Laguna Niguel, CA, United States | Member Since 2012
Fresh. Ingenious. Engaging.
The integrity of each and every character held. People didn't change suddenly to suit the storyline. The storyline weaved around the characters and who they were
The scene in the grass at the end.
Mostly how touchingly everybody grew together, and towards the end grew together for the love of the little girl Emily.
The author, one of my personal favorites, did an amazing job of conveying both integrity in the characters & in the integrity of her storyline. I found myself deeply caring about most all of these characters. It was an excellent book.
I really appreciated the research that went into writing this book and the effort to paint the picture of what we were seeing and where they were in Ethiopia and other European areas such as Italy. I've always appreciated that about his books ...that while you listened you could picture yourself there. But the storyline in this was terribly weak. And the three or four main characters in it were vapid and one-dimensional. He never has written women particularly well but in this case it was the worst. Vivianne was not very impressive. Her two sidekicks were so unsympathetic to me as a reader that I really didn't care what happened to anybody by the time I was three quarters of the way through the book.
No. In the case of this particular writer it's understandable that he loved the feeling of this book. I also sometimes go back and read things that I wrote 20 or 30 years ago appreciating the feeling of writing it but I don't subject other people to it. Perhaps he has learned his lesson. I'm sure he reads these reviews.
Scott's intonations in characters are amazing but even he couldn't rescue this book.
There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book...it was just brilliant. It was moving witty and funny and ironic and daring and bold.
Samantha of course!
Life… It's not for everyone!
This blend of very well written prose and the political and social events that occurred in the late 1960's was really quite entertaining. I really enjoyed learning about what our country was like in 1968 in upper income suburbia. At that point in my own life I was 10 years old but completely unaware of what was going on politically and socially. Very neatly interspersed with this is the story of a family completely closed off and safe in their little world of the privileged... Yet unraveling quickly. This writer captures the most unusual things regarding feminism and women's feelings and communication between men and women. I expected a good story however I really was entertained, educated and enlightened. I've been reading Patterson's books since the first one he ever wrote ...and this is by far without question is best. I have an 88 mile a day commute so I 'read 'a lot of books audibly and this narrator did a fantastic job as well. Bravo!!
Ironically ...in retrospect the build up to the scene where Whitney wants to surprise Peter in the city and her entire world unravels from that moment…… I don't want to spoil it however I realized much later how the way the setting up of the scene,... the way everything was described in detail so well that it was like a haunting melody had started to a drumroll of feeling. A slow motion start to the roller coaster coming.
Too many to mention.
Listen to this book. The narrator does a great job with east coast genteel accents. And the story is very moving.
I have countless times recommended the Carol Goodman books because of their complete and total ability to immerse yourself in a creatively, descriptively, well detailed storyline and emotional landscape. I was a tad hesitant to start into a different path with this author, NOT being a demon-devil-fairy type book reader. Love mysteries and thrillers, but "Juliet" writes with some serious complexity and strong prose... and it''s hard to put her books down, darn it, regardless of the subject matter. I'm IN!PS: I know the narrator as well, the lovely Justine Eyre so of course, I HAD to try the first Juliet Dark book. It's very very addicting, and I'm on to the sequel and pre-ordered the 3rd of the trilogy.
the strong bind between certain characters and I really like how she steadfastly refused to introduce is the the soon to be ex boyfriend, as if he didn't matter much, which he did not.
Her variety of voices, old and young! She is very talented!
Callie's elimination of Liam. That had to be terribly hard for her.
Even if you don't like other-world themes in your books, stop and take the time to try this one. Then, go into audible.com and download The Night Villa and anything else Carol Goodman's written. You won't be disappointed!!
I'm not certain I'd listen to the same book right away, knowing the ending, but it's very entertaining. The narrator is absolutely terrific in all voices, both ethnic and southern accented.
Absolutely couldn't wait to hear this book READ aloud. The narrator seemed to capture the sound and heart of each character.
The way he lowered his voice at the saddest, heartfelt moments... it was so appropriate. His voice inflections were spot-on.His descriptions of people helped you SEE them in your mind's eye.
This was one of the best reads/listens in a long time, and this authors now in my top 5 faves of all time, that's for sure. It's a very engaging listen. I enjoyed the detailed expounding on trial procedure because it was for the sake of the story. This is one amazing author!
The dual story line was masterful.
Rose Connolly. Her character and strength were solid. I also liked Julia.
Not that I know of.
I really enjoyed this dual story line and it was very educational in a few ways ... Historical.
Great writing by Tess Gerritsen. Extraordinary!!!
A page turner!
I'd compare his writing to Turow.
This book is a fabulous first by a new author. It was compelling in a legal thriller type way with quite a personal twist. The narrator was excellent and his pace was great too.
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