I thought I would love this book because I am so enchanted with Paris, and I want to do what Ms. James did and spend a year in Paris (sans enfant). I also love travel memoirs, and was sold on reading this book when I read the cover blurb written by Elizabeth Gilbert. However, this was no Eat, Pray, Love. I understand that the author wanted to give a slice of life feeling to the book by just re-printing and/or expounding her Twitter and Facebook entries from the year she lived in Paris, but instead of coming of as charming insights into her year as it happened, it just comes across as disjointed observations. She had good intentions, and there are a few nice spots, but there is not much of a story at all, so it mostly just felt like reading somebody's Twitter feed. She didn't make me want to invest in what happened to her or her family. If you enjoy watching "slide shows" from people's travels, or reading Facebook entries about the daily dramas of a girl who is the daughter of somebody you sat next to in high school, then you will probably enjoy this book. I however, just kept saying in my head to the author, "Only you think that is cute because you are their mother. It's really not that cute."
I haven't heard or read any others.
It seemed like she was trying too hard to be cute. It came out as took sing-songy and annoying after a while.
Nice effort, but didn't quite work.
It's very inspirational, and well researched. I also find Edward Hermann's voice to be like a comfortable chair that you are familiar with if you watch any History Channel documentaries. The combination of the writing and narrating was riveting.
It's Laura Hillenbrand as you would expect, if you read Seabiscuit. She is a great biographer who does very thorough research, and goes the extra mile to give additonal details which provide context and perspective to the story she is telling.
Chapter 15, the men in the raft.
The truly expert craftsmanship of this writer, and the effortless ease the narrator narrates all the voices, accents, and languages.
Pasquale because he is fearless. He is the voice of purity and integrity.
No, but I will now.
The best love stories sometimes come from under the ruins.
The story didn't go where I initially wanted it to go, but Jess Walter is such an expert storyteller, that I loved it anyway. It's such poetry.
I don't want to ruin the ending, but honestly, part three ruined the whole series. I gave books one and two good ratings because they made me want to keep reading. But I could not wait be done with book three. Terrible. It never went anywhere. Very boring, and did not add anything to the series.
Everything was good except her voice for Grey. She made it sound like she was a kid acting like an adult man....like that overly exaggerated deep voice. It wasn't sexy, and it was VERY corny and hokey.
annoyed and disappointed.
If you stop at book two, you will already know how the series ends.
The narration was great. She has a very warm voice, and does characters perfectly. She was perfectly cast as Cheryl Strayed in first person.
Cheryl Strayed herself, because it was really her journey, and about how she felt from the beginning of the trail to the end of her travels.
Cheryl Strayed. She captures all of her emotions--the highs and the lows, without being overly dramatic. Excellent narration!
Cheryl talking about memories of her mother.
Very inspirational and moving. Felt like I was talking to a friend.
I didn't read the print version, but the narration was very good, and I am sure it added to the story.
A good psychological thriller.
You really get an idea of the psychology behind the characters.
She was lost in her marriage. Now she's completely disappeared.
Full of great surprises.
I was waiting for something to happen. Nothing ever did. I got it based on a recommendation that it would take you on surprising journey. Instead it went nowhere. I kept waiting for a surprise that never came.
In Sunlight and in Shadow
Very good reader, except for when she did the characters of Joey and Gilles. Her voice was kind of shriek-y when she did those younger voices.
I'm bored and annoyed.
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