Franzen and Guidall are a perfect formula for a successful literary novel. The Lambert family is so funny, sad, hopeful and disastrous that I was unaware that all the 568 pages had passed me by. Franzen's gift for allowing characters to drift, grow and develop their self awareness have made me a devotee of all his work so far.
Definitely recommended as worth your time and credit.
I keep looking for a way to think my way into a higher consciousness. I love the basic premise of Buddhist thought but stilling the mind through meditation still just escapes me.
Decent enough book, just not for me.
The book is a fun read if you don't mind the over the top profanity. Interesting idea to have a former mafia/russian mob hitman enter witness protection and become a physician. Enjoyed some of the information imparted from the good doctor but IMHO this is not worth your credit.
Simple escapism with an antihero. Can't recommend it unless your into that mind set at the moment. This is the second book I downloaded by Bazell so I was in the mood...I'm out of it now:)
You can't miss with Kellermans duo. Always well written dialoge and a fun romp.
Slow, plodding and completely predictable. And if that wasn't bad enough Grisham presented only unlikable, morally despicable characters, not an admirable protagonist in the bunch.
This novel was a waste of my time and left me feeling blah. Muller's droning narration seemed to mimic my overall take on the story. I'll think twice before investing in another Grisham offering
I tried a Grisham novel in The Litigators and found it weak, the characters unappealing and generally not very well developed.
What a difference! This book was a pleasure to experience. Ford County's new newspaper editor was easy to like and the cast of characters he encountered were well developed and likable as well. I especially liked the way Grisham handled the antagonist by never developing his character at all. I know the usual is to keep telling the audience what the bad guy is up to but this was refreshing. Michael Beck's narration was superb with just the right amount of Mississippi tone.
Philip Roth is one of my favorite writers but I guess you can't win them all.
I found Sabbath to be a boorish, unredemtive and ultimately an uninteresting character. I think that perhaps Philip was in a sexual slump in his life and took out his frustrations on poor Mickey. Perhaps Sabbath's mother's suggestions of an early termination should have been given more consideration early on.
Can't recommend this one.
Interesting mix of baseball, philosophy and character studies. Much like my favorite contemporary writer Jonathan Franzen, Harbach has woven an engaging study of several diverse personalities into a life affirming experience. If you have enjoyed any of Franzen's novels you will not be disappointed. Holter Graham's narration was on perfect pitch for this wonderful addition to my library.
Only thing that saved this book from a one star rating was Cannavale's narration. The story line was rather simplistic and the characters were weakly dressed out. Okay for a light weekend read but there are better ways to spend your time and credit.
I've long been a fan of every one of James Lee Burke and Will Patton collaboration but this one is better. Woodrell's trilogy has just become one of my favorite audio books. Pinchot's interpretation was on target with the vocal inflections that I've encountered in the bayou country. Wonderful, colorful, literary slice of the downside of bayou life. I do hope there is more to come from Woodrell & Pinchot.
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