I honestly couldn't finish this book. Like another reviewer stated, I got confused by the characters; some of them moving in and out of the story at randm. I enjoyed the writing style of the author, as well as the narrator (who is in the calliber of Humphy Bower with his accents), but this book simply couldn't hold my interest.
His accents are incredible! his depiction of male and female characters was very very good.
I wanted so badly to like this book, due to the fact that the reviews were so positive, and the fact that I enjoy long books and get to know the characters. This book did not allow me to get to know the characters during the first part that I read; I learned more about the landscape and the culture of the time. While interesting, it left big holes in some areas and over-described in others.
There is no denying that this author has a gift, and this narrator has a gift... this book, in and of itself, was just not for me.
I would recommend the book highly, due to its personal and introspective nature, but I personally couldn't get through the narration. Perhaps Ms. Ali's accent was too thick for me to focus on the book; perhaps certain portions were narrated very flatly, so while I could recommend the book, I couldn't recommend the audio version. (NOTE: I have heard her interviews and speeches and find them much more expressive).
This made me glad that there are Muslim women like Ayaan in the world who are willing to speak out against the horrors that go on in the name of Islam - it made me angry at how religion was used as a battering ram both in her family and in the broader culture itself.
Very important book. With Muslims being a growing population emigrating to western countries, it is important to understand the beliefs espoused by the culture itself.
Yes. I found that it tied together all the loose ends of the series very well, showing the growth of Tami, Zack, Vince, Julie, and the rest.
She did a very good job with accents, inflection, and descrption.
As I have stated in my previous reviews of this series, I found this was more a character-driven spiritual journey than a legal thriller. I enjoyed the character development and the growing relationships between the characters, and this book did have more action than Greater Love.
I was disappointed in Tami's continual friendship with the whacky minister - for someone who had such grounding in Scripture, the idea of her going back on her word based on the cryptic words of this woman made my teeth clench in frustration. But all in all, this was a fitting end to the series! I would love to see a book 5-10 years in the future to see what happens to everyone... but categorizing these books as legal thrillers does lead one astray.
Yes. I enjoyed the promise of both the writer and the narrator, but I found this book was much preachier than its predecessor. I could not understand why Tami was so drawn to this woman minister... in fact, I found the minister VERY presumptuous... but the character developemtn of Tami, Zach, Vince and the other was believable and well-drawn. A high-stakes courtroom drama this is not... but a decent follow-up to Deeper Water.
The relationship betwen Tami and her friends, the love of Tami's family were both most interesting. The legal aspects were anti-climactic at best.
I think that this whole series is more a character-drive one than a legal one. The characters happen to be lawyers and law students, but they are much more rounded. This both adds to and detracts from the appeal of the story.
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.
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