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“Paperback Donated April 2012”Veronica wrote this review Sunday, April 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not as gripping as Hailey's more famous thrillers such as Airport or Hotel, Wheels nevertheless provides an in-depth look into the American car industry of the 1960's and the general society of the time.
While computers in cars are routine now, the final assembly lines in 2010 still look and work in mostly the same way as described in this book.”
“nicely written”inspiro wrote this review Friday, August 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“worth reading once...
you'll get a feel of the old times”
“An excellent story about the car industry.”Nigel T wrote this review Thursday, February 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“liked it. But it didn't have that thing you need not to put it down or anything.”Aniraj Kalathel wrote this review Tuesday, February 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“its a casual story of Detroit's families' routine lives... didnt find anything exciting in the story
“This has to be Arthur Hailey's most forgettable work. Just like a typical guy, car-loving and ready to dive into the world of machines, transmissions, engine power, etc, I started the ignition on this book, only to realize that it was a cold start. Nowhere does the book rev with any sort of pace or theme and seems to switch between too many unwanted topics like changing gears on a traffic-filled city street. The descriptions of car design, assembly line, car testing and the race towards the end of the book all somehow manage to lend the 1-star rating that I am affixing to this book. Also the description about union trouble, auto parts theft, car sales and costing seem relevant to the book's theme of car making. So too the descriptions of Detroit. The idea of a mechanical thresher is good as well although the entire hype surrounding the major and his life was completely unneeded. Now apart from all this, the rest of the book is completely useless and can be safely skipped without noticing any missing links. I was surprised to find myself flipping entire chunks of 20-25 pages and then picking up the thread all too seamlessly. There are unneeded characters like Erica, the ad-design girl, the black girl (see, I even forgot the names now, they were so irrelevant) and unnecessary plots like sexual dissatisfaction, shop lifting, extra marital affairs, live-in relationships, pool side parties (I could go on and on). In short, a 100-page book bloated to thrice its size. A book buyer feels cheated for the price he is paying. Now we have all put with some nonsense from Arthur Hailey in this books, but mostly forgiven him because his main themes and narrations of them always rock. But nothing of that sort in this book. This time he has gone too far with the extras and kept the main story tucked in bits and pieces. Ultimately instead of a very smooth joyful satisfying ride, you climb out of Wheels novel having faced potholes, break lockups, cold engine and everything else.”hari_1983 wrote this review Monday, January 4, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good read - not surprised made into mini series - very 70's - loved it”shazp4 wrote this review Tuesday, November 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No