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What I liked most is that the story moved back and forth from present time to the 18th century. I actually found the the 18th century story and characters to be much more interesting. The characters in this time period, Pamela and her sister Georgina were interesting and better developed compared to the present day characters of Matthew and Eva. They were pretty boring.I didn't get their romance and Eva, the female protagonist was flat, and one-dimensional.
Yes, I've listened to several Karen White books and I think she is an amazing writer. I really thought I was going to love this audio book. But it was slow moving and the modern day characters were so boring and vacuous. Couple that with really bad narration for Eva's character and it was a ho-hum listen. This book is probably stronger in print.
Khristine Hvam would have brought some life to Eva's character and someone with her range would have brought the whole story together. Eva was supposed to be in her early 30's but she sounded like she was in her 60's. It was hard to buy that this character was young and It was hard to listen to this story at times.
I've flown through most of this series in the last 2 weeks, and I highly recommend. I'm on Rowdy (book 5) and the Marked Men series is yummy, interesting, addicting and hot!
My friend at work recommended this series and I'm so glad she did. Each book walks us through the story of a different tattoo artist (with the exception of book 2 where Jet is a local rock star) in Denver, Colorado. The characters are all well developed, and likable.
What I like most about the story is that each new audiobook builds on the last, so now that I've begun listening to book 5, I have gotten to know this gang of cool artists living life and loving hard in the Rocky Mountains.
First time I've heard them and they do a great job!
Yes, absolutely. And I have lost some major sleep listening to this series.
If you like book 1, then just purchase the whole series. It's one continuous good story!
No unfortunately not. I loved the Rosie Project - I thought it was such a smart, fresh, different take at courtship and romance. It was very original. This follow-up felt forced, rushed and wasn't in any way interesting. I found Rosie super irritating and Don for all his planning got himself into one stupid situation after another.
He does a great job narrating the story.
a better storyline.
Given the reviews, either you will find this follow-up story of Don and Rosie hilarious or you will be sadly disappointed. If you loved the Rosie Project, then you kinda have to go for it and try it out for yourself.
It's at the top of the list. I was not expecting to love this book; the writing is simple and powerful, the characters realistic, and the Hawaiian setting perfect to hold a story about loss, grief and reclaiming the past.
I loved Matthew king's character. He's a bit of a sleeper and slowly wakes to some hard truths and realities. I particularly liked that his character is both gentle and strong.
He has a nice smooth voice. It fit with my imagine of George Clooney as Matthew king.
I purchased this audio sometime ago after seeing and enjoying the movie, and just never got around to listening to it. The book is even better and I enjoyed every moment of it. This book kinda wowed me and am now recommending it to all my friends.
Yes, I like her narration. It's clean, dry and she moves from voice to voice effortlessly.
Absolutely. I have downloaded all her audios. I wish audible would release more.
More coupling character development. There just wasn't enough sizzle there.
While I was not a huge fan of this audio, it has some pluses. The characters from truly, Idaho are entertaining. The story worked- it just wasn't great. Rachel Gibson has set the bar pretty high so when she's nails a story, she nails it! This was not great but good enough.
I enjoyed the entire book, from start to finish. It's a story about having the chance to be someone else, step into someone else's shoes and be that someone you've always wanted to be. This book is clever, sweet and playful. When protagonist Jenny Shaw innocently (at first) takes on the identify of cool, bad-ass popular girl Jessie she only plans to be her for a moment. It was after all, a case of mistaken identity and she couldn't bring herself to initially make the correction. And once her "friend" from high school showed her elation and surprise at seeing Jessie after so many years, Jenny was point blank seduced by the attention. At this point, Jenny NEEDED a friend, and she needed to feel part of shared past. From here, the story snowballs and Jenny slowly morphs into Jessie.
I didn't know how Allie Larkin was going to tie the two identities together because as Jessie, Jenny had friends, was free to speak her mind and was wanted. The temptation to be Jessie was just too strong a pull and Jenny didn't come out as Jenny until she was in the thick of it. I didn't think Allie Larkin could wrap this story up but she did. The finale was pulled together nicely. This is an enjoyable listen and I'm glad I listened to it.
I love Julia Whelan. With her voice, she makes every book better.
It's worth the time and credit. I hope to see more Allie Larkin audiobooks in the future. She's a fav!
No, it was a very silly book with an annoying main character.
It could have been a very fun light hearted book had the story been pulled together. This book needed some major development and editing.
Julia whelan is awesome and saved this audio. She's one of my favorite audible narrators and I often download books just because on her.
I finished it and others may like it. It had all the makings for a nice contemporary romance- the backdrop of San Francisco, gal pals having a good time, dating in the city and some light comedic banter. But this book just fell short in so many ways - The jokes could have been better, the characters could have been more developed and interesting, the romance fleshed out. Our main character Waverly Is just annoying and one dimensional. This audio book just could have been more......more thought out.....edited......funny.......and interesting.
The "honey" cards had me on the verge of cringe.
It ranks in the middle and I neither loved or hated this audiobook. I wanted to be sucked in and captivated by this story, but I just wasn't. Holly Golightly is one of the most self centered, narcissistic and selfish characters I've come across in awhile. I found her neither provocative or independent. Had her character been likable or at the very least one I could understand, I might have had more patience for her. When she dumps her cat, then cries for her to return, that was it for me. I am glad that this story was only 3 hours long, because there's only so much shallow l can handle.
He was great and 5 stars all around! His voice was perfect.
I don't know what her neighbor "Fred" saw in Holly Golightly. He loved her and in fact every man loved her and I still don't know why. I just didn't get her allure.
I loved the movie and had Audrey Hepburn in my mind while listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's. The movie is nothing like the book. The movie is all eye candy and Audrey Hepburn takes you on an experience - she takes you to a grand party. Holly Golightly of the book is reckless and dumps her cat in a back alley, and expects others to clean up her messes. I understand that she had a hard life, was traumatized and sexually exploited. She's a survivor and living the only life she knows how to live. I get it, and I still don't like her.
I discovered Jojo Moyes earlier this year when I read "Me Before You." That was an instant slam dunk, it was sooo good audiobook. It was well written, the story and characters were fleshed out and it took a serious topic and gave it dimension and life. She provided a framework in which to think about the topic and while it a heavy subject, the writing was light, the images believable and the characters were likable. So, in a nutshell Jojo Moyers did it again. The Girl you Left Behind is about art restitution. Millions of prized and personal art pieces were stolen during the Nazi occupation and this is the story of one piece told through two voices - one from the past and present. Sophie is our voice from the past and the the wife of the artist. Her story is compelling and at times nerve wracking. I grew to care for her and therefore worried for her character throughout the book. Then, there is the story of Liv, the modern day "owner" of the piece, and widower. I TRULY enjoyed both stories which is something I can't often say when two voices describing two time periods are used. Just as with "Me Before You" Jojo Moyers wrote an outstanding book. She's turning into one of my favorite writers and I can't wait to listen to more. This is absolutely worth a credit.
I finished this audio about 6 weeks ago and it's just one of those stories that has stayed with me because it is so extraordinary and bizarre. The sheer amount of money that she was born into and later inherited is staggering. I can't begin to imagine the opulence in which she was born, even though the descriptions throughout the audio paint a staggeringly rich and not so appealing picture. Huguette was reclusive, odd, solitary, as well as generous and maybe too trusting. Or was she sick with underlining psychological issues - I mean who lives in a hospital for 20 years? The book paints a very unflattering picture of hospital administration, Huguette's nurse and a few others "on staff." I highly recommend this book - I listened to this book weeks ago and I'm still telling people about this strange American heiress. It's sad, informative and interesting. Yes, absolutely worth the credit.
This is one of the most informative audiobooks I've listened to. Lawrence Wright's book tries to explain Scientology's hold in Hollywood and why seemingly "normal" people get involved with the religion. He does a very good job telling this story by first taking you on Paul Haggis' journey, then introducing you to countless people, in many cases former high ranking officials, who have been abused in one way or another by the church. It's a page turner!
There were enough moments of physical and emotional abuse that left me saddened. Sometime last year I read Jenna Miscavage's Beyond Belief and she also detailed lots of abuse so Lawrence Wright's expose wasn't surprising. However, what is surprising is how this abuse is sustained and ignored. It's ignored by the government and ignored by fellow Scientologists. I was left feeling disgusted. David Miscavage, and to some degree Tom Cruise should be in jail for sanctioning this unethical and abusive behavior.
Lawrence Wright writes with a sympathetic ear. I was impressed because he could have easily written a tongue and cheek expose and had a "told ya so" point of view, especially when story after story detailed similar endings. He doesn't do that, instead he tries to point out facts and patterns through the use of individual story telling. I felt sad then MAD for these folks. Most spent their entire lives, and life savings, sacrificed friendships and family, only to be dropped by the church when they asked too many questions, didn't agree with the church, or didn't follow orders. It's a terrible religion - there is no way around that. Obviously many people have found the teachings useful, but I'm sorry, the ends do not justify the means. Everyone should read/listen to this book. It's that good!
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