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.
Yes. This book is the chronicle of three Americans who were lured across the Iranian border and sent to prison - 1 year for Sara, two years for Josh and Shane. Their complex relationship with each other, the pain, frustration and deprivations of prison, and their resillience in matters both emotional and physical was displayed in full in this chronicle.
The perspective that prison forced them to adopt. It was complex and gripping.
The narrators for Shane and Josh were much better than the narrator for Sarah.. For some reason, her male voices were grating and annoying, and her "accents" were nonexistent. The male narrators were much more emotive and with better accents.
Yes. This book scared me, made me angry, and astounded me with the wonder of little thigns that constitute freedom.
Yes! I have listened to it several times. The strength is in the narrations by Bahni Turpin and Octavia Spencer, who carry the rougher performances of Cassandra Campbell and Jenna Lamia. The story is multi-layered, the characters believable.
Both! There are portions of this book that made me angry, others that made me cry
I normally don't read overly popular books, largely because they often don't live up to the hype. I'm glad I made an exception for this one!
her narration is wonderful. Many narrators have atrocious accents, but she is wonderful at all accents, emotions, and even narrative passages. I enjoyed this book, but her narration improved it immensely.
No. This book is best savored in bite-sized pieces.
Yes, yes, YES! I read this book in print four or five years ago, and was thrilled when I found it, by chance, on Audible. The author's style was more oral than literary, as though I were sitting across the table from him, drinking a cup of coffee. The narrator is superb; I only wish there were more of his performances on Audible.
The story is not always happy, sometimes brutal in its descriptions of the lengths one went to survive... and yet, it is not bitter - a testament to Victor herman himself.
When Victor met Galina, and his descriptions of Galina's devotion to him.
This book is worth all the potatoes you can eat (read the book to understand). I would have gladly spent more than one credit on this book, and will be purchasing it for a friend to share in the fascinating read.
Yes and no. I enjoyed the beginning of the book, describing the Beatles' start, their rise to fame, and the cultural backdrop that contributed to and caused their success. Toward the second half of the book, however, there are several passages that describe in verbose detail the making of albums and the attributes of each song. Several hours could have been removed from this book just from editing those out. One would have to be a HUGE fan of the Beatles and/or a musician to understand much of the later lingo.
Another reviewer indicated frustration with Richard Aspel's odd pauses, and I must confess I found them grating as well. With that exception, he did a very good job of narrating, particularly when he was being flippant.
Overall, this book may appear to music history buffs, cultural history buffs, fans of the Beatles who may want a comprehensive biography... But I am not interested enough in these topics - or perhaps their intertwining as compiled by Gould - to wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Yes. This book speaks to me on many levels. I have connections to visual impairment, Christianity, singer/songwriting, and organ transplant recipients. This book touches all those elements and more.
Scott, Christina, Scott's mom. I wish I had gotten to know Katelyn and Scott's father more. I felt like I learned about Scott, his mom, and his brother...
Some of the narration was flat, some was a little too over-dramatic. Overall, he did a good job.
I found this book was, for the most part, a great addition to singer-songwriter biographies. Scott's description of life as a visually impaired performer was compelling. Though some passages are repetitive, self-agrandising, or over-dramatic, I will read this book again. I laughed and cried and was scared in equal measure for Scott and his family. Good job!
I enjoyed the comparisons of midwifery over the years, and Virginia's journey was fascinating reading...
But I couldn't get past the egoism. "Every time *I* asked about the wisdom of this treatment, I kept being told no." "I do this because I was treated this way and I didn't like it." Perhaps it's the delivery, but it drives me crazy!
The narrator was beautiful! I will read more of her books as soon as I sarch for them.
Yes. Juanita McMahon did a beautiful job narrating this book. Beatrice, her mother, even Tess came to life in startling clarity.
The weave between past and present... and the plot devices used... I didn't see many of them coming!
Her narration was just pitch-perfect and brilliant! I wish she read more thrillers or general market fiction, and fewer romances... but that's just me.
I read this book when it first came out, and I adored it. When I found it on Audible, I snapped it right up! This book is more character-focused and more layered and nuanced than a standard thriller. Action scenes are minimal, so if you want a shoot-'em-up book this might be "boring" (to quote another reviewer). But if you want a beautifully rendered book with character realization and wonderful wordsmithing... this is so worth a credit!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the good, the bad, the ugly. The narrators were wonderful!
As a visually impaired woman myself, I found that Cathy's journey expressed many of the frustrations that I have felt.
Riding the elephants... or climbing the mountain.
The whole description of Cathy and Bernard climbing the mountain in Peru. I could almost feel the exhaustion, the euphoria, and everything along the way.
Cathy and bernard, of course... but the friends they met along the way were amazing!
I don't know what book John S. was reading... details about blindness were all over this book - the feelings, practicalities, even little annoyances. The one thing that made little sense to me was Cathy's insistence on Bernard guiding her through washrooms... perhaps it's a British thing, but I've never had a problem taking a cane or a guide dog into an unfamiliar washroom.
I generally did not find Cathy used her vision loss as a crutch, but simply made statements like "the white cane didn't speed things along" in the Iranian embassy as more of a contrast to how she was treated in other countries, but that might just be me.
This book is well worth your money or credit. Wonderful narration, fantastic descriptions, and a push to live a dream.
Yes, I have listened to it twice, and each time I am shocked, pained, and heartened anew with the stories of these six ordinary heroes - and obviously others like them - who have been able to escape such a tragic totalitarian regime.
yes. Karen White is not one of my favorite narrators, but she did a reasonable job on this one.
This book is well worth your read. It is well-researched but anything but dry. For those who don't have an interest in Korean War politics and want to know what life is like in North Korea, this is an un-put-downable read!
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