First, the good news: the reader was excellent. She was able to bring to life Jewish, Polish, & Australian characters with just the right accents and inflections. Now, the bad news: there were a few too many coincidences for me with regard to the main character; and in the end I realized she would be a much older character than she seems throughout the novel. I do enjoy listening to novels that have some basis in history - so I would still recommend the book even though I found some flaws in the timeline.
I have really come to like Marcia Clark's series featuring Rachel Knight. I somehow think the character is based (loosely) on herself, and so I have to say - Marcia is a cool chick. That said, her books tend to go just a tad too long, but the narration from January LaVoy nails it every time. NEVER let anyone else do this series narration!
I've read all of Tawni O'Dell's books - (Coal Run and Back Roads are outstanding) but this is a complete mess. It's almost as if someone found her early notes and outline for a story, shuffled the papers, then printed it and called it a novel. The book is part who-done-it, part search for a psychopath, part ghost story set in her usual Pennsylvania backdrop. It's just such a disappointment - don't waste your credit - especially if you are accustomed to her earlier work.
This was my first Jojo Moyes book, and now I know why she is a best selling author. Interesting book, great characters and story, and the ending was (in my opinion) as it should be. I am usually not a fan of multiple narrators, but this also worked well. HIghly recommend.
I had heard so much about this book, but I have to say it wasn't what I expected. O'Brien is a great writer, but I found the book a bit disjointed. Parts of it were disturbing, and alot of the book is really quite sad, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. The narration, however, is spot on - great job by Cranston.
I almost always enjoy Jane Green's books. and this one is no exception. Good story, great characters, and overall well done. My only (slight) complaint is that Jane should leave the narration to someone else. She's not terrible, but I have heard better. Overall an enjoyable listen.
I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. The author tells a good story, doesn't take himself (or the industry) too seriously, and just seems to enjoy retelling alot of the stories in this book. Great listen.
I loved Finder's earlier books, but I have to agree with most of the other reviewers when I say this is not his best. The story was OK, but I found myself becoming more and more skeptical as the story advanced. If you are looking for a good suspense novel, I would suggest continuing your search elsewhere.
I never knew that anyone had escaped from Auschwitz, so on that alone I bought this book. Great narration, good story without focusing too much on the horrors of a concentration camp. The focus was much more character driven. Great listen.
This book was hyped a lot in the press, and so I anticipated so much more. It's an interesting read, but overall not as good as I had hoped.
I've always had a policy to finish any book that I start, but after getting through this, I've changed my mind. It's not that the book is bad, more that it is just not very good. What sounded like a great suspense novel turns out to be a flat, poorly developed waste of time. Skip this one.
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