Well perhaps being familiar with testimentary capacity and undue influence, I was really looking forward to this book. The plot was set fairly early as weathly man dies and does not leave fortune to family....simple. Well it really didn't get too much more complex than that and of course the family were made to look like money-grabbing selfish children with an exaggerated sense of self entitlement. Really? The authour couldn't have added a few unexpected twists? Things got a bit better by the last few chapters but it was a lot to read throught without succuming to sleep...and that southern drawl, while necessary I suppose to the setting was really annoying. It was a book that I thought had alot of potential to be great but ended up being ...sleep inducing.
In 1912, 1500 people lost their lives when the ship sunk, mostly due to hypothermia in the seas of the North Atlantic. Now listeners of this story of the survivors, are at risk of a slower death...by boredom! The way the story is stretched out is akin to saying to an author,
"Here is the basic story of Cinderella. Now stretch it into a
10 -volume set!".
I think the premise is interesting, as you wonder what happened years later to people who have survived a disaster. How did it affect them? How did they cope? But the author has dragged some simple stories on..and on...and on..
I do find it quite useful however, when it put my earphones in at night, as generally, when I start listening to the story, I'm asleep within 10 minutes.
This is the first book of her series that I read, and like her style and story so much I've read to more of her books. Not disappointed! They are comically told stories spun around a mystery, so you get both. I will read more of her writings as I enjoyed this one so much.
I started listening to this twice...I can't stop falling asleep, which is why I can't get into this book. I just don't think I can start a 3rd time...it's just ...YUK!
I bought this audio book because of the 5-star rating..I can't understand what is going on and basically I've started listening to it 3 times and still don't "get it" and maybe why I think this book just stinks. Way too many adjectives, and it goes on and on about I can't figure out what??? I might try the other books in the series first, but only if someone gives them to me free...won't pay for any more of this author's work.
Wow, even though I am in the medical field I found this book a tough one. The level at which things are explained are more suited to someone doing an advanced degree in neuropsycology. There should have been some sort of warning...do not attempt this at home....very heavy, very detailed, very in-depth coverage of the brain. This book is not meant for us with "regular" brains, only those who are "brainiacs" should attempt to understand this one. All it really did was confirm that I do not posses enough white matter...or grey....and probably am deficient of some synapses too. Oh well...
While the book was enjoyable, it really was a continuation of the first book, Three Cups of Tea, which I must say, I did enjoy more.
Living in a area near Amish people, I was intrigued by the story. The author set the scenes well, and the characters were believable. The basic plot however moved at the pace of a horse and buggy. The basic premise of the story was interesting, but if you cut out all the times Katie said "there was no baby", the story would have been only about 1/2 as long, and could have been told just as well. I would call it an "ok" read, not one of Jodi Picoult's best, however.
That's what I kept thinking as I read this book and each interesting character in it. If I was the mother, what would I do? If I was Anna, what would I do? The sister? etc. Gotta give this book A+ for being thought provoking as this book addresses a very real medical/ethical dilema. Second book I've listened to by this author and I really like her style. Then ending was kind of quick, but tied up all the loose ends.
Aspergers's you say? Hmm, assuming the book has some accurate medical basis to describing this affliction, it was quite interesting. Not only that, but I loved the writer's style. Found her writing style witty and loved listening to her . As well I found the story took a few twists and turns. Liked it very much.
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