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.
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.
I listened to Adam Mitzner's first book and loved it. I was so glad to see another book by this author.
A lawyer, Dan, is taking time off after a family tragedy. He's almost hit bottom but he meets a female attorney, Nina, through friends. She convinces him to come back to law and represent a rapper accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend, who was considered a "pop princess."
Nothing is what it seems, even at the end. The attorneys are trying to solve the murder - was it their client or someone else? But they keep finding another lie their client has told them which led them in the wrong direction. The story is not predictable and could definitely be considered "ripped from the headlines" as others have said. This will keep you guessing.
I'm looking forward to Mr. Mitzner's next book.
This listen was so much fun! There are many parts that are absolutely not realistic...but that's the FUN part of a Sophie Kinsella book!
Fliss is the older sister who thinks she is trying to protect her younger sister, Lottie. But, for Fliss, it's really about something else. Lorcan thinks he is such good friends with Ben, but there's jealousy, a rivalry and Lorcan's concern about Ben's business decisions.
If you want to lose yourself in a girlie book that is fun and unrealistic, then I recommend this for you!
If you enjoy Michael Connelly books, then you will not be disappointed.
The character, Terry McCaleb, has been in other books by Connelly and I like him so decided to give this a listen. The Publisher's Summary is good without giving too much away. Therefore, I will also not give anything away. I will say at first it doesn't really take off, but keep listening because eventually you will be hooked.
The book had potential to be really good, but it became disappointing. Not the best Jack Reacher listen. I have listened to two other Jack Reacher books, which were better than this, and decided to start from the first book and work my way through. I love a book where I can lose myself even to unrealistic story lines. But there are a few turns in this book that I didn't care for (they were way too unrealistic).
This book gives you some history about his brother. It is the first book in the series, so I'm hoping the series will get better.
This is a very interesting listen. I agree that the description of the book from Amazon is pretty accurate. Amazing how these "Pros" are able to complete every aspect of the heist almost perfectly, except the escape!
The author had to complete a lot of research to ensure his information was correct. He does a good job of explaining certain aspects, and if he isn't sure how something happened then he tells the reader.
I enjoyed learning about the planning of the heist, the diamond business and how other countries didn't seem to work together during this time.
The narrator's voice and timing were very good for this particular book, including pronunciation of Italian and Belgian words.
In the first book, Presumed Innocent, Rusty Sabich is a lawyer working for the PA office and is accused of killing a coworker with whom he had an affair. Excellent book and movie. While reading Presumed Innocent is not necessary, I would recommend doing so. It's a wonderful book and gives the reader/listener better insight as to what happened previously.
Now it is 20 years later, Rusty is a judge and his wife dies of what appears to be heart related issues (which runs in the family). Soon Rusty is accused of killing his wife. He uses the same incredible defense attorney, Sandy Stern, who now has a daughter as part of his firm. Tommy Molto charged Rusty both times with murder. This is an opportunity for either Rusty to make Tommy look bad (again), or for Tommy to show everyone that Rusty is a killer and got away with it the first time. There are a lot of emotions - Rusty and Tommy, Rusty and his son Nat, Sandy Stern's health, and Rusty's wife's history.
The story is not told in first person by one character, but by four, which makes it more interesting because the listener knows the thought process of each character.
I appreciated the female narrator for the character of Anna.
Sequels are not always as good as the first, but this will not disappoint (maybe it was because Scott Turow waited so long to write the sequel?).
I wasn't sure what to expect with this listen. It turned out to be excellent! The author, Chevy Stevens, gives enough detail about the conditions that Annie endures while held captive for a year without crossing the line of too much detail (there are many writers who go too far and lose me as a result).
Stevens was creative by having Annie tell her story in therapy sessions.
The narrator was good for this particular book.
This story line was good until one point in the book where Harry was detained. After that I was disappointed. The story line had potential but was a let down in the end.
I liked that Connelly included Harry's relationships as part of the book (his daughter Maddie, Irvin Irving, and Hannah, a love interest from The Drop).
The narrator was ok, but not the same caliber as Len Cariou.
This is not a good book for a first time Connelly/Bosch listen.
It was nice to listen to a book with the lead character being a reporter as opposed to a detective or FBI agent. Michael Connelly does a good job of slowly unfolding how everything is connected. The story line kept my attention and the narrator was good for this character.
I listened to The Scarecrow first, which is also about Jack McEvoy and enjoyed that listen as well.
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