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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

This is a love story of great beauty and great tenderness, the kind of love story that entangles the listener in the lives of the characters, so that after the story is over, one continues to live with those characters. And fortunately, the listener will not have to say farewell to these characters. The Immigrants is complete in itself, an absorbing novel of high adventure, romance, joy and tragedy. But it is also the first in a series that will tell the story of three Californian families over the course of the 20th century.
©1982 Howard Fast (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Narration style kills the story.

Would you try another book from Howard Fast and/or full cast?

I would try another book from Howard Fast, but would not listen to another full cast book narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from Howard Fast? Why or why not?

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.

How did the narrator detract from 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.

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    4 out of 5 stars

good story if you can get by with the narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It is a very good family saga. It takes your through the San Francisco earthquake up past the stock market crash... good and interesting

What did you like best about this story?

good strong story that makes you want to listen

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of full cast?

anyone

Was The Immigrants worth the listening time?

yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable story...

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...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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How to audibly ruin a great book

The Immigrants by Howard Fast is by far one of my favorite books of all time. I was delighted to find it on Audible and look forward to hearing it. How disappointed I am. Admittedly this was recorded in 1988, with multiple voices, and thus the characters become vocally two-dimensional and many a “bad actor.” The over acting with some voice actors and more ruins the beauty of the novel and story.

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Narrative was good, but most speaking performances were flat. Took away from the overall story.

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Great book.

Excellent!! I had read it years ago, but this audio version is even more enjoyable.

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Dragged

Would you try another book from Howard Fast and/or full cast?

maybe

What was most disappointing about Howard Fast’s story?

the story dragged

How could the performance have been better?

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.

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  • Patrick
  • 07-27-14

Tedious story badly read

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I cannot think of anyone who would enjoy this performance of the story

Has The Immigrants put you off other books in this genre?

The problem is not with the genre. It is with this particular example of it.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of full cast?

ANYONE who could put some life and animation into it

What character would you cut from The Immigrants?

The story is so badly told it is hard to differentiate between the characters

Any additional comments?

This definitely rates in the bottom 5% of any audiobook I've listened to.