I would say okay, so its not physical hurt, but what about emotional etc? And one very positive thing .. I found the narrator did a sterling job reading this. He handled everything and the entire subject matter with great aplomb. Well done!
Its a light-hearted, interesting listen, ranks about middle of the range to others - but to be fair, that depends on what category of book we're talking about here in order to give it an unbiased ranking. In its category of what I'd determine as light hearted and fun, Id say its in the top 20 or so. I enjoyed it enough to buy and download a few of her other books, and I liked learning more about Egypt and tombs; Im looking forward to carrying on listening to the rest of the series. Her descriptions of the desert and Nile are pretty vivid, I could literally view the vistas through her words.
First one Ive listened to - overall, a good performance.
An emotional love story between 2 young cancer patients. I had several reactions to the book, some of it 'yes-absolutely', or 'no, not too sure about that' .. but all in all, I was moved by the portrayal of the brutal reality of life; we are all facing death one way or another, and well .. I found it to be a book that has subject-matter that deserves to be thought about. Theres no beautiful graceful dying swan stuff here; cancer is horrible, terrible and degrading, and the author projects the physical hardships and emotional rollercoasting through his 2 main characters. I did come across a few flaws in the book, such as the teens having a little too perfect quick-thinking clever dialogues and so on, but its minor stuff; for me it didnt distract from the main focus of the book: life and love is hopeful and beautiful, terminal cancer is ugly and final - and the struggle to come to terms with and/or make sense of it all
Kate Rudd, the narrator, did an absolutely STERLING job reading this audiobook.
What a wonderful story with a forgiving message. Thanks so much for the gift, Audible, much appreciated!
While I have no doubt that the entire audiobook is absorbing, I just could not finish listening to it all, as the narration is very bad. I find myself losing my place constantly while I try to figure out what the narrator is saying, and Ive lost patience with the whole thing. This is most unfortunate, and perhaps I will try again sometime, but time and life is short, and I have many other better-narrated audiobooks to listen to.
I liked this. Its not classic horror SK, but its an interesting concept - can only come from the imagination of Mr King. I found that if I listened carefully and tried to put away the expectations of 'normal' SK fare, I related to the story, and was intrigued and involved in it. Narrator also good, and all in all, I found it absorbing.
I adored this audiobook. The story, the narrator, just everything .. a real keeper that conveys moving observations and empathy. I find myself regarding my own 4 dogs in a different light after completing this moving book. Brilliant.
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