The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 April 2014
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- Audio CD : 420 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781622313532
- ISBN-13 : 978-1622313532
- Product Dimensions : 16.26 x 2.79 x 13.46 cm
- Publisher : HighBridge Audio; Unabridged Edition (1 April 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1622313534
- Customer Reviews:
[Scott Brick] does an excellent job. Prepare to be enchanted by this work.
Anyone who loves books, bookstores and the world that reading opens up will love this book.
"[Scott Brick] does an excellent job. Prepare to be enchanted by this work."
"Anyone who loves books, bookstores and the world that reading opens up will love this book."
About the Author
Scott Brick has recorded over five hundred audiobooks, won over forty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and twice received Audie Awards for his work. Scott was chosen as Publishers Weekly's 2007 Narrator of the Year, and he has been named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.
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With a big-hearted offering such as this, clearly aimed at the mainstream, it's easy sometimes to overlook the quality of the writing but Gabrielle Zevin has clearly put her extensive reading to good use. There are wonderful set pieces here that tug at the emotions and such impressive restraint characterises the writing, preventing it from falling into schmaltzy overkill.
Strongly recommend this! Book clubs will love it . . . as will anyone with an ounce of humanity.
There's a truly cringe inducing scene in the otherwise ok film "Sideways" when one character asks another which wine was the one that got them hooked. This book has some similar moments - all the characters seem to find bonding moments when talking about their favourite books.
This has a kind of Wonder Boys feel to it, and oddly reminiscent of the Harvey Keitel/William Hurt movie Smoke. It's also cute and lightly Dickensian, with a touch of Judy Blume, and slightly corny (bitter man reconnects to life and love through an abandoned child he's forced to look after). I got the several small "twists" right away, but that's not really the point of the book. As the blurb and other reviewers have pointed out it's about the love of books. And it succeeds, warmly. It's not earth shattering or life changing; not every book needs to be, but it's a quick, smartly written read that will leave you with a little smile and autumnal glow. I can already see the second tier movie; starring the kind of B list workmanlike actors you've seen before but couldn't say in what. Gently memorable.
Initially AJ came across as a spiky unlikeable character, but as you get to know him you'll realise he's just protecting himself and really has a heart of gold. The secondary characters all play significant parts with none of them feeling like fillers which I liked. I honestly don't think I disliked any of them which is rare.
What really comes through also is the author's love of books and how well read she is to be able to have the mini analysis and empart these little pearls of wisdom at the start of each chapter. These some way link to main character's daughter throughout and as she grows up which is really sweet.
Occasionally twee, but I think any book lover will take Island Books and its owners and customers into their hearts and will think about them long after the final page is turned.