I couldn't keep going! I made it about halfway through this story. The ideal listener wants to learn about the world of book collecting. It teaches you all about it! The mystery (?) is secondary and I just couldn't hang in there to find out if there really was a mystery underneath the story line. The reviews I read said it was for people who love books. But this is for the lover of the physical book itself - not the story inside.
I enjoyed the first book so much. Each book has been a little less fun as we go along. Now Odd rarely seems to deal with human bad guys - it just gets more and more dark and invented creatures like the pigs here. At the same time there are incredibly long "speeches" about what is going on. Just "talking" endlessly. Wish I hadn't gotten so many of these too read way back when. I'm ready to stop loving Oddie.
Cut the long speeches where Odd just seems to explain or contemplate. Get back to stories about real people. Have more action. More continuity like we had with Elvis. Why are the Bodox gone (sorry I don't know how to spell them since it's on audio!). I guess in this one there was no reason for them.
Time to kick it up a big notch or let go of Beloved Odd One.
Until Tuesday isn't just a sweet dog story, nor a touching hero story. Although it is absolutely both of those things. I came closer to understanding life in the grips of war better through this book, than living it through any movie or other narrative. It woke me up to the true grit and believe in mission living in the hearts of our men and women overseas. Capt. Montalván tells his story with such care and detail, it becomes profound. I didn't even really want to hear about the heroics of war; yet, the tale was too captivating to ignore. All I can say is "wow." He taught me about PTSD with a depth that was again amazingly illuminating. Not just, oh yea, psychologically freaked out. You learn what it really is. It's amazing. At the same time, don't think it is depressing. Nope, because there is Tuesday! A service dog you will wish you knew. There is light and hope. This honest portrayal now impacts how I view anyone with pain or disabilities, not only PTSD. I became a better person after reading this book.
Imagine - all of this wrapped up in a story that you don't want to stop! All of this surrounding the story of a dog you want to pet, hug, or snuggle - depending on the dog lover in you.
I think any service man or woman, back from war, would find a friend in this book.
This is the perfect gift book. That is if the receiver will only open the pages and join these two on a very honest and amazing journey of crisis, healing and love. It's not for sissies though! Pick it up and go on a great adventure.
And if you don't want your heart to open or your awareness to grow - just read it anyway. You will fall in love with Tuesday!
Note that Luis Carlos Montalván has a full schedule of in person appearances - even as I write in 2014. If you google him you can find the events and meet these two heroes in person after you've read their story! I certainly go plan to shake his hand! Perhaps you can get those gift books autographed!
Charming. Suspenseful. Excellent.
I have never been a big Koontz fan but this booked changed all that. Just loved it from beginning to end. I listened while driving cross country and the time just flew. Excellent suspense while also being so endearing because of the charming main character. A fascinating meld of a sensitive character who was SO likable yet dealing with dark characters and themes. So glad to find out it is a series which I did not realize when I bought it.
The author grabs you from the beginning and you don't let go until the very end. Great story that pulls at the heart. Wonderful characters. Great narration.
Another great story with fantastic narration! You'll love it too! There has not yet been a Craig Johnson Longmire story without a good plot. I highly recommend.
And of course I can listen to George Guidall endlessly! He is SUCH a great voice!
I love Tana French and this is a great story - one of the top two in my opinion. I could hardly put it down!
I just love the whole series and this one did not disappoint! Get hooked!
I guess not -- this just seemed boring to me. I'm 64 and perhaps I've done a little too much coming of age? I don't know but it just didn't grab me at all. I'm glad to have another classic under my belt so I know what it was about but I had a hard time staying awake.
I REALLY enjoyed listening to this book. I listen while walking my dogs and I was riveted throughout. Who knew that old Russia would be so consuming, so easy to listen to and so much fun. I am so glad to finally be familiar with this book and what a wonderful way to discover it. The narration was just PERFECT. Brava! If I recall this version was cheaper than some and I think I chose it due to good reviews. It was wonderful.
I found it difficult to get through this whole story and I found it a bit depressing. It is certainly different. I did read the whole thing but I can't say I would recommend it to anyone. Just an odd tale that I found disturbing. I am sure it was supposed to be just that.
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