I got hooked on the author with this book and quickly dispatched with "March" and "Caleb's Crossing."
I know a fair amount about Judaism but hadn't really heard much about the Haggadah beyond the basics...that it is read during the Seder.
I loved this story! She did a great job getting across to the reader the importance of this sacred text and her mystery story was fantastic!
I admit it's been a long while since I heard this book, so I can't really comment on the aussie narrator. She must not have bothered me too much, because I don't remember having an issue with it.
Throughout this novel, I never really grasped what caused this woman to drop her own life and go to the jungle to see what happened to her friend and coworker. Sure, she seemed to love him a little bit, but it seemed sort of drastic to me, for her to put her own life completely on hold to travel to a remote and dangerous place, to a laboratory run by a mean and scary scientist, to get more details about his death. I think I would have told the company to send in some sort of expert. I felt like they really took advantage of her good nature to send her.
But her journey is interesting to follow and the characters are definitely worth getting to know...whether you like them or not.
The narrator...Hope Davis...made me want to find more books she's done.
Hamilton learned her chef-ing from sources hither and yon. She soaked up her information by osmosis, trial, and error. This book is about those trials and errors, triumphs and...maybe not tragedies, more like mishaps.
Hamilton does a great job reading her own book, too.
There are some things in our history that we wonder about...if certain events hadn't happened, what would our world be like today?
This book tackles that question in a very imaginative fashion.
There was never a dull moment in this story. I loved every minute of it and tell others to get this book. However, I think it might have been a bit tougher to read than to listen to. I'm glad I was listening.
When I started this book, I felt like I'd never care for the two main characters. One was snotty and pretentious, the other was just a loser. I felt like the writing and the readers were both over the top.
THEN...the plot became clear.
And I couldn't put it down. I carried the book around in my iphone while I dressed and drove to work (and wished I had longer than an 8-minute commute), I listened when I walked the dog, I fell asleep listening in bed at night.
And now I hope there is a sequel. Because I miss the book. I still don't like the characters, but it's sort of a train wreck kind of thing...I can't turn away!
At the beginning of the book, you think "This could be a great story of a magician's assistant taking over her magician's craft when he's gone."
But then you find out it's not that at all.
Even though it's not what you expect, it's an ok story. There are bits of tedium, I think, and I found myself waiting for something exciting to happen...which never does.
If I had been reading this book, I probably still would have finished it. But it would have taken me less time and I might not have felt like it took too long. As it was, I listened to the entire story mostly because I kept hoping something big would happen.
So she's messed up. And for some irrational reason, she decides to take on an extremely difficult challenge, in a field she's had NO experience in.
Strayed's life is a mess and she decides to straighten herself out by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I'd never heard of this trail, but have always had an interest in the Appalachian Trail, so I figured, "Why not?"
I'm so glad I picked up this book. Strayed's story of triumphs and mishaps, priceless friendships and financial hardship, is just awe-inspiring. The narrator is excellent, too.
This was a pretty good book. Not excellent in that can't-put-it-down sort of way. But pretty good. It causes the reader to wonder what they would do if they were confronted with a crime that appeared to be committed by their own child. The author does a good job showing the parent's agony, decisions (good and bad), and even includes a bit about the financial hardships experienced by people in this type of situation.
The reader was pretty good. I had to do a little mental adjusting at first because I'd just finished another book read by the same person. It took a while for me to remember I wasn't listening to the same character, just the same narrator!
It took a while for King to flesh out the characters. And of course to set up the scenario. But when all that background was finally in place, this novel just took off. I had a hard time putting it down and so listened to it for hours as I worked on a home improvement project. Often I had to stop just because the earbuds bothered me!
I have to admit that, though I fancy myself to be widely read, I had not heard of this book. I'm so glad I never read the original version. I can't imagine that it would have been good as this new, unabridged edition.
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