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.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
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.
My heart always aches upon hearing of cruelity. Mr. Sparks describes, in great detail, the plight of a battered woman. This upsetting senerio is softened by the happy (if somewhat unbelievable) ending. Just makes the reader hope the outcome is not the exception but the rule - which is doubtful. I enjoyed this book but would not recommend it, I believe there are much better stories available.
Once again, Sparks has the uncanny ability to weave a tale that sucks you right in & shoots you toward an ending you didn't expect. The concepts are well paced so you have time to digest the emotions. The narrator does an excellent job with voice. Great story, great performance.
Pretty good listen, quite captivating. A little confusing at the end and a little disappointing in how the end unfolds, maybe the movie version can fix it.