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Great!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.02.2017

I came across Bryce Courtenay through the narrator. I was such impressed by Humphrey Bower performance in Shantaram that I immediately started to look for his other works after I had finished it.

It is a fate. Now I'm looking forward to reading more by Bryce Courtenay, because his books are exactly the kind of a life story I am seeking for.

The Power of One takes place in South Africa and covers the period of time from the early 1930s up to the late 1940s, the birth of apartheid. It tells a touching and a moving life story of Peekay, an English boy, beautifully written and with a great insight into the cultural background of the country, and a lot of love to the people and the continent itself.

Excellent character development and a very strong story-line.

Despite my loving of Humphrey Bower narration and his astonishing skills to present all kind of dialects/accents in different voices, I have contradicted feelings about his narrating here. My own fault though. I shouldn't have picked up this audiobook immediately after Shantaram, too strong were the connection of Humphrey Bower to Lin (Shantaram).
Lin narrating a five year old boy took some time for me to get used to it.

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3,5 stars

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

Rounded to 4 stars. I liked the message of the story, but I found the narrative too repetitive.

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BRILLIANT. EXQUISITE. FASCINATING. STUNNING.

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

I normally listen to English audio books, but this time I decided to chose a German version. Because I want my hubby could listen to it too. I WANT HIM TO LISTEN TO IT. Because he won't probably read a book that long, doesn't matter how good it is. Men...*sigh*
What can I tell. It is THE BEST BOOK I READ SINCE YEARS. And maybe it is the best book I ever read. Read it, listen to it, what ever, but don't miss it. That's all....
All stars for Donna Tartt.

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I have conflicting feelings about this book.

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016



My two problems: Colin and Spencer Goss.

Colin:

I think I could have had more understandings for Colin if he were a random stranger, or someone whose presence in the first book was more of a neutral nature, like some ex-neighbor for example.
For me it was difficult to get used to a new transformed Colin, to Colin-a victim, and not Colin-an asshole. Despite the fact that at the end I got all logical explanations for his homophobia, his tendency to self-destruction, his pathological self-loathing and everything he did wrong in his life, I don't see it as a natural excuse for how he treated Daniel for the most part of his life.

And it has nothing to do with being gay or not, or fears or lack of self-esteem and understanding or whatever. It is ONLY about to be an older brother to a little boy.

Yes, I hated Colin in the first book, but I honestly did not hate him in the second book, I felt rather pity for him for the most part of the story: all bad things that could happen to someone did happen to him. His fears to disappoint his father, his pangs of remorse and guilt because of Daniel, his dark secrets and inability to be honest even with himself, all these could make him more to a case for a psychiatrist. You can’t NOT feel pity with him.

But I can't help, a broken Colin, who desperately tried to be someone else not to disappoint his father on the one side, and on the other side a small boy, who carried the same clothes for weeks at school, because his father drank himself to sleep for months after mother’s dead, who had to eat ordered pizza every day for so long that he practically puked at the smell of it, a kid who once asked his father if they could have cookies and a tree for Christmas and was immediately laughed at by Colin, because it was too girly, because this sweet child's wish made his father felt like he failed as a father, a kid who never mentioned Christmas again. A boy who never felt like he HAD A FAMILY who loved and cared for him.

Spencer Goss, an audio book narrator.

I really enjoyed the timbre of his voice, his emotional narration, the way he changed his voice from character to character. But I had a HUGE problem with his narrating style. When Colin was unsure or angsty or emotionally stricken or simply aroused– and it was actually his usual state – Spencer Goss started to to carve the sentences, as if there were points AFTER.EVERY.SINGLE.WORD. It drove me nuts!!! I was even closed to give up the audio book. Hadn't he had such a pleasant voice, I would have given it back for sure. I finished it with mixed feelings, hating and loving the narrator at the same time.

The bottom line:

I enjoyed the first book more.

I think that Spencer Goss is a great narrator, all he has to do is to change A BIT his narrating style. Though I assume he did it THIS WAY on purpose, BECAUSE he tried to make Colin VERY human and VERY broken to make us to forget how we hated him at the beginning of the series. Unfortunately it backfired.

Roan Parrish is a talented writer and I hope I'll like her next MCs more again.

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This book made me furious.

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

I have a very strange feeling about this book.
The writing was really good, and I was hooked and invested in the story at the beginning.

But the more I read the more furious frustrated I became.
I ended up to hate it, and I was considering even to DNF somewhere over 90%.
Violence Begets... is not a book "to enjoy". It made me pretty depressed. There seemed to be no end in violence that dominated a story-line.


What made me upset, is the absence of any positive insights, you know, this wonderful light at the end of the tunnel. I think the author wanted to attract attention to this problem, there are still too many domestic violence where children are certainly the most defenseless and exposed victims.

But what made me really furious, was to see how Kevin and Rick competed against each other in hiding from the whole world the truth, covering their abusers. How they took EVERY beating, every torture without struggle. Without any fight. And silently cleaned their punishment's surroundings from BLOOD- their blood.

Seventeen year old guys let these psychopaths-sociopaths, these wannabe-fathers beat themselves to death. And remained silent and obedient.



There is so much graphical illogical domestic violence in this book, especially in the second part, where also a sweet love story was relegated completely to the background.
And talking about the love story: if you give me so much graphical violence, I want to be compensated with an explicit sex content. If you give me so many details in beating, then give me also more intimate details of the love story. The healthy balance between these two different graphical conditions was non-present.

The ending didn't surprise me then, though I hoped to see a glimmer of hope at the end.

To the audio book.

I enjoyed the narrating style of Bryant Sullivan, even if his Kevin sounds like a war veteran of at least thirty years older than Kevin himself. But I understand why he did it: to show what a strong personality Kevin is, that he has everything under control and that his personal sexual experience is probably significantly exceeds an average sexual experience of every war veteran.
But even his narrating toward the end exhausted me. I think, because he created very real scenes and it was painful to listen to.


All in all:
I feel bad to rate it that low, but I just can't recommend it to any of my GR friends.

This book has raised anew questions about reading, and one of them is WHAT DO WE READ FOR? and WHY do we read at all?

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Wonderful book

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

I knew I knew I knew it!

Tamara Allen and I ARE TOTALLY COMPATIBLE.
You can ask me HOW COULD I KNOW?

Whistling in the Dark was just my SECOND book by Tamara Allen, and the first one, Downtime, I rated with ONLY 3 stars!



Let me explain you something:


-there are authors I read, rate with 3 stars and I know, I probably NEVER EVER read anything by these authors in my life again.
-and there are authors I read, rate with 3 stars and I know I just NEED to read more of their works. Tamara Allen belongs to THOSE authors.



I think Tamara Allen writes what I expect/like/enjoy in MM Romance.

- a slow-building romance

- characters that make you FEEL/CONNECT

-PLOT!!! It is a story behind. A real story

-SETTING/historical aspect

-WRITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course I'm going to read EVERYTHING this talented author wrote. But I have to warn you:
Even if I rate some of her works with ONLY 3 stars...consider it just as a full moon problem (Ask my hubby, he can explain it to you better). In other words, a bad timing, not a proper mood, common trivialities.


I love the story, I love the characters, oh and HOW I LOVE the ending!..
It is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo romantic, beautiful, touching and emotional.


Some words about the audio book:

I have to add Meral Mathews to my fav narrators.
He created a real great theater/movie in my head.
I didn't have a feeling that it was just a SINGLE narrating person: women, men, old, young, everything(depending on) sounded soooooo different! Simply GREAT!

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Mixed feelings

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

I'm still on the fence about this book.

On the one hand I enjoyed the writing and wanted to know what happened next.
On the other hand...there were so many things that personally annoyed me, so that I had partly to struggle to come through the plot.

My main issue was a religion topic. Not that I WASN'T prepared. I had read the blurb and skimmed through some reviews before I picked up this book, but I honestly didn't expect it to be in THIS FORM. I expected rather a big fat secret hidden deeply in the past of our MC that suddenly would be discovered and make his well-ordered life to a living hell. No, that wasn't the case.

It was religion on the daily basis. Let me explain: Brooke returned to his hometown for family reasons. In El Dorado Springs the church rules the world. And to such an extent that borders on incredibility and ludicrousness. It seems, the only concern ALL citizens of this small community have in their lives, is to be good Christians. I think this phrase was like in every second sentence in the second part of the book. What century are we living in? I can't imagine a church could have so much power and control over people every day's lives, but I'm not from the USA: Other countries, other customs.

To be both, a good Christian and gay, is difficult, but possible. And Brooke tried to prove it with all his positive power and mood, excellent principles and good intentions. He didn't succeed. What one needed to convince the population of El Dorado Springs was only a single(view spoiler)

I hate the ending.Because of Donnie. Because I didn't understand it. Why? It didn't match with the story-line. Did it teach us
spoiler!!!******************************************************
...that sex before marriage is BAD? It is why God punished a sinner?! What message did this deadly car accident deliver?! No idea.
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All in all I found the narrative by Andrew McFerrin okay, but his way to present the old ladies was horrible. Unfortunately there were MANY OLD LADIES in this book. I'd prefer he kept his normal voice for the old women, and didn't try to sound like (an) old witch(es) instead.

All in all, despite my list of issues, I was invested in the story and I found the idea with the shattered door very beautiful and symbolical.


I still hope to find a book by Brandon Witt that will satisfy all my criteria.
The one of the important ones he has already met.

This book is magnificent.

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

This book is magnificent.

A gem.

Unforgettable. Incredible. Provoking.


Like People in History covers the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s and the very beginning of the 1990s, probably the most significant and crucial years in the history of gay movement.

This book is often termed as a gay male epic. I have to admit, that this + the title was also(unfortunately) the main reason, why I waited so long with reading it: I was afraid that this book would be too documentary and therefore maybe flat and free of emotions, written in a non-fictional style - I’m not a big fan of non-fictional books.

How I was wrong!..

At this point I have to express my sincere gratitude to Ethan Sawyer, an audio book narrator. Because hadn’t I listened to a sample on Audible, Like People in History would have been still waited to be discovered by me. But I did! And I was immediately drew into the story, literally, from the first syllable. Of course, the voice and narrating is nothing without a proper content, but I just want to emphasize what an excellent job Ethan Sawyer did.

The story opens in New York in 1991, in our days, what of course is relative. This book- I couldn’t believe it, but it is true-was published in 1996! Roger Sansarc, a first person narrator, a well know editor, writer, university professor and gay rights activist, together with his young lover Wally gets ready for a 45th -birthday party of his cousin Alistair Dodge, who is suffering from AIDS.
Soon we’ll find out that a birthday present for Alistair that Roger PROMISED to give him is the sixty pills with which Alistair fully intends to end his life tonight, when the last guest is gone.

This event brings all memories back, in the 1954, the year when Alistair and Roger met the first time, and the readers will be taken on a fascinating journey through decades, from their childhood in the early 50s, through the Vietnam War's period, the Stonewall era, the AIDS epidemic, through Woodstock, LA, Chelsea, San Francisco, Fire Island, and Manhattan.

Like People in History is a portrait of gay America during 4 decades, but it doesn’t force you into historical facts, it shows you this period of time from the perspective of our narrator Roger, this book is in the first place the story of two cousins, Roger and Alistair.
Their relationship is complicated and their encounters are always fateful. For both.

This book is an interesting documentary tracking of a gay American history, but it is not about history, the history here is just a background of Roger’s and Alistair’s lives. Like People in History is in the first place an excellent written and deeply touching tale about friendship, relationships, bonds, betrayals, commitments, obligations, sex and LOVE.
Love that we can probably experience only once in our life. If at all.

Despite of dramatic events, this book is not depressing, it made me laugh and cry and laugh and cry again. The writing style is wonderfully flowing. The author has found a very entertaining way to interwove the past events with the present days.

Felice Picano wrote an outstanding novel in amazingly intense, emotional and incredibly beautiful way. I could not put it down. I.LOVE EVERYTHING.

I listened to an audio book, then I read what I had listened to and vice versa. I can’t remember when I did something like this before. I became addictive with Roger's story.


IF you enjoy and appreciate gay fiction, please, read it.

I can’t recommend it highly enough.





This book is magnificent.

Love it

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016

Of course a story about two brothers, James and Alex, is the main story-line in this book, but it is in the first place a beautifully written wonderful story of growing up, discovering yourself, learning to come out of the crisis stronger than ever. It is a touching story about insecurity, and loneliness, the hardships of being a grown-up.

It is a gorgeous story of first love, true friendship and family ties.


I listened to an audiobook, but it is one of those books, that it is difficult to ruin, doesn't matter how hard a bad narrator would try to do it. Luckily, Jesse Einstein did a good job, and I enjoyed both - the story itself and its audio version. So you're free to chose what you prefer.

Highly recommended!

BRILLIANT!!!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.12.2016


IF YOU UNDERSTAND/LIKE/APPRECIATE/ESTIMATE A WELL SOPHISTICATED, COMPLEX, INGENIOUS, MULTI-LAYERED INTELLIGENT MYSTERY you have to read it..


The reasons I wanted to read this book were:


-- THIS BOOK IS A FINALIST of the 28th Lambda in the category GAY FICTION.

-- THIS REVIEW on Amazon


The reason I chosen an audio book:


-- I listened to a sample and I loved the narrator

-- I looked for an audio book and I wanted as much as I can get. 21 hours and 37 min sounded like the most I could get for one credit on the Audible.




Christopher Bollen is an extremely talented writer and he did an excellent job in creating a gripping and paranoia atmosphere of a small community on Long Island. The mystery is outstanding. I am not going to tell a single word about it. You'll have many suspicious, assumptions, guesses. They will be probably ALL wrong. No spoiler from me.

READ IT. That is all I'd like to say.

If you have a possibility to chose an audio book, just do it. Michael Rahhal made this incredible book into a listening experience of the highest perfection.


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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