Yes and no. Reading it in print would have been more challening with the French and German language, and having the author narrate the book did add a few things to it... but I think the book stands on its own either way
I liked the historical and biographical connections. it was very well done
Yes. The story is meant to be savored, not devoured, and Leslie Maitland's narration does succeed to that end
As another reviewer put it, Blackstone could and should have done a better job toward the end of the book of editing out the re-takes. There are several repeats of the same few sentences.
Also, I have to say that I do not agree with the author's final conclusions regarding the love story in this book. She does do a good job of detailing the complex emotions of her parents' lives and marriages, balancing her love for her father with her anger at his faults; I wish she had done the same with the relationship between Janine and her long-lost love.
I enjoyed this novel, with two connected characters with separate story lines, both of whom are dealing with baggage - one physical due to morbid obesity, the other buried under the weight of his family life and pressures of being a poor kid in a wealthy school. These characters are linked through one woman - Arthur's former student and Kel's mother. it is almost like reading two parallel stories that may or may not intersect, and I find the hope shown once both men open themselves up to others is inspiring and a joy to read.
Both. I normally do not like Kirby Heyborne for some reason I don't quite understand, but he in particular has exceeded my expectations. The other narrator was also spectacular. Performances like this can lift a mediocre book to goodness, or a good book (like this one) to greatness.
Just read this book! I wasn't sure about Kirby Heyborne, but am glad I got this book on sale - though I would have gladly paid a credit for this gem of a book. I can't wait until Liz Moore's next offering!
I loved Chester's simple way of communicating his life experiences, interposed with Native spirituality, neither glossing over bad parts nor glorifying their horror. The complex relationship between a Navajo and the US Government is complex and sticky, and I never once considered it, even though we have similar concerns with First Nations people here in Canada.
His narration neither dramatizes nor monotone, he was a fantastic narrative choice for this book.
Well worth your time, money and/or credit; I like this man's outlook, his faith, his courage.
I think the story had potential, though perhaps it might have been more effective if Emma had been born blind, rather than (like most fiction involving blind characters) an accident caused her blindness.
I liked some of the humour, as well as the descriptions of some of the adjustments that Emma had to go through. I didn't like Emma's pity parties (I would never drive a car, have a job, get married, lose my virginity...") While there are moments of this in every blind person's life, I found that she used this as an excuse. And taking Spark to school? Her behavior in this regard both shows her immaturity and could cause damage to ACTUAL blind high school students who have guide dogs...
I loved her as a narrator. I am just sorry that she cut her teeth on this book.
No. As a blind person myself, I have mixed emotions about blind people portrayed in literature and movies. I don't expect all authors to get it completely right, but I do expect someone who spent time around blind people not to get it THIS wrong...
On one hand, as a book itself, it is compulsively readable, but as an audiobook, it doesn't quite work. It is entirely centered around a journal, which doesn't translate into good audio. I found my mind wandering while I was trying to focus, which is a tragedy, because this book - as a book - is a good read!
It started out terrific, but then it degenerated into almost a torture porn scenario. It relies on a pretty severe coincidence...
I don't think so.
I loved this narrator... she did the best she could with the material she was given.
This book relies on one coincidence after another - two girls meet one day as children, and by the end of the day, their lives are changed forever. They never see each other again until, years later, with new names, a chance encounter has them recognizing each other when one is writing a news story at the amusement park where the other ie employed...
Then it degenerates into mental walls with sex scenes in a hall of mirrors, and on and on we go...
I wanted to like this, and I think the premise would've been handled differently in other hands, but Marwood just didn't do it for me.
Better than most, because it IS Lynn Austin. It's quirky and lighthearted like "A Proper Pursuit", but doesn't handle the many issues with such grace...
Both. It was quite amusing having a protagonist talk about the unbelievability of a life situation that wouldn't have been believable in a book...
This book is a welcome addition to Austin's collection of well-done inspirational novels.
I am normally not a big kate Forbes fan, but her voice is actually well-suited to this one.
This is not Austin's best book, but is well worth the light read.
I loved the vivid descriptions of India, both before and during the war. I wish there were more well-rounded male characters, but that's a minor quibble. Massey has a wonderful gift of language.
I love love LOVE this narrator... I would read just about anything she performs!
I enjoyed this book immensely, more as a character development than a plot-driven one - the plot relies on a couple of coincidences that might have, in less skillful hands, caused me to put the book down. But Massey can turn a phrase with a poetic ring that does not dip down to sentimentalism.
There are portions that are difficult to read, but not explicit for their own sake; I had concerns about this based on the synopsis regarding what a "sleeping dictionary" is. I am glad that this book is so well-done and well-read!
Let me start off by saying that I like Nicolette McKenzie as a narrator, and have read Jojo Moyes' other books (I immensely enjoyed "me before You" and "The Ship of Brides"). Moyes either writes really well - even for beach reads - or her books are just predictable and a bit frustrating. Unfortunately, Silver Bay is not up to Moyes' talents, and having two narrators voice 5 or 6 characters was just a bit too much.
More the author than the book itself. In many ways it is over-committed, like Ivy, the protagonist. Lisa Samson has a wonderful knack of creating engaging characters who are Christians without being super-spiritual. But this book tends, like its heroine, to ramble on in a stream-of-consciousness style, taking on many themes and questions - some more successfully than others.
I have read her books in print, and like them immensely overall. This is not her best work, but tackles some important issues of faith and family.
Lisa Samson did not narrate this book; Barbara McCullough did. She is a good narrator, with the exception of her dialogue, which is hard to differentiate between characters.
Definitely. Rebecca's experiences are by turns unique and universal. She has had to come to terms with herself, her sexuality, what it manes to have a disability...
I have, and for the most part, I do like her narration. I will definitely check out more of her performances.
In portions, both.
Rebecca Alexander is by turns an enigma and an every-woman. She is both losing her sight and hearing, and has taken the controversial step of receiving a cochlear implant.
She is strong, capable, and very self-aware. Kudos to her for writing this book; I hope she writes more!
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