Having Rita Moreno narrate was an inspired selection. Ms Sotomayor's early life isn't exactly riveting but it was a welcomed peek into what compels and propels a person to reach for the stars - and get there. It was an easy listen and Ms Moreno kept the pace and the emotional balance perfect.
It doesn't examine her current life (ends just as she is being chosen for Supreme Court) but it certainly gives a good example of her basic values and beliefs that guide her.
Highly recommend it - especially to young women.
After a few chapters, or, once the characters all get together and embark on their journey, this reads more like history than fiction. Never heard of this author before, but he tells a spell binding (fictionalized) account of white women who in 1875 volunteer to travel into the wild west to intermarry with native Americans/Indians, at the direction of Pres Ulysses S. Grant. Had me in tears at the end, such is the author's power to draw me in.
The over arching issue I had with the book, and I have almost all of Julia Cameron's written work, is her scratchy, monotonous delivery. Almost 6 hours of it. WHen I first met her back in the 90s, at a workshop for her breakout sensation The Artist's Way, she was ethereal. Like a faerie spirit. She was able to weave magic out of air. Easy listening. Time and life have apparently taken its toll on her voice, and I hope she opts next time for another more mellifluous narrator.
Now to the book: maybe because I have all of her variations on the central theme of Artist's Way, I have become jaded. I keep waiting for another breakout AHA Julia moment, and instead, it is just Artist's Way (as it relates to diet, money, relationships etc) with a new title. Her main credo is creativity, and yet she hasn't really plowed any new creative ground since her seminal work.
I know each new generation needs telling the same advice, but it smacks of crass commerciality to restage her basic premise in a new title every year.
The story of a NE matriarch and her daughters, daughter in law and grand daughter… if ever there was a woman more spiteful and hateful and self-important, it is Alice. The author paints a totally unflattering picture of a family so dysfunctional and unappetizing, and ultimately so pointless, I kept wondering when it would get to any real plot. It never did. It is told serially by each character in a back in forth montage of perspective covering day to day to year to year family events, as seen through the women's mostly battered lenses. Like the old song, there aint no good guys, there aint no bad guys, there's just you and me and we just disagree. Not sure who is calling Alice at the end, but I have my suspicions!
How that translates into a novel, well, for me, it just didn't. It is our February book club selection, so it was homework.
Just finished Gone Girl for January 2013 Book Club - and it is the creepiest - creepy GOOD - book I have read in decades. Were I the author's husband, don't think I'd ever fully sleep soundly again. A woman who can craft the ingeniously evil marriage saga that Flynn does here is a woman to be approached verrrry carefully!
That being said, it took me FOREVER to get into this novel and I think it was the back and forth chapters between the two protagonists - husband Nick and wife Amy - that initially drove me crazy since the stories each told were so totally out of sync. But once the plot thickened - the way dried blood curdles - it was easier to follow.
The book will push your limits of believability that anyone - much less two twisted souls - could be that crazy or crazy-in-love or just plain twisted. Buckle your seat belts, readers, you are in for a WILD ride!
I listened to the Audible.com version while I (tried to) read the Kindle e-book, but the Audible version had chapters and exposition the Kindle ebook did not, and the vocabulary was different. Throughout the experience, I would have to leave the ebook while the audible version went into much more narrative. Chapter 13 (I think) of the Audible version doesnt even appear anywhere in the book.
I enjoyed the story, cried at the end, and can only hope my two corgis are as in love with me as Enzo was with Denny.
But the reading/listening experience was very disruptive. And I have no way of knowing whether the ebook or the audible version is the culprit, or why there would be two distinctly different versions. I could understand the Audible being different (abridged vs unabridged) but I can't see why the Audible version would be LONGER than the book.
Audio was great. Story was unrelenting misery. I kept listening, hoping that sooner or later ONE - just ONE - nice thing would happen. I'm still waiting.
Audio and narration was great. The story was inescapably depressing from the first word to the last.
Having read several of Anna Quindlen's other non-fiction works, I was accustomed to her literary voice and tone of writing, her turn of phrase and her ability to bridge the common experience. I'm not married and dont have kids, but we are the same age, share much the same background and pretty much the same politics, so reading/listening to her is always a good read. I'd recommend this to anyone of like mind or experiences.
Love her turn of phrase.
No. More like sisters of the same experience.
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