wow: I really liked this one, And the lady that did the read couldn't have fit the story better.
That is the one thing they makes any audio book interesting when the reader fits the story so well.Good job... The story was so good I couldn't stop, As soon as I got the chance the book was on. I just hope this isn't the last of this author that comes to audible. Hats off I loved it... Teresa from San Angelo Texas...
P.S. It kinda reminded me of the nevada barr deep south. Try her series there good too...
Arlene Fleet is carrying around ghosts from her past. She's suffered much. She has adapted amazingly given the circumstances of her life. But now at age 29, facing her partner's desire for real commitment, the ghosts must be dealt with if she is ever able to give and receive whole love.
These serious topics are dealt with in a very compelling, truly page-turning book where the details of the past are a mystery that unfold in surprising ways.
The language, the detail, are well done.
I've just read "Kite Runner" and "Atonement", both great books which also deal with ghosts from the past that prevent one from living a whole life. I recommend all three.
I could not stop listening, nor could I do anything else while I listened. I'm not complaining, but I did have things to do today but I guess they'll just have to wait until tomorrow :)
This novel had me longing for my commute and any other time I could steal to listen! I thought the narration was excellent and well suited for the story. The storyline had me running through the whole gamut of emotions from laughter to tears and there were definitely enough turns of the story to keep me interested and wanting more. I'm anxiously looking forward to more from this author!!!
I knew nothing and had no preconceived notions about this book. (I grabbed the only one I hadn't heard that was unabridged, and am so happy I did!) An enjoyable read, I was caught off guard by small twists and turns that inevitably add texture and weight to a "light" plot. The characters are carefully crafted slowly becoming more complex as the story goes on. In the same vein as "The Secret Life of Bees", by the second chapter I was totally captured and by the end longed for more by this author and this narrator.
This novel grabbed me from the first line. The author brilliantly explores the complexities of moving beyond events in one's childhood to find one's own place in the world while maintaining ties to the past. The author moves deftly between past and present to weave the events together in a way that keeps you wanting more. The characters are not only believeable but you come to care about them quickly and want them to succeed. It is also wonderfully read by the narrator.
Boy, does Joshilyn Jackson have great "voice." Like other reviewers, I had a difficult time turning this one off. The main character is funny, irreverant, self-deprecating, sensitive, wounded and aware. In retrospect, the plot is a little thin, and some of the characters are more caricature than developed characters. But because of Jackson's considerable talent with dialog, description, setting and pacing, I tended to overlook these minor flaws in an otherwise delightful book.
This is not the type of book I generally listen to but I took the leap and am glad I did. The narration was excellent and the story was easy to get into and stay hooked.
If the producer could have left out the music background and had a little more faith in the narrator of the story I'm definitely sure I would have given it a higher rating but I need to warn others how he ruined this story telling.
This storyline was so unrealistic. When the main character, a grown adult at 26 years old, climbed up a tree at her job to avoid lying someone she knew from High School I gave up on this story. That was the beginning of the end of my interest. I eventually finished the book, but only because the book reader made the book bearable. I bought this book because it was on sale. It was ranked higher than it should have been given the comments I read. The star rankings made it attractive enough for people to buy it, but once you read the comments you realized the disparity between the two. I personally think the book reader is the reason for some of the higher the star ratings and the lackluster storyline is reflected in the comments. This disparity is why the audiobook was placed on sale.
The storyline was unrealistic. Like I said before, a grown adult would not climb up a tree at their place of employment to avoid talking to someone they haven't seen in 8 years. (The main character is 26 years old.) You just tell them you are busy, to leave you alone and if you are really worried you threaten to call security/police. You don't climb up a tree for your employer or students to see regardless of your reasons for wanting to avoid them. I lost trust in the author after that. I kept listening to the story because I was interested in the interracial relationship storyline, but that was just a red-hearing. When it was fully flushed out it was a tired cliche of Southern hick mentalities.
The book reader was this book's saving grace. Her voice was captivating and she really made the character come to life...even in the most unrealistic points of the book. The reader's down South accent really set the reader in the main character's mind and made the Southern characters come to life. If it had not been for the entertaining reader I would have never finished this audio book.
The mystery surrounding one of the character's death was somewhat entertaining by the author's use of telling that aspect of the story in pieces throughout the storyline. Second, if you look past the unrealistic points in the story the main character is likable. Lastly, the use of background music to build up a scene in the audiobook was used appropriately.
I would recommend that audio book purchasers look for disparities between the comments and the star rankings. That is a big red flag that the audiobook is likely an inflated ballon that will deflate once you press the PLAY button.