I bought this book because I have been fascinated by North Korea for some time now. Unfortunately, I found this book was WAY too confusing to follow. It jumped around so much that I could never figure out how characters wound up being getting a certain job and doing things... Perhaps if I had been able to get through the first few hours, I may have enjoyed this book, but I was so confused I Just couldn't continue.
I loved the storyline, hated the narration. I got 1/3 through the book and it's still this old-sounding American narrator with poor dialogue.
Thankfully he didn't try to speak French, but his dialogue and voice-differentiation was terrible!
I will be reading this gripping novel in print... but the narration was terrible!
There were many. I could picture the town coming together for the Fourth of July, hear the band and see the games... it was terrific!
It would be Eve and Cassandra... I liked the direction their relationship took as young adults, when the complications and simplicity of childhood were removed. I liked Eve's idealism, even as she was (due to her youth) so sure of herself; and Cassandra's wrestling with her guilt of how she lived her life.
I enjoyed this look at coming of age in Prohibition-era Ohio. Tatlock has a knack of providing Christian characters who are complex - doing something illegal for a good cause, or something good for the wrong reasons. I think Eve is older than many of Tatlock's other protagonists, which is both a blessing and a drawback. Either way, this book is a welcome addition to any Tatlock fan.
Morgan Hallet and Barbara Caruso were terrific narrators for their parts - Hallett for the majority of the book, Caruso for the prologue and epilogue.
The narrator. her dialogue was very good, but her narrative passages were read in this really annoying way, with weird pauses, and she sounded SOOOOO bored. As a period piece, this was a good book, but will read it in print rather than audio.
No! While her dialogue was good, there was something stilted and off about her narrative first-person portions.
I wanted to like this book... but the narration was a poor choice.
Definitely! Hannah Curtis BECAME Anna Lindsay. She is dry and whitty when needed, in the depths of despair when called for.
Anna, of course, and Pete, who loves her and supports her and treats her like a human, not just someone with a disability/
yes! It is short enough to read on a long road trip, detailing all the ways Anna lives a happy and fulfilled life, with her hopes and dreams and successes and setbacks.
Terrific book! In some ways, ehr experiences are similar to living with blindness, yet very different. She is all-too-human, with an unusual disability, trying to find a way to carve out a fulfilling life outside the presence of many forms of light.
What a fighter!
Definitely! For years I have been curious about Jonestown - more about the people who followed Jim Jones to their deaths than about the man himself. A couple of years back I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" (a brilliant book in its own right), a thorough journalistic look at Jones and his followers. Deborah Layton laid herself bare in "Seductive Poison," detailing how she herself got drawn in to Jones' orbit, her rise to power in Peoples' Temple, her disillusion, escape, and putting her life back together.
I must also say that Kathe Mazur's performance was superb! Her depiction of Jones - in either his caring or brutal persona - was chilling and believable. Deborah's fear, sorrow, and fumbling are portrayed realistically.
it is a great companion piece to "A Thousand Lives". ATL is more journalistic and deals more with the suicides themselves; "Seductive Poison" is more personal, about one woman's own journey of self-discovery and deprogramming. But these together and you have a comprehensive look at Jonestown!
Her performance was superb here and turned a great memoir into a terrific audiobook
If you have any interest in Jonestown specifically, or indoctrination in general, or if you like to read about resilience against impossible odds, read this book!
The book, yes! I loved Elizabeth Wein's companion to this, "Code Name Verity". Even Maddie makes appearances in both books... But as an audiobook, I don't think I would recommend it. Sasha Pick has a cartoonish voice for Rosia, which made me want to cover my ears in protest. And her German and French pronunciations are also off.
It did. As an American narrator, I did enjoy Sasha Pick, but for foreign accents (French, Polish) and Rosia's character in particular, I didn't enjoy so much.
Read the book, skip the audio, unless you can get this book on sale like I did.
I have always been fascinated by Jonestown. What would cause people to give up their lives, minds and bodies to this man? At first, I thought this book was well-rounded and informative, but the narration was flat, with mispronounced words (possibly due to misspellings in the printed text?) and graphic sexual scenes that seemed to be only there for shock value.
I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" and plan on reading "Seductive Poison", which I hope will bring humanity to this tragedy.
It actually did. But 12 hours of slogging through this text just didn't do it for me, especially with this flat (not monotone, just flat) performance.
Definitely! I loved both the author and the narrator! They were both engaging, poignant and humorous in the right spots. I loved it
The whole thing was a tgerrific read about identity, race, family, and perceptoin.
I have not. My quibble with his performance is less about his narration and more about the post-production. The narrator was very good, but switches in audio quality - even mid-sentence - became incredibly distracting to an audiophile with a good set of headphones...
Both! I laughed out loud in some places, and cried at some moving moments.
This book is less about Lev's journey to find the people who assisted him as a child, and more about his experiences as a refugee, then an immigrant; as a Jew and an anti-Semite. While this was not a bad thing, the publisher's description talks more about his journey to locate the people who assisted him.
Terrific read, either way!
I would. It is the story of the Girls who lived in and passed through Room 28 at a concentration camp during WWII. It is both a hard book to read and a testament to the power of youth struggling to keep their innocence and having to grow up beyond their years.
I liked many of the characters. They were painted primarily with humanity and complexity.
I have! This is a good performance in general and for Toren in particular
There were many. It has several moving portions, both in their sadness and in their hope.
I learned many things in reading this book. I had NO idea that the Germans created certain concentration camps to act as the face of Jewish ghettos. Not all camps were houses of horror, but some were "better" than others.
What a moving testament to youth, innocence, friendship and hope!
I enjoyed the intertwining stories, what made these two men take the paths they did.
It actually made me uncomfortable. What brought these men to this place? What are their families like now? While I cannot say that I would have made the decisions Rais did, I understand the place he came from. My Christian faith also extols forgiveness.
This is an important read. It does ask more questions than it answers, but I loved it for its messiness and non-preachy look at some pretty intense topics - nature vs. nurture, religion, terrorism, patriotism...
Well worth your time and credit!
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