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4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable read
I enjoyed reading THE LOOP. It was interesting to find out about the behavior and family structure of wolves, which I consider beautiful creatures. The portrayal of animals in general and the adventures that occur in daily forest life were very descriptive and vivid -- almost to the point of being disturbing -- illustrating what lengths animals must go to in order...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Great story meets audio amateur...
Don't get me wrong here: "The Loop" is a fantastic story that was very well written by one of my favorite authors, Mr. Nicholas Evans. I read the book first and was amazed that Evans was able to even top his nearly ingenius "The Horse Whisperer". So, I bought this audiobook to re-experience the fantastic tale of friendship, nature and - it's still...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Great story meets audio amateur..., 8. November 2001
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong here: "The Loop" is a fantastic story that was very well written by one of my favorite authors, Mr. Nicholas Evans. I read the book first and was amazed that Evans was able to even top his nearly ingenius "The Horse Whisperer". So, I bought this audiobook to re-experience the fantastic tale of friendship, nature and - it's still Evans - romance, set in the most beautiful landscape of Montana.
Stephen Lang performs solidly. His voice fits the setting and it's warm enough so that you can stick with it right up till the end. Yet, the fact that the performances of Peter Coyote reading "The Horse Whisperer" and Luke Perry reading "The Smoke Jumper" are so much better leads to being a little disappointed. While the soundtrack of "The Loop" is superior, the reading seems a little unmotivated. Stephen Lang cannot live up to the story. And I regret that, "The Loop" still being one of my favorite books.
Apart from the mediocre performance another fact hit me even harder. While "The Horse Whisperer" and "The Smoke Jumper" are technically brilliant, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing seem to have hired a deaf audio-engineer to finally mix this production. I have no other explanation for the reoccurring pauses (for applause?) interrupting Mr. Lang's reading every so often (add a weird audio drop-out at every pauses' beginning and end). This audio-phenomenon makes "The Loop" a hardly enjoyable six-hour marathon of "wishing it was over". I really hate to say it, but: Don't buy this audiobook! Oh, and by the way: Don't buy the unabriged version either, the reading is even worse.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable read, 28. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Taschenbuch)
I enjoyed reading THE LOOP. It was interesting to find out about the behavior and family structure of wolves, which I consider beautiful creatures. The portrayal of animals in general and the adventures that occur in daily forest life were very descriptive and vivid -- almost to the point of being disturbing -- illustrating what lengths animals must go to in order to survive.
However, the characters were one-dimensional and predictable stereotypes. And I wish that writers did not feel that they always have to include romance in a story order to make it more interesting. It was kind of silly, and I think the two lovers would have been more realistically portrayed as friends or co-workers.
The writer obviously favored the environmentalists, and presented the ranchers as ignorant and aggressive lunatics. The ending was disappointing as well. Again, it was not realistic. I won't give it away, but I would have ended it differently.
But -- overall, I would recommend this book. It was an interesting and enjoyable read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen MISSING SOME "LOOP"HOLES BUT YET, VIVID!, 31. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Roman) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I was intrigued by the cover as any curious person would be. I read The Horse Whisperer and felt Evans had drawn out the character developments too far. It was slow going. When I started The Loop, I felt the same, waiting for the storyline to appear. As someone has said, wolves don't often stalk out family babies or dogs. So I found that a bit far fetched. Yet as movies are made dramatic to entertain, so too are novels for the sake of drama. Finally when Helen Ross arrived in Montana, I got to know everyone closer, more intimately. In the end, the introduction of wolves seemed to take a backseat to backcountry "bigger gender organs." Buck Calder could have easily been played by actor J.T. Walsh before his untimely death in 1998. Helen Ross could be acted by Suzy Amis or Annette O'Toole. But the reader of Evan's latest book will always remember the roundup of the plot...love conquers all and cowboys always get their girl. A good book in Montana or Florida.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as Horse Whisperer, but nice to read, 5. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Roman) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I loved the Horse Whisperer and they way that when you read it, you got "that feeling".. like you wanted to know the people, wanted to visit the places. The Loop is interesting, it tells a lot about wolves, but I wish we could have known the characters better. I wish it was 100 pages longer and that it told more about Helen and Luke. Nevertheless, it is NOT a waste of time it is still a beautiful book and yes, it still makes me want to visit Montana. I guess being a soft hearted girl, I wanted to know the wolves better, the characters better, the love story better and the killing of the wolves less (some is pretty brutal). I would recommend this book to anyone who likes wolves, wilderness stories,this author, or Montana. It's worth reading!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Predictable, one-sided story, black and white characters, 20. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Taschenbuch)
"The Loop" takes place mainly in Montana ranch country and focuses on the tension between ranchers and naturalists over the right of wolves to roam free on land that is owned by or leased to ranchers, who resent losing expensive cattle to the wolves. It also tells the story of a woman, Helen, who has had bad luck with men, and Luke, the awkward teenage son of the town's most prominent rancher who doesn't share his father's political views. Helen comes to town to help study the wolves and the stage is set for a relationship that reflects the political conflict.
Although I enjoyed learning a little bit about the life of the wolves, I'm afraid I found this book predictable and unsophisticated. It was a major flaw that not a single sympathetic character was on the side of the ranchers, who I believe have equally as legitimate a claim as the naturalists. Instead, the father, Buck Calder, is presented as the voice of the ranchers, and he's made out to be a phony, narcissitic, insecure, philandering man who intimidates his sensitive son and props up his ego by hitting on attractive women. Even when he makes reasonable arguments for the ranchers, you dislike him so much that you take them to be motivated by his need to seem important. Evans even goes so far as to create a thinly drawn character who has dedicated his life to killing wolves and yet, in the end, decides that what he's done is wrong for reasons that, if they were ever going to have an impact, should have convinced him years before we met him. It seems to me that if you're going to write a book about this subject, you should make an effort to present both sides of the complex issue fairly. (As much as I believe in protecting wildlife, it seems to me most of us would resent it if the government told us that we couldn't defend ourselves against something that directly threatened our hard-earned livelihood even when we're on our own property. The issue is not as simple as Big Bad Greedy People vs Good-Hearted Altruistic People.)
Although I liked Helen and Luke, I wasn't completely convinced by Evans' portrayal of Helen as she gets over her failed relationship. There were some other somewhat interesting characters, though they weren't as multidimensional as I'd have liked. In general, people underwent what are in real life difficult transformations simply by waking up one day and suddenly realizing the right thing to do. On the whole, the book was an easy read, a nice break from some of the more demanding books I've been reading, but not one I'd recommend.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fell a tad short of intriguing, symbolic, deep, meaningful, 18. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Roman) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The wonderfully descriptive text transported me from my own little midwest world to a world I never thought/expected/desired to enter. That is the world of wolves. And in this novel, their world was Montana and the wolves shared it with those who loved them and those who feared and hated them.
The first half of the book was well-crafted, giving us very interesting characters; a tremendously-described setting; a promising plot; symbolism, and mystery. I was well-hooked.
While not entirely disappointing, the second half of the book seemed a little rushed--leaving some characters unfinished if not dangling. Some seemed, in the end, to have had no real purpose to the story---while others never quite fulfilled theirs. And character transformation suddenly occurred with little warning--which made this reader wonder if the transformations were to be taken seriously.
There was so much that was symbolic in this novel, allowing me to read deeply and with thought. Yet---some of that symbolism was completely lost. It was as if the author had notions that only he could really understand. We couldn't get into his head, so we couldn't always get the symbolism. i.e.: 3 holes through which narrow sunbeams shined ??? What was THAT about??? I often wished the author was right there explaining some of his intention to me.
But---in spite of these things, I still really enjoyed the novel. It kept me interested, hopeful, somewhat intrigued and I was not disappointed at the end. (I would've liked it a tiny bit more if Luke had been 20. The age thing was unnecessary and distracting.)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A compelling story about a very timely environmental issue., 27. Oktober 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Roman) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
As a fan of "Whisperer", I began "The Loop" clearly intent on not making comparisons. I wanted to let this book stand on its own, and for me, it certainly did. Mr. Evans is at his best when he opens our minds and our hearts to the mysteries of nature. The fascinating pack of wolves are really the center of the story around which all the human characters evolve. Sensitive readers will be horrified reading about the device for which the book was named--animal lover or not. For myself, the characters were well drawn with clear motivations and actions that rang true. It is easy to understand many readers missing the spiritual character of a Tom Booker from this novel. Maybe reality just doesn't allow a character like him in every story. I like to think that a more mature Luke would share many of the same qualities we loved so much in Tom. While Helen and Luke did not enter the story as emotionally appealing characters, by the end of the book they had most certainly grown into stronger, more interesting people. In many ways, I found the ending of "Loop" more satisfying than "Whisperer", and almost as much of a surprise. "Loop" is a great read that held my interest from beginning to end. If you loved "Whisperer", don't let the "naysayers" put you off. Buy it and make up your own mind. For people who see life as only black and white and just "don't get it" when it turns mystically gray, I say, "find another author".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wolves vs Ranchers, 18. November 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Taschenbuch)
The Loop is a fairly good read about the conflict betweenMontana cattle ranchers and wolf conservationists. The wolvesactually get the more moral role as they play their natural role as predators, while the ranchers range from ingorant rednecks out for blood to opportunistic politicians who thrive on publicity and power. The story revolves around a female wolf biologist who is sent from the East to locate, tag, and move the wolves who are attacking calves, and the local ranchers who for the most part are uncooperative and resistant to any ideas of mutual coexistence. You do actually learn a good bit about wolves and their habits, some of which are more admirable than those of the men who so viciously hunt them. You also gain admiration for the US conservation service which rides a fine line between man and animal while trying to do its job. There are some interesting characters and plot twists although overall, it is somewhat sappy. There is also a fairly unbelieveable love story that neither makes or breaks the storyline but its ethical dimensions are somewhat questionable. Overall, this is a good read, not heavy, but it provides some food for thought regarding the balance of nature and the ultimate place of man in the general scheme of things. The plot moves along and the reader is definitely drawn in from the beginning. Perfect for the beach or holiday reading.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wolves or cattle--compassion or contention, 26. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Roman) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Nicholas Evans has written another appealing book that incorporates the eastern and western United States and the different philosophies of each. The Loop is a tale about wolves, their intrinsic value as creatures of the earth and their destructive power as instinctive killers as they execute their role in the food chain. The basic conflict in the book is between conservationists, represented by wolf biologist, Helen Ross and the Federal Fish and Game wardens and the Montana cattle ranchers, strongly upheld by Buck Calder. We learn the good and bad points about wolves as well as the philosophy that motivates each side in the conflict--and we come to understand each. Basically, it is the continuing conflict between civilization and nature; who is the winner and who is the loser, or are both losers in the end? That is a philosphical question that is not answered in the book and remains for the reader to decide. In addition, there is human and family conflict enough to satisfy any discerning reader. We find tragedy, love, loss, jealousy, anger, sorrow, and finally triumph--the whole gammut of human emotion wrapped up in scenes of frozen snow, bloody carcasses, old men's epiphanies, and young men's revelations of fulfullment. This is a good read as well as an informative read if you like nature and are an advocate for animals--human or otherwise.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good reading, but don't believe everything you read!, 23. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Loop (Roman) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Mr. Evans is a VERY gifted author! However, I would like to see him write about something he is familiar with! His research is good, but hardly enough to make him enough of an authority to write about the subject. (Felt the same way about "The Horse Whisperer".)
Unfortunately, Mr. Evans is also a very dangerous author. Seldom have I read such a prejudiced book! The problem is Mr. Evans is such a good author most readers will not even realize the prejudices in this book and will believe most of what they read! The ranchers are ALL portrayed as either money hungry and greedy or crazy. If the wolf issue makes tempers flare within the ranch community it is more likely because the ranchers cannot AFFORD to loss ONE animal, not because they are greedy and money hungry.
Mr. Evans lives in London. Perhaps he would like to write about grand theft auto in a big city. Would the city folk react the same as the farmers if someone stole their high priced cars and the government said they would do nothing about it because these thieves had been mistreated in the past and had as much right to the car as the owner? Radical thought? Maybe, but certainly deserves some thought, doesn't it?
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