Max Barry is back in top form. This entertaining musing on the power of words may go to extremes to get it's point across but in a world drowning in con men disguised as salesmen this is exactly the modern parable we should celebrate.
A book born to be in audio form. I read the book years ago fresh and knowing the first person format of the writing I was intrigued how this would sound. It sounds amazing. Tender Branson. He may not be the hero America wants, but he's certainly the hero we're going to get.
This coming of age tale is something truly unique. The most fantastic aspects of the story are, funnily enough, the least engaging. The characters are never truly surprising and this is welcome because what they lack in spontaneity they drown in realism. The attention to detail and the love and care which all subjects are handled is something to be lauded. I often find books easily a number of adjectives for a good time but rarely so moving, and heartfelt as this unabashed meditation on growing up in a world without heroes.
In one word: Entertaining. I feel like this book was written specifically to appeal to me. It's as if someone knew everything I ever watched, played, read, or experienced and then was given a full time job pandering to my sensibilities. The thing I was most scared of was Wil Wheaton narrating and this is the thing that most pleasantly surprised me. A note for those eager to dismiss Wesley Crusher; he can read the hell out of a book!
I was downright terrified that some backwater idiot was going to read Hunters work to me in the weasel toned professorial way some of his other works have been handled. Not here. Here you'll get nothing but tough hard edging Phil Gigante being the behemoth his name implies. He channels the Doctors wit and charm and you can almost close your eyes and pretend the good Doctor never left us. Rest in Peace you doomed fool. You are gone but a man as unique as you will live on in the curses of wretched fools like Bush, Nixon, and their ilk for generations to come.
Dune is one of my favorite reads so it was with great caution that I picked up the audio book. This is a choice I would make again a hundred times. The presentation and care with which this work is handled is truly a labor of love and it can be heard in every performance. What you get here feels alive in a way that a Frank Herbert novel, that is normally so full of internal dialogue and exposition, never could on it's own.
In this love letter to the America of yesterday Stephen King captures the heart of the 60's and 70's. He shines a spotlight on the light and dark at a pivotal time in American history. You could see the seeds of today's tolerance being planted but you could see the all too real shadows of the darkness we were coming out of.
This is King at his best. Don't miss a chance to see the master weave a poignant hopeful tale with a heart as dark as night.
This tight, tense read is every bit as entertaining as it feels educational. This is a truly rare feat. I won't drone about the plot points, I will simply say that few books seem like they were written for the audio book format, and this one is a shining example of a book made better when heard.
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