It is good to keep in mind that this is a collection of short stories. I kept feeling like I had to remember the characters' names in case the author tied the stories back in to one another. But they really are just independent stories and are all full of her rich characters. Some of them leave you hanging wishing for a more definite conclusion, but they were all delightful. If you liked Tara Road you will enjoy this book.
This seemed like an interesting book, but it's a little like Moby Dick - lots of boring details. And while the story line kept me interested enough to finish the book, I really hated the narrator. The reason I love audiobooks and recommend them so highly to everyone is that the narrator adds an extra dimension that you don't get when you read a book. Stephen King has the best narrators! I would listen to his books just to hear them! But this guy's voice just didn't create a sympathetic character for me. He just didn't sound like an intelligent astronaut to me. I would have left him on Mars!
As a Binchy fan, I enjoyed this book, although not quite as much as some of her others. It blends stories of people who come to stay in a newly formed B&B. My only complaint is with the narrator, who is excellent with her Irish accent for the women's voices. But she put on such a deep affectation for the male voices that they all sounded like 60-year old stodgy businessmen. I'd give her 5 stars for the women's voices and 1 star for the males.
Note to all narrators: You DON'T have to change your voices so dramatically for members of the opposite sex!!! Just talk in a normal voice. We're intelligent. We'll figure it out.
This is the first Harry Hole book I've listened to and it's definitely got me hooked. Interesting detective story set in Australia, but it's the character of Harry that makes me want to listen to more. My only complaint is that the narrator, who was excellent, sounds too old for the character of Harry. I thought, from listening, that he was an older detective and that the Aboriginal detective he was working with was much younger than him. As the story unfolds I learned the opposite is true. This audio book is available with a different narrator. You might want to listen to the samples of both before you decide which version you want to get.
Sharon Creech is such a great writer and you probably have already read and loved this story as I had when I got the audible version. The voice of Zinnie is perfect! You won't be disappointed.
If you have never read this book, difinitely get this. It is such a sweet sweet story.
La de da!
This is one of my favorite all-time Stephen King stories. It is very different from most of his novels because it really feelis like it is the narrator's story. But, when you hear Stephen King's epilogue, you realize it really is his story and much of what I liked about the narrator I could hear in the way Stephen talks and the phrases he uses.
I loved the narrator from the get-go (and by that I mean the character of Jake/George). The only problem I had with the voice of narrator is that he sounds like a paunchy middle-aged balding man, not a tall, and I assume handsome, lindy-dancing man. But I set that aside because he is such an engaging story teller. (My apollogies to Craig Wasson if you really are tall and handsome--you just don't sound like it. But you are excellent!)
As many recommended, I listened to IT right before listening to this and, while it is not essential to this story, it did add a very fun element. But you should listen to IT anyway, because it is another awesome novel!
I found the time-travel aspects of this story very interesting and am going to listen, per Stephen King's recommendation, to Jack Finney's Time and Again. But, as is usual for Stephen King, there is such a sweetness to all the main characters. Yes this is about the Kennedy assination and time travel, but really this is a love story on many levels including love for decent people, and love for community. And as is usual for me, I fell in love with this book and didn't want it to end. Fortunately I still have many more I can listen to.
And, to Stephen's son, great ending - You do rock!
I've had a hard time liking John Grisham's latest works. Most have been too long and depressing. This looked like it could be fun - I visited Italy for the first time recently. The problem with this book is the main character is completely unlikeable and boring. I kept waiting for him to change or mature or get some kind of revelation but it never happened. He's a shallow uninteresting jock.
I don't think the narrator helped much either becuase he voiced him as whinny and bored. He never shows an ounce of animation, even when talking about football.
It could have worked as a travel log since he travels all around with his bossy girlfriend (no iteresting character there) but most of those portions are centered on him complaining about the trip. The food descriptions are the only good thing about the book. Food in Italy is wonderful! I did like some of the Italian characters. The book would have been better focusing on them - they were a lot of fun.
In comparison, I just listened to a Stephen King book. I really do not like horror, but Grisham could take a lesson from King on how to create a character whom, though very flawed, you end up loving deeply.
I'm the kind of person who has to watch a movie to the very end, even if it's not very good. So I stuck with this and listenend to all the books. Like almost everyone who has reviewed this series, I hated the change in narrator. And even though the David Colacci ended up narrating most of the series, I never got used to him nor liked the different accents he gave the different groups.
But the story is enjoyable, if not earthshaking, and I don't regret listening to the series. This final book ties up everyone's stories is a satisfying way.
I really enjoyed this book with its well-written characters, glimpse into the beginnings of forensic science, interesting time period, and very entertaining story. The main characters were extremely likeable and unique. I haven't read or heard anything quite like this. It was a bit unnecessarily graphic at times. I would love to see a sequel.
The words in my title describe the different ways I felt about the book as I listened to it. It was not at all what I expected. I liked the beginning more than other reviewers seem to. I loved the nerdy group of boys.
Later, as you see how troubled they all are, it broke my heart. I don't know if this is an accurate portrayal of kids in school Ireland, but it was hard, as a mother, to read and I was going to lower my rating since I was expecting a pretty lighthearted book.
But like the other reviewers have written: If you're going to listen to this, commit to stay until the end. There is so much sweetness and redemption, it made the painful parts worthwhile.
The narration is excellent. I thought the Italian accent of Mario a bit much, though.
I enjoyed The Hunger Games, although not as much as everyone else apparently. But as the series went on, I just found it less and less credible. I could never buy in to this girl being such a motivating factor or a fighter. I totally could not buy into shooting down helicopters with bows and arrows!
I think the writing dipped into a teen-level in the last two series. I often enjoy reading teen books if they are well written (e.g. Harry Potter, Sharon Creech) but the writing just was not that good.
I did enjoy hearing the author talk about how she came up with the idea. It made it a little less disturbing.
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