Steele does a superb job of blending fiction with historical events that creates a web, holding the reader's attention as the story unwinds. Filled with a range of human emotional, embeded in vivid settings...I highly recommend this novel. The only ripple is in the reading...the reader lacked expression and tended to read it very monotone.
Sometimes our hearts make a wish that seems like the real deal when in reality it is just a connection that may or may not be true friendship. Honor lives up to her name and lives her life with an inner call to doing what is right...above her own needs and the call from her "eggs". I thoroughly enjoyed this novel because its story line wound around so many curves that my interest never waned. Amy Rubinate does a superb job narrating this novel and provides the perfect accents for both the young and old characters as well as Tom's English accent. I also appreciated the touch of humor. I connected to it within my families relationships. Take the time and enjoy a great novel!
For me, the beginning took some time to get wrapped into but once I got there, the plot was very rich with characters whose personalities are deeper than their initial introductions. I am looking forward to Part 2. I loved David Stuart's narration...he did an excellent job even when he read for the female characters. It is worth your purchase and time:)
Some people may enjoy the "victim" attitude but I just get ticked off. This novel just made me angry at the "damsel in distress". I am not saying some listeners may not enjoy this novel but my personality doesn't allow me to do so. The plot was well developed and all the elements of a talented author are present. I am also one who likes to leave a novel with closure and although this one had a definite conclusion, I was still fumming after it was over. I have enough stress in my day, my novels need to help me unwind and not get wound up:)
Loved It! I listened to the whole novel in one day...Sparks did a masterful job of leading the listener through the characters' thoughts and actions...allowing you to predict outcomes but often the expected...would twist and create emotions that you didn't anticipate. The narration was perfect and this is well worth your time!
This was the first novel that I have ever listened to 5 times!!!! It is expertly crafted and the characters connect just like lego pieces...each event is developed into a 3-D experience from the characters' differing viewpoints of single events. Palacio is an artist by how she accomplished this without boring the reader/listener. Instead, the audience becomes capitivated by August Pulman and his family and friends. Life's lessons are highlighted but not in a preachy way....rather in a true to life way. You learn them through the lives of children. This book will live as a classic...one to keep and share with the generations, highlighting humanities dark side but illuminating the good in all of us!
The narrator did a wonderful job but I was highly disappointed that this is just a remake of The Secret Garden. There is such a HUGE parallel to The Secret Garden that it angered me. I don't know how Potter got away with this remake. I teach school and even our librarian was amazed that they would publish and then rate this book so highly. I loved the Secret Garden and although the plot is wonderful...it was already done!
Take a ride with two different lives and be amazed at how intertwined our lives are in this world. This was my first Sparks novel and I was so pleased to have found another author that will rank in my top ten list. He keeps the listener interested and doesn't allow you to lull into numbness with long platitudes. I gave the performance a three only because the story was so powerful that I really was upset that the younger male character's voice was done by a female narrator. He was such a strong personality and he deserved a male narrator. It is still worth the purchase and listen...I highly recommend this book!
Some twists in the plot and I loved the narration. It kept me focused throughout the story...just a solid, enjoyable novel.
This was a good novel to just get lost in..."a chick flick" type of novel that carries us to those romantic ideas and dreams we all hold...somewhere:) No real twisting story but one that will carry the reader if you are a romantic at heart:)
I love Danielle Steele and she had a good story line but she treated the reader as a non-engaged reader/listener. Too often, she repeated details and you are asking..."Why again?". I liked the story but got irritated with the redundancy.
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