I should have known. It was a Danielle Steel book. I shouldn't have said, "Well, maybe this one will be different." This is absolutely the silliest, lightest, most one-sided book I have listened to. I feel so sorry for Nick Podehl who had to narrate this, especially the southern voices.
The main character is perfect. Her teenage daughter is perfect. They never fight. They are best friends. The daughter must go to Charleston to live with her dad and EVIL STEPMOTHER - who is completely evil. I wonder, has Danielle Steele ever been to South Carolina? We don't live on plantations with black servants. We don't hate yankees. We are not "steeped" in the confederacy. We don't sit around counting how many generals we had from our family in the Civil War and we will certainly apply to a Northern college if that's where we want to go. We also don't exclude people because they are not from the south. And the character's names!! SAVANNAH BEAUMONT??? Fiance named SCARLETT?? I don't think she could have written more stereotyped characters and beliefs.
The only other thing to say is that if you didn't get the gist of the plot after the first couple of hours - NOT TO WORRY! Danielle Steele will explain it over and over and over ad nauseum. I have never read anything where the same thing is said again and again, constantly.
I guess if you are a fan and you like her style of writing, you will probably like this. But if you're hoping for something different, I don't think this is it. Bye Y'all!
I was a little disappointed in the beginning of this story. I felt like this book was a little contrived with a more-than-typical villain. However, it was interesting to hear how the experience affected the main character's life after she escaped. I loved the wrap-up of the crime. Thought it was perfect.
This book is not a story. This book is about John Grisham's political agenda which is literally shoved down your throat. I don't know if I'll be able to read him again.
I think I was hoping for a story like House Rules from Jodi Picoult. However, this book is just silly. The author decided to write about a boy with high functioning autism (which is not Asperger's) although she calls them the same thing. One of the boy's diagnoses is Receptive and Expressive Language disorder, not a criteria for Asperger's and when you listen to the boys' conversations, there is no expressive or receptive language disorder. I have to wonder if Ms. van Heugten decided that Autism was the current flavor of the month and if she put it in her book, she'd sell more copies.
Ms. van Heugten then leads Max's mother on a ridiculous chase (even though she is on house arrest with an ankle bracelet, she fools the police into coming over and putting a new one on a prosthetic which can easily be removed - and they don't even notice!!) breaking her restraining order, bond, and every law imaginable in order to save her son. It's so silly and unbelievable, it's not very enjoyable.
If you liked the other "shopaholic" books, you will probably like this one. Actually, I liked it better than some of the others in the series. It's silly fun. Enjoy.
I have to admit I had an upper respiratory infection for most of the time I listened to this so maybe that is why I had such a hard time with this book. The book deals with a murder from the past and a murder in the present. Unfortunately for me, the characters in the past were so similar to the characters in the present, I could not keep up with whether we were in the past or present. The murders were also very similar which made it more difficult for me to figure out if it was past or present.
Usually, I love this kind of book but for me, this just wasn't it.
All the reviewers loved this book so much I decided to give it a try but it was just wasn't up my alley. Not into international drug dealers, etc.
First, I'll say that I did enjoy the book. Some books i kind of strap on and listen as if I'm logging minutes to finish. But I did enjoy this story, especially the character of Sylvie's mother, which Judith Light hit dead on. That being said, I must admit my disappointment that this is basically a story of "women's issues" which is a category of movie and book that I avoid at all cost. When I think of Jennifer Weiner, I think of quirky characters without such predictable stories. But alas, Fly Away Home is just an enjoyable story of three very predictable, stereotypical women who "find themselves" (another thing I hate about women).
One other thing, the oldest daughter's son Milo is apparently the first 3 year-old in grade school or at least that is how Judith Light portrayed him. Listening to her narration of his voice was very sad.
3 stars is just about right!
As usual, Jodi Picoult's books are always interesting and keep me listening. In fact, I probably would have given it another star or two if it wasn't for the narrators. It was hard to tell between the two but one sounded like a man. The voice of Katy was absolutely ridiculous. She sounded like she was 2, not 18. I'd compare the narration to dragging chalk on a chalkboard. It was really bad!
I enjoyed this book as I have all of Joshilyn Jackson's. I enjoyed listening to her narration. I felt like the book wandered at times but I still would recommend it.
I could kick myself for waiting so long to listen to this. This is one of the best audible books I've listened to. Great book! Can't wait for the movie.
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