Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies. I've watched it more times than I can count and no matter how many times I watch it, I'm always entertained. With that said, it's also a testament to how Hollywood will take a story and twist it for the screen and box office. I did my best to keep an open mind while listening to the book and to take the story for what it was. As a story I was engaged but mostly because I wanted to see how the story played out. Parts of the story were in line with the movie and other parts explored other aspects of the characters. Overall I found the characters lacking and unexciting. Indications of paranormal skills were mostly eluded to and very little information about those skills was ever brought forth in the story. The Aunts played only a small part in the book and the magic they performed was nominal and rather anti-climactic. I've been going back and forth between giving the book a three or four star rating by taking the movie out of the equation, but in the end because the story lacked a fair amount of excitement and magic, a three is the best i could offer.
One of my writing instructions said "can you smell, taste, and feel what you have written"? This statement says everything about what James Lee Burke is all about. In this story no character is left untouched and you get to know each of their personalities, their deepest, darkest secrets. You can feel the despair hidden below the surface and the events in their lives that have formed the fabric of their being. The story moves slowly and anything more than eight hours could have forced me to put this book down except I enjoyed the author's ability to show me who the characters are. Will Patton, is the perfect match for James Lee Burke's stories, with his slow southern drawl and expressive narration. I won't get into the story line because it is something you need to experience yourself. What I will say is the last two hours of the story will hold you and have you at the edge of your seat and know that all of the storytelling leading to the end makes this story complete and with out question of why any of the characters did what they did.
This is a story about young girls, barely out of puberty who are thrust into a world of sexual and physical abuse by both their handlers and customers. Their parents, desperate for money and often with hopes they are sending their children off into the world often do not know they have been duped and their children are headed into an unspeakable existence. People do evil things in the world all in pursuit of lining their pockets. It's a sad state of affairs where young children are sold into prostitution. I want to shame all of those people out there who have no qualms about supporting the industry of child prostitution.
A heart warming story about two disabled beings - a dog and a boy. I love how the two of them along with the support of loving family and friends lead to the recovery of their damaged spirits. In a world where the news dwells too much on the bad things happening in the world, it is a pleasure to read about recovery and the good side of humanity where people open up their hearts as well as their wallets to benefit others in need.
Jane Jacob's narration drove me nuts. I felt like I was listening to a news report. I purchased this book because I used to have a yellow lab and many of Daisy's antics reminded me of my beloved Lani. I found Sharron rather shallow and a bit to quick to categorize individual's personalities and lifestyles in a rather canned personality/intelligence grouping just because they found themselves in a particular situation - (in jail for instance). Having to listen to her rant and rave about Keith's crime for what seemed like eternity was enough to make me want to put this book down except I was already half way through the book and just wanted to finish the story to see if Daisy graduated to become a service dog. This story was a time line of how Daisy progressed over her training period and how she affected the people around her. When I read a story, I want to "see" the story unfold. This was a timeline in every sense and lacked in any real visuals. I would suggest saving your credit for another book about dogs.
I almost gave up on this book and asked for a return credit but I kept listening and in the end I'm glad I did. The first half of the book was confusing and irritating because of the constant introduction of a huge cast of characters and the constant jumping around between time periods and characters. I had a hard time keeping track of everyone and ended up starting over several times just to figure out who the characters were. Some books you can let the words flow through one ear and out the other and you still know what's going on. Not so with Sand. One must pay attention to everything. About halfway through the story all of the pieces came together and I was totally hooked. This was my first Hugh Howey book and I am going to try another.
I am looking forward to more from PM Steffen and I am anxious to read the next installment of this series. While I remember the beginning to be a tad slow, somewhere along the way this story totally sucked me in and I had to make myself put the book down and get to sleep. Lucky for me I can listen to a book and work otherwise I think work would have been put on the back burner.
Even though I think any reader will know who the culprit is, there are enough twists to make you wonder if what you think is right and who the bad guys really are.
Well worth the credit.
I saw the movie and loved it.Then I listened to the book. As usual, Hollywood condenses and intermingles scenes to present a point, but that's ok. The story is well written and well narrated. It's definitely worth the credit.
I would have give this book five stars except some of the narration just about drive me up a wall. The voice of Leslie was awful and there were times the portrayal of the Swedish accent just about drove me up the wall. Considering the amount of effort and I am sure production bucks to include background music and sounds, maybe the producers could have spent a little more for an additional narrator. Now, when the narrator talked from the stance of a third person, I enjoyed the narration.
Otherwise, this story was jam packed with action and kept me at the edge of my seat. As I write this, I still have 2 1/2 hours left to the book so I don't know how it ends although I think I have a good idea what will happen.
Well worth the credit even though I found Leslie totally irritating.
Maybe I'll get around to writing a review for the next three in the series, but they probably would be just more of the same. I bought this book more on a whim than anything. Quite frankly I've listened to so many vampire and werewolf books that I swore them off for awhile.
Anyway, I got sucked into the series and listened to 4 out of the 12 in the series - I bought them one after another. So yes, I was highly entertained by the series but I am making myself stop and moving on to other genres. Maybe when i can't find a story that catches my ears, I'll come back to the series. So far the series is a nice easy listen. I am not in love with Marguerite Gavin's narration but she is good and won't drive you nuts.
An engaging story of survival. I have mixed emotions about the narrator - sometimes I got a little fed up with his clinical, matter of fact narration, but then I reminded myself we were talking about a scientist and the stereotypical voice should be a voice of a man who was clinical and matter of fact. So I moved on. Although I haven't a clue about whether an Earthling could have pulled off what he did, the Author certainly made it believable and I really enjoyed the entire story. Well worth a credit.
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