I love reading and learning about religions and their baggage. I thought this was an amazing idea, to live the bible literally for a year, but the story dragged. There are some funny stories from this adventure, like stoning an adulterer....with pebbles. I learned a lot about the bible from listening, especially the historical references. I would buy this type of book when it goes on sale :)
I was unsure about this one when I purchased it, as it was one of those recommended by the narrator. It was very good. The detail of Don's ordered life was amazing. I was able to have a greater understanding of someone with Aspergers and how the lack of emotion and almost too logical thought not only can be a difficult challenge in society but is also very enhancing in ways I never considered.
Early on in the story, Don is lecturing to a group of students with Aspergers and their parents. He gives them an example of a situation and only the students were able to come up with solutions, because they lacked the emotion and had a logical approach without the feelings that would have been a barricade to ideas. That anecdote made an impression on me.
I loved his interactions with Rosie, who did not at all fit his idea of a wife candidate and how they both dealt with their differences. Rosie was patient and kind and I loved her character from the beginning. Not all people are so wonderful with those with physical or mental differences. Most of all, I think she taught him to have fun. I don't think he knew what fun actually felt like in his ultra-organized world.
The narration is also very good, as that sometimes is the factor in whether to go audio or print. It was funny in parts, sad in parts, but overall was engaging and a fairly quick "read."
I am a Mitch Albom fan and have read all of his novels. I didn't like this one as much as I did the others. I think my expectations were high, after his other novels, so this left me with disappointment more than anything. It is a decent story, good narration and a great portrayal of what the media does when it converges on a small town for a story. I felt connected to the characters and would hope along with them that they would get another call from their loved one in heaven.
Narration is good, works well as an audiobook.
I loved Secret Life of Bees, much better than this novel. This was a good one too, just not as well written. The narration was perfect. I love Jenna Lamia as a narrator in everything she has done. At the end of the story, Sue Monk Kidd gives us some history and insight into her novel, which I wish I would have known going into the story. For example, the idea is based off two sisters who really were part of the abolitionism movement. I loved the main characters and their relationship as friends, who didn't know right away that they were friends. It was interesting to have a perspective of slavery from the slave owners, who didn't think anything was wrong with owning slaves. It still makes me wonder how the slave owners of that time didn't think what they did was wrong. I have since looked up more information on the Grymke sisters. I think that when a novel gets you to want to know more, it has done a great job.
This was one of my favorite Grisham novels. Over the years, as I have read his books, some of course, better than others, but I liked this one quite a bit. There was suspense, great characters, and a good story to tell. It was interesting, also, to be a "sort of" sequel to A Time To Kill. I enjoyed meeting some familiar characters for another journey. Authors who are prolific writers sometimes lose quality in their novels, but this one was one of the good ones. I would highly recommend it for fans and those new to the legal novels.
Narration was also great, which makes a difference for me in buying a book in print or as an audiobook. This was a great story as an audiobook.
This was a great story. I normally stay away from the sappy, love stories, however Nicholas Sparks can write some that are more realistic and not too sappy, which makes the journey a good one. This novel is actually two separate stories that eventually come together, but all along I kept wondering, "how in the world will these two stories ever relate?" I am glad that I didn't find out until the end. It was perfect. Of course there are parts that drag a little, but overall, I would recommend this to those who like this genre.
This is a great topic: what alcohol can do to a person, family, and other relationships. It is the story of an ordinary woman with an alcohol problem, who tries to hide it from herself and family. I think that it is a great point of view, she just lives her life, like we all do and doesn't want to see her own problems with drinking. I also liked the other characters' stories woven into hers, eventually coming together. I think a book is great when I become part of the story. There is a point when the reader can "see" the characters and imagine the house or the town. When a reader engages in a book, it makes that time worth it. This was an engaging story. Narrator was good, not great, but it worked.
I don't regret reading this book, but it was a bit sappy. I am glad that iTunes allows you to skip to the next chapter. I did that a lot during the Cora/Peter/Matt stories. It was an easy listen, the story was interesting, but it didn't keep me engaged all the time. It's one of those books that I don't regret reading, but others are better.
The narrator was not very good, however. There were times when she spoke in such a soft voice, I had to turn up the volume. (Wouldn't you think that those producing the recording would fix this?) This is probably a better read in print format.
This book was amazing. The author is a wordsmith. I loved the writing and the use of language just kept me engaged with the story. It was an interesting story, one not heard much-- of a German girl at the time of the Nazis. Usually stories from that genre are from the Jewish perspective. It was a horrible time and we see how not all Germans were wanting to be a part of that horrible time. I loved the relationships between the characters. The descriptions were so vivid that I could "see" mama and papa in their home as i read. I lauged and I cried and rarely is an author able to do that well. I was sad when the last chapter was over, but it was a happy, content sadness. There will come a time when I will want to listen to this one again as I am sure I missed details along the way.
I think this is a novel that will become a classic taught in English class. There is so much to the story, characters, and beautiful arrangement of the words.
The narrator of this story was also perfect. I even learned a few German words along the journey. This is a book, well worth your time and commitment, it just touches your heart.
Overall this was a good story, it dragged in parts, but I kept engaged, even cried a few times along with Harold. I think it was strange when Harold had all of those followers walking with him, but I guess it was a way to have many different characters, often contrasting with Harold. (human frailty at its best) The walk, which was therapeutic for so many people, even those not walking, like Harold's wife, caused me to cheer along with everyone, hoping Harold would make it to the end in time.
The writing was very descriptive and detailed, and allowed the reader to experience what Harold was seeing and doing. The narration was appropriate and done very well. This is the kind of easy book that requires nothing from the reader, but to tag along and enjoy.
This was an interesting story. I purchased it because of the reviews, however, it wasn't a great story. I enjoyed the book, taking us on a journey through the world after most of the population has died. The author made all encounters with other humans, violent, which I don't think would actually happen in such a time. Each person was only in survival mode, killing anyone that ventured near. I would have liked to see more interactions with survivors instead of just killing. I know that there would be factions of survivalists, but except for the main characters and the Mennonites, everyone was out to kill each other.
I enjoyed the relationship with the two main characters, that made things interesting, to have such different men, but who really had a friendship. I think the entire part of the story at the Grand Junction airport was a little weird, didn't seem to fit well. The writing was well done, narrator was excellent, but I just didn't like the story as much as I thought based on previous reviews.
I'm sure that there will be a second book, as even though the ending was good, there were a couple of possible stories waiting to evolve.
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