The cover leads you to believe it's a schmaltzy young adult novel, it really needs a redesign to convey what a great story lies within. I never would have used my credit on this except for some reviews from other folks saying how really well done this audiobook is - I'm glad I took a chance on it. I enjoyed the movie and was happy to find the book is much better, with more philosophical questions and deeper relationships, and more reality portrayed. The narrator is excellent and fills Davy's role perfectly for me.
I'm not a heavy sci fi person, but I do enjoy sci fi movies, and I enjoyed this book enough to download what I believe is the second book in the series, Reflex.
This, like her first fictional book, is for fans of her earlier work. I'm not sure how into this I would be if this was the first Jen L book I downloaded, but now that I see the fictional world she's starting to develop - with Diva - a character I'm really starting to have a fondness for - I think the potential for her fiction is growing. This book has a more creative premise this time around. Also, there are a bunch of Jen L in-jokes that will be lost on you if you haven't read her memoirs.
The quality of her voice seems better on this; in "Here we Go Again", it's as if her voice has lowered an octave.
This is definitely light reading or listening, something for the beach, and definitely chick lit.
I got this despite some negative reviews since this is Jen L's first foray into fiction (I believe). I confess, it is kind of rough for her first effort, but if you like Jen's memoir's there may be enough to reel you in here. The story has been done before, but this is her take on it, which is fine.
I disagree with those saying she shouldn't read her own books. I enjoy Jen's voice and cadence.
It's sort of like C to C+ level Jen. Don't let this be the first Jen book you read, but if you are a fan you'll enjoy it.
Wanted to confirm that this really is an excellent choice in the horror genre. I love horror movies and books, and I had to take a couple breaks from this to something a bit more lighthearted every few hours' worth of listen. Some of the descriptions and the scenes thought up here are really quite graphic and hit on a lot of dark fears. A bit slower in the middle, but worth hanging in there. Have something fun and comedic to listen to right afterwards. Recommended!
I listened to most of this on a road trip, with very mindful breaks where I turned off the book. I'm sure if a video camera had been posed on my face while I listened it would have been really funny. I was making all kinds of disgust faces during a lot of it. That being said, it was fascinating; I have bought all of Mary Roach's audiobooks and enjoy them. Just be warned!
I knew he was an addict; I didn't realize how early his pain started. I found myself angry at Kurt through a lot of the book. A lot of his lifetime stomach pain might have been alleviated with a change of diet, and yet he chose instead to medicate through heroin and other drugs.
I think that his stubbornness, his acting out, made me not like him as a person throughout the entire book. I don't think I could have been in a room with him for long.
That doesn't mean the book wasn't good, I just felt very frustrated that he was unable to overcome his problems. He clearly was an exceptional artist and mind.
It was particularly fascinating knowing what was going on behind the scenes during his rise to fame, since I was listening to their music at the time.
It illustrates clearly the idea that you can be on top of the world as a celebrity and be completely miserable. Money, fame, any of that won't solve your problems - it's said often, and yet this book gives you a play by play.
I wouldn't have changed lives with Kurt Cobain for a second.
In addition, I know this was a book about Cobain, but I kept wondering what the other bandmates were going through at this time. Perhaps they refused to talk with the author, but over and over I kept wanting to have a cup of coffee with the bandmates and hear their stories.
I almost didn't get this due to one negative review indicating he was a wuss who had nothing bad to say about anyone. I'm glad I didn't listen - I didn't mind that the autobiography was so positive. He doesn't gloss over his own past, the gritty parts, etc., so I didn't have a problem.
I found it interesting because also I've always liked Duran Duran, I wasn't a "Durannie" back then, so I didn't realize it was John and Nick who formed the band and were the driving force through all of this. I had assumed it was Simon since he was the frontman, as it often is with bands. I also thought John was sort of the 'dumb blonde' of the band and was shocked he even came out with a book...shows how much I know!
I found myself interested throughout the whole program, and glad I took the chance to get to know him.
I was seriously ready to strangle the harmonica player that makes appearances throughout the book. I hate that it detracted from the overall book, which as you can see I rated excellent for overall, performance and story. It's a gem, they just need to pull out that harmonica.
I really enjoyed this audiobook, the psychological twists and turns really got me, and I found myself looking forward to spending more time in my car or on housework to find out what would happen next.
I don't think it ended necessarily like I would have preferred it to, but on the other hand I admire Ms. Flynn's not bowing to a Hollywood ending, which would certainly have been the more popular ending.
I found myself sympathizing with a character several times early on in the book, which then made me feel like a total psycho later on when more of that person's personality was revealed....then I felt okay again...then I felt like like I might be unhinged again! Nice sucking in of the reader so they start to question their OWN judgement, too!
Sharp Objects by the same author is one of my favorite books ever. This one doesn't reach that one's heights of genius, but it's still a good listen!
Has a lot of classic McMurtry western hallmarks, such as brute honesty in situations and honest sexual situations. However none of the characters are endearing unlike the Lonesome Dove series. Don't expect to be rooting for anyone. Based on that I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.
The women are curiously outspoken, perhaps because of their regal upbringing.
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