I listened to this book some time ago, burned it to cd, and filed it away. A few days ago, during a search for something to listen to on a long drive, I pulled it out and loaded it into the cd player of the car. I loved it as much the second time as I did the first, and was able to pay more attention and actually got more out of it. It is a marvelous story, and well worth burning, keeping and reading over and over again. I know I will.
This one is a real page turner. The Ridge starts slowly, almost lazily, giving each character flesh and personality, then allows the reader to see into the minds of each. The other impact that I felt when reading, was that it is so visual. One can see the deep woods surrounding the town; the beauty of the cats at the preserve; and the omnipresent lighthouse.
Kevin Kimball is revealed to be a man of intelligence, great honor, and fortitude, and he does not waver. His is a lonely life, but he attends to duty in the face of all odds. He is truly the strong, silent savior of his town from the beginning to the very last, nail biting end.
This is a ghost story, but not one that can be totally labeled as such. It is not quite like any that I have read, mainly because of the way that it is told. Upon completion, I was filled with a tinge of sadness, but the end is a matter of just the way it had to end. I cannot give any hints about this story, because to do so would be unjust to the reader who has not read this book, but I must say, you will not be disappointed. The Ridge is one of the best books I have read in some time, and now, I am hoping that a movie is made. This one really needs to be on film.
This book is killer excellent! I have read and loved all of the James Lee Burke novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, and really didn't think it could get any better. But...this book is fabulous! Burke's poetic, flowing, writing style pulls the reader into the world of southern Louisiana, in a story that is absolutely riveting. No one can turn a phrase like James Lee Burke because he makes all the characters - bad guys and good - three dimensional and alive. The rain becomes a character in a James Lee Burke novel! Each character can be visualized; their flaws and foibles apparent and real. Dave has been the tarnished hero in all Burke novels, but here, he shines, and his humanity is unquestionable. Loved this book, and yes, it may very well be the best Dave Robicheaux to date, but I hope that it is not the last!
Water for Elephants is a haunting novel, filled with so much life. Though the characters are old, the story is fresh and new. I loved this book and when it ended, I was genuinely sad. I wanted the story to go and on.
I want five hours of my life back, and I think Joe Hill owes them to me! The lost hours were spent slogging through his pretentious book, Horns. What a monumental waste of good reading time!
This book is apologetically pompous. I cannot understand any of the rave reviews, except that no one wants to admit that he/she didn't enjoy reading it. It's like the Emperor's New Clothes. Those who wanted to appear smart - lied, and stated that they saw clothes. Those who were honest said, 'what clothes?'
I didn't get this book, and I'm not ashamed to say so. Wait...I must rephrase that. I got it, but it stunk so badly, it was ridiculous! Horns wants one to examine personal faith, reasoning, and the reality of one's life, but it does it in such a clumsy manner, that it really doesn't merit deep examination. The book is shallow; a transparent desire for the dollar. It reminds me of another money-grab: Congo, by Michael Creighton. Heart-Shaped Box did so well, Mr. Hill decided to hit the suckers upside the head one more time. Did it too early, though. Creighton wrote Congo well into his career. Maybe he needed a new Mercedes or something, and decided to tap the ATMs known as his readers. Hill is pretty new in his career, and a book this pitiful is a real gamble.
Joe should read more of his father's books. Stephen King is best known for writing horror, but to me, he is the best at simply writing. I read very little horror, not my favorite genre, but the beauty of King is that his writing is complete, and he never leaves untied strings. His denouement always leaves you satisfied. Understand - a few unanswered questions in a novel provoke thought for a reader, but the unanswered, heavily veiled unanswered questions found in the trite pap Horns, invokes a gag reflex.
I am infinitely sorry that I bought Horns, but from now on, all Joe Hill books must come from the library. Then...I may lose a few hours, but at least my money will still be in my wallet!
One of the worst books I have read for the past ten or twenty years. He really let me down and I could care less if he decides to write what the remainder of the world calls the greatest novel in history. I for one, will not buy it. I don't think I would stoop to renting it from the library. What a lousy ending and the entire "novel" was one step from driving me into a comatose state. I continued to listen because I was certain it had to get better. It never did. Think of this book as an ax murderer. It murdered any desire that I will ever again have to subject myself to long-winded, boring, John Grisham drivel!
This book offers more intrigue and mystery than any other. It is spellbinding, and I truly wish there were more superlatives to describe it, but there are none. But I must say that it ranks in the top five of books that I have read during my lifetime, and for me, that is high praise. Mr. Larsson's death was a blow to the literary world, and I will be on pins and needles until his next book is published here in the US.
This novel demanded willful suspension of disbelief, but it was one of the best I have read in quite some time. Dumas would tip his hat to such a excellent homage to his book.
I've read a number of Harlan Coben's books and enjoyed them, but this one was absolutely too ludicrous and convoluted to be believed. The choppy reading and the most inane "hero" ever, made it almost laughable. Who cares about the dumbest doctor in the world? He was too one dimensional to generate compassion. I couldn't begin to feel sorry for the good doctor because he was such a dunce. Yep, this one was a disappointment. Sorry if you bought it
James Lee Burke has yet to disappoint. He has multiple characters interacting directly and indirectly, but ultimately, he ties them together. I would read any book he wrote if Dave Robicheaux was involved. This one is, however, one of his best.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a simply told story of endurance strengthened by love. What would be unimaginable to the sensibilities of most Americans, is the everyday life of the women in this story, caught in the crossfire of warring factions in Afghanistan. Their lives are tragic, but love and their faith endures. It has been some time since I have read a story that touched me in such a way that this one did. It is a beautiful book.
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