This biography is the story of a school, a teacher, and a classroom.
Christina Asquith became an emergency teacher to fill in the gaps due to a severe teacher shortage. Her training was in journalism, not education, but her boyfriend had spent some time as a teacher and tried to help as best he could.
There were times that this book was painful to read - the woeful lack of supplies for the students, the dichotomy between those students who were so advanced that they were bored and they weren't learning, and those who were so far behind that they could not learn. The students at times aggravated me and made me cry due to their home lives and even minor triumphs in spite of them.
Once you get past the first chapter, which is the history of the school, the book moves along crisply, detailing the endless politics, the frustrating disruptions both inside and outside the classroom, and the soul-searching of Christina herself.
The narrator, for the most part, did a good job with feeling, tone, inflection, and even accents. Her portrayal of the principal was endlessly annoying, and occasionally she would deepen her voice for a character unnecessarily.
This book is by turns heart-warming and heart-wrenching, and well worth the read.
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!
I was thrilled when this book became available for a short time on Audible in Canada, and scooped it up as fast as I could. Tana French has a gift for language and dialogue that is second to none.
Frank mackey both engaged and aggravated me in French's "The Likeness", and his voice and pitch and ghosts in this novel are drawn by a master's hand. A light happy read, this is not, and in fact the first couple of hours detailed such a dysfunctional family that I almost gave up. I am glad I kept on going, and was rewarded with a smartly written novel with complex characters (even the ones I hated) and a setting so true to life that I could feel the rickety stairs beneath my feet and hear the goings-on of Faithful Place's inhabitants.
Tim Gerard Reynolds became Frank Mackey. Though his voice differentiation was not very strong, his dialogue - funny, sad, singing Irish wake songs - was superb!
All round, this is a welcome addition to French's booklist, and is a smartly written character-driven story of the ties that bind a man, a family, a neighborhood, and the wounds that tear them apart.
I love Tana French's gift of language. She can turn a phrase so well that you can feel the grass under your feet, see the moonlight in the night sky, and feel every emotional detail.This book relies on the most unlikely of premises, but Tana French carries it off with ease. This novel is tangled and messy and wonderful.
The solving of the mystery, of course, though I found it was a bit drawn out... the descriptions of the parties, the five friends.
She did a fantastic job with this one, even singing! Most narrators are not strong singing vocalists, but heather O'Neill was fantastic!
Other reviewers were not able to get past the unlikely premise and the length of this book. Don't let this stop you! I was able to get past the first, and the length of the book twists and turns around other parts, so any shortening may have detracted from the punches the story was meant to deliver.Chilling, tragic, well-crafted.
Hard to say. the audio version was much more readable, if for no other reason than the book is much moreof a character-driven novel than a plot-driven one. It moseys along nicely, but can be hard to get through.
I liked the character developemtn, how the characters themselves changed, even as their relationship changed with them.
Julia Gibson is an OK narrator; she is not my favorite because she can read very flatly on occasion. But she does a good job with the emotions in this book.
I loved Moriarty's first novel, The Center of Everything, and her most recent offering, The Chaperone; this is not as strong as either offering, but Moriarty has a wonderful knack of depicting the everydayness of her characters' lives.
A worthwhile read for her fans, but definitely not her strongest offering.
Definitely. I have a relative who struggles with depression and anxiety, and this book gives me much more empathy and understanding for people living with these afflictions.
make no mistake, this book is not just a clinical treatise; it is very personal in its depiction of finding relief from debilitating anxiety of flying, vomiting, and performance.
I enjoyed this narration immensely. It neither added unnecessary "pep" nor lulled me to sleep. It was just a good straight-up reading of this book.
Well worth your time and credit!
I enjoyed Mr. Massaquoi's introspection, and his willingness to acknowledge his mistakes without beating himself up or excusing them. Things were the way they were, and- good, bad or ugly - everyone had to try and survive in nazi Germany even if one's race made them an obvious potential target.
I have never listened to his performances, but I will definitely check them out soon. His German is a little awkward, but this is a minor quibble in a stellar performance.
This book made me think about how any culture views race. Even as a white person, my lack of acknowledgement of race is, by itself, a comment on my racial views. I will pick up this book again.
Hilarious, inspiring, eye-opening
Her narration has shades of brilliance! I laughed out loud in places. It's not polished, especially with accents in the beginning, but no one can describe their haircut from hell better than themselves!
Saying goodbye to her friend in Thailand, reconnecting to friends and family in Minnesota.
The prologue alone is worth the money and/or credit. The rest of the book is fantastic, detailing some of the hardships along the way: unreliable crew, repeated questions, the constantly having to be "on," and more.
I laughed and cried - mostly laughed - and will take on thing away from this book:
When you find a way over every hurdle in your path and nothing but success is an option.
it is a very unique read. All 99 stories are reflections on home repair, society, life, growing older, gaining experience, and the people that populate our world - the kind, flighty, sad, funny, and just plain weird. I normally don't like this style of book, but joe Cottonwood is so humorous - and I've lived through hellish home repairs - that I gobbled this boo's bite-sized portions in two gulps!
I loved the accessible writing of Joe Cottonwood. he is just the type of construction worker I would want working on my house! he is streetsmart, witty, and introspective, and seems to learn from each new experience over the years.
I loved it! it is not polished and professional, but just like a great-uncle is telling me stories of his glory days.
this book is great! it flows, in a manner of speaking, but each of the 99 stories of home repairs, relationships, moving on and growing up stand on their own, so you can either - as I did - flip the pages speedily or pick it up and put it down. Well worth the nearly 12 hours and the credit.
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