Yes. while the layers of Lauren's story are not particularly deep regarding the wbc itself, her relationship and banishment by her family is fascinating. I am glad Lauren chose to tell her story.
Lauren, of course. Megan and Jael are, to quote one reviewer, fascinating. I cannot understand Fred Phelps' egotism and hatred.
Good look at an outside perspective of one of the most famous hate-filled "churches" in America. Other reviewers have better put this than I. I'km glad Lauren chose to tell her own story. While it is obvious that she is untrained, perhaps it was something she needed to do. Keep pressing forward, Lauren!
I read this book looking for a legal thriller, which is not quite what I received; the main character is a law student, and most of the book takes place around a law firm, but most of the development is character-based. While I do not agree with all of Tami's religious convictions, I enjoyed seeing her stretch and grow as she lives apart from her parents and comes across other Christians that do not always agree with her. I was quite surprised seeing her spend so much time alone with Vince, which seemed quite uncharacteristic for someone of her background, which is really the only consistent part of this book. It was gratifying to have a mystery element without blood and gore and guts, and how perceptions can colour innocent comments into something much bigger than they are. I look forward to reading the rest of this series to see how Tami, Vince, Zach, Julie and the others grow.
For the most part, yes. The narrator of this book is very very good. The only awkward part was her unwillingness or inability to sing songs during the book, instead speaking them in a poetic cadence. This may have worked for songs that may have been lost to time... but everyone in North America knows the Christmas carols in the book, and - good, bad or otherwise - having her sing them like the characters do would have made it better.
No. Most of her other performances are not available to Canadian subscribers, so I am unable to get my hands on them... but I wish I could! I'll be checking out my library for sure!
There were many. The Great Depression, midwifery, and Appalachia have all held special interest to me, and putting them all together in one book was a moving portrait of hardscrabble lives with hope, humor, and pain... I laughed in parts, cried in parts, and am so thankful that I am alive in this time and place.
This is well worth the read! Patricia Harman has a wonderful way of writing as evidenced in her memoir the Blue Cotton Gown - I am thrilled that she has a novel under her belt as well. Great book!
Yes. This book was an incredible addition to the genre of historical fiction set against the backdrop of an amusement park. I will definitely think twice about amusement park workers - even though the days of self-made men and women and amusement parks are over. Brennert does a wonderful job of describing his characters, and while I couldn't agree with all action of characters, I could understand why they did what they did, which sometimes if half the battle.
The narrator was quite good for this book, though in parts read a little too slowly for my liking. His dialogue was very good. The book itself was well-written and imaginative.... I always look forward to Mr. brennert's books and was thrilled when this one came out. If you have never read a Brennert book, you will not receive a fast-action plot, but a character-driven growth and buildup with true historical figures sprinkled in realistically. Bravo!
Yes... I think this was an ambitious book pulled off reasonably well, but at the end of the day I got confused with who did what and why. The narrator was not able to adequately capture the multicultural mix - her accents were fair at best. Karen White did a MUCh better job in Nothing to Envy...
I wanted to like this book... but I just couldn't get past trying to figure out who was who and getting past the narration.
I think I would recommend the print version, but not the narration. Many reviewers have loved the narrator, but she doesn't do it for me. There are too many accents and she does not do many of them well - for example, the requisite American cowboy speaks VERY slowly (Americans do not speak that slowly or flatly), and her French pronunciation was atrocious!
Still, the premise of the book is a good one, and I will read this in print.
Yes. It is gripping and chilling and fully shows the power that obsession and deceit and guilt can all have. The narrators were all superb, with the possible exception of Rowan, who was just OK...
I liked how it all tied together, except for the ending... without spoiling it, I personally don't like what the family did... but it would have been out of character for them to do anything else... I guess my ambivalence about the climax of the story is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
The narrators for Darcy, Lydia and Sophie were superb! I will be checking them all out!. Rowan's narrator was just ok, with very little nuance.
Read this book! It is both a cautionary tale about the power of obsession and just a thrilling good read!
I have always been fascinated by Sarajevo, for the simple reason that I was growing up during the time of this war and was too little to really understand what happened and why. This book explains the conflict, the deprivations, and the love between two sisters in straight-forward prose, not sugar-coating anything, but also detailing the glimmers of hope during hard lives as a near vaptive in a besieged city and a refuge in another country.
Atka and Hana... beyond them, there were so many good people who assisted the girls, it is hard to pick just one.
Just okay... Another note, I suppose, was that since two first-person narratives were contained in this book, I really think two narrators should have read it. I never really got confused, but there was little intonation or accent (this narrator can and has done better).
The ending... no spoilers, I promise!
This book is a worthwhile biography. Perhaps it is better to read in print, perhaps not... but I enjoyed it enough to hang on to it in my audio library, because of its personal and moving nature.
This is a full-on audio book experience. The fact that Audible chose to produce it was an incredible choice on their part. With Janice Ian singing and playing her own songs, even going so far as to reenact the process of writing a song... words just cannot express how amazing this book is.
There were so many! I couldn't pick just one!
The music, the singing, the emotions as she recounts the joys and sorrows in her own life... this book is incredible
Yes! I squirreled away time as often as possible to finish this book.
Better reviewers than I have put into words the incredible experience of listening to this book - I will not overshadow them. This is the story of rags to riches to rags, of pain, of joy... download this book!
Fairly high. I have read some very very good books, and this is a good addition to my library. It is at turns a tale of a medical practice, a marriage, a woman... and more.
Patsy because it is her story; Nilla for her fierce devotion to her children.
Nilla, Heather. Though their stories are different, Abby Craydon did an admirable job with tone and inflection with them.
Life and death befor elife and other tales
This is a good book related to a seldom explored aspect of medical practice. The points of view change from present and past tense, which is a bit confusing, and the book is unnecessarily sexually graphic in unexpected places, which is the reason I cannot give it five stars. The narration was incredible, and I will check out this narrator and author again (Patricia Harmon also write "The Midwife of Hope River).
Yes and no. I enjoyed many aspects of this book, and for a first novel, I found it reasonably well done... with the glaring exception of the ending, which I found entirely unnecessarily graphic and coincidental. Having read other Bryce Courtenay books, I do see many similar themes, and even character traits and names, run through the books, which in hindsight does take away from the enjoyment of each new BC book I read.
In spots I had to put the book down because of the depiction of bullying that was so prevalent.
Yes! Humphry Bower is by far one of the best narrators out there, but something about this performance (the accent?) just didn't ring true for me. I will never deny his gift for characterization and accents, but this was not his strongest performance.
Unlike many others, I can recommend this book with caution, rather than wholeheartedly. I started reading Tandia hoping for a little more hope and a continuation of the story, but still find myself being hauled through the gutter. The Power of One is not complete without Tandia and the development of PK as a character... so this book cannot stand on its own.
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