It's up near the top. It had all the elements of great story telling, it presented atmosphere, characters and a story line that wove through multiple levels.
Will Henry, the first chief won my heart right from the start.
I was very involved in the story line, as I loved the homespun quality of the setting.
I always find the audio version more intense, and in a story such as this it's even more effective.
I found it a revelation that the boys were not outcasts, nor abused or neglected or in any other way victims themselves, it was the central point of the tale. They were just evil - amoral and incapable of real compassion. They don't deserve our compassion, people like this need to be channeled and restrained for the good of society. If we can identify them early and accept what they are we (society as a whole) might find a use for them but if not, they should be destroyed or contained before they destroy others.
Is sociopathy another type of birth defect? We wouldn't let a blind person drive a car, and we shouldn't let a sociopath free in our school system.
I know this is harsh, but isn't what they did to the kids they went to school with, and the community at large harsh also? They left scars on their country and what's worse, they wanted to leave scars. The ultimate victory may belong to Eric and Dylan.
Mr. Leslie read the story without undue drama. The story itself was the drama and his cool demeanor enhanced the effect.
I was moved by everything the victims and their survivors suffered and the heroic way some of them coped, but mostly I was so sorry for the boys' parents, who were vilified and crucified and as blameless as any of the other victims. Their boys used them without mercy. And they and the people they sought out to help were completely beyond their depth dealing with the reality of these kids.
It's hard to describe the chilling effect of finding out these were ordinary kids, at least on the surface, that their parents were involved and caring and administered discipline in accepted manner and were struggling to keep them on track. It was scary too, to know the entire thing might have been prevented if the police had acted sooner, or if the counselors had been more experienced with antisocial behavior and been able to recognize what they were dealing with - they were involved in plenty of time to sideline the ultimate outcome but totally failed to recognize the depth of the psychopathic disease festering in these boys.
I felt a little James Lee Burke in this story, only not as graphically violent as Burke can be. Lyrical descriptions and evolving characters kept the story moving and insightful. The descriptions of the places were evocative and detailed but not overdone. The story flowed, giving a sense of the place and the events as they developed through the years.
The personalities resonated with truth, they were not overdrawn into caricatures but fleshed out to become real. The story left just enough to the imagination to seem like they were actual. Even the parts not resolved had a ring of truth. As will all really good stories you didn't want the book to end. I wanted to know how Larry and Silas made out after the dust had settled.
Definitely worth the time to read!
He sounded like the real deal, he was Silas, and he added the right amount of emphasis without overdoing it. Easy voice to listen to and never overly emotive, as some audio performers can be.
Angie, the girlfriend, although a minor character I'd like to here her side of Silas's evolution!
I was impressed and delighted by the depth of the characters and the ease of weaving the past and the present. This is truly a gifted writer and I'll be looking for more of his books in the future!
If you like character-driven stories that slowing chip away the outer shell of a person and reveal the soft inner core this is a story you will enjoy. No astounding action, no breath-taking plot. A simple walk undertaken by a simple man for a simple reason. And all the pieces carefully woven together to form the story of Harold Fry and his little family.
This is the kind of story that has your mind wandering back to it and rethinking it for weeks after. I didn't quite buy the ending, maybe a little too trite for this otherwise unique piece of writing. I'll look forward to more Rachel Joyce books in the future.
Harold, of course, everyone else was adjunct to him.
I liked the scene where the doctor is caring for Harold's feet. So much gentle humanity and from a character not likely to show this side to just anyone.
The reconciliation of Harold Fry, although I think Pilgrimage is a better choice.
I sincerely enjoyed this, the struggles to do this ridiculous thing, walk 500 miles to be at the deathbed of Queenie....it's extraordinary and mundane all at the same time. Well done story that slowly peels away the years of pain and suffering covering the Fry family's wounds to show the painful truths and enduring love inside each of them.
Page by page Grisham weaves a story that intrigues and entangles the reader. Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? You can't help but laugh out loud as a few of the plot twists and turns are revealed. Well crafted tale from one of today's masters and he lives up to his reputation with this must-read story!
perfectly done! Great modulation without undue emphasis that might have led the listener to draw a conclusion. I will be seeking more of Mr. Jackson's readings in the future.
yes, but I didn't. I took it over the course of a few days, eagerly returning to it whenever I could.
Just exactly what I want when I pick up a Grisham book!
yes, because the story is so good and the characters so vivid and sympathetic
Maybe Sophie's Choice, it was that sad.
This narrator was very hard to understand, his accent was a bit too much and his volume was low ( I mean his projection, I guess)
Be Careful What You Wish for....
This is a very sad love story, a nearly perfect love torn apart because of the man's need to give her all she ever wanted. Be careful what you wish for - there is always a price to be paid. In this story it was paid by everyone.
I loved it though and look forward to the author's next endeavor. I'll be there waiting for it!
Yes, I will listen to it again, it's a magnifcent story of self discovery and growth and it's true and you know it's true which makes it an actual inspirational experience. I wish I were still in my 20s or 30s or 40s or even 50s, I do this. In fact, I might do it anyway, just in short intervals and probably with a companion.
Her exposure of her grief and the coming to terms with her mother and her mother's shortcomings. This was so incredibly real, and universal. We all have to undergo a sea change in our lives that brings our parents into focus, if they die too soon it's so much harder to get there. I felt badly for cheryl but I didn't pity her, I found her facinating.
Yes, she is a favorite of mine. She modulates well and expresses without overdoing. Some readers can inject too much of their own feelings into a reading and this takes away from my own reactions. Bernadette doesn't do this. I love her voice.
no, I wanted to think about Cheryl's journey from one listen to another, sometimes replaying a section, to get the full extent. How brave she was! But brave in that naivee way we can be when we don't fully appreciate what we're getting ourselves into!
Some people won't find this at all interesting, the story of a girl walking. But I loved it and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in self exploration and self actualization. If you aren't there yet, wait until you are. It's worth the read!
I don't have a good answer for that since I only listened to the audiobook, but I'd rather read it than not indulge at all! I just love audiobooks though, they are the perfect activity for long otherwise boring drives, for mindless household tasks (like folding laundry or washing dishes or as in my case painting walls!)
I can't chose one, the story wound itself out, I love the parts that make Harry human, the tough guy raising a daughter and glimpses into his home life add so much to the overall story. But chose one moment? Can't do it.
Connelly knows how to flesh out his characters, they become real people with real motivations. Harry is a favorite of mine and I love him even more as he ages in these stories, he has his own life, his own reality to me. That's Connelly's talent, to take the 2 dimensional and make it live.
the story pulled me in...I didn't really feel compelled to read it, it was on the best seller list for ages before I gave in and I found the child's voice to be a little too precious at first, but then the story started to draw me into it and then it gripped me and I found all the characters to be very engaging and life like.
Hands down I loved 'MA' and also Grandma, so very real I felt they were my friends - I wanted to give them a cup of herbal tea and a shoulder to cry on...they did right by this little boy in a harrowing experience. they felt that real to me!
Well done, by all the performers, especially the child,
'There's no place like ROOM'
I'm glad I invested in this book, and I'd recommend it to everyone, just give it a chance to draw you in and then take the ride...it's a unique story with a unique point of view that will stay with you for quite awhile.
Not as intriguing as Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and this writer is compared to Stieg Larrson but this novel at least doesn't come close to that. It's a good listen, though the characters just aren't as appealing, I didn't find myself unable to stop listening. Just in the middle of the pack, not overly good or bad.
didn't have one, that was the problem, none of them caught my imagination or inspired my symphathy.....
He has a unique way of phrasing that I often found disquieting, it's as if he runs out of breath.
I will try later novels by this writer but I don't see him reaching the same level as Stieg Larrson. It's unlike I'll eagerly await his next book as I do with my favorites!
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