Gosh, where to begin. First, due to all the hype, I was expecting a sweeping saga - (think a Southern "Thorn Birds"). Not even close. Instead this read like a third rate Harlequin novel, complete with heaving bosoms and dreadful dialog. The black characters were stereotyped card board cut outs - "Lawdy, Miss Maary - I sees dem folks a coming..." and, well, you get the picture. But the real stinker was the narration. At times her "Southern" accent was more Hillbilly twang; with all the great narrators out there, SOMEBODY could do a better job with this book. And to think this cost 2 credits! Not even worth one.
I read reviews of this book and expected to laugh from start to finish. Sadly, no. This is less of a book and more of a series of one liners (many of which you could see coming a mile away). The result is a thin plot, under developed characters and a book I couldn't wait to be done with. Don't waste the credit.
I have been a fan of Billy Joel ever since I bought "The Stranger", and so I couldn't resist this title. There are a lot of interesting facts about his life and how he came to write some of his hits. It's not really a tell-all, down and dirty kind of celebrity story, and I liked the direction the author chose to go with this.
When I first started this, I really didn't think I would finish. The narrator has a very flat tone, and the story starts very slowly. I persevered, and it turned out to be a fairly good listen if you have an interest in WWII Japanese labor camps, etc.
I just love Moriarty's books. While they would never be classified as "fine literature", she always weaves a great, multilayered story that always grabs my attention from the start. Another winner.
Wow - I wish Audible had classified this for what it really is - a "young adult" book. I always try to finish what I start, but this was tough. Not a great story for me but maybe for someone about 14.
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.
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