Pearland, TX United States | Member Since 2012
Yes, I just might. I already miss Lin and Prabu. I really felt immersed in the very real world the author brings to life. I was with Lin in the prisons and I laughed out loud at Prabu's antics as I could see his brilliant smile in my mind's eye. What a pleasure to have stumbled across this instant classic gritty story.
I have never read a book quite like this so I would compare parts of it to the feel you get from the movie The Beach, some of it to a cross between Goodfellas and the Indiana Jones scenes in Cairo, and maybe a little from The Hangover part two.
Mr. Bower really develops each character into a beloved friend. His accents are amazing his nuance is spot on, and his delivery is perfect. Even after some sixty hours he left me hoping it just wouldn't end.
It is a very lengthy title and I still just about read it strait through. I found myself telling my wife some of the crazy things Prabu did as though he were someone I had to deal with daily.
I read a review that stated if you enjoy the first couple pages you will love the book. This was a true statement in my case so I pass it on here.
I feel as though I have learned quite a bit about the culture of what was Bombay and noted many of the locations mentioned in the book are real and searchable online such as the horrible Arthor rd prison and the slums that go on and on.
To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.
Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.
My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.
Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.
So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who has even a passing interest in the topic.
This is a series of lectures. I have listened to several such programs. This one is so far my favorite.
I have heard nothing else by Mr. Brier. I would however like to.
The lecturer did an amazing job keeping this interesting. It is broken into half hour lectures and each one was a joy to experience.
If you are like I was and you keep looking at the Great Lectures wondering if you might enjoy them then this is the perfect place to start.
I'm glad I listened to this in that it shows a darker side of Scalzi that rarely shows in his other works. I felt the story just didn't stand out. I believe the premise could be a great byline to a bigger more epic tale. It's as if we learned all about only one aspect of a potentially fascinating world. Throw open the curtain Scalzi.
Besides what I've already stated I was not fond of where this story left off.
Acceptable, articulate, and like-able
Yes, I would. This book would need a lot more substance to make it a film and I would wonder how Hollywood might accomplish it.
I have enjoyed several of Scalzi's books and consider them very light reading. This one is kinda the exception in that he goes a bit H. P. Lovecraft on his readers.
I would recommend starting with Android's dream or old man's war.
I enjoyed the entire book. But I loved how the author's descriptions made me feel like I was in the thick of it.
Asher. She was very fascinating and I found myself simply wanting to believe in her.
I like how although he made a wonderful performance he still never got in the way of the story.
I enjoyed the scenes involving the pillar of fire as these were exciting. There are many exciting moments in this book.
I passed this book up several times. So glad I read the comments and went for it.
This book ranks among my classics near the top of the list. It is not my favorite but I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this is an actual account of what it was like to be a deck hand so long ago. It truly is a slice of history preserved in time.
The navigation among the "ice islands" was very memorable. One could almost feel the cold and see the icebergs.
I thought he did a fine job. He really brought the book to life.
No, because of the length but otherwise my attention was caught the entire time.
I am glad this book is available to us and am saddened by all the accounts of other professions that must have been lost to us over the years.
I hate the thought of giving such a renown classic poor marks but seriously, this book is so dry and uneventful that I just can't understand how Copperfield ever made it to print. We start with David as a child and end with him as an adult. Not much happens but at least every conversation he ever had is chronicled.
If this had been the first classic I had every read I just might have never developed a love for them. I am thankful this was not the case. If you are looking for your first classic may I suggest The Mysterious Island by Jules Vern or perhaps Don Quixote?
I guess my favorite character was Barkis. He was at least a little interesting in his timidity.
Disappointment, I did not start this one with high hopes and it certainly lived up to my expectations.
I feel like a cold dogging a literary work like this but please understand it's not like I am just some jerk who can't appreciate what it is. I thought Moby Dick by Melville was a wonderful read. This book simply sucked. There, I said it.
Yes, I would read more from them however I admit probably only because the male author is the actor who plays Jack Harkness in the series.
No, I won't be recommending this to anyone for three reasons, first I did not enjoy this book very much and second because every single male character in the book was gay. I get it Jack is indiscriminate but come on. Not every guy is gay. The third reason is this book can only be considered light reading and as such please don't preach to me about global warming, pollution, etc. while I'm trying to enjoy a little sci-fi.
He did a great job portraying Jack and the other characters. But I have to note that one minute and fifteen seconds in while introducing the star of the book the narrator mispronounces the name "Harkness". He calls him "harness".
The book was worth the listening time barely. Honestly I believe this story will be forgotten in about a week. I really feel like I wasted a credit.
I loved the Doctor Who / Torchwood tv series and this is my first book on the same subject. I hope they get better.
The stories throughout the book used as examples are quite entertaining.
The author is the main character and following him in the book makes him automatically my favorite.
Mr. MacMillan did a really good job. It seemed to me to be that perfect blend of performance and staying out of the way of the content.
Absolutely. This book is chocked full of useful information designed to make life easier,better, and more fulfilling.
Mr. Carnegie is really good at what he does. Looking back I noticed that while the book does offer what is promised in the title it is not in my opinion the main punch of the lesson. The content is really more about teaching how to be better to our fellow man. I now see there is a wonderful level of manipulation in just about every aspect of this one. In other words he even manipulated me to pick up this book.
I probably won't listen to this book again for two reasons, first this is a mystery novel and I know "who dunnit" second, this book got a little wordy and began to feel like the author was trying to meet a word quota or something. This being said I very well might listen the the next in the series.
My reaction to the ending was half surprise and half joy at figuring out a part of the mystery on my own.
Pretty much any scene involving Salander was specifically fun. She is a fascinating character to follow.
This book did not particularly move me as, looked at this story as entertaining light reading that was comparable to watching a good movie you aren't very interested in.
While I enjoyed the book There were a couple things that stuck out as odd to me. I noticed that Blumkvist (a fifty something magazine owner) sleeps with everyone in the book, everyone knows this and no one really minds except one person who seems irked that she won't get her turn that week because of another girl. He is no discriminator of age either. He runs the gambit from 24 to almost 60. Maybe that is just how they roll in Sweden. I also felt a couple of the sub plots were really drawn out and did not add much to the story. I purchased this title on the basis of reviews alone. Having read it, my opinion of this book is it was a little better than average and does not justify all the hype.
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