Lem does sci-fi the way I like it. You can tell he has explored the ins and outs of his subject matter, usually alien contact or the lack there of. I can not elaborate on the story as eloquently as others have, and I don't feel the need to repeat something that has been so well-described in previous reviews. This was a very enjoyable book with a lot of dimensions and much food for thought. The narrator was masterful. Solaris was an all around compelling listening experience for me, classic Lem. I feel so lucky to have discovered Lem in the last year!
I have enjoyed Doig's books in the past. Dancing at the Rascal Fair was just wonderful. This one, not so wonderful. None of the characters were likeable or interesting enough to hold my imagination. The story moves along as slow as molasses. Life is too short to waste on a book you don't care about. I am quitting after listening for 6 hours.
It isn't very often that I finish an audiobook and walk around with a grin from ear to ear, chuckling. This book really grew on me and it was so much fun. I really enjoyed the characters and miss them now that the book is finished.
First, what this book isn't. Do not expect a-thrill-a-minute pace, do not expect sea monsters, vampires, or zombies. Do not expect political correctness--think of where we were in the 70's, 1970's, that is.
What this book is. It is a very well-done, old-fashioned survival tale. It is an all-male adventure that includes and all-knowing engineer and his African manservant, a seaman, a reporter, and a young teen boy. In addition, there is the indispensable dog, Top, and the orangutan, Joop, who wears a dinner jacket in his role as servant. The guys are stranded on a Pacific island after escaping imprisonment of sorts by the Confederates during the Civil War by stealing a hot air balloon and blowing away in a hurricane. They crash land with nothing but the shirts on their backs, but no matter, they have an engineer with them! This book is not a comedy, by any means, but is genuinely funny and I wonder how the excellent narrator could keep from laughing. Somehow he did keep from laughing and turned out the best possible narration for this book, narrating with total seriousness.
This book is a gem that takes a little patience to get a feel of where it's going. Once you do, just sit back, take it easy, and enjoy it. And just when you think you have figured it out, you will be hit with a twist that will make it ever more enjoyable. That is assuming you have not read EVERY review and particularly the one by the person who just has to, oh-so-innocently, include spoilers in their reviews.
You got nothing to loose and a lot of listening fun if you get this book!
This was my first Louise Penny novel and my first cozy mystery. I can honestly say I enjoyed it. My interest never lagged and I kept returning to the story. It is a very gentle, slow-paced, old-fashioned mystery with lots of character development and lots of dialogue. I can easily see how this type of story may not appeal to men or to anyone who is fond of thriller type mysteries.
It reminds me of sitting in a restaurant with a good female friend and lingering over conversation for hours and hours. This is not something I get to do very often but when it happens, I relish it. That is how I felt about this novel.
I found the narrator just perfect for this particular type of story and he added to the listening enjoyment.
This book should be read by all thinking adults. It is so much more than just an account of what happened at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina. I came away, just finishing the book, with really disturbing feelings. I know these uneasy feelings will linger for a long time. I feel the wrongness of what happened in my bones, but I also realize that there were extenuating circumstances that allowed it to happen. I feel a deep sense of anger, but I am not sure where it should be directed.
I toss around so many thoughts, in my head and to those who will listen to me.
Was Dr. Anna Pou a sociopath (a liar and murderer) or was she just a victim of her circumstances? After all, she appeared to be an experienced and talented surgeon who really cared about her own patients. But is that enough to excuse her behaviors, before and during the event?
Are doctors considered on a par with God in this country? Just because a doctor takes charge in a critical situation, will no one even question their decisions? Understandably certain staff will follow all orders, but what about other doctors (co-workers) of equal status? Is it enough just to walk away and not see?
Is it just in the personality of those people who step up and want to take charge--Anna Pou, most of our politicians, big bosses? Perhaps people of greater honesty and honor have no desire to take charge? I am often disturbed at having to vote, not for the best person, but for the lesser of two evils.
Is a DNR really the best way to go? I always thought I should have one, but after listening to this book, I am not so sure anymore. How can one protect their own wishes in the absence of a friend or loved one?
Above all, this book should be read by medical professionals, especially administrators, who can and should come up with policies, procedures, and recommendations, so that one or more rogue persons cannot take charge and make decisions that are not in the best interest of the most helpless souls.
This book was expertly narrated by Kirsten Potter, who has the ability to narrate as the book was written, in a neutral, non-accusatory manner. I commend the author, Sheri Fink, for doing her research and for presenting the facts without an agenda getting in the way.
Highly recommended listen!
This book is truly a listening delight. The narrator, Jenna Lamia, was just perfection with all of her varied characters. Her many voices fascinated me.
Ceecee's story was one of the best coming of age novels I have had the pleasure of listening to. The women who peopled Ceecee's world were so entertaining, each and every one of them!
In summary, Ceecee is raised by a mentally ill mother, most likely with bipolar disorder, who does not take her meds as prescribed. As a result, her mother is delusional most of the time and Ceecee becomes a parentified child who is missing out on life while she takes care of her mother. Her father has left the home, unable to cope with the mother's delusional behavior. When Ceecee is 12, her mother is suddenly killed by a truck. Her Aunt Tootie from South Carolina, with whom she had no history, comes to get the child with the intention of raising her niece. Most of the story revolves around the child's adjustment, adventures, and growth in the home of her Aunt.
I don't want to go into more details. You should just bite the bullet and get this audiobook. It is sad, funny, and always entertaining.
This audiobook is a solid 4 1/2 star accomplishment--wonderful story, excellent narration. It takes place in Minnesota during the fateful summer of 1961 and is narrated by a 13 year old boy. You could call it a coming of age story but it is so much more. It is a family-oriented tale involving a minister, his wife (who has not come to terms with marrying a man who subsequently became a minister), and their teenage daughter and two younger sons, age 13 and 11. There is a great deal of townsfolk involvement in the family's life and in their story.
l am not a religious person. Although religion plays a strong role in this story, it is not shoved down your throat and seems to work very well with the plot. This story has alot of angst and sadness, but there is also a great deal of love shining through to make it seem like there is hope for recovery in the end. For me, this story is somewhat reminiscent of the Ivan Doig novels, which I have greatly enjoyed. There is a very informative interview with the author at the end of the audiobook.
This beautiful story is highly recommended! Don't miss it.
I haven't read the previous 11 books in this series, and I don't think it mattered at all. While I didn't know the characters as well as a Box fan would, I also wasn't feeling tired of the storyline like a few reviewers complained about.
Chandler was a very good narrator, in my opinion. He spoke slowly but it didn't detract or annoy me. I think his narration style fit the book just right.
As for the story, sure, it was not totally believable. Had it been, it probably would have been somewhat boring. I don't think I read fiction for it to be completely believable. I really liked the characters. Joe and Nate were developed enough that I felt I knew who they were and what their moral codes were. The falconry storyline was fascinating to me (especially after recently photographing and observing peregrine falcons at my local marsh). It did add to the enjoyment of the story line, IMHO. Additionally, I felt Box was in good control of the story, the ending was satisfactory, and the book was just the right length.
That said, I would certainly read another book in this series!
There are teen novels and then again, there are teen novels. Some I find merely geared to teenage girls and others appeal to a wide variety of ages, like this one. This book held me captive for two days. I felt like an interloper in an intense relationship and I just had to know how it turned out.
We have two very emotionally damaged teens who meet in their last year of high school. They are attracted to each other even before they even realize it. However, their life histories prevent them from acknowledging their real feelings toward one another. Their individual histories are so devastating that they may not even be able to experience or recognize true feelings. This is the story of their relationship with each other and also with their friends. It has mature subject material and would most likely not be appropriate for younger teens.
I found the characters in this story to be well-developed, interesting, and believable. I found the ending to be very well done . The narrators are both excellent. They are extremely convincing--it felt like they were the actual characters they were "playing." If you like YA literature and emotionally intense novels, The Sea of Tranquility is for you!
Take an autistic genetics professor using a questionnaire to find the most suitable wife, add a beautiful, relationship-shy young woman who meets almost none of his requirements for a potential wife, add an Australian accent, and you have so many laugh-out-loud unforgettable moments! This story grabbed me from the start and never let go. You gotta love Professor Don Tillman and his new-found friend, Rosie. You gotta root for them all the way. And along the way, you just gotta have fun! If you need a pick-me-up after too many somber reads, this is the book for you. Not just fluff, it is well thought out and very entertaining. The narrator is a natural. Highly recommended.
I thought I loved science fiction and first contact stories, so I figured I would really like this book, especially with all the glowing great reviews. Not so.
It just did not grab me at all. There was none of the mystery and spine-tingling excitement you would expect at first contact with an alien species. We are told they evolved from burrowing animals, yet they are SO human-like. How did that happen? So we land on their planet and go about trying to find a way of mutually communicating. My dog understands more words than the Didetos learned during their brief encounter with us as the aliens. The great majority of this story involved very simplistic talking and sharing of very simplistic ideas. Almost nothing happens except a few misunderstandings that evolve into almost nothing. We hear endlessly about their very sensitive finger pads and their thrumming. It is mentioned over and over again. Then, it is time for us to leave. Minor crisis in finding minerals which is quickly remedied and we take off.
Why did we land? What did we learn about this species? I am sorry but I want-need more than this to entertain me. I need a bit more action and certainly alot more mystery! I would not read any further science fiction by this author. The narrator did not add to the listening experience--she too was just unimpressive.
So bite me! I told you I was swimming against the current.
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