As a reader, I like consume at least two different offerings from an author before I decide whether to add them to my "must read" list. Although it is clear that this book was a labor of love for the author, I found it lacking in a couple of areas. Primarily, I found the stories hard to follow because there were a lot of "flashbacks" (for lack of a better term). Without reading/listening to the book in its entirety at one time, I could never keep up with whether the character was in the present or back in an earlier time.Secondarily, it was difficult to see how the eight girls were all tied together. The author tried her best to insert dates and create a timeline of events from the first story to the last, but again, as someone who was listening to the story over the course of many days, it proved too daunting a task to memorize who was where at what time.The stories, in and of themselves, are good ones and I enjoyed them individually. The characters were well developed, the descriptions of people and places were very detailed, and it was interesting to hear the author's imagined events as they many have been related to the real, historical ones. My disillusionment with the book began when I realized that the narratives were supposed to be tied to each other throughout history, and I could not keep the timeline in my mind. The final story would have been so much richer for me if there had been a clearer image in my head of who lived when, with whom, and where they had traveled.Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone that enjoys photography, as they will find the subject matter fascinating, and those who enjoy short stories.
I have never listened to or read books by Whitney Otto before.
Ms. Osmanski did a fine job narrating the stories of the eight girls as written by Ms. Otto. There were just a few instances where I felt as though the reflection in her voice did not resonate with where I thought the characters were in the story. In addition, there were two places in the narration where I sensed that Ms. Osmanski may have been tired.
I do not feel that this book needs a follow-up because seven of the eight girls would have died by the time the last story reaches its end. The subject matter does not seem to lend itself to telling additional parts of the stories of the eight girls.
Loved the story! The character comparisons between Finch and Bluebird became slightly bothersome, especially when the identical twins showed up.
I actually enjoy most of Linda Howard's books. Of all the ones I've read previously, I didn't care much for the one about the man-eating bear because it was so gruesome, but THIS one was borderline awful. The voice of the narrator sounded WAY too old to be a woman in her late twenties to early thirties... it sounded more like the mother of the main character. In addition, Ms. Howard did not make the main character very likeable. In every single chapter, she was pouting, rude, condescending and just generally got on my nerves. I found myself literally saying 'oh, shut up' out loud when Blair was griping and complaining.
The reason that I picked up this book is because the next Linda Howard book that I want to read is some sort of "follow-up" to this one. When I read the reviews of the next book, it was recommended that I read To Die For first... in my opinion, that was terrible advice. I simply suffered through this book and couldn't wait for it to be done so that I wouldn't have to listen to that voice or hear any more of Blair's little hissy fits.
In my opinion, the narrator needs to SOUND younger. I don't mind the Southern drawl (although that gets old after a couple of hours), but the cracking voice and the high pitched wails just don't sound like anyone who is supposed to be around 30. I'd be willing to bet that if you selected a different narrator, more people would enjoy the book - or at least tolerate the main character a little better.
The basic story was a good one and I enjoyed how the relationship between the two main characters developed. Ms. Howard does a great job at developing the characters so that the reader feels as if s/he actually knows the person.
I sure do hope that the next Linda Howard book is SO much better than this one... and I do not think that I will ever be able to listen to this narrator again. Sorry.
Overall, this was a good book, so the time was mostly well-spent. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and it is sometimes difficult to remember how this person knows or is related to the other person that is speaking. In addition to keeping up with a boat-load of characters, the listener is subjected to flash-backs, flash-forwards, and even sideways time jumps. The story would be better told in chronological order - starting with the Thanksgiving scene instead of ending with it.
I did NOT like the ending at all. After listening for all of those hours and anticipating how the characters would resolve some of the issues, there was really only a conclusion for one character out of a cast of 15 or so. Very, very disappointed with the ending.
Yes, I have listened to Cassandra Campbell in other audio books. She does a great job. This book had so many characters that they started to "sound" alike at some point - which isn't her fault. Cassandra is clear, concise and easy to understand.
No, this book would NOT make a good movie because people want an ending that makes sense. People want finality, or at least the knowledge that certain issues are resolved. Moviegoers would be upset if they paid $10 to see a story where 90+% of the characters are left with no end.
Please do not write books that flash forward and backward in time. It is confusing when the story is so complex and there are so many characters that interplay in the events.
No, I will not try another book by this author.
It seems to me that the author used foul language for the purpose of making the story more sensational. I did not like the way it ended - was there even a REAL ending???
The performance was fine. If you have terrible material, it's hard to have a great performance, but the narrator did her part.
This could have been a better story. The character deserve one another.
I would only recommend this book if someone is looking for a way to waste time. It is so long and is such a labor. I kept thinking it would get better, but it continued to drag. A shorter, greatly edited version would yield a better book.
I was drawn to the fact that this story was based on a biblical story.
I don't compare books to one another because I like to enjoy each one and the gifts it bestows.
Yes, this was a great story.
My only suggestion would be that it is not necessary to begin the narrative by explaining the story of Joseph from the Bible. Giving out that information at the beginning removes the anticipation of the reader since we already know how it will end.
This is one of the best stories that I have ever read.
This is a great story that could be used to teach children about people who are physically or mentally challenged.
Each character really came to life with the inflections of the narrator.
A Heartfelt Movie for the Whole Family - this would be a great movie for the Hallmark Channel!!!
The writing could be more clear. It was hard to determine who was talking because there were so many characters.
I might go see it.
I'm not sure that a person with any sense of reality will ever enjoy this book. This was, by far, the most disappointing book I've ever read and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone.
First of all, the title is very misleading because there is very little in this book about the discovery of the People in the Trees. The book should be more aptly titled "The Undoing of Norton" or something much like that because the majority of the book is really about the deranged professor. I kept listening because I was hoping that the next chapter would hold something worth waiting for, something of value that would redeem the professor. Alas, that never happened, and the worst that I thought turned out to be true.
There were multiple narrators and they all did a fine job with the material they were given.
I am very disappointed and honestly wish that I had just turned it off after the trip to the island where the people were discovered. This was a total waste of hours of my time because there was very little positive content in this story. I read from a diverse list of topics and genres, and I can typically find value in any book - but not this one.
Write the story in real time without the flashbacks. I don't enjoy reading a story that flashes forwards and backwards - it's too distracting and it's very difficult to keep up with the original story line when there is a different time and place being interwoven throughout the book. Although the narrative by the 90-year-old is thought provoking at times, I don't think it added value to the original story.
There is too much violence for my taste. People and animals are killed with hardly any consideration at all, and I don't think the deaths added anything to the content. The mental images conjured by the narrative were so vivid as to be disturbing.
Yes. The performances were one of the things that I enjoyed because it was easy to determine whether we were in the "present" or in the "past" as the chapters moved along.
The base story line is good - the Jacob and Marlaina story. If I could have read that story without the killing, it would have been much better. Every time a person or animal was killed, I was disgusted. There were several times I thought about just turning it off and not finishing the book, but I pushed my way through so that I could get to the end of the story for Jacob and Marlaina. I do not think I will read another book by this author - I just can't take the senseless use of violence against people and animals.
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