This was a tough read. The story about New Orleans takes place during and after hurricane Katrina and plunges the reader into the horror that took place. Tho fiction, much of the story is true. Burke gets to the heart of all the things we do to one another because of fear, pain and ignorance.
There were gripping story line and those far less compelling in this book. As in previous books following the primary characters, we've come to know their strengths and foibles. Even the characters new in this story, I had people who I rooted for but far more who were not likable. Burke somehow makes them interesting as they make decisions likely to do damage to themselves and those around them.
We want to be hopeful. We want things to be better. We may even want to be better people. Burke always tells a tale both cautionary and moral. He may be preaching to the choir, but I'll continue to listen to the song.
As always, we can count on Will Patton to make the written words come alive.
If you love beautiful writing and a story well told, you may enjoy enjoy this book as much as I did. Death tells his story and it is somewhat discomfiting as he goes about collecting those who died during World War II in one German town. It tells of both hope and despair as well as the human drive for survival.
What was a brilliant concept fell short for this listener. This may have been a book enjoyed more in print. I frequently wished I could easily look back to reread something about a character as they were being developed. Perhaps my difficulty began with the actress who did little to help me discern the difference between them bi has to restart many chapters to make sure I was focused on which story was being told.
Was the author's Intent that I understand and feel compassion for all the women who worked to support what they believed was right? I hope not because, if so, that didn't happen for me. If the intent was to make clear that each was motivated by something different but all died very much alone, yes.
Of course that is gross oversimplification. There was much to be reminded of about our country's struggle for human rights. Having finished this book on Martin Luther King Day, it reminded me that while we have come a very long way, there is still far to go.
Yes. At bedtime. To read me to sleep.
For followers of this lovely series, it's another little interlude to enjoy. For others? Probably not.
Each of the primary characters are so familiar now that they seem perfectly read.
The ladies of Botswana are at it again!
You don't read these books for great adventure. You read them because they are gentle stories that give your heart a place to rest.
Nothing could make this better.
Yes, my book club made the decision after a few of us read it to not put the rest of the readers through the agony. We ditched it for Willa Cather. Pure heaven.
I was hesitant to read another book by this author. Her cop out ending in her best selling previous book convinced me to never read anything else she wrote. This was so completely different in term of the woman she wrote about. No cop out here. The woman was strong and certainly unusual. She led her life according to no one's rules other than her own and accepted the consequences of each decision.
There were many but the end was a perfect reflection of the life she led.
There are many that come to mind - her luggage being stolen; her uncle and the dog; the moss cave; the end.
A Woman Defined
While tedious in some parts, this is still a very enjoyable book.
I enjoyed it but not among the top books I've listened to so far.
Perhaps some day. Not soon.
Many were well drawn. This was probably the strongest part of this book Weakest is probably the plot. You could see the end from the beginning - right at the end on Sycamore Row.
Grisham does a good job of evoking emotions along the way. He is good at showing many dimensions of his characters which allows the reader to react to them.
I can take violence and I can take vulgarity but the amount used in this book was exhausting.
Far from my favorite. In fact, my least favorite.
Handled the Irish accents pretty well although after a bit, they all began to sound the same.
Yes, it inspired me to listen to the third part at warp speed and skip sections altogether. I did do some research as I was reading to learn more about some of the events referenced and found out more about how wretched people can be to one another.
This book wouldn't quit! I wanted it over from early on. Insipid characters and annoying readers prolonged the agony. Not sure why it struck me as so poorly but perhaps it was the sense that the author was simply jerking us around - the joke is on you, dear reader! Perhaps if any of the characters possessed a shred of likability it may have helped but I can't be certain of even that. It wasn't even the old 'he said vs she said' conundrum of how each of us sees things with a different perspective. As far as I was concerned, it was a waste of time. Except for the author who has made a tidy sum on this thing.
Everyone liked it. I wanted to like it. I hated it. And I never say that about an author's effort.
No. I would anticipate the worst and likely find it.
Oh my no. Overwrought performances and the constant whine was worse than living near an airport.
Surprise that I finished the silly thing hoping that it would pull me in at the last minute.
Yep. I never completely delete a book. Until now. Gone Girl is gone.
There is little doubt that Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in America. This book was just too short for me to get enough of her to fill out my understanding of what makes her so good at what she does. Maybe she is planning a "Pants2" and "Pants3" and felt she had to hold back.
None-the-less, it was enjoyable to listen to her read her own book as I walked the dog. She has an easy way of playing off what could have been traumatic experiences for lesser folk. She is a feminist without being strident and doesn't demure from the fact that it's better to be the boss than to be the bossed. I like that Tina. What she doesn't do is attack - even with a sharp tongue - those who have stood in her way. I'm not sure if this is pure Tina or Tina holding back. The book left, perhaps, more questions about who she is than it answered. I'll look forward to the book she writes 15 years from now.
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