I really enjoyed this book - so much in fact that I listened to it twice. Elizabeth Strout captures characters just like those we have all met, and gives the little New England town in the book a personality of its own. It's both a novel with a good story - of a minister in a small town recovering from the death of his wife and dealing with the problems of his congregation - and a thoughtful book. The ideas -- which are big ones such as the nature of God, forgiveness and redemption, euthenasia -- are all there, but in a lovely approachable way so that you can wrestle with them as much or as little as you like.
The narration was fine and unobtrusive - which is perfect for this type of book.
Yes - it is a good story well told
I particularly enjoyed the ending of this audio book, which did a good job making sense of the entire book and tying things together.
I enjoyed this book but do feel it could have been edited down a bit - there were parts that I felt received more detail than necessary, at the expense of the pace of the book. I also felt (as often with King's books) that there was more violence than perhaps served the plot; though the ending made me change this opinion somewhat.
It's really my own fault I didn't particularly care for this book - maybe if I hadn't read my daughter's copies of the Twilight series I would have liked it more - but it is yet another rehash of the "I've fallen in love with a vampire who doesn't trust himself with me but I know he loves me so much he will never hurt me" thing. Noble vampire, and a woman who loves him enough to put her life in his hands, etc. I'm tired of women falling in love with vampires and all the weird sexual/blood sucking tensions- and I guess I hadn't realized that this was another of those books. I got halfway through and couldn't finish. But if that's your thing, go for it.
Having read several negative reviews, I was expecting to be disappointed, but I thought it was the perfect ending to the series. It's always been a dark, cautionary story, in which the humor was the type you hear at a funeral - laughter in the face of misery. In this book Katniss really grows up and comes to understand the true nature of her world, and it isn't pretty, but who having read the other two would expect it to be? I liked the ending very much and thought it was pitch-perfect. Anything more fairy-tale like would have felt wrong, given everything the characters have been through.
And the narrator, as in the two others, is wonderful.
While Jack London was an amazing writer, these stories haven't stood the test of time too well. It's hard for a modern reader to get past the racism - which is pretty constant - including the liberal use of the "n" word. If you're able to listen to it as a product of its time, great - but for kids? It's got an "audible kids" intro, and I don't think I'd want my kids to listen to this without a whole lot of discussion.
This book draws you in - the main character is as much the town as the "Nobody's Fool" of the title. Very enjoyable with lots of those moments when you recognize the truth in the writing - thought provoking. However, if you are looking for a fast pace with lots of action this probably isn't the book for you. The narrator did a very good job.
I wouldn't rate this as one of my favorite audio books, but I think this is perhaps because I don't have much background in Hindu mythology or Indian culture. The story is told well, but seems a bit odd without that context.
The three talented narrators really make this book. Their distinct voices make it very clear whose story is being told. To me The Help is perfect for an audiobook - interesting story, well-written, but not so crazily complex that I need to rewind if I miss a little detail. And I escaped into that world when I listened. Loved it.
If you like history or like good storytelling, you won't like this. Nothing against the narrator - he's fine. But if this book hadn't been written by a famous author it would never have been published. Cardboard characters with 21st century mentalities, walking through a world that sounds lifted from a middle school world history textbook. These characters somehow miraculously are responsible for all the big innovations of their time. If you read Pillars of the Earth, you will find basically the exact same characters here, thinly disguised. A waste of time and audio credits!
Very enjoyable - this narrator brings every one of the characters to life.
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