I really liked this book! I have to confess, I wasn't expecting too much - a chick lit book at best. The story was good and there was quite a bit of humor, so all in all a good listen. My only (slight) complaint - the narrator. I think in better hands, the humorous parts could have been enhanced, and would have made a good book better.
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.
I have read a lot of books that dealt with "forgotten chapters in history" but never have I read anything that shocked me as much as this book. I truly did not realize that slavery existed as long as it did in the South. The facts in this book are sometimes hard to believe, but if you have an interest in the Civil War (as I do), then this should be required reading. Great narration, too. I am now going to get the PBS movie made about the subject.
While I was interested in the historical aspects of the book, overall I found it to be a bit slow. The narrator sounds as if she is reading a Christmas story to a 5 year old - you can almost see her eyes getting big as she anxiously reads some of the EXCITING parts - well, you get the idea. I was glad when I finished.
I enjoy an occasional "chick lit" reading, and Kinsella always delivers. I've read several of her books, but I really enjoyed this one - alot of laugh out loud moments. Good, easy read.
This is the second book by Moriarty that I have read (see "The Husband's Secret") and I have really enjoyed both books. Well developed characters, good story, good narration. Time flies when I'm listening! Audible - notify me when she writes again!!
I loved "The Secret LIfe of Bees" and while I believe the author is a gifted writer, this just left me feeling bored. About two thirds of the way through I Googled some of the other characters that were mentioned, and that's how I learned the author was writing a story based on the real Gremke sisters. That said, by that time I thought the story was a little dull. And while I loved Jenna Lamia's narration in "The Help", even she got tiresome at the end!!
Sometimes I am sharply reminded of my middle class, suburban, lily white upbringing. The author is about my age, but what a different life we have led! The book gave me an appreciation of what it's like to grow up poor in Texas, and I continue to be amazed at how different school, family, and relationships were for the author compared to me. Good listen.
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