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What a story
I know nothing about rowing, but the reviews were good, and I could listen to Ed Herrmann read a phone book. This had everything I like in a book - good story mixed with a lot of history. Just listening to the race to the finish line got me a little choked up with pride; i wasn't expecting that! I also looked at the book in a book store (for the pictures) and was amazed at just how close the gold medal race was. Highly recommend.
You said it!
I suppose the author did have something to say; it was just lost in the rambling, disconnected stories he strung together for this book. I was disappointed - thought it would have been much better.
This is one of those mysteries that you shouldn't dwell on after finishing; you will realize that it doesn't quite add up in the end. The overall story, however, is good, so I would recommend giving it a try. And I always cringe when books are read by the author, but Ms. Steadman is fantastic - I would listen to her again.
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Whenever I listen to a novel this bad, I always toy with the idea of becoming a writer myself; I could produce better fiction than this drivel. Uninteresting characters with a ridiculous plot line makes for just a tedious listen. SKIP this one - it's awful!
Go baby, go!
I live in Kentucky, and it is the season, so for me this was a great listen! If you like horses and find yourself watching the Triple Crown races every year, you would like this book. A nice easy listen.
I heard so much about this book and how beautiful it was - but for me it was just weird. Conversations with Mengele?? I think not. Wish I had passed.
This book came out several years ago and was always on my wish list; it was on sale and I finally made the time (it's 24 hours total). It's fantastic. If you liked The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, it is similar in that it is set in another part of the world, written by someone who experience life there, and the narration is awesome. I really can't imagine reading this book as listening to it added so much more. Highly recommend!
A nice throwback
This was a nice listen, a little different from what I normally pick. It is almost a young adult novel, but I just love Grover Gardner and so it was a nice change of pace.
Me Before You was such a wonderful novel that I was glad Jo Jo Moyes continued the story line over two more novels, this being the last. (Don't read this unless you've read the two before it - you won't be sorry!) A perfect ending for a great character and story line. Thanks.
The survival is in the listening
This sounded a little different for me but I made a rookie mistake - I didn't double check the narrator before I purchased! Michael Prichard's nasal monotone can ruin anything for me, so I suffered through it but it's my last from this narrator. The overall story was not as good as it sounded either.