I was looking forward to reading this book--unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. Was it the content? The sing-song Mr. Rogers' style of reading? The boring content?
After multiple reflections, I gave up--why fight this? The book is boring, the narrator sophomoric in her delivery--MY TIME IS PRECIOSA! Way too precious for this! It was time to press delete.
The words, the phrases, the sentences, the paragraphs, the chapters, the imagery---difficult to contain my review--so much beauty & depth
A rare blend--Powers' knowledge of the musical and scientific rendered so masterfully that it is difficult to compare this brilliant literary contribution.
I liked that his mispronunciations did not annoy me more.
Peter Ells--professor extraordinaire—aware that in teaching others, one reveals his soul. Two warnings from the professor, that discovery leads to creation and fermatas reveal the beauty of the music remained with me and left me wondering what else he teaches.
The author’s generosity has helped me resurrect fond memories of Mahler, deepen my hopes in life’s mysteries and thank God for these glimpses of the divine.
The narrator droned on and on--much like a dirge.
Perhaps--although I would suggest he or she try reading the book--and avoid the audible format.
Not sure--John Lee?
This question does not pertain to this book.
The author's thesis has merit, but her atheism was a huge obstacle to my finding it applicable to my life. I would periodically nod to myself agreeing, "She has a point here." But then her super depressing voice and "story" with no twinge of joy or hope would overwhelm my ability to relate.
I too lost my father recently so have been thinking more about death and agree that our society could benefit from discussing its inevitability. I still miss my father and talk with my mother and siblings about him and the feelings of emptiness brought on by his death --but then I recall his deep faith and how much he looked forward to Heaven. When my father took his last breath, my younger sister rushed to open the windows and doors so that the angels could enter. And later when all 8 of us lovingly zipped up the bag containing his body, and walked alongside staff from the funeral home as they wheeled the gurney to the hearse, we knew he had already gone to Heaven. It was such a comfort and a beautiful memory. In conclusion, I felt sorry for the author quite often—she was without God, faith or community, sisters or any children of her own, left alone with all that grief.
So full of sophomoric aphorisms and her references to American Sign Language were totally off--she was not using A.S.L., she was gesturing, using signs--not 'speaking' to her child with A.S.L. This is misleading to readers--especially those unfamiliar with the language
I was disappointed by her reliance on the trite.
The narrator? Her voice added to the misery.
Disappointed that the author did not research more into A.S.L.
LOVE about the book? That's not possible--I liked the honesty that was portrayed by the main characters as they struggled to help their son/brother/friend whose PTSD became so obvious after his return from active duty and multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. I read a few other people's reviews--mostly from veterans that described the author's innaccuracies on PTSD--and I cannot comment on these because I am not a veteran, but I can comment on the family and close friends. The author's treatment of the devastation these wars have wreaked on our society and my immediate family were accurate.
I don't know if 'like' is a prompt that I could respond to in terms of what was liked about the story--except perhaps the ending--it was positive, albeit too abrupt. It was like--okay, you took us here, and now you are just going to leave us here--and many of us already knew what it was like to get there--we want to know what to do next.
Learn how to pronounce words correctly--many words were mispronounced by him. I always wonder if authors listen to the reading of their books--because I think they should and then get these narrators to correct their pronounciations. We pay for audible books and deserve the best in audio presentation.
No. It was too upsetting since much was too familiar--my nephew returned from his third tour and completed suicide with a bullet to his brain.
The author should have described more about what could have been done to improve the experiences of returning veteran soldiers. I know the criticism of the V.A., the Military etc. about its terrible aftercare for veterans is commonplace--yet we need to know what to do. The author suggested rather superficial (although helpful) strategies to help vets with PTSD such as 'seating in restaurants'-- AHEM--something she mentioned multiple times, yet she never provided the reader with any glimmer of hope for promising methods of care for soldiers with PTSD.
The descriptions of the situations the young people were forced into were very good. Since I have worked with children that have challenging behaviors, emotional disabilities and the like, I know about some of these awful experiences.
I appreciated the different accents--although knowing children with cognitive and intellectual disabilities--the words and sentences were so far from what a person would ever hear--if he or she were in a position to converse with the youth.
I can't imagine this--no.
I wish the author would have continued writing the book with a more indepth look into what was going on in the institution--the one that housed the youth. She had so many different problems coming into focus and then letting them just fade without adequately justifying all the details and hoopla--e.g. the woman with physical disabilities that worked at ILSI--we get to know her so well and understand her role in the story--and then she gets fired and boom--she's gone.
The story was so predictable, sophomoric and pathetic. The narrator was terrible too--whenever she spoke parts of local folks she mispronounced words and used a terrible accent imitating those she heard in the movie Fargo! The author relied on such off-base information for the plot too--so far off base that I had to turn the speed up in hopes that something good would come of it all--or that it would end more quickly.
Anyone but her--not sure who but anyone but this person--she was terrible.
Can't answer this question--would not help explain the reasons that the book was not good nor shed any light on what could have been done to improve it.
Don't waste your time unless you like the boring sweet sophomoric predictable types.
I could not identify with any aspect of the story--what a disappointment!
The narrator's voice was so grating that I almost gave up in the first 30 minutes--perhaps I should have because the book was so disappointing.
The author--Doubtful; the narrator--perhaps
the Americans were protrayed in embarassingly trite ways and Jo-Jo (aka Butterfly) and anything Japanese in such unbelievably pathetic terms that I could not finish this book--such a sad use of the opera--the author's treatment of people from these different cultures added support to my earlier comment.
A waste of 5 dollars.
Not sure--teenagers perhaps?
Endless descriptions of such things as why scrambled eggs are banished from lunchtime fare?
Narrator was not a detractor.
Can't answer this--the characters were few and don't know whether any could be omitted--perhaps support group members?
Disappointing!! I read the reviews and shouldn't have used them as the basis of how to use my new monthly credit--which was WASTED on this title. I was a bit put off by the author's smug warning in which he admonished anyone that wanted the skinny as to the veracity of this story--for what reason--I have no idea?
One of those books that when you reach the end, you just wish it wasn't so.
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