This was an excellent read! It tells the story of how we can love with everlasting results. I found it refreshing and sometimes spine tingling. This is one book which is off the beaten track.
Several different characters and their individual stories are intertwined in this enjoyable story. Some of the discoveries in the lives of the characters came a little too easily, too coincidentally, but otherwise it kept me guessing.
Narration: Excellent, especially Unc!
Story: Interesting, fast-paced, and the regional flavor is correct, of course because we both live in this area.
I thoroughly enjoyed this carefully crafted novel. Martin is a superb storyteller and I came to love Unc and his wisdom! I look forward to trying another of Martin's work. It's not fine literature but for a general audience it was light, entertaining, and kindly thoughtful.
I love Charles Martin's books. However, there is a definite difference between earlier writings and the more recent ones. He tends to have 2 distinct themes, more than the love story aspect. This one is all over the place. It starts with the focus on one thing and pretty much drops it, while other story lines are developed. I have about an hour left and I don't even care how it ends. Too many moving parts. It has several novels all tangled up together, taking away the impact of any one theme.
The lack of profanity, the correct usage of the English language, and a compelling story made listening to Chasing Fireflies one of the most enjoyable reads since The Help.
I might. I love Charles Martin's books!
Unk. I liked his particular quotes.
He's a good narrator, but needs to slow down when reading.
I enjoy historical fiction, sci-fi and some fantasy. After listening to multiple books in a series, I like to sprinkle in a biography or two
Great characters & story line. I so enjoyed the detail. Surprises continued to the end!
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
A murder mystery, with strong characterization of central characters. The author writes around varied themes: Overcoming anger, long-term ostracism, parental love, second chances, redemption, faith, child abuse, the foster care system, and the ravages of HIV and hepatitis.
Set in Brunswick, Georgia, near the Atlantic coast and in the Buffalo Swamp marshlands. Takes place in current time and in the past. Told in first person POV, by Chase, a journalist.
This story is heartwarming. The portrayal of Uncle Willy's devoted fatherly love for little lost orphan boys -- and girls -- is beautiful. I loved seeing joy come to the little mute boy, so badly abused. However, his trust came too soon, I felt. After so much abuse at the hands of a man, he'd be slow to hold another's hand.
There are several references to the Bible, but the characters didn't feel preachy at all.
I liked the car, a snorkeling Land Cruiser named Vicky. I liked the funeral scene. Enjoyed the midnight hunt through the streets of Atlanta. Interesting resolution to the stolen diamond necklace.
But the story is also frustrating. Some plot holes. Some long info-dumps about the history of St Simons island and Sea Island. There's an info-dump on how terribly painful it is to die of aids.
As for the villain, this plot has a very disappointing resolution.
Also, I sometimes couldn't tell whether the author was describing a past or present scene. The story kept hopping around in time. This time-hopping drew me out of the characters, away from the story. It reduced the emotional impact.
Narration: Anderson portrayed the character voices quite well. He's not in the same league as Simon Vance, but slightly better than average, except for some poorly placed pauses and a few mispronounced words. Dulcinea, the whore esteemed by Don Quixote, for example. Easy enough to find out how to say it. Listen to the soundtrack or watch the movie, Man from La Mancha. The title was stated in the story.
Another book about an abused child who finds joy and love is ** The Good Dream ** set in about 1960 Appalachia. Loved that story, with only a few quibbles. Loved the narration, too. It's here on Audible
I'm a lone Wolf, I do what I want when I want!
Yes, this would be the first audiobook I would have them get. My friends would be sure to listen to the book over and over just has I have.
It feels like being at a table with someone tell you the story in person.
How doing right may not always workout, but always works out to be the best for you,