This should be the official book of Humane Societies everywhere. Who wouldn't want to adopt a dog after reading this. An absolute must for all animals lovers. If you've ever owned a dog, you'll simply melt. Awesome narration.
I think it's safe to say that the purpose of a book is to grab their audience, and keep them. When I find myself "forcing" myself to listen-on, simply because I paid good money for the listen ... the book rarely reverses that momentum (for me). Another early on abort for me. Once again, I was drawn by the reviews and ratings. My own Mom claimed to be mesmerized by this tale. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters, or define a storyline of interest. Too much descriptive ramble, and not enough storyline. This simply did not engage me, albeit as simple as I may be.
Love it when we can bypass all the prequel, and get to the point. Especially with regard to a topic like this one. Bravo!
I think when you get to hour 11 in an audio book, and find yourself tthinking... OK, What's the point? Or, please stop describing the minutia of Church Christmas Plays, because you're not sufficiently compelled to read-on, it's time to abort. I chose this book due to the critical acclaim. I applaud the descriptive narrative. However, if there ever was a point or plot to this book, it was lost on me. Surely, the 10 hours that I "forced" myself to hang in for, could have been downsized to a couple of hours. That said, I wonder ... without having completed this book, how much the remaining 16 plus hours or so could have been condensed. The narration was terrific, but I jumped ship in favor or the cliff-notes version to discover some kind of meaning in all the babble.
Nothing really new here. Same popular topics, re-branded with Dr. Phil's own label. My guess, just a re-wrap of topics to work in tandem with Dr. Phil's television topics. All and all, good common sense .... read it here, or in any other self-help book.
Took a stab at what I hoped would be something light. I discovered, that I'm not the audience for this kind of predictable, superficial romance. Must be me, though. Steel's been around for a very long time.
I didn't find anything riveting or captivating here. A third of the story could have been clipped. This was way too long.. The whole thing just "missed the mark." Based on the tragedies that befell Rachel, I should have cared a lot more than I did. Overall, the author failed to bond me with her central character. Narration was excellent.
I loved this story. For those of us who love people with autism (or related spectrum disorders),,that cannot articulate what goes on in their heads, meet your spokesperson, Christopher. This glimpse into the minds of the affected is a priceless window! BRAVO Christopher! You're a fine detective!
The delivery lacked flow and read like a term paper. Despite it, I remained engaged, although mentally attempting to establish whether the author was narrating past or present tense. From childhood to adulthood, the relationship between these sisters is disturbing, So much so, that you find yourself thinking,.. "These girls are both mentally ill,and need help. Someone do something!!" Why their behaviors were not red flags to those around them, escapes me. The freaky photos should have been enough to question stability. Perhaps early psychological intervention into the bizarre and unhealthy bond between these twins, could have avoided calamity. I'm puzzled by the sister's ability to fund their trips and vices, under their joint "under" and sometimes un-employment. Makes me question the reality of it all..
Read like a list of hypotheses, that I had no interest in ... or any reason to be. I kept hoping for the "list" to stop, so that the author would provide me with a reason to find any of it layperson compelling.. I couldn't make it through this one. I'm sure,however, a textbook read like this will be of value to some. The title and packaging drew me in (brilliant marketing), but was left yawning.
I'm just not a fan of forward and backward story telling. As soon as I developed interest in a story line, I was swept away to another time, place and character.. In this case, the attempt to "weave" the past and present stories of the various characters was overdone (in my opinion), I simply lost interest in the whole, and adjusted the narrator speed to 2.5x to get me through. I'm also not a fan of over-blown descriptives, vs actual plot. This had a lot of that as well. On the bright side, narration was expertly performed!
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