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Overall, I felt that the perplexity and the fantastic chrarters are definitely the best part of 'The Story Teller. I was very hard to put down. I got lost in the points of view of the Holocaust, and then I found the point of view from a guard at Auschwitz. Picoult devles into th social history of the Holocaust, and tells the story from an officer who was there, and a woman who was there to take him abuses. She adds a certain 'human' element to each character, and displays their weaknesses, flaws, and strong points.
There are so many wonderful moments in The Story Teller, however the most memorable moment was when the grandmother is speaking, and tells of her best friend being murdered in front of her eyes even though she's not done anything wrong. The entire story was really very memorable and well done. It will stick with me forever.
I really loved the German accents, and the way the few lines in German sounded. I loved the different voices for each character.
I was especially moved when Sage, the granddaughter of the Holocaust survivor, learned of everything that had happened to her grandmother. The comparing of 'What if that would happen now?' is simply terrifying. Also, I cried a one point where a lady had to suffocate her baby to keep it quiet. (Won't say who)
I think this is the most intimate book Picoult has ever written and I could not put it down. It was a fantastic read.
I am not sure why the reviews are comparing 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins to 'Gone Girl.' Gone Girl was a great story and I even enjoyed the movie- but the main character in 'The Girl On The Train' is extremely irritating, completely pathetic, sad and quite dreary- yet extraordinarily lovable and magnetic. I couldn't wait to see what she would say next.
Rachel rides the train past the home of her ex husband and his new family. She notices their neighbours each day- a beautiful couple she names 'Jess' and 'Jason.' Each day on the train she goes by and spots them, imagining how happy their 'perfect' lives are.
What we don't know is that Rachel is riding the train into London because she was sacked for being a raving alcoholic- a condition brought by infertility problems and the subsequent affair her ex had, and then their divorce.
Things turn awry when Rachel rides by one day and sees 'Jess' making out with another man. While Rachel continues to fill her days drinking and faking being at work, she also develops a habit of drunk dialing her ex husband and his wife, and stumbling around in their neighbourhood. One night 'Jess' goes missing- and she's gone for days- and the problem is Rachel cannot remember what happened that night- only that the next day she had been hanging around her ex's neighbourhood and 'she has some unexplained bruises and cuts on her head. No one knows where Jess is- if she's dead, what she's done- but it turns out that there is a lot more to the 'perfect family' Rachel has conjured in her mind- and she finds herself entangled in their realities- instead of the imaginary family she made up.
This book is fast paced and told by three points of view. Every bit of it is interesting and I couldn't stop listening to it. The twists and turns are shocking and it's not a book I will ever forget. What an intense novel- I absolutely fell in love with it!
Brava! I am an instant fan of the author!
I have to say, this book blew me away. I listened in the car, at work when I could, and every spare moment I had.
Daisy has beaten breast cancer, and she is set at twenty-seven to live in marital bliss with her husband for the rest of her life. On a follow up appointment with her oncologist, she has been told that he's found a small lump in her breast, but not to worry. Well, the small lump turns out to be a sign that the cancer has taken over her body and, well.. she's not going to make it.
She is so in love with her husband Jack and she's worried what will happen to him when she's gone. In all of her wisdom, she decides that she wants to find the perfect candidate for his next wife to ensure she can die knowing he'll be taken care of.
She finds a candidate on an online site, but that candidate turns out to be someone who Jack already knows. Daisy begins to feel jealous and horrified that she thought she'd be able to find Jack a new wife, and Jack and the new girl spend a lot of time together..
The story is depressing, but the main character is so lovable and relative. I loved the narration- it's very empathetic and soothing.
The human element to this story is magnetic, and the prose are beautiful. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantastic story or humanity and true love.
'What I Know For Sure' is a compilation of Oprah's articles she has written over the years for O Magazine. I have always loved Oprah Winfrey and she is, in my opinion, one of the most influential people in the world.
Oprah reads these delightful stories and has so much verity and confidence in her words and her voice. She talks about the mistakes she's made and her ways of thinking while she was in various stages (and ages) of her life. The book encompasses her struggles and some very good memories, and it flows like a beautiful glass of wine.
Oprah has worked so hard and over the course of her life, she has been kind enough to share several epiphanies- from being promiscuous and a young age to having a baby, to getting over worrying about what everyone else thinks and wanting to do what makes her happy.
She touches on having good friends, love, sex, relationships with her family, her struggle with her weight, her relationship with long time partner Stedman, her dogs, and her personal achievements and failures.
I listened to this book in one setting and I appreciated it so much, I listened to it again. I will probably continue to 're-listen'- especially when I need some inspiration and motivation.
5 solid stars
Buelman's 'Those Across The River' was a real find for me. I can't remember who turned me on to it, but I am so glad I listened to it. There were a few problems with some sentences ending to abruptly, but not enough to abandon this most exquisite tale of terror in small town Georgia.
Eudora and Frank Nichols have moved to a sleepy town in the south so that they could start fresh in a home they inherited from Frank's aunt. Frank's aunt does warn them that things aren't 'quite right' with the house, and tells them to sell it right away and not to live in it.
The couple is looking for a way to get back on their feet, so they decide, against any caution, to move into the home. The townspeople seem fairly nice but much too 'Southern Like.' The setting takes place after World War I and the author does a great job in painting a post war picture.
Strange and terrible things start to happen in the town when a child is ripped to shreds and eaten. When a bunch of bodies are dug up and pieced back together at the local high school, terror runs like a high fever and the townspeople start to fear for their very lives. They have one thing to focus on and worry about- They've upset 'Those Across The River.'
This book is an excellent thrill ride filled with voluminous relationships, gentle and kid flowing prose, and some fascinating, loving and memorable characters. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good thrill, and good literature at the same time. Don't let the few hiccups in the recording bother you!
The Silent Sister contains much of Diane Chamberlain's usual formatting in writing a work of fiction. We have a confused woman who is trying to make sense of her family, and a ton of secrets behind the scenes that are slowly seeking their way to the top.
Riley is a high school counselor. Her father is in ill health, and when he dies she discovers that long ago, she had a sister. Her brother is an ex veteran and isn't really interested in talking about the sister, who apparently committed suicide. However, as Riley digs deeper, she finds that her sister Jade's death was a big lie. Why would her family go to all of the trouble to fake her death and move her? There is an excellent reason why.
The Silent Sister moves quickly and is packed full of juicy twists and turns. The main character is likable and the story on the whole is very well done. The narration was impeccable and this is an overall good audiobook which I enjoyed tremendously.
Solid 4/5 stars
When I first started reading Meyers' 'Accidents of Marriage' I was overwhelmed with the similarities between my marriage and that of the main character. The husband Ben is a very self centered jerk who really couldn't care less about his wife Maddy, who took care of their family while he was out often 'on business.' He threw tantrums and she never knew what would set him off.
One day he is in a very bad mood and they get into a car together. It's raining, and he has an accident and Maddy is left in the ICU with a brain injury. While her three children wait, terrified their mother will die, Ben is worried that people will discover the truth- which was that the accident was his fault and caused from his anger.
The book goes from one narrator to the next, and uses the person's point of view. It reminded me a little of Gone Girl in the beginning, and a Jodi Picoult book in the middle and end.
This book, albeit very depressing, was a real eye opener for me. The writing is just so raw and honest and it's touching. I sucked me in and I listened to it in two nights. The narrator does a wonderful job with all of the characters as well.
4 solid stars
Stephen King is getting less creepy and more and more 'normal' in his writing. I know that a lot of people won't really like King's 'Revival,' however I wasn't one of them.
Revival is about the pull that people have between believing in a higher power and giving what may seem like miraculous wonders credit to science.
We start out with a young boy and his preacher, Charlie. The preacher teaches the young boy how a certain type of electricity works and lets him play with his many toys. When the preacher's wife and son are killed in a car accident, the 'terrible speech' was given- the preacher said that we are all fools if we believe in God.
Years later, some of the people in the story are sick, some have died, but the little boy meets up with Charlie again. The little boy is now a heroin addict, and Charlie cures him- not without a few adverse affects. The two form an unbreakable relationship which is tumultuous but best served if they help one another.
Strange things happen to some of their sick friends, but the question is always- what caused the strange happenings? A person- or a different force? Would you still believe?
Revival is a very well read novel with excellent prose and great character development. I read it in two nights and I thought it was amazing.
I just finished listening to 'Big Little Lies,' the book which has been on the New York Times Bestselling list for weeks. Another book by the same author had equal popularity. It's called 'The Husband's Secret.'
Big Little Lies focuses on a group of Kindergarten parents in Australia.
Jane has moved her son Ziggy to another school. She is a single mom and of course wants the best for her child. On the first day of school, Ziggy is accused of choking a little girl. This immediately tarnishes Ziggy and Jane's social status. Her right to bring her 'horrible' child to school is questioned by the 'bobs' which are the Stepford-like judgmental moms (with blonde bob haircuts) who not only have the same coiffure, but make it a point to be a pack of followers. Renata, the parent of the attacked child, is relentless.
Celeste is the mother of twin boys with a ridiculously handsome and wealthy husband. She sides with Jane on the matter, when parents start to write a petition to kick Ziggy out of school. Merideth also befriends Jane.
Behind the friendships and talk of their children though, all of the women have some pretty shocking secrets to share, which all come to a head on 'Trivia Night,' where worlds collide and the truth comes out.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes good literary fiction. The narrator was near perfect. She has an Australian accent and she is clear and concise. I really thought her voice was perfect for the story.
There are a lot of 'shockers' in Big Little Lies, which made it hard for me to break from. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am sure any other audible listener, or reader, will as well.
5 stars all the way through!
First let me say that Jodi Picoult is hands down, one of my top favourite authors. I've struggled with her ridiculous, and, at times, non-existing endings over the years. However, I always pre-order her books and look forward to their release. The reason I like Jodi so much is she makes the reader think of uncomfortable situations and deal with them. She also has a real knack for story telling.
Sometimes though, Ms. Picoult has a habit of ripping off other authors' ideas. For example, her book 'Change of Heart' could have been titled 'The Green Mile Rip Off.' Anyone who's read it will know what I am talking about.
Having said that, 'Leaving Time' is a bunch of very well done research about the mourning habits of elephants. It has some wonderful information on elephants in general, and Jodi has done her research. However, the story line might as well be called 'Elephants and the Sixth Sense.' In fact, maybe she could get Bruce Willis to play the hero, and perhaps grab Whoopie Goldberg (who, I swear the 'medium' character is written for), to co-star.
Leaving Time focuses on a little girl who is trying to find her mother. Her mother is a specialist in the elephant kingdom, as was her father. Her mother, however, left when the little girl was extremely young and she was never found. So, a psychic and a police detective decide to help the girl find her mother.
The book is mostly filler- it could easily be a non fiction book about elephants- but the story line develops throughout the filler, and ultimately left me with the 'ARE YOU KIDDING ME' face. Jodi needs to be a bit more original if she's only going to come out with a book every year or two. Her publicist should be fired..
I googled 'Suffer the Children' because I was trying to find the author to the book. But, it wasn't this book I was looking for. When the book by Craig Dilouie popped up I read the description, and I immediately ordered it on audible. I gobbled it up voraciously- which may be a bad play on words..
Dilouie delivers something original, fresh, and exciting. For people who are tired of vampires, no need to worry- reading this sheds another light on thirsting for blood. It's incomparable to Sookie Stackhouse or Bram Stoker himself..
A disease has wiped out every single child and unborn baby who has not reached puberty-- in the entire world. This poses a lot of problems of course. Grieving parents, full graves, rotting corpses, miscarriages, and a stunned world. It seems as though humans will be extinct with no future generation.
When some children flutter their eyes and come back from the dead asking for blood.. yes.. blood... desperate parents everywhere try the quite 'natural' remedy and see their children with rosy cheeks and smiles again. But when the cure works for a small amount of time, and more and more blood or 'medicine' is needed to stir the sleeping/dead children, things get ugly. People with money can afford to buy blood from those willing to sell, however regular folks have to rely on their own bodies.. and one pint gives an hour of life..
I have read a lot of scary books, and Stephen King is my favourite author, but this book is completely original. In fact, if I didn't know better, I would have thought that King was the author because of the fresh content and ultimate creepy factor.
The ending takes on an entirely new twist which will delight horror lovers and leave a scar in the memories of parents everywhere. This would make a most excellent movie if done correctly.
The narration is nearly perfect- with that 'matter of factness' which makes a scary story even more terrifying. The only thing worse than things you can see in a horror novel.. are the things you can't.
5 stars, highly recommended- be prepared to binge read.. and hug your children...
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