Surreal. Interesting. Long.
I've never read any other book like this.
The narrator spoke Wayyyyy too slowly. I wanted to yell,
There's really only one reality...but what is it?
I would recommend this book to someone who has patience and is not looking for a fast-paced or suspense -filled story. It was very long but I finished it without regret.
I tried to read this twice. Got as far as the second half and just couldn't stick with it. I just found the characters silly in a cartoonish kind of way and I couldn't get into the story. I think a youngster would probably like it. Not much else to say about it since I didn't (couldn't) finish the book.
An interesting story about the behind-the-scenes building of the world's fair in Chicago in 1983 and the creative and genius team that put it all together. Amazing!
With all the splendor of the fair, there was also a dark side. Dr. Henry H. Holmes was a serial killer who took full advantage of the young women drawn to this city for the fair. This devious killer was calculating and creative, interestingly possessing the same characteristics of the men team that orchestrated the building of the fair.
And of course Scott Brick is a fabulous narrator.
An audio book should not sound like it's being read to a 1st grader. The strict pronounciation and slowwww narration over shadowed any emotion. She ruined the story for me.
It's too bad because the story was cute and I liked the characters. As much as I enjoyed the book, I don't know if I can stomach another reading by this narrator.
Sorry, I wish I could have been more positive. I was looking forward to a light, witty series.
Great story. Less violent than the other's I've read so far. I totally enjoyed this. And who's lying? It could've gone either way. So much entwined in this complicated plot, but still easy to follow. I'm glad I stuck with the series. Definitely a good read if you like books that suck you in and you can't put them down. And I love the narrator. He has a very pleasant reading voice.
You can't help but like Jack Reacher. He's tough, private, carefree, and sexy without trying. As with his other books I struggle with loving the story and hating the brutality. This author clearly enjoys detailing horror. I'll consider reading more in the series, but just fast forward past those parts. For me they don't add to the story.
I generally don't like reading about the holocaust because it's too depressing but I read it on the recommendation of my daughter. If you like stories about the holocaust, you will not be disappointed.
With that being said, I was totally captivated and couldn't turn the book off. I finished it in two days. In typical Picoult style she brings the story to life through the different perspectives of each character.
I wish there was more on Joseph and his brother since their roles are the least understood by me. How can a human being (or worse, thousands of human beings) do these things to other human beings? And although they came from the same family with the same values, they were two very different men.
What's with the weird monster story a la carte? It was distracting. The story could have worked just as well without it. I could see there needed to be some storytelling, but this was just rambling, unless I just didn't understand it.
Although the book detailed the horrors of the holocaust, it seems the book was really about Joseph and Minka and their personal journeys.
The ending did surprise me. I can't say more about why without giving it away. This would be a great book for a book club. So much to think about.
I highly recommend this book.
There aren't many books that keep me so engaged that I choose to stop other activities just to listen. Friendship, loyalty, adversity, love, hate, all blended into the fascinating Afghan culture. If you like Bryce Courtenay, you'll like this.
Great synopsis of the various bible stories. It was enjoyable, light listening. This would be a great listen in the car with kids since the stories are relatively short. I agree with some of the other reviews that it's fun to hear the story and then go back to the Bible and read it. You always glean something new when reading the Bible.
I'll admit I'm sensitive to violence, but each of the three Jack Reacher books I've read all include torture and humiliation. Although the story itself was decent, a typical 'catch em in the nick of time' murder mystery, the violent overtone ruined the book for ME. I've only read the first three books, but they were pretty much all the same so I'm done with the Jack Reacher series.
Typical vampiresque-love story but the narrator makes this series fun, fun, fun. Her voices enhance the characters personalities and make the book worth listening to. I love the characters, the sarcasm and wit, Aisling's fierce independence, the relationship between Aisling and Jim (her guardian in dog form), and her love-hate relationship with Drake. If you like easy listening with entertaining narration, this is a good one.
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