Again, like the first in the series, the second book moves slowly and everything happens at the end. I found myself waiting for the storyline to move forward. If I didn't work while listening, I would have been bored. However, the themes did cause me to contemplate and ask questions. The dominating themes being God's goodness and His sovereignty. I find the lack of any mention of Jesus in these "christian" books to be concerning. Christina Moore's take on Nick sounds like a stoned surfer dude, but he is hardly in this book so it's not too much of a problem. In short, I've invested too much time and thought to not finish the series. Definitely not Beverly Lewis' best series.
Not only was the story bland, but there was a huge hole in the story. The author makes a great effort to tell us that the main characters not having sex is a problem, and then does absolutely nothing with it.
There is a lot of time spent with her worrying about why he doesn't want to consumate their marriage; does he not like her? Does she repulse him? And he wondering if she is upset because he just cant consumate their marriage. How could he do that? Then he really would be living a lie. And I mean a LOT of time. It's an issue that comes up every chapter for at least 3/4 of the story.
Ok, so this is an issue, we get it. The problem is, it is never dealt with. There comes a point in the story where we are just made to accept that they must have had sex because they stop worrying about it and all their problems just go away. It's the equivalent of a movie showing the characters have a heart to heart that ends in a kiss, fade to black, and then fade into picture with them eating breakfast in the morning. Ta da! Sex issue solved; no need to ever bring it up again. No thought monologues about how fulfilled they feel, or how their marriage is now real. Nothing to denote that the problems they were constantly thinking about were ever resolved. But they must have been some how because no one is worried about them after the fade out.
We are not even sure that they did have sex. We are left confused by the sudden shift change in the couples relationship. The one and only way we know that they did sleep together is that in the last minute of the audiobook, she tells him that she is pregnant. But even that conversation is vague. I couldn't tell if she was actually currently pregnant or if she was talking about the future until he asked her if she had gone to the doctor. It was so frustrated that I just wanted to scream "STOP BEING SO BASHFUL AND JUST SAY IT LIKE A NORMAL HUMAN BEING!"
My frustration is not because there was no sex scene. It's because you can't incessantly bring up an issue for over half the book and then just let it drop off the map. It has to be dealt with if the ending is going to have any satisfaction at all (no pun intended), which it does not. It was just plain bad storytelling.
A sweet romance set around a mystery. Christina Moore did a great job portraying emotion but had a little trouble with the male voices. I found that there was a lot of time spent on describing and explaining little domestic details like dress making and pouring tea. In my opinion it was too much and took away from the mystery and intrigue. There was a lot of time spent on the relationship between the main characters and it seemed as if the mystery was going no where until it did and then was solved. I would have liked to have seen less unnecessary details and more time fleshing out the mystery. Over all it's a pleasant listen if you are more interested in romance then mystery.
Dark and brooding, the story starts off slow but gets moving fairly quickly. If you are looking for an easy but captivating story about demon hunters, vampires, mystical powers and automatons then you've found it. I wouldn't say this is a book for adults, but parents should be aware of some swearing and allusions to sex, prostitution and alcoholism. I didn't particularly like the narrator. I don't think she portrayed the characters in the way they were supposed to be. She portrayed the Dark Sisters excellently, but failed to capture the main characters personalities and emotional states. It was a good story non-the-less, and I am looking forward to my next credit to start on the second book.
The Last Song has become my favourite Nicholas Sparks book. The relatability of all the characters is what really does it for me. The Last Song is not just a romance but it deals with the whole spectrum of relationships; friendship, marriage, divorce, abuse, brotherhood, sisterhood, fatherhood, and rivalry. The book takes a look at the many issues that we all have to face in our lives, from the bumps and bruises of the everyday, to the raw and searing wounds of the past. The story is told from the perspectives of the different characters giving us different, but all entirely human, points of view. Sparks captures the action/reaction of relationship so naturally. What stuck out to me besides the obvious themes of love, sacrifice, forgiveness, and growing up, was that conflict is rarely about good vs. bad or right vs. wrong. It is almost always good and bad vs. good and bad, and right and wrong vs. right and wrong. I gave this book 5 out of 5, and I'm sure you wont be disappointed either!
I've listened to several of Beverly Lewis' books and I will again. I found Christina Moore's voice a little annoying. After a bit I got used to it, but if I stopped listening for a while and then came back, I would have to get used to it all over again.
Did I not just answer this question?
There were times where she would take long breaks. One time I actually checked my Ipod to see if it had died! I'm not sure that's her fault though. That probably falls on the producer.
yes. It was pretty much a lot of lead up to the very last chapter. Even though nothing much happened, I learned so much about the characters that now I have to find out how they end up.
Sure! I'd do some research first though.
I don't really know how to change it, but some how the story didn't flow nicely. Maybe it was the constant switching of point of view. Also, I would have liked to see more background on the hero. We know most of the heroine's history but we don't find out about the hero until the very end, and then only briefly.
I thought the performance was fine. Not awesome, not bad.
Probably if more story was added. The plot was a little shallow.
Over all, it was an ok listen.
The strong, witty, and "feminist" character of Amelia Peabody is really what makes the story. The plot its self- though comical, suspenseful, and over all entertaining- is rather predicable. Still, I really enjoyed listening and Barbra Rosenblat gave a great performance. Amelia Peabody is a refreshing character in todays world as the "Bella Swans" seem rather pathetic and the "Katniss Everdene's" seem rough and course. Amelia embodies the strength of a woman; she is NOT a woman trying to be strong like a man. The man VS. woman seems to be a theme in this book and is so funny to hear in the banter and conversation between characters. It's great!
Random utterly disturbing things would creep up that really weren't necessary. I am scarred for life.
Well, I defiantly won't be picking up another Stephen King novel on a whim. That guy obviously has a sick mind.
It was lifeless. He didn't string the words or sentences together smoothy so it was awkward.
All of them!! There was not one redeeming character. In my opinion, this book should have been re-worked entirely.
Needless to say I deleted this book from my computer.
Mr. Quin is very much mysterious with a supernatural air. I've never met an Agatha Christie character quite like him. Each story stands alone as a fun mystery that makes you think. Together all the stories create an even bigger mystery that leaves you slightly shocked and a little confused, but all in all it's a good listen.
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