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Outstanding story of people, place (Kabul, Afghanistan). and the interaction of individuals, especially among family members; living in the turbulent environment over decades of social and political wars and change. The narration is exquisite. The story progresses like a well developed and directed film that showcases a stellar cast. I thought that Hosseini could not top himself after the Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns. How wrong I was! Hosseini just gets better and better. I can hardly wait to read his next book.
You may have heard stories about slavery in the past and feel like you have heard it all, but chances are you have not heard or witnessed a story with this level of originality, beauty and nuance as the Book of Night Women. This story takes place in Jamaica in the 18th century, with the central protagonist being a slave named Lilith. There is no stereotypical sentiment or political correctness in this tale. The author, Marlon James, skillfully compels the reader, not only to see the action, but to feel, smell and hear the characters and the place, intensely. There is never a lull in this action packed narrative of complicated relationships, social and personal conflicts and contradictions, human exploitation, romance and treachery, on a plantation where slaves outnumber their persecutors three to one. The novel is exceedingly well written;… this story will not disappoint.
This was the first book I have read of the Harry Hole series, but definitely will not be the last. Hole is a flawed hero, no superman but definitely engaging in his quests to solve the flaws of society and his own life. Robin Sachs does an outstanding portrayal of Hole.
The author had a great idea but the story had too many cliches and at times unbelievable or poor logic. However, the narration was excellent.
This is the second book that I have listened to by Nevil Shute, and it inspired me, once again to follow his work. Shute’s stories are both entertaining and informative; simple and grand at the same time. It is so easy to picture the narrative and dialogue, excellently narrated by Robin Bailey. This story, written in the 1950’s, would have been the “Indiana Jones and How the West Was Won” type of story for the time. It is about personal struggle, character, adventure, and romance across continents and countries that included, England, Malaya and Australia during WWII. Great storytelling!
Ben Ryder Howe seems not to know what story he wants to tell, consequently a novel that had great potential turns out to be a self indulgent diary with chatter about a guy opening a store with his Korean wife and mother-in-law and his experience in a struggling magazine publishing business. The experiences with the Korean mother-in-law, was fun and insightful. Too bad, the author did not trust his ability to expand this story and instead meandered between story lines that provided neither dramatic or comic satisfaction. The narrator, is as excellent I look forward to hearing him narrate another novel). However, the story is anything but delicious.
Haruki Murakami never fails to be intriguing and an original. I have listened for four of his books and weather they were "great" or not there are always elements about them, they make them work the experience. Murakami is a master at delivering side stories about seemingly minor characters in the plot. At times these asides seem irrelevant to the plot, but Haruki Murakami is not interest in delivering a linear story line. His modern approach is a tapestry of surrealism, social and historical commentary, humor, irony, and suspense. His message and observations are universal. Wind-up Bird was one of my least favorite because there was so much detail in the subplots that should have resulted in a more satisfying or intriguing ending. The ending felt flat.
Still there is enough in this winding tale to capture your attention and appreciation of Murakami story telling skills. I have learned that the best way to approach his work is as in empty vessel; to have no preconceived expectation about the beginning, middle or the end.
One of the more intriguing books I have read so far.
Very reminiscent of the 2000, neo-noir psychological thriller, Memento, about a man with a mental inability to store memories, so he writes notes to himself..
No. Orlagh Cassidy is outstanding.
Well, at least in two settings.
Watson offered an entertaining tale full of intrigue and surprises, flawed only by the author’s over confidence in the reader’s desire to suspend ones’ imagination. The catalysts in solving the mystery, the psychiatrist and the use of cell phone (that never need charging) were paramount to solving the mystery, yet these dramatic technical details lacked credibility.
Nevertheless, the story, pace and dramatic tension my attention to the end. The narrator, Orlach Cassidy did an outstanding job of delivering the drama. If you liked the 2000, neo-noir psychological thriller, Memento, about a man with a mental inability to store memories, you will love this novel.
Arrive at the conflict of the story sooner. Plot unreveles too slowly
didn't care for the story
better luck next read
familiar, yet spellbinding new twists and intrigue. Outstanding reader in Arthur Morey
Ed King is the antithesis of some technocrats that think that the new technology can solve problems that only humans with their unique attributes can address. He believes that his acquisition of power,f wealth and intellect will overcome some of the graves issues an individual could ever be confronted with. He is very intriguing, yet pathetic.
Arthur Morey is a master at characterization and interpretation. I felt that he was equally successful with all of the characters.
The Oedipus Rex Tragedy as you have never imagined it before.
Excellent and timely story! Intriguing from start to finish
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