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I am a huge JR Moehringer fan and will read/listen to anything he writes. There is something so honest and soulful about any story he tells, and I'm captivated by him these days.
I admire narrator Dylan Baker as an actor, but I think he missed the mark in his narration performance. It felt like he was talking to every potential listener all at the same time instead of reading the story intimately to one listener--the tone felt forced, strident, a bit overdone. I think his performance caused the story to lose some of its soulfulness and lovely melancholy that Moehringer seems drawn to in the stories he tells.
But hey, overall fairly enjoyable. A great story with great writing makes up for a lot of things. Definitely worth the listen.
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Would you listen to Sutton again? Why?
Not only am I listening to it again, I am going to listen to it while dirving on a long trip next week because my husband will love it is as much, if not more than I did.
It reads like the best fiction and it's based on a very interesting true story.
Sutton intertwines the most unique little unknown facts about the oddest thingsinto the most facinating stories ...presidents, gangsters, the moon, baseball, the bible...as he relives his life. I couldn't believe some of them were true...THEY WERE. I had to hold off and not google each person mentioned because I didn't want to read too much and ruin the ending. I spent an hour on google his life and people mentioned in the book, afterwards - WOW for a guy who spent so much time in prison he had a lot of wonderful moments.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sutton?
This book is very much like WATER FOR ELEPHANTS in pace and movement. A life long love story that has you rooting for the bad guy...that's not so bad....lovable actually.
What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?
It's not surprising that after looking up what other books Dyland Baker has narrated just now, I found that he narrated my TWO FAVORITE BOOKS of this year - Sutton and Jobs.
His is fabulous - He does different women, men...hippies..yiddish..... the voice from the newsreels.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This book defines an era. Sutton's memories of the depression brought it much closer to home for me and helps one to better understand their heritage. Opinion is one revolving theme in this book that spoke to me - public opinion and how it can be swayed easily and so harsly - What causes family opinion to change -
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In the top two of the books I have read this year....Top 10 of the last five years. It's worth the investment. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.
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