I recommend it to every American citizen, and everyone else who comes into contact with American foreign policy. We all need to understand what drives this country to war in order to fulfill the promises of peace.
She's Rachel Maddow! Duh!
I have lived and worked in military communities as a member of the military family, and rarely do I encounter a civilian who really cares about understanding the untenable situation in which our government has put our military forces. If you care at all about how and why we go to war, and how that affects not only our military but American civilians as well, listen to this book and buy the paper version for reference. Forget the damn yellow ribbon magnets and buy this book instead!
Gaiman's Anansi Boys is one of my Top 5 favorite audiobooks, and I love Coraline, Neverwhere (TV and radio shows), The Sandman series, and the movies that have come out of his work, such as Mirrormask. Given how inventive he can be, this book really falls flat. It's predictable and not all that exciting. I had just finished listening to Joe Hill's NOS4A2, with all of its twists and turns and deeply realized characters, and Ocean just felt amateurish by comparison. I think it got raves because everyone expects a certain style from Gaiman, so if that style is present, the book is automatically a winner. I think King's writing has suffered from this same slavish behavior from fans. This is not Gaiman's best work. Spend a credit on his older and better stuff, or get Mr. Penumbra’s 24‑Hour Bookstore or Alif the Unseen instead. Those books aren't the English-nanny airy-fairy style of Ocean, but the stories are much more engaging and the fantasy elements not so old fashioned and predictable.
Haven't been able to finish this one as it seems to repeat itself a great deal. Really enjoyed learning about Nancy Wake and her adventures; will seek out other media about her. If you can find this book for free, in a library or from a friend, then check it out. It may be better in hard copy because you can flip past the repetitive and boring parts. I got about halfway through the audiobook so I suppose it's worth the credit, but I'm hoping there are better books and movies out there about Nancy Wake. Actually, I think she should be the subject of the next big superhero movie!
Gaiman wrote this story with Henry in mind, making this one of the best matches of book to voice. As a talented veteran actor, Henry nails every character and makes the story come alive. If you love hearing a good story told well, crank up the campfire and plug in. With or without s'mores, this audio experience will make any day a summer camp day!
As the author makes clear in his afterward, this is THE BEST way to experience his writing, especially with such a talented cast of narrators. It's a fantastic book, but as an audiobook experience, it's a standout. If you are an audiophile, this is a must for your collection.
Actually including circus. I was hoping for creepy clowns, dark and scary carnival rides, strange characters and carnies. Instead, this book is blatantly riding the wizard-robe coattails of the Harry Potter series. Very boring story that goes nowhere. I was shocked to realize I had only listened to a couple hours -- felt more like a couple days of listening to a boring friend drone on about his lovelife.
No circus elements, just "magic."
Jim Dale is ALWAYS BRILLIANT! Unfortunately for this book, he is also the voice for the Harry Potter books in America, so I was constantly reminded of the better book series.
The author of the book?
Don't waste credits on this crap. Get Howl's Moving Castle if you want to read magic. Still looking for the circus book I want to read.
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