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Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1998, Fiction
"This award-winning Broadway stalwart here shows himself to be as adept behind the mike as behind the footlights." (AudioFile)
Much of the substqance of this fine book was lost as a result of it being abridged. I had read the book previously and was grossly disapointed in the audiobook.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
I really enjoyed this story, but even though I never read the whole book, it was so obvious that there where huge gaps and holes. I still gave it 5 stars, but would love to hear the unabridged version of this. 6 hours is not enough time for character development, or to do justice to a saga like this one. It's a shame neither audible or itunes offers an unabridged version.
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
Wally Lamb weaves a tapestry of rejection and forgiveness. In this story of twins, Dominic and Partick are the last remnants of the Tempesta family that are becoming unraveled; Dominic by his apparent rejection by his family and Patrick by his schizophrenia. Lamb tells the story through the eyes of the angry, self-pitying Dominic who inherits two things that change his life, his schizo brother and the memoirs of his cruel grandfather. How Dominic deals with his inheritence is the subject of the plot. Dominic comes to realize that this much is true; mutts make good dogs, out of the rich loam of forgiveness love is found and all things are circular. This book will appeal to anyone who has a disfunctional family, especially an immigrant family. The story is wonderous because Lamb combines the right amount of realism with myth and superstition to tell a most intriguing story. This book is in the top ten of bookk I have ever read.
The book, yes. This audiobook, no.
Not approve cutting out so much of a favorite book in the audiobook version
Use the six hours to start on an unabridged version or read the book. The full text is amazing, but too much is cut out here, leaving the story muddled, jumbled, confusing, and incomplete.
This was my first one and I was mildly disappointed that the story ha been cut short.
I love Wally Lamb. But as I said above, I wish they hadn't cut
The story short.
I can't pick just one.
It's a large book, so no.
This is the novel that spurred my addiction to audiobooks. This is a powerfully human story. Lamb enables the reader to experience pain and joy, hope and despair, through his well developed characters. When I finished the very lengthy unabridged version, I felt a strong sense of loss, because I truly missed the characters. Also, his other novel is similarly moving.
I do not live in Tunisia! Where ever did that come from? Last I looked Knoxville was in the U.S! I do not find a way to change it!
I find Wally Lamb's writing to be honest, real, and gripping.
I couldn't stop listening.
Each step in the process of realizing that Dom wasn't so different from his twin after all.
The story and the narration by Ken Howard.
Healing Faith. Both have a spiritual element based on forgiveness.
I wasn't sure what how I was going to like the book when I read it. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It had so much to offer on so many levels that I can't wait to pick it up and read it again.
If you're not the lead dog, then the view from behind never changes
No, I wouldn't necessarily say that the audio version is much better. In fact, I did like the book better because of all the details that made the story so great. But I did enjoy listening to it as well.
That this could have happened, and it probably has happened in real life. Twins have a very unique experience to share that most of the general population doesn't. But more often than not, I have found with the twins I know, and I know several, that even though they may be identical, they are very much different in so many ways just as other siblings are. And this much is true, quit vividly reveals just that.
I really enjoyed Ken Howard's reading. Since I had read the book already prior to listening to the audio, you get this sound in your head that you develop that you think the character's voice sounds like. Ken Howard was spot on with that voice I had developed in my head of Dominick.
Tough question. The obvious choice is Dominick, but Thomas rightly so runs a close second. Actually I truly enjoyed every character in the book except for the guards.
I know this much is true. That these kind of situations frequently unfold in real life. And while it is tragic, I mean all of it, the mom, Ray the step-dad, Dessa, Joy, and Ralph, not just Thomas, I'm truly glad that Dominick finally found happiness in spite of all the pain.
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