Nothing like the movie in the sense that the story doesn't follow the same line through telling the story -- at least not focusing so much on the game show theatrics like the movie.
This is a sad but triumphant tale, and it was amazing how the story progressed and how the life of the main character seemed to develop. Actually, I enjoyed this story a lot, but I expected it to be more like the movie, and it wasn't. I thought it was much better.
A nice spy novel. This was pretty well developed for the climatic character meeting. The author made a fairly good separation of good versus evil. There was some analogy the author was trying to get at it with the murderous villain and the helpless heroine, but it wasn't well laid out in the story. I think it was something transparent like the evil Nazi Germany was defeated not by the Boys from Britain or the wounded soldiers, but by the souls at home, who were the only ones who could stop them.
Seemed a little trite, but a good thriller, nonetheless.
But I thought that the plot evolved slowly....very slowly. By the end of the story, I wanted to listen to the next book, but the plug for the next book talked about the main character being the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. The next book, though, did not develop that point at all and ended with her not being the inspiration.
I know this is part of a series, but I found the pace a little uninteresting. I had trouble getting into the story until I had listened for a while. The story, itself, was nice, but nothing really very outstanding. I didn't find that I could relate to the main character or that I had much in common with her. I found myself thinking how immature she was. I didn't see much value in her being saved financially, other than it making up part of the fairy tale.
I didn't like the book enough to get others in the series. I looked at them, but the titles alone made me think I could spend my time & credits on more interesting material.
That being said, it wasn't a bad listen, but it wasn't a great listen.
Well laid out plot with lots of intricate details. I can't say that this listen really fulfilled me at the end, though. I thought it lost the climax that the author was building up to. The story throughout was good, but the end was lackluster.
I thought this book left the story somewhat unfinished. I can see where there would have been more, but the author tied it up the main story line nicely.
That being said, this wouldn't be my first choice for a read due to the subject matter and language. But this story, like the first two, was so intricately written and led the listener down a path that kept me guessing on what was happening until the very end.
Don't watch the movies until you've read the books. This was one worth waiting for.
This story has become my favorite. If you're a dog lover then this will be an interesting perspective. Our dogs feel pain and love and compassion for us, though the eyes of the main character. Using the lessons learned through racing, this book takes the reader through the love and heartache a dog feels for its owner(s) throughout its life. By doing so, the main character helps us see the simplicity of ourselves and the ways we unwittingly and unnecessarily complicate our lives. I found myself wondering how I might see myself, if I needed only the companionship of my family, food, water, and a little play time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen and found myself crying and generally emotionally swayed by the story.
I initially thought the story was trite -- teen reading. The main character seemed to view the situations and other characters through the eyes of a teen and was somewhat one dimensional. The narrator sounded like a crusty old-style New Englander, which didn't seem to fit with the main character or any characters at all, except for Aunt Hannah, I guess. It just seemed clunky. Not a typical apocalypse book, either. You get to explore what happens with the main character, and she's not a fast study!
BUT I wanted to know what happened next! The story twists and turns in ways that are unique and unpredictable. I am so waiting for the next book to come out.
If you're looking for highbrow literature, keep moving on. If you're looking for something that is scary and has a hook that will grab you, you've got it.
I didn't have as much trouble understanding Ms. Tan's reading her book as I had trouble following the story. There are *no* chapter breaks or section breaks. I haven't picked up the printed copy to see if it's just one huge streaming paragraph, but the way this book is narrated, I can't help but wonder....
All that being said, I'm having trouble not listening to this book. It's not one of my favorites, but the story is somewhat enjoyable. The characters and who's who are hard to follow sometimes.
Overall not horrible, but the lack of narration breaks is why I'm giving it only 2 stars.
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