©1947 Peter Matson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The book obviously belongs with the most original and creative novels of our time." (Alfred Kazin)
"One of the towering novels of [the twentieth] century." (New York Times)
"[Lowry's] masterpiece...has a claim to being regarded as one of the ten most consequential works of fiction produced in this century...." (Los Angeles Times)
John Lee's odd humming reading style killed this story for me entirely. His various foreign accents, while very good, are distracting and pull one out of the story. I could not follow what he was saying at all.
The scenic backdrop of Mexico and it's incredible natural beauty. There are many passages in Spanish which I understood, but, having spent some time there, the delivery would have brought blank stares or smiles of amusement from the locals.
This story is a thinly veiled autobiography of Lowry. It's a sad tale of an alcoholic's spiral into the abyss. It would probably be a good idea to read about the author beforehand. But, the sumptuous descriptions of the Mexican outdoors and insight into the culture which I have experienced myself saved it from being a turnoff altogether.
Maybe for writers and literary critics and lovers of esoteric and mystical literature. I found it to be tedious, impenetrable and boring. I have a cast iron will to get through difficult books. This one I'm sad to say defeated me. I gave up 1/3 of the way through. I am almost positive that you won't like it.
Yes, if they are into the self absorbed era.
It gave little of Mexican culture.
Stop reading it.
Honestly, it just is not my cup of tea, and I should have checked further into what it was about. A lot of people might like it.
I recommend buying this recording as long you are not seeking a fast pace story.
This is an English language classic. Thus, I will not comment on this story from literary angle but from my taste in entertainment.
Overall, I did not mind it was 14-hour slide to the death of the main character. It was interesting study of the region, the character, and the time. Much of the internal dialogue was from the main character, his former wife, and his brother. This part was interesting and the prose was very good.
Its detractor is that it is a slow tragedy with very little action and depressing as all stories about addicts who seem doomed from the outset. In addition, the writer overdoes his descriptive prose. It seems he can look any object, scene, and event; and turn it into a word picture even if it is irrelevant to the story or flow. A simple sidebar when the main character is crossing a street evoke was necessary for the author to comment and elaborate on. It was colorful but seems unnecessary.
The production was excellent: the disc maker announced the beginning and end of each disc, the actor was very good and he immersed me well in each character, etc.
always looking for the next fabulous audiobook. I'm so glad to have found the audible website.
If the central character could have stopped feeling sorry for himself
no. its always something of a gamble when you purchase a book, and one that is said to relate to the horrors of alcoholism should have alerted me to this.
Probably I've just got no patience with alcoholics. They always want someone to share their misery, and put up with them. When I decided that this miserable coot should just
give up, I stopped listening.
not sure about his foreign pronunciations.
I dont think I would listen to him again.
the central character
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