I have listened to this book and its sequel, "A Certain Girl" twice now. I love the character Cannie and the sympathetic approach to large women Jennifer Weiner provides. The instruction for me is the description of Jewish traditions in a very understandable way.
Now, this is hard. Cannie would be my favorite with close behind Maxie and Peter.
She does the different voices clear so you know who is speaking but not distracting. Great narrator for this book and its sequel.
I had no problem with the narrator. This is a simple romance and as far as I was concerned was a fun listen, requiring little sophistication in narration. The romance in this first book of a quartet was very enjoyable and Carter, the man in this first romance was charming, vulnerable but very self assured about what he wanted in Mac.
No surprises in this series but fun listens and fun character development. Will never be recommended reading from a scholarly perspective but I have enjoyed listening a few times.
This book presents both the very personal anguish of helping one's loved ones through the end of life and the economic drivers behind some life saving medical treatments and the conflicts inherently involved.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone brushed by the topics of aging, dying, illness and choosing medical interventions.
I enjoyed the narrator very much. She added to character development as much as the story offered.
In a nutshell, Annie is a woman who did everything "right" in her role as mother and wife only to be discarded by her rich and arrogant husband a few minutes after they sent their only child off to Europe to study. She returns to her home town, finds her anger, her high school first love in difficult situation, is able to help him and his 6 year old daughter heal from a major trauma, and realize that she lost her personhood to marriage and motherhood. I have listened to it a few times as I really appreciate the transformation of Annie from modern woman passive to modern woman awake.
There are so many novels that deal with this theme it would be hard to choose.
Character development is helped so much by her narrative.
Terry, the best friend. Zany but wise and a very good friend.
Character development and the underlying fairy tale~
Yes, the writing is repetitive, the narration like finger nails on a chalkboard at times and the descriptions cloying at times. However, once you get through your irritation about these you might find, like I did, some strong character development. I found Anna and Christian interesting. Of course they are unreal to a great extent but over the series Ms. James does manage to allow each of them some personal growth. For me, I knew so little about the BDSM "life style", I may have even learned a lot. Realistic? No idea.
The most obvious, of course, is Anna revealing her virginity.
Only and I mean ONLY if there was just one character would I subject myself to the torture of her extreme and unpleasant rendering of most of the characters other than Anna and even then the whininess could be grating.
The ending, of course.
Read or listen to the book like it is a fairy tale, full of extreme and repeated situations and some attractive characters. Don't worry about the literary value. Not the point.
I am old enough to remember the Kennedy "Camelot" story and where I was when I heard that Kennedy had been shot. I have heard rumors and stories about what a womanizer he was alleged to be but this book makes it all so much more real.
I guess we all need to draw our own conclusions about Jack Kennedy. I enjoyed listening to the story but it almost seemed like a fairy tale - so bold!!
Good to hear that Ms. Alford has come through intact and she can now tell her story. Fortunately, I think she is a good and thoughtful writer.
The truth of the Madoff story will not be known for decades. Stephanie Madoff Mack tells a personal and very difficult tale from her own perspective and experience. I enjoyed listening to this book and feel very badly for all the people whose lives have been so very damaged by the actions of Bernie Madoff.
Didn't take long to figure out how this was going to end and the two main characters were fun and quite principled for all their folly. Good listening for a somewhat mindless novel.
Told from parents' perspective and from their interpretation of their son's comments. Sounds like parents are strong fundamentalist Christians who interpreted son's experiences from a strictly biblical point of view. I felt like I was listening to a sermon more than a small child's story though it was very interesting and not without merit.
Cannot explain why but I did not care for the narrator or the style of writing. Often I listen to my books a few times but I don't think I will revisit this one.
Enjoyable but doesn't reach Jennifer Cruise's usually more provocative level of topics and writing. I listened to this book as I was doing my Christmas shopping and don't think I missed much.
Still, a good chick romantic novel.
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