I resisted reading this book, thinking that any story about the genocide in Rawanda would be too depressing for me to cope with. I was wrong. This story is written and narrated so well, that I listened to the book in one day. Gory details are not what the author focuses on. It is her story of the power of forgiveness and faith. I was so deeply touched by this story that I had to review my own view on faith. I highly recommend this story.
I'm very spoiled after listening to the Outlander Series. It took about an hour of listening to this story, before I could adapt to the narrator's different voices. This is a very poignant story, but one that seems to depict a pretty accurate historical version of this young girl who died far too young. I'm looking forward to reading more books from this author, since I truly enjoy historical fiction.
It's hard to listen to this book, after finishing the Outlander Audible series, narrated by Davina Porter. For that very reason, I had a hard time adjusting to this narrator. I felt as though her attempt at male voices sounded more like someone with a bad case of sore throat. In all fairness, I got used to her male voices. The story is okay, but not really exciting. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the cheeseball romantic parts. I'm a grown woman, but maybe a really young teenager would "swoon" at this. The plot was totally predictable and left me feeling a bit let down that there wasn't more adventure.
I chose this book because I am an equestrian. I am aware of autism but have never experienced first-hand experience with someone who has it.
First, I think the author narrated the book well. There were times when I found myself feeling frustrated at Rowan's tantrums and lack of toilet training. Then, I stopped and realized that I was only hearing the story and I began to have profound compassion for what his parents went through. Being a Christian, I'm not into the whole Shamman religion. But, again, I found myself thinking that there could be something to it. The story was a quick read (I usually read lengthy historial novels). I won't give the ending away. Suffice it to say, that at the end of his story I found that my heart was warmed by their journey. I also admire the dad's words about his son, at the very end. I'm glad that I downloaded this book and I wish this family well in how they are paying forward from their experience
It doesn't help that I just finished listening to Shantaram, narrated by Humphrey Bower-- who is the BEST narrator I've heard yet... so, when the narrator of Chiefs started with his slow, gravelly voice I was crestfallen. I like Stuart Woods, and have read many of his novels. The story was good-- poignant-- not really what got me on the edge of my seat. The narrator drove me nuts, because he was so slow! It was a "good" story, but it would have been great had the narrator had a little life in him.
I am officially a fan of Humphrey Bower, who narrates this lengthy story so well. His voices are so well done, that he feels like to many different characters--including women. I balked, at first, at how long the book was. I was quickly engrossed in the story, though. I found myself wanting to skip through some of the lengthy philosophical discussions, but that's hard to do with an iPod. I rolled my eyes at some of the over-the-top prose. I'm not wild about war, and I could have done without some of the graphic descriptions of wounds and killings. But, it is what it is. Still the story is one that captured my attention until the very end. This will be a movie, this year, I hear--starring Johnny Depp. I can see why-- it's a roller coaster ride of adventure and I loved the audio version.
I'm a total fan of suspense thrillers and whodunnit's. I'm glad that I only spent $9.95 on this as a fire sale on Audible. Maybe that's why. I've never listened nor followed such drivel in a long time. I've never read the series, and I'm lost about some past stories that are mentioned. I couldn't believe that I hung in there for 3 hours, listening to over-the-top descriptions of how the girl was killed. All right, already! I'm 3/4 through and the ONLY reason I'm going to stick this out is to find out who did it. This is my first, and last J.D. Robb book and that narrator-- absolutely boring.
Some of the reviewers were pretty brutal about this audio book. I almost didn't buy it, but I thought I'd give it a go. I liked the narrator.
I don't want to give any parts of the book away. I enjoyed the story. I grew attached to some of the dogs, and I felt sorrow in some parts.
It's one of those books that doesn't have a "neat" ending all tied up in a bow. That might be why some people didn't like the story-- the ending... well, it might leave some folks hanging.
Overall, I'm not sorry that I downloaded it. Though, it took a LONG time to finish.
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