In fact I've already listened to my favorite chapter "On the Rainy River" again when I played it to my wife. Would I listen to the whole book again? — I doubt it... it's great, but there are of course so many more that I haven't heard yet. I will however most likely read/listen to more by Tim O'Brien.
The chapters have recurring characters and there are connections, but each works as a stand-alone. The book is captivating from start to finish with many great moments, but my favorite chapter was "On the Rainy River" which is before the war. I found that one to be most stirring and emotional.
I suspect I'd enjoy Bryan Cranston reading yellow pages. He does an amazing job here.
When listening I actually forgot that there was an additional reading by the author at the end. So I was a little disappointed when the book was over all of a sudden with the next chapter being that additional recording. I felt a little cheated and robbed of savoring the ending had I known it was coming. But that aside the "The Vietnam in Me" read by the author is very moving and was a welcome addition.
Introduction gives away the whole plot. Luckily, I've read a review with a suggestion to skip it and come back to it after finishing the book.
Unbelievable it's non-fiction
Journalism, story, writing, narration — everything is superb! This is an amazing book.
I would. Hadfield does a great job allowing you to get a glimpse of what it may be like to go into space.
Although the entire book is very interesting, the parts about being in space expectedly are much more so.
I highly recommend Hadfield's interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It may be available here on Audible or on NPR or elsewhere. Terry Gross is great and that interview inspired me to get the book. Also, Hadfield has a number of really cool short videos from ISS on CSA's youtube channel. Search for Chris Hadfield, and they should come up somewhere close to top.
Although, I'm not pointing this out as a reason not to listen to this book, I wish the recording quality was better. The sound is muted between the phrases probably by some auto-cleaning audio tool and there is some unnecessary reverb.
I'm on the fence about it. I was captivated by the book, but not fascinating. A pretty simple story — a man denounces the civilization for a few months, goes to Alaska, and doesn't make it back. There's more to the story — insights into mountaineering, hiking, Alaska, etc, but I don't think it's enough. I don't regret the time spent listening to the book, but I probably wouldn't give it a very high recommendation. Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" moved me much more.
The audio chapters annoyingly don't match the book chapters. Once in a while the audio would repeat a few phrases.
Very elaborate performance crafting every character. I enjoyed listening, although someone who prefers a more neutral delivery might not.
Most definitely not. In fact this is probably the book that took me the longest to read/listen to. Started a few years ago, left it alone, then came back to it a number of times. The book is like the story itself — I had contradictory feelings both struggling through it and enjoying it.
Second time this happened to me — the end came sooner than expected. Last chapter was the additional reading by Heller. A welcome addition, but I wish Audible named the chapters accordingly, so that it's clear where are the chapters, and where's additional material.
It's great to hear author's own narration. Makes the reading more personal and intimate.
Fascinating subject that I knew little about. After listening to this book I went online to find out more about Everest, Sherpas, and mountaineering in general.
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