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A Book By Puzo's Prosaically Challenged Little Bro

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-19

How to describe "The Firm"? Did it have suspense? Yes. Did it have compelling characters (not GOOD, but compelling)? Yes. Did it have a compelling premise? Also yes. So why did I give it three stars? The dialogue. The dialog was more wooden and hollow than the Trojan Horse. Oh, and let's not forget Mr. Grisham's horrrrendous adverbs (my favorite being, "They shook hands violently"). Unfortunately, being a lover of fine prose, John Grisham ruined his own novel for me with clunky dialog and info dumping, as well as with purple and wooden prose. Especially painful are the scenes between Mitch and his wife, which read like cardboard cutouts of dialog between a married couple. So, knock off one star for the horrible dialog, and knock another off for the clunky prose. And there you have it, three stars.

What do I think of this book? Thanks for asking.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-16

If you could sum up Alan Partridge: Nomad in three words, what would they be?

A great achievement, but not as great of an achievement as his autobiography.

What other book might you compare Alan Partridge: Nomad to and why?

Mr Partridge's autobiography, and Great New World, by Axol O'Lerpler.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chapter in which Alan describes Alpha Papa.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I rarely sit for six hours, thank you very much. Of course, I sleep at night, so I am lying down for six hours, but that's really beside the point.

Any additional comments?

Is this book as good as his autobiography? No. Does the Partridge still deliver a punch? Yes.

Alan had a lot to live up to, as his autobiography was (and still is) excellent, and I listen to it religiously (not literally--that would be ridiculous). While Nomad is entertaining, it is just not the same. If you're new to Mr Partridge, I recommend you start with his autobiography and then listen to this. You won't be disappointed (unless you are).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Excellent narration paired with an excellent story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-15

The title says it all! John Castle's voice and delivery is perfect for Thackeray's irony, and all of the sentimental moments hit hard! I have a new favourite narrator!

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Good book... terrible narrator.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-15

This is one of my favorite of KV's books (excellent story, basically), but this narrator is awful (in my opinion). He's often very breathy, and he overacts at times and underacts at others. Really ruined a good book for me.