Such an entertaining listen. Margaret Atwood's excellent prose is given so much life by Danes! It was like she was acting out the novel just for me. I suppose she was in a way. Again, Atwood's prose is excellent. Her words flow like water at times. I don't know if that had more to do with Danes' fantastic narration, but I suspect if I had read the book myself, I would come to the same conclusion.
I am not ashamed to admit that I did peek at the Spark Notes online a few times just to get some clarification and further explanation, and it really helped to open my eyes as far as Biblical references and things of that nature. I'm not the most studied person when it comes to the Bible or religious studies. I did also have a bit of a head-scratching moment at the end of the novel, too, in the Historical Notes section, because hearing the names of the professors and locations mentioned didn't make sense to me until I saw them written out on virtual paper. So reading the character list and details off the Spark Notes was of great service to me as well, and that gave me a better sense of the ending.
The Handmaid's Tale is interesting, scary and strange to think about. Definitely makes me appreciate my life and all things in it. If you have the opportunity to give this book a listen, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't understand all of it at first, Claire Danes will definitely hold your attention with her skillful narration, and you can dig deeper later.
Jack Reacher. He is the man. Clever. Tough. Has that I-don't-take-sh*t-from-anybody attitude, and I love that about him. I also love that Lee doesn't always give Reacher the easy way out. He doesn't let his main character off the hook in sticky situations. Reacher has to work and live his story, not just have it written for him. It's great!
I really enjoyed the characters, they are all interesting. Lee is great at giving everyone their own story.
I like all the gruesome details Lee includes. He made this horribly realistic and didn't hold back. He knows how to hook the reader (listener in this case) and keep them hooked.
His booming voice is amazing! It's sexy and rough, and he paces the reading perfectly. He knows when to be gentle and careful, and he knows when to apply a sense of urgency to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Fantastic narration! One of the best I've heard!
My first Reacher novel, and it won't be my last! I loved it!
Predictable. Romantic. Bittersweet.
I loved the dog, Singer. He is the real hero of the story, and Sparks did such a good job of giving the dog a personality of his own.
I have listened to many of Mark Kay Andrews' books narrated by Isabel Keating in the past. If I see her name, I usually will give the book a try. She's a good narrator, especially with southern accents and outrageous characters. This performance wasn't up to par with the MKA books she's narrated, but it was still pretty good.
Mike. He sounds like a great guy once you get to know him.
Not the best Sparks fare, but it was a decent story that kept me interested and had some good plot twists. This was a nice change from his usual love stories. And, of course, even though I thought I was safe...he made me cry big baby tears at the end! Have your tissues ready!
The narrator performed well...wasn't boring or monotone. But I'm sorry to say that this is my least favorite NS book of all time! I had a hard time staying interested in the story, and I didn't really connect much with the characters. But I stayed with it! It felt like a sob story from the beginning. I am so disappointed...I don't know if Mr.Sparks was going through a depression or grief stage when he wrote this, but it sure was rough. I listened to the whole thing (to get my credit's worth), and, despite the gray story, the ending did choke me up a little and brought some tears to my eyes. If there is one thing Mr.Sparks CAN ALWAYS DO, it's make me cry. Damn you, Nicholas Sparks! Unless you are a completist, spare yourself the time and the tears.
I feel like this book was worth maybe half a credit. It was a quick, easy listen. The narrator wasn't boring at all, and experiencing the main character learning how to knit was comforting to me as I am new to knitting as well. I felt some of the same trepidation and excitement she did about learning to knit and purl. The story was simple, though, and, at times some of the dialogue seemed too neat and didn't flow well.
I think the story stands alone fairly well. I'm not really interested in finding out more about the characters or what else happens to them in the future. They were entertaining during the story, but I don't really feel like I care about them enough to pursue more of a relationship.
This would probably be a good, light beach read, but I wouldn't recommend it if you want something to really challenge your mind and completely consume you the whole way through.
I haven't read the book, but I really enjoyed this audio version. I have enjoyed several of Mary Kay Andrews' books that are narrated by Isabel Keating. Keating jus has a flare for performing Andrews' stories.
There were two most memorable moments for me: During their first real encounter, when Ty dares Ellis to do something he thinks she won't because she's too afraid, and she does it! So hot! And I loved Ellis's walk of shame. It was funny and so true to life.
I loved Ellis and Ty's first nighttime encounter, and I especially enjoyed the outdoor shower scene. Oo la la!
Dorie! She sounds funny and sweet, and I bet she'd be a hoot to hang with and just have fun with the girls. Of course, I'd love to take Ty out as well but for much different reasons. ;)
This book was just a delight to listen to. Isabel Keating puts just enough of a spin on the womens' voices so you can tell them apart. It takes a few chapters to really hear the differences in the voices she gives them, but after a while they are like old friends all with their own distinct accents. The ladies in this story are all likable and relatable. I enjoyed hearing each of their stories unfold, and I'm so glad the author wrapped everything up with natural loose ends so you don't have to wonder what might happen next, you can kind of figure out how their lives will play out for a bit after it's all over. The main love story is sweet and provides enough romance and some good loves scenes throughout. As usual, Andrews also gives the setting its own sort of story, including details about the house the women stay in, and she kind of draws you into their temporary nest and makes it so you don't want to leave the beach either when the summer is over. This book was just a pleasure to listen to, and I am sure I will listen to it many more times in the future. Fun in the sun, romance and taking chances, and there is some suspense thrown in to mix things up. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something kind of light and entertaining. Not too serious. Also, at the end there is a conversation between the author and the narrator that you get to listen in on, and it's kind of interesting to hear what they have to say about the story and bringing it to life.
I would definitely listen to another Jame Patterson. He always delivers fast, entertaining reads/listens.
This was my first James Patterson and Liza Marklund story. They seem make a good team.
I got a little lost at times with the different voices...I usually prefer to listen to just one narrator. I like that there were male and female voices, but I was expecting them to read the male and female lines like a play...didn't like how each narrator spoke both male and female in the different chapters. They each performed well, though.
This would probably make a good beach read, but I didn't find the story to be quite memorable. There was a steamy sex scene, but it gets spoiled by some gross details revealed later in the story.
I think women who want some sexual satisfaction from the written word might enjoy this, but there are better selections to choose from that have a lot more story in between all the sex. Some of this story was just too unbelievable and shallow, even for fantasy. I don't regret listening to it...thank God for 2X and 3X speed settings, though.
She could have used a thesaurus. The ending should have been wrapped up better so that this could stand as a story on its own. It seems like the author wrote one long story and was made to chop it up into three parts for the sake of profits.
If the narrator hadn't sounded like such a valley girl. She could have read a bit faster during the non-sexual parts of the story. Her narration was sooooooooo sllloooooow.
All the in between...just leave the sex. ;)
I liked the sex scenes, but the rest of the story was kind of boring and unbelievable.
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