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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.
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.
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of my all time favorite books. Too bad this abridged version leaves out half the story and I am not exaggerating. I'm so shocked at how much they left out I'm going to try to contact the author. The only positive is that now I know to NEVER listen to the abridged version of ANYTHING! The definition of abridged is to "shorten a story without losing the sense of the story." There is no story with what audible has done to it. At least they refunded my credit.
I love this book and only have a couple hundred pages left. I thought I might finish it on a car ride, but turns out it is missing whole sections. Unfortunately pretty useless.
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