I loved The Potato Factory and The Power of One, both by Courtenay
none, since murder and mayhem do not appeal to me
This is a man's book. If you love the filth and violence of whale boats, graphic violence, highly descriptive sex, and endless repetition, then you've found your book. If you have delicate sensitivities, steer your ship to safer harbors.
narrator did fine; not a challenging book to read
I think I found no interest because the book is geared toward younger people just on the cusp of building their lives, and for them it should be fine
I love Kurt Vonnegut's works of fiction
the profound truths about human nature
how the characters react to one another
the last one; outstanding!
at first I thought this book was somewhat boring and too "mannerly" and irrelevant for contemporary times, but by midpoint, I was thoroughly engaged and had intimations of the movie Body Heat in terms of the great longing one can have for what one cannot have.
it's a good read. if you're looking for profound truths, this is not it. if you're looking for characters and a story involving celebrity type characters, it's engaging and I expect the two main characters will show up in another book. the stage is set for a detective series.
the main characters
this is J.K. Rowling's book; of course one can't escape reading without having read one Harry Potter book. I love her imagination and it doesn't fail her here in terms of plotting and building a friendship between characters.
beauty and the beast collide
some of the characters were painted with one broad brush; I would have appreciated greater nuance. No one is all good or all bad.
a better story. this is exceedingly simple and I can't say I found the characters believable
The book rings false
One of my most favorite books is the Book thief by the same author. Don't miss it.
the descriptive and story telling powers of the author and reader
the metamorphosis by kafka because the main character endures such a life changing event that he is thrown into what seems a surreal skin
the author so embodies each scene that one cannot choose a favorite. each is vivid. the author's attention and total focus never lags
without the fiction of art we would die from the truth (paraphrasing Nietzsche)
As a profession artist of 40 years, I so fully appreciate the passages that capture what great art can provide to the soul and heart. I love the role the painting- The Goldfinch- plays throughout the book. If ever a painting had it's fair due, this is it! The author couldn't be better and the reader is truly astounding; how easily he flows from one voice to the other, and how he captures the nuances of change a character's voice undergoes while aging; the reader rises to meet every challenge the author has laid down. This is the best reader I have yet to hear on an audiobook. The story twists and turns in totally unexpected ways. My level of engagement is 100%. The characters are described in such a way I can easily picture and feel their very essence. I hope Ms. Tartt is working on her next book because I can hardly wait for it.
I recalled my first reading when a child. This book had a huge influence on my life because it was my initiation into a lifelong respect for animals and sensitivity to their hearts.
Dr. Dolittle's motivations.
Those in Africa were wildly charming and fantastical.
there are some passages that one might find offensive because a character is referred to with the n-word. And that same character seeks to change his color to white. But if you can get past this minor character and passage, I think it tunes children into the world of animals and their vast intelligence and leads children to be more sensitive to others.
no, just because there isn't enough time to listen to many books more than once. I read Geek Love and to Kill a Mockingbird twice. Can't really think of others I've revisited for a full reading or listen.
in some ways, Alice in Wonderland; Ayaan travels to lands far away that seem magical or frightening because they are so dissimilar from whence she began
steady perseverance and study surmounts obstacles
I loved this book. It lives on vividly. It's thought provoking on a myriad of levels.
I didn't read the print version. But certainly the narrator performed brilliantly and this can only help.
The fully fleshed characters.
I can't name one favorite
surely at times it was quite sad, unwashed by humor
yes. the main character is riveting, as well as her family. the pacing is perfect.
yes. there is no let up.
I haven't listened to others, but she was outstanding. She embodied the main character. Truly breathed life into her.
It made me cringe, repeatedly
I don't normally like these types of books. I don't think there's much redeeming value, but it's just sheer outstanding entertainment and extraordinary character development.
definitely by Shoreh. anything she reads. She is mesmerizing. Anita writes well, but by chapter eight the redundancy became boring. There are ten chapters, so that's not too bad. I think she needed more editing. As an artist I found her comments about carpet colors lacking understanding.
Honestly, I didn't care at that point.
If Shohreh read the phonebook I'd be mesmerized.
Yes, there's potential as it's quite a visual story.
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