Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
Wonderful story. Great narrators. Interesting characters. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed.
Excellent narration. Loved the different voices, like listening to a play. Made me drive slower to work.
The book starts out reasonably well. The narrators do a pretty good job although the woman who voiced Claire and Charm overdid it - too much "drama" in her voice. People don't talk like that.
Here's what gets this book 3 stars - SPOILER ALERT - we are asked to believe that whoever passed for Social Services in this small town placed a foundling infant who had been left in a fire station at the age of 1 month with a couple who become readily identifiable to every single person involved in the existence of that child. Apparently, in this small town, privacy laws don't exist.
But that wasn't quite good enough to ensure lives enmesh. When the child's mother returns from prison where she has served 5 years for drowning the child's twin sister, she *just happens* to get a job in the adoptive mother's bookstore - not the diner across the street or the nearby drug store but in the actual bookstore - where she, of course, instantly recognizes her son because he looks exactly like his father.
The premise ruined the experience for me. It was a cheap plot devise.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is one of those books where every one in the book knows the answer but you. I find that mildly annoying. It gave a left turn kind of ending without building up to it, and it somewhat spoiled the book for me. The parents are also simple caricatures which really doesn't work for me. Pleasant enough but not solid, real or compellling.
I listed to audio books during my marathon training. I literally cried during three different runs.
The voice selections were incredible. Loved hearing the emotion in their voices
I loved the complex nature of the relationships to a little boy. The end was brilliant and unexpected!
Bryn or Alison. Angela Lin is a good narrator as Claire, but I think another narrator might have been better as Charme.
I loved Heather Gudenkauf's "The Weight of Silence." This book was a well-written and well-read follow-up, well worth the time and credit.
I loved the mystery and drama of this story. The multiple narrators and multiple points of view kept the story moving and made you love each character. I also enjoy when a book goes between past and present as the story evolves. The author did a great job at this.
This book is bad, really bad. I don't think I have ever written a bad review of a book. I can usually find something I enjoy about them, but the characters in this story are trite and unbelievable. I generally enjoy listening to mindless stories (even Harlequins) while I exercise or do boring domestic stuff, but this story just doesn't work. Find something else.
This book is a depressing, unrealistic collision of horribly unlikeable characters. It started like a polictical commentary on Safe Haven laws and went downhill from there.
This continually lost my interest, and it was only sheer endurance that made me listen until the end. It begins with several different readers telling several seemingly unrelated stories...very confusing. It came off as very disjointed and uninteresting, until the end when it quickly pulled it all together. It felt as though I were being intentionally mislead until the rabbit was pulled out of the hat--and the various versions just didn't have enough depth. I would not listen to something from this author again--too much work.