A collection of various observances on every day life that will make you smile. It is light, funny, and a great listen when you need something to brighten your day. I would listen for awhile, then put it away for awhile, then listen again, it was great. Dave talks about the every-day things that we don't really think about in a new light.
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.
This is my first review before I have finished the book. I am on part 3/4 and will finish it, but I won't go further into this series. The writing is good, the historical references of Scotland are great, but it is just a romance novel in disguise. As much as a good romantic scene adds to the story, this one goes overboard and reminds me of those cheap romance novels that women often read. The characters are well developed and the story is a good one but do the main characters have to have sex in every chapter? I just think "here we go again!" I was intrigued by the time travel aspect of the book and thought that there would be more to it than just a very, very long romance. If this is your genre, then go for it, otherwise, I would imagine the rest of the series is more of the same, just different centuries, and I would select something else.
I enjoy the Scarpetta novels, even the ones that are not the greatest. This was a good one, but gets off in various unusual directions sometimes. Not annoying enough to avoid listening, though. Its not the best, but definitely not the worst. Narration was a bit boring sometimes, seemed like the characters all had the same voices, but still ok. The author had to keep relating us to things of the past in order to get the story, which was tedious. I am not sure if I would have known the past story line from her other novels, so it must have been something created for this one; it just made things drag on a bit more.
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 :)
First, you can't get a better narrator. Jim Dale, who narrates the Harry Potter series, is an amazing narrator and so I think this is much better to enjoy as an audiobook, rather than in print. The story was intriguing, it jumped around from past/present/future a bit, but came together perfectly The detailed description of the circus elements, brought me right there into the story, drinking the cider and exploring the ice garden with the characters. It was fun reading a story about illusionists and magic, as it gave the story a great plot. I didn't find this story to be mundane or predictable which is always a plus in a novel and I would highly recommend the book.
I am pretty consistent with checking reviews and narration ahead of purchase and this purchase was not different. I just finished the recording, even though I purchased it some time ago, mostly because I don't like to leave a book unfinished, even the ones I don't like. This was an interesting story, great cast of narrators especially, but I couldn't stay with it. A group of boys in an Irish boarding school, supposedly friends, intertwined with their teachers and Catholic priests. After finally finishing the book, I still don't really know the main point of the story. It jumped around quite often, the author used inappropriate language in many places, not that often a story is enhanced by language, this just didn't seem to fit. Many sexual references, innuendo; I know that is often the mind of teenage boys, however, it just didn't seem to fit into the story. I use the term inappropriate, because the swear words or sexual terms didn't seem to fit, not inappropriate in the sense that I oppose the use of such language. Even the drug use, which was a major theme, didn't seem to fit well into the story and was a bit confusing.
There are 3 parts to this story, the last one seemed to be the easiest listen, but still not that interesting. I didn't feel like some of the main characters dilemmas were resolved, even at the end of the book. The only reason that I did finish the story was because I can't leave a book only partially read, so I muddled through. It did have some interesting parts, but regretfully, not enough to make me like the book.
Excellent book, good narrator. I enjoyed the details of the plot and the amazing talents of both protagonists. I loved the first novel, where DeMille shifted from one to the other in alternating chapters, coming together at the end. This one did not have that same style, but the detail and characters felt right for the story. I had to forward over a couple of parts that were too gory as I didn't need all of the details of the murder. I think you can get a good mental idea of the murder without knowing about the blood splatter and what is being cut off :) Overall, great story, long, but worth the time.
The story was good. I got lost sometimes in the detail. There were times when the details were too much. The writer needs to give us enough detail to put us into the story, but not take off in a new direction. i caught myself getting distracted while listening, which doesn't happen when the book is great. I like the older Scarpetta novels better than the new stuff, although it was comforting hearing the familiar characters in the story. I got tired of hearing the Kate rants and wish the story stayed more to the plot and clues to figure out the murders.
Narration was good also. Overall, the book is good, not great, but interesting twists and crime plots.
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