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.
It's a great story with a few twists. The characters are alternately likeable and frustrating and the story is truly fascinating
Other than the fact that some of the stories she tells are repeated from other books, this literary treasure is one I keep on my Audible app all the time. I think I've listened to it a dozen times already.
Michael Perry tells how he got involved with a few animals on a small farm in rural Wisconsin. The story is great, but even more wonderful is his mellifluous writing!
WHAT. A. LONG. BOOK. Author needs to learn the art of brevity. She could have told an equally compelling story without all the lengthy descriptions and minutiae
I wanted to like this book. So many people, apparently, have. But after 2 hours I had to realize that I just didn't want to give any more of my life to it.
It's oppressively dull. I do have to say the writing itself is rich and descriptive. I just wasn't feeling the story.
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!
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