This was a well written book with anticipated events in the end, but also some twist. Nicholas Sparks blended the present with the past story line well, going back and forth to explain Katie's history and why her character is hesitant to put down roots. While I was able to anticipate part of the ending, there was a twist at the very end which was a nice surprise.
I found the story to be burdened with unneccesary and repetitive details. The ending was definitely not for me with its religious/spiritual connotation. The characters were thin, and their thoughts and actions were also repetitive.
Not sure, but not this author. I want to try listening to some classic fiction so maybe that's next.
Yes, I think the narration was much better than the story. The suspensful ending was particularly well done.
I though the villain in this story was the most interesting character and the only one I felt I learned something about. Also, the suspensful climax was engaging.
No, I was disappointed with the narration.
The twist at the end.
Young, inexperienced, soothing
Katie, she was the main character.
This audio book was just so so. It entertained me enough, but the narrator's delivery just bothered me. The more audio books I listen to, the more I realize the importance that the narrator has on my enjoyment of it. It can be a fantastically written book but the narrator makes or breaks it. That's kind of how I felt about this one. I think if I had read it myself I would have enjoyed the book a lot more than I did by listening to it.
Safe Haven is a run of the mill story about a woman escaping her dark past of spousal abuse. I've enjoyed some of Nicholas Sparks' work in the past, but calling this book cliched is like calling the Amazon a 'creek' .
I wish I'd been able to read my own review before I bought it.
Safe Haven was a very paint by numbers victim romance. The characters were ill defined and not very exciting. The narrator sounded like someone who had been taking valium, except when she read the part of Jo and then she sounded like she had been drinking too much coffee. She reached a level of interest in some of the climactic scenes, but it was too little too late. And though the ending was a surprise. it was so clumsy it did not payoff.This is a typical Nicholas Sparks romance, and he is not one of my favorites. I bought the book on the half price sale, but I should have waitied for the quarter price sale, Then it would have been worth the money.
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
The quality of the writing, the lack of authentic character development. I felt as if I was reading an idea for a book, maybe a cliff note outline. The "kate" character was pathetically sterotypical sexually, and it was equally impossible to connect either positively or negatively to the wife beating husband. Admittedly I was totally spoiled by Joshylin Jackson's Backseat Saints. This woman is one of my favorites and has treated this same topic brilliantly. Nicholas Sparks pales besides her story and contextual abilities.
Joshilyn Jackson's new book, A Grown-up Kind of Pretty. I am impatiently waiting for Tana French's new novel . These women can write. I am still in mourning over the death of Steig Larsson. Meanwhile I count on Lee Childs and Michael Connelly, If I feel really brave I try James Lee Burke, a brutal MASTER. Occasionally a really good novel comes around that is not a mystery, spy- thriller, or detective story. I look forward to the next Help or Olivia Kitteredge, Stilllife with Bee's etc.
Credible, clear, authentic
Yes, the reader. Rebecca Lowman did a good job.
This was an enjoyable book. I liked the voice of the narrator, it was easy to listen to and uplifting and happy.
It was great listen for a long car ride. The book was pretty predictable with one slight twist at the end. Even though it was predictable, it kept me entertained wanting to listen to the very end.
I had always dismissed Nicholas Sparks (snobbishly, and wrongly). WOW. I loved this book. I read a lot, and it takes a lot to give me chills. This did. I am absolutely blown away; I thought I could predict the story. I was wrong, and in a good way. The narration is excellent, and brings each character to life beautifully without being over the top. One of the best books I've read/listened to this year. Buy it. I'm telling you.