I normally shy away from audio books read by the author, but this is a gem. Her story is powerful, and to hear her share her own FLDS experiences will leave you wanting to know more. I finished this book in 2 days, and I'd love to read more by this author. I'm fascinated by the FLDS, and this memoir stands apart because it delves into the aftermath of growing up in such an environment. I commend this woman for stepping out and for being so vulnerable.
Sometimes, thrillers that take place in the 20's can feel either tired or overworked. This, however, feels natural. The author brilliantly captures the essence of womanhood in this age, and keeps you guessing until the last page. I'm still questioning what is real and what is not after this fast paced tale, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
I'm not generally a consumer of YA fiction, but I liked the premise of this book. The story was enough to keep you plowing through the pages, and the fact that you weren't sure who to trust or believe only made it more enjoyable. The author captured the changing nature of childhood friendships very realistically, though some of the dialogue was a little lofty for teenagers. It was enjoyable to read, just not amazing in it's realism. Some of the themes were a bit heavy for younger readers (particularly those involving rape and molestation). I know these things happen, I just don't think the reactions or choices of some of the characters were completely plausible under the circumstances. The subtext of incest was also disturbing, and I'm not sure those feelings or thought swere as fleshed out as they could have been. For adults though, it is a good read and nostalgic in a dark way.
Death row is a sad and lonely place. In the face of death, one always wonders what really happened,and is the truth enough to justify the taking of a life. This books tackles these ideas without judgment or pontification. It is a gripping page turner with characters you love (some in spite of yourself). The narraters are perfect, and I can't reccomend this book highly enough. It is a perfectly paced story that I would read again (a rarity). I want more by this author.
This is not normally the type of book I'd use a credit on. The synopsis alone would not have grabbed me, in fact, it may have pushed me away. I don't enjoy horror films at all (or horror fiction for that matter). But, thanks to NPR, I heard the first chapter of the book for free and was hooked. I finished this book in 3 days, and would even read it again. Pessl's way with words is beautiful, her characters are flawed but memorable, her twists and turns are unexpected. I don't want to give too much away here, but let's just say the ending had me yelling on the metro, which is generally frowned upon in the D.C. area. It was just that good. I'd love spin off books for each of these characters: that's how invested the author gets you. This is a credit worthy listen, but if you don't have a credit, just spend cash on it. You won't regret it.
This story was interesting, propelled along by well written and multidimensional characters. It wasn't Grisham's most thrilling page turner, but I absolutely enjoyed it and would recommend it. The two main story lines seem oddly divergent at first, but stick with it. The narration makes this even better. I wish Frank was still around to read future Grisham books. He does the best job out of them all. Enjoy.
David Platt is one of my favorite modern preachers. He is genuine, full of grace, and yet speaks truth with a measure of compassion rarely heard in "conservative" circles. He calls us to a life of obedience to God and His Word, and has pushed my husband and I to be responsive to God's leading. If you don't want to be lead to change something about your life, don't read this. If you are up for the challenge, dive in. I love that he reads this also. His voice is easy to listen to.
Powerful, pure, passionate.
The vivid word pictures used to pain the jungle landscape were always breathtaking. Also, action scenes of landing the plane on a wing and a prayer were great too.
Yes. She isn't my favorite. Something about her voice grates on my nerves. But she did an ok job and I'd listen to it again.
Absolutely. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, the naration is fantastic, and it has well rounded characters.
Mary was just awesome. The ending left me holding my breath too. I can't wait for the next one.
They do all of these books and love them. She only really seems to have 3 character voices to draw from, but she does a nice job. Ron's British accent is tarrible, but it wasn't much of a detractor.
Not only is the writing beautifully exquisite, the story line is brilliant, the likes of which has not been seen in years. I hope to hear more from this author in the near future.
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