I enjoyed the everyday aspects of this book. Meredith Hall has a way of making words sing, making even ordinary things like the habits of childhood classmates sound poetic. Her use of the present tense continually through this novel both gives it immediacy and provides some confusion for the reader, as it seems to jump around with no particular purpose (particularly in the second half of the book).
I have not, but I think I will. She did a very good job here, and I would like to hear more!
This is a good book, detailing the pain of being forced to put a baby up for adoption, with really no say in the matter; the cruelty of ostratization, the complicated relationships between parents and children.
I would love to see Meredith Hall put her hand to novel-writing or poetry; I think she would do an amazing job as well.
Perhaps the continuous present-tense narration was used as a device to denote aimlessness and being, as the title suggests, without a map; however, it is a bit frustrating as a reader because the shifts in time don't appear to make any particular sense, particularly at the end of the book. This aside, it is a solid biography, and I would love to read anything else Ms. Hall wishes to write.
It wasn't "enjoyable" in the sense that it was a happy read - in fact, it really and truly was not a happy read - but it was well-written, with real characters that felt real, raw, honest emotions, without the over-flowery pretty language that authors who create such characters seem to use. The narration was spot-on, turning a good book itno an outstanding performance.
yes. It was a difficult read, depicting a family already in crisis going through the necessary messy changes of recovery from a brain injury - the overwhelming expectations of older children and the other parent, the hopes and shattered innocence of the younger children...
I read Meyers' "The Murderer's Daughters" years ago, and I didn't like it then. Perhaps now that I ghave matured - and enjoyed this book so much - I will go back and read it.
I will also check out Susan Bennett's other narrations; if they're half as good as this, time and credits well spent!
Definitely. The narrators were wonderful choices for the characters, depicting the dreams and fears and memories of two people who survived war and love and loss long ago, their marriages to each other and others, the longing... I can't even begin to describe how thrilled I am with these narrator choices.
The depiction of the concentration camps and some of the resistance work... the deprivation... it is not happy reading, but it is unforgetable.
Yes, both... and this one shines above them all.
This is not an easy read... depicting with an artist's precision the love and loss and anger and pain experienced by the main characters. I purchased this book on sale, but it would be well worth the credit.
This is not just a love story, but a story of war, of family, of unforgetable tenderness.
Yes. This book would've best been served as a novella. It drags on so long, and honestly doesn't go anywhere. The characters just ring flat in some places and act emotionally overrun in others.
Perhaps the narration also contributed to this thought; no narrator shines in this performance either.
The relationship between Holly and her parents and children was the most interesting; the least interesting was probably the gunman and his identity and motive.
I have listened to some of these narrators before; some are better than others, but as an ensemble I just couldn't finish.
This is not up to the potency of Gudenkauf's "The Weight of Silence" or the strong female leads in "These Things Hidden." I wanted to like this book, but it just meanders along with rabit trails that lead nowhere and everywhere, and I know that Gudenkauf is up to better than this.
Definitely! I first heard this narrator in Lynn Austin's "A Proper Pursuit". Her voice is soothing and modulated and emotive... she did a fantastic job!
It is not a happy read, by any stretch, but it is a hopeful one. Nicole Baart tackles the difficult subject of suicide - seldom addressed in Christian fiction - with grace and complexity. Abby's obsession with the man she blames for her sister's death is complex and all-consuming, and Baart tackles many difficult subjects and point-of-view changes well.
No. Actually, I tried to get into this book several years ago and just couldn't; perhaps it was the brooding nature of portions, or the description of the suicide itself, but it took me putting it down years ago and picking it up again now, starting from the beginning, to really get into it.
As a Christian novel, it breaks many molds. Perhaps protestants will find the Catholic imagery a bit too heavy-handed, or Catholics may find it too protestant for their tastes, but as a Christian reader I have decided to take the book on its merits as a literary novel. It is skillfully drawn, with moments of beauty and moments of heartbreak, an ending I didn't see coming, and a fantastic performance by Jennifer Ikeda.
Definitely. Another reviewer stated that many people assumed that the troubles of the slaves were mostly over when the Civil War ended. But this does not indicate the continued sorrow of thwarted reunions and lack of education and work opportunities and the hate that pervaded the society toward, not only the negros themselves, but those who assisted them in any way.
it is gritty and hard to read, but well worth the time.
His voice is well-modulated, and he does slight characterizations, well-done, of both northern and southern, black and white. Fantastic narration!
There were many that made me sorrowful, those that made me cringe with the inhumanity of them...
I loved the hope in this book. Cedric was neither too good to be true, nor a real "bad boy", despite where he came from and some of the anger that engendered.
Ron Suskind did a fantastic job juxtaposing the smarts of this young man with the rigeurs of an Ivy League school, and the fallout of higher education for those who receive scholarships for an education for whcih they are simply ill-prepared.
I loved this book. It neither sugar-coats the life on the street that Cedric and his mother lived, nor gives us gratuitous shock value for the hard life that Cedric is subjected to.
I found myself rooting for Cedric, even while I was angry at an education system that short-changed him and kids like him; the kids have the smarts, but are not nurtured because the school system is so focused on dealing with the realities of a tough neighborhood. Classes are large, high absenteeism, gangs, drugs, guns... just everyday occurrences.
I have started to seriously question race, and what that has to do with how one looks at the world. As a Canadian, I have witnessed the government's inquiry into First nations residential schools and the effect they have had on subsequent generations. The high school described in this book reminds me of the Native school I volunteered at several years ago.
it is gritty and real and hopeful... worth your time!
I loved the complex nature of the relationships to a little boy. The end was brilliant and unexpected!
Bryn or Alison. Angela Lin is a good narrator as Claire, but I think another narrator might have been better as Charme.
I loved Heather Gudenkauf's "The Weight of Silence." This book was a well-written and well-read follow-up, well worth the time and credit.
Engrossing, heartbreaking, hopeful,
Michael Brock grew the most in the book, but I loved most of the supporting characters
Yes... and I have!
This was the first-ever Grisham book I read/listened to on Audio. At the time it was abridged, and narrated by Michael beck. Perhaps because of this, I did not find Frank Muller's performance as compelling as usual. One character is supposed to have a booming voice, and while Mr. Muller is a talented narrator, he just didn't pull it off with this book.
That having been said, it is an engrossing read, moving and heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. It has a special place in my heart among Grisham's audiobooks, and is one of my favorites.
As part of her series, this is by far the weakest story in it. It takes on too many rabbit trails (mysticism, high school girls), and uses a narrator plucked from a previous book. This all mixes together in a passable novel on its face, but French can do so much better
yes. All authors have a not-so-strong book, so I will be reading French's next offering.
I loved Tana French's first four books in varying degrees, but this one seemed a bit out there. Stephen hogan is a talented narrator, but he was the voice of Scorcher Kennedy in "Broken Harbor" , so it threw me for a loop. His teenaged girls' voices were really nasal and quite grating, and Lara Hutchison was neither a strong nor weak narrator.
For fans of Tana French, this is only good so far as to complete your library; for those who are new to her, read any of her other books... this one isn't in the same league.
Quite high. Tana French is one of my favorite authors, and this book paired with Stephen Hogan's narration is superb! I never saw the end coming!
I can't say I have a favorite character; all characters were flawed and fractious and well-drawn.
No, I haven't, but I want to get my hands on more!
There were many. Tana French depicts the chaos of mental illness with realism and chilling accuracy, and while I couldn't accept some of the decisions that were made, I grew to empathize with many of the characters.
This book was a thrillride, woven around itself again and again and again, and I loved the sheer messiness of it!
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