This book passed the time nicely enough during my 2 hour daily commute, but it wasn't exactly riveting. The characters were fleshed out nicely and the author captured the oddities that families endure, and learn to endear, but the end was easy enough to see coming.
I couldn't get past Chapter 2. For a book with so many footnotes and such, you really need to read this in paper. It was far to difficult to enjoy the main stream of the story with all of the interruptions for references.
I would have liked the author to have worked with a native speaker to iron out her horrific pronunciation of the Native Hawai'ian words but, otherwise, I think that Ms. Vowell did a nice job.
The star rating is also well-earned by Davina Porter's narration skills! As to the story: if I weren't already hooked on this series, my interest in this book would have died rather quickly. I only kept listening because I was "sure" that there had to be more to the story. I was finally satisfied when things began to suck me back in near the ending of the book. Wow! I cannot wait for more!
There were many reasons that I finally gave up and set this book aside. There were far too many details to follow which bogged down the actual story. It is too difficult to keep track of which clans were which and what allegiances existed and when. I fully realize that the interplay between the clans and the changes in allegiance are intended to be the essence of the story...but the way it was done here just didn't capture it.
I was also very, very annoyed at the use of 'thee' and 'thine' in the statements of allegiance that many characters made to Khan. Top that with the fact that the narrator delivered them with an English accent and the whole effect was even messier.
This might be one of those books that I just plain have to read on paper.
This book offers an excellent inside look at the class and gender discrimination that pervaded the era. The author did a lovely job of weaving the relationship of the girls into an intimate and heartwrenching story. Some might say that this book is "women's work" and would not be enjoyed by men, but my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it as it passed the time on our daily commute.
I kept plowing through this story hoping that things would come together in some brilliant way but was sorely disappointed! While there were bits and pieces of interesting storytelling, the Louisa Rey vignettes mostly, the piece as a whole was a real loser.
This was a delightfully rich story filled with characters so carefully crafted that you felt you knew them. The descriptions of social change, and the devolvement of Detroit are incredibly accurate. The narrator was fantastic at capturing all of the personalities in their accents and timbre, enriching the telling of the story even more.
I cannot believe that this story is over! I have so enjoyed the trilogy that I sought more works by the two Zizou's immediately upon completing this book. Sadly, there are not yet more tales. I'll be the first in "line" when another tale comes out, although it will be difficult to top Charlie and his adventures :)
I loved this story just as much as the first in the series. The twists and turns leaving you guessing who's "safe" and whether the good guys are as bad as the Corporacy. The primary theme of true friendship is refreshing and the loyalty that abounds warms the heart as it entertains!
This is a well-woven story with rich characters. The blend of cultural references that manage to span decades, along with the excellent word-painted descriptions make the story an excellent way to pass a long drive.
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