Once I had gotten half way through the book, I realized it probably wasn't going to get any more interesting. I was hoping to have some new insight offered, but if it was there I missed it. Rather, the author is quite repetitive. Each point has several quotes from contemporary diarists, etc. that confirm/repeat the point. For a great Civil War history, I recommend Battle Cry of Freedom, by McPherson.
I gave up after almost two hours. What I read was very similar to C. S. Lewis' "Out of the Silent Planet" (1965). Lewis can be forgiven for writing a slow Sci-Fi book almost 50 years ago. Varley tries to compensate by throwing in some sex scenes, but it wasn't enough to keep me listening. Fortunately, the book only cost me $4.95, so I can't complain....
The first negative thing about this audiobook is obvious immediately. The narrator feels the need to mimic foreign accents. His is a mild, pleasant British accent. But when quoting Germans, French, Americans, etc. he tries to use the corresponding accent, which is distracting. (And when I, an American, here British people trying an American accent, it's laughable). Anyway, having different voices/accents is helpful for fiction, but for nonfiction the narrator would be better just reading in his own voice.
My main disappointment was that the material just wasn't that interesting, I'm sad to say. Some of the conspiracies were more interesting than others. Perhaps an abridged reading would have held my interest longer.
This book might be better to read than to listen to. Reading would avoid the distracting foreign accents, plus a reader can skim and scan when there's more detail than holds the interest.
The pace of the book is good, and without being overly depressing, the author paints a good picture of a world that has run down, where society has had to regroup in small communities and revert to outdated technologies that don't depend on the Internet, electricity, fossil fuels, etc.
The only mildly annoying aspect is that during most dialogues, the "____ said" gets repetitive.
For a more fantastical portrayal of a world that has "moved on" I recommend Stephen King's Dark Tower series.
Yes, if I had time. The story is just terrific. The characters, the plot, the pace.
I almost didn't buy this book because I was so disappointed with King's last long novel, Under the Dome. Under the Dome would have made an interesting 100 page short story but was expanded to the tedious thing that it is. 11-22-63, by contrast, was terrific as a long novel.
Wasson, who also narrated King's book of short stories "Full Dark, No Stars" is probably my favorite narrator anywhere! Perhaps he was part of why I loved 11-22-63.
I wish I had read the dozens of negative reviews before wasting my credit on this one. Silly story, flat characters, and annoying gimmicks (Dan Brown is constantly keeping the reader in the dark about what the characters are seeing). By the end I was laughing, it was so bad!
This was a great book. I'm glad I read it before seeing the movie (which was disappointing).
The Dark Tower series is superb. When I read it the first time, I was depressed when it finally came to an end. The second time through, The Gunslinger is still a great read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great read, for anyone who is either evangelical or knows any evangelicals. Light-hearted, and hopefully a bridge between cultures.
I don't know why I expected this book to be interesting. Instead, it was tiresome.
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