It is hard to compare this book with most of the books I have read. It is basically a story of a family in a small town that experiences a terrible tragedy. The characters flow from there. I read a lot of mysteries and some human interest dramas. This is really both and is guaranteed to keep the readers interest.
The plot and character development were excellent. The story is told in the eyes of a boy and is told in a way that feels appropriate. The characters are not perfect. They are human in every way. From the very beginning of the book I was hooked. At no time could I predict the outcome until the very end. I especially appreciate how well the story is read with each voice distinct and real. I should add that spirituality or religion has a large peace in this book but it does not come off preachy. I am not a religious person but this book was not at all offensive in that regard.
No, but I will be watching for him in other books.
If I answered that, I think I would give too much away!
The Goldfinch is one of the best Audible reads so far, and I have listened to hundreds of books.
Theo is the main character, who throughout the book matures and develops. However, I most appreciated the wild and reckless personality of Boris, the way the book is read and especially the accents of characters like Boris add a lot to the texture of the book. Hobie is a close contender, thoughtful and gentle. I loved Andy too, so intelligent, so awkward so believable! There are no weakly developed characters. All are very much alive.
Very difficult to say. I will say that I listened to the last chapter of this book several times. I even bought the e-book so I could remember some of Theo's comments on what he has learned, the place of secrets in our lives, the placing of art and beauty.
I thought the beginning of the book was slow but don't let that turn you off; you would miss the whole trip! I really appreciate an author that is capable of taking me deep into the feelings and senses of the characters. This book engages all your senses; it also makes you think.
I have a scientific background (medical) but my husband's background is in history. We both loved this book and the way it was told. I think anyone interested in what this planet is about will enjoy this book and you don't need a strong scientific background to understand it.
Something I will always remember is a quote that explains the way the scientific community (or any other organization) receives new ideas or discoveries: "First they say it is wrong, then they say it might be right, but it is not important, and finally they credit the wrong person." Oh how true!
The history of scientific thought is rich with wild and weird characters! It is really hard to pick. I, however, cannot help but admire the insights of Albert Einstein -- and at such a young age! (and I do not pretend to understand the theory of relativity!) at the same time, to see that he accomplished so little in his later life. He was uncomfortable with quantum mechanics (who wouldn't be) and wasted the rest of his life trying to discredit it. How much did we miss?
The author explains just how unlikely we are to be here, and how brief our existence has been, and is likely to be. He describes it as being on a razor's edge. It makes me feel so fortunate to be given a life on this little blue planet! And how slim are the chances that we are here at all?
I have read several of Jodi Picoult's books. They usually present some really interesting ethical issues. All of her books are very well written and beautifully told. I liked this book but perhaps not as much as some of her previous books.
I feel a little cheated by the end. There is an implausible twist at the end that I did not appreciate. Sure, it makes the story more troubling but as I said, just implausible.
Probably, but I read a lot of Burke as well. He is one of the America's best contemporary authors. I enjoy his ability to engage all your senses. He make you feel the breeze, see the bayou and smell the leaves. He puts your whole body and all your senses into the book. The added flavor of New Orleans and the voices make all his books resonate. Will Patton adds a lot. He makes the characters really come to life.
The descriptions of what it was really like during Katrina and the despirate reality for those left behind.
I have listened to several of the Robicheaux novels.
I would definately recommend this and any of the Walt Longmire stories. I enjoy the wit of the author and just as much, the way they are read. The characters are believable and I enjoy the obviously well read author's observations. He is always self-effacing and wise at the same time.
Longmire with Henry Standing Bear as a close second.
Just the Longmire series. It took me a little while, with my first read to get used to his pace, but I am there now and I always have a hard time waiting for the next.
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