This is the story of a boy born in South Sudan that overcomes many obstacles through life. He endures kidnapping, a refugee camp, and is blessed to end up in the US. Running is a major part of his life, but his faith in God is truly the one thing that keeps him focused. He believes God has placed every person in his life and every situation there for a reason.
The book does not have any graphic scenes, but situations are described in a way that you get the point. Lopez does a wonderful job explaining everything from his childhood, his experience in coming to the US, learning about very basic things that we take for granted (such as a light switch), and his road to achieving his goals.
The narrator grew on me. At first I felt like he made the story feel somewhat 'simple.' But not long into the book I realized Lopez was young and mostly uneducated while in Africa (and when he first came to the US), so I grew an appreciation for the narrator.
I highly recommend this book. I didn't have a favorite part of the book, because the entire book is so good
The book inspired me to evaluate what I'm doing (and not doing) in my life, and to appreciate things like being able to flip a switch to turn off the lights.
In my opinion this was a a good book in the Bosch series. Connelly does a good job of connecting the cases without the story line being obvious (well, once in a while you see a detail coming). This is not a fast paced book but you do have to pay attention because there are details to remember.
I appreciate that the narrator didn't try to have a different voice for all the different characters because with the writing you just don't need it (I didn't realize until writing this review that this narrator plays Bosch in the series on Amazon). Other readers comment about how awful he is, but I didn't think he was that bad. Not a lot of emotion
You will learn a lot about the background of the rookie Detective which I liked. I think reviewers forget that some people are reading this as one of their first books in the Bosch series, so I think it's good Harry talks about the past.
I'm not sure whether to recommend this listen or not. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous Shopaholic books but this was very different. It was okay. I listen to my audiobooks in my car while I'm driving, so the sound is very important. I had to turn down the volume in some parts only to crank it up in others. The narrator sound was too high in some places (Minnie yelling which was annoying), and much too low for a couple of characters in particular.
I enjoyed Eleanor and was surprised by her effort to make amends with Luke. It's hard for readers/listeners to understand how easy it would be get caught up in the whole Hollywood life unless you can try to imagine yourself in Becky's shoes - without thinking you would handle it different. Some feel Becky was selfish, some have other opinions. It's fun listening to Becky go through the trials of Hollywood drama and experience the media attention.
It seems the verdict about the ending is unanimous in that not many listeners liked the cliff hanger (myself included). If this was an attempt to set up for the next book I think the author is talented enough that she could have come up with a better ending. Hopefully the next book will be the sequel and the readers will be happy.
Really enjoyed this listen. The only disappointment was the male narrator. Enjoyed the story line, there were a couple of turns that were not expected. Really enjoyed the character Special.
I love the Dox character so this was a nice deviation from the typical book in the Rain series. He can be ruthless when needed, but inside he has a soft heart.
Enjoyed this short story about Delilah from her perspective. In this listen she is in London on assignment, but this time it's to befriend a woman as opposed to a relationship with a man.
During the assignment and afterward she struggles with decisions she had to make and the consequences.
This is a (very) short story about John Rain's struggle with having his girlfriend, Delilah, in "the life" while he has quit. He has the realization that maybe the two just don't mix.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. I've listened to and enjoyed the other books in this series. This is a bit different because older John Rain is telling you about his earlier years and how he got into "the life." The older Rain points out ways the young Rain is not as observant or thoughtful of things that he is now. He also tells the reader about a woman with whom he fell in love and the things he learned from her that would be important later.
I am also listening to the John Rain Series, which I enjoy, and was glad to see a new character by this author. This book was a good listen and I'm looking forward to more books with this character. I've listened to the second book in this series and do recommend listening to this one first (it always helps to know some of the prior details).
This book is about two brothers who are so different and think each situation should be handled differently. Of course there is a female, and both brothers are attracted to her. There are some details about the story line and characters that I recommend paying attention to because they come up later in the book. Some things that happen at the end with the character Hort are also good to know when listening to the second book in the series.
This was my first Terri Blackstock listen (or read) and it was a pleasant surprise. I'm used to listening to books that have more details than I would like and usually think the point can be made without quite so much detail. I appreciated the faith the mother had throughout her situation, and that the book had a realistic part at the end where the children understand mom has a lot of faith but they don't suddenly fall at the alter in repentance.
This is a good listen for someone who likes suspense or drama but doesn't want the gory scenes or details. The religion factor is not overplayed like they're trying to hit you over the head with it. I'm planning on listening to the other two books in this series, and possibly others by this author.
For me, this type of book is unrealistic and fun. I try not to have "expectations" other than to be entertained. Lauren Weisberger is a writer who does a good job of entertaining.
Andy is back with THE Emily as her best friend and co-creator of a bridal magazine. They're both married, with no children yet, and enjoying their success. Enter Miranda, who wants a piece of the pie/magazine that Andy and Emily have worked so hard to create and make a success. As usual, Miranda turns everything upside down for Andy. But Emily has a lack of memory as to what it was like working for Miranda. While Em is having selective memory and trying to look at everything on the positive side, Andy remembers everything. The thought of working with Miranda again is Andy's absolute worst nightmare.
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