©1982 Howard Fast; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
the story dragged
the main character, Dan Levette, sounded as though he was reading his script, not acting it out. That is fine if you are listening to a "read" book but for a theatrical reading it was unnerving. Most of the characters were unbelievable, the exceptions being the Chinese actors who were good for the most part.
I would try another book from Howard Fast, but would not listen to another full cast book narration.
I believe there was a good story under all the poor narration. I went back several times to "try again", but eventually gave up and didn't finish the book.
The narration style made it incredibly hard to follow the story. Sometimes I couldn't understand what was being said, or the context was lost because of the back and forth of voices.
It is a very good family saga. It takes your through the San Francisco earthquake up past the stock market crash... good and interesting
good strong story that makes you want to listen
I almost gave up on this book early on because the narration in the very beginning was corny... The Italian accent was overboard, but as the book went on both the story and narration got better. Bottom line if you enjoy multi-generational sagas, you will enjoy this love story. Not the same caliber as the Fall of Giants, but an interesting page turner that sucks you into the characters... Recommended...
"Tedious story badly read"
I cannot think of anyone who would enjoy this performance of the story
The problem is not with the genre. It is with this particular example of it.
ANYONE who could put some life and animation into it
The story is so badly told it is hard to differentiate between the characters
This definitely rates in the bottom 5% of any audiobook I've listened to.
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