I literally just finished this book and had to write a review. It was in one word, Phenomenal!!! During a time where the text books of children are starting to hint that the Holocaust didn't even occur (which I was beyond shocked to hear) books like this are needed. Some of the questions raised are only possible by a 9 year old which makes him a fabulous protagonist. I do have two suggestions though: the first is that this is subject matter which deserves more reverence and due attention than listening to during the 20 minutes to work. Take some time and really let yourself listen to it. The second is that at the end is an interview with the author, and although it too is fabulous, I suggest pausing before listening to it as it may put you in too much of an analytical mind to really absorb the story.
Truth be told, I wasn't thrilled with this book. Like other reviewers I found myself not so much interested in Shardlake but drawn to Brother Guy instead. But... here's the deal, listen to this book to get a feel for Shardlake, where he's coming from and the time period and then listen to the rest of the series. It gets really good. I found I had to time myself listening to the rest of the series to make sure I always had a credit available when I finished one so I could start the next right away. This book is pretty simplistic, but the others bring out Shardlake in a more interesting way and we get intoduced to a great "side kick" and for those of us that like Brother Guy, he stays with us along the ride. So although this book is by far the least interesting in the series, I wouldn't suggest skipping it. And for those of you that didn't like this book, Really, give the next book a try, it's 100% better.
I usually try to avoid the bandwagon of popular trends in books and movies, but there was soo much hype around this book and the movie that I just had to listen to it. First half: amazing! I mean I was totally hooked by the author's descriptions. I really got into the scenery and environment. I went to lunch with friends after listening to the first half and couldn't wait for lunch to be over so I could go home and listen to the second half. Unfortunatley, once Katniss gets to the Capital the whole captivating feel of the story fell apart. I mean, we already know Katniss has to live right, there are a 2nd and 3rd book, but I already "knew" how the story ended by this point and felt like the whole "games" part of the story took way too long. First half of the book I couldn't turn off, Second half I had no problem stopping. However, I don't know what everyone's problems with the narrator were, I felt she was a good voice for naive Katniss. Her performance was not the problem for me at all. But I give it 4 out of 5 simply for the performance, and the creativity of the book. It certainly wasn't horrible, not at all, but to me it doesn't deserve the hype except for the subject content.
It has been awhile since an audiobook has made me fall in love with it. I literally just finished this book and am downloading the second while I write this. No, this isn't a "deep" and thought provoking book but it is fun. I laughed out loud so many times. The author is witty and sassy, and the narrator keys right into that character. Additionally, I normally don't like female narrators, but this one really has a knack for different voices that I loved her too! I'm crossing my fingers that the next one is as much fun as this one.
This is a wonderful reading of Chaucer's tales. The different narrators really bring each of the stories to life. I have read this book (or sections) numerous times and I have to say that this translation was by far the most easy to understand and the most engaging. I really recommend this version of Chaucer's tales. The only problem I had with it has been mentioned by others (Audible, take note) the chapters are not designated by book, but by presumably Audible's convenience, that means, you cannot skip around to different tales, you have to listen to it front to back. This was irritating, and is the only reason I give it less than 5 stars.
I loved this book!! I will listen to it again, I know it. The characters are fun, the story line is engaging and funny. The narrator is fabulous. Nothing really "deep" in meaning here, but just a really fun story. Will make you smile and laugh. I never saw the movie, but since a lot of this story is the description of what goes on inside Miss Pettigrew's head, I can't imagine that the movie would hold a candle to this book.
Honestly, I'm not really sure how to rate this book. The individual stories were good, I related to many characters, however some portions were incredibly graphic about the sexual act. The overall book: awful. I kept waiting for it to "come together" but it never did. If you want essentially 5 books for the price of one, try this book. If you want a cohesive story, stay away.
Ok, so maybe it's not lighthearted and bright, but this is a fabulous story. Told wonderfully by Bronte and narrated incredibly! I definitly recommend this to anyone interested in a good story in the Victorian era. And I'll admit I chuckled a good number of times so there is some lightheartedness, just not a whole bunch.
This book was amazing. Although, yikes the descriptions of her childhood are very graphic and very disturbing. However, here's a note, most of the really graphic stuff occurs in Chapter 3, I belive, titled "childhood horrors" or something. You can easily skip that chapter and still know what she went through without as much detail through descriptions at other times. I thought I was pretty thick skinned growing up in the horror movie and action flick era that we're in now, but I couldn't take that chapter. It made me ill. The rest of the book though, Fabulous. So interesting and informative about the life of someone with MPD. I was addicted to this book. Listening at every chance I got.
I know others have put down this book because it isn't just about the life of the family that couldn't sleep. True, it is a book about prions, and tells of all of the research in many fields and into many disorders. But, scientific though it is, it really is facinating and quite easy to follow along with and understand. The reader does have a bit of an annoying habit of ending every sentence the same way with a strange inflection, but you'll get used to it, or at least learn to ignore it.
This was a nice story to listen to. Heartwarming and sweet. It was nice to have a story about a horse (or any animal for that matter) that actually stuck with the story of the animal and didn't digress (too much) to the story of the person. Horse lovers, you'll like this one.
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