Most of this story kept my interest, with some parts dragging on a bit. It's a Holocaust tale with a twist. The main character at first seems to be Sage, a scarred and sad young women still grieving over the death of her mother. She befriends an old man (Josef), who tells her that he was an SS officer in Nazi Germany, and he want forgiveness and help in killing himself. I was drawn into these characters and their stories over the first third of the novel. Sage contacts the FBI. The second third of the novel is mostly told through the voices of Minke and Anna. Minke is Sage's grandmother and a Holocaust survivor. Minke's tale seems pretty generic, if you have read a lot about the Holocaust, which I have. Eventually, Minke's story did draw me in, but Anna's never did. It really dragged on. The final third of the novel connected all these different characters and stories, and picked up again. The ending of the novel seemed much too far fetched to me, and I did not believe Sage would act the way she did. I think it was just Judy Picoult trying to be clever and surprise the reader. She did surprise me but lost me in the process. I give this three stars because I was engaged by about 70% of this novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery thriller. The main character is a private detective dealing with grief over the recent death of his teenage son. The disappearance of a teenaged girl he gives a ride to draws him into mystery and intrigue in a small town in upstate New York. I found myself caring about the characters and mystery equally. This story is very well paced, and I could not stop listening. While I would characterize this as a light summer page-turner, I was totally drawn in. The plot moved at a good pace with a good amount of twists and turns. My only criticism is that the end had one plot turn too many, but I still recommend this novel. It was one of my favorites of the past year.
I don't generally read classics, but a friend recommended this audiobook, and the price was right. I was engaged at the start, and sympathized with young Jane's situation as an unwanted orphan. Her time as a student in the school for orphans slowed down a bit, and her time as a governess dragged even more. Not much happened in terms of plot or character development, and I stopped because I found myself thinking more about what I'd read next than about the story. After, I did read the plot summary online, and it sounds like lots of things were ready to happen. The author writes about a women who was eons ahead of her times in terms of feminism and her thoughts about society. I can see why school kids still read this in English class. I teach at a high school, and I can see why it is more appealing to the girls than the boys. If one loves the classics, I can see the appeal, but as a male adult reader more used to modern fiction and nonfiction, this was just too slow for my tastes.
This legal mystery is a sequel to Grisham's best novel, A Time to Kill. It takes place three years after, when Jake is sent a handwritten will from a man who just killed himself. This is a rather long novel (much longer than Time to Kill) about the contesting of a will. That does not sound too enticing. It really isn't. This book is similar in so many ways to A Time to Kill, except a lot less happens, and there is a lot less excitement. That said, a great reader and revisiting characters that I loved made this fun enough to earn a solid 3 stars from me. There were parts that drew me in, but not consistently. An out-of-the-blue resolution at the end (which I was waiting for most of the novel) was not satisfying. I also had to suspend belief when at the start of the book, I learned that Jake is still a struggling lawyer after his amazing victory in the previous book. That Grisham made this as fun as it was with such a thin plot line is impressive in a way. The great reader is the best thing about this audiobook.
A friend steered me to this novel, knowing that I rarely read fantasy (The Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings is about it). I was skeptical about it, but gave it a shot. The plot follows the two son's of the emperor who have been sent away from home, one to train as a monk and one as a soldier. The rebellion against the emperor touches both. From the start, I was in awe of the great writing. Descriptive scenes that might be boring in other books were impressive and entertaining here. The similes and metaphors made me smile throughout the story and helped make this fantasy world come alive. I have listened to the first three books in the Game of Thrones series, and I liked The Emperor's Blades even more. Why? Better writing, tighter plot, and more action. I liked the mystery element to this novel, too. It is equal to Game of Thrones in imagination. Staveley's characters are not as memorable as the best in The Games of Thrones, but that is the only area he fell short. That said, by the end of The Emperor's Blades, a number of characters had begun to come alive to me. I liked that there was just a touch of magic in this, making success rely mostly on human ingenuity. I finished this novel about three hours ago, and still feel a part of me remains in that fantasy world. My biggest disappointment is that I have to wait until the sequel is published!
I bought this to hear A Time To Kill, and opted for this version (paired with The King of Torts) because of the reader. I may or may not read The King of Torts. Regarding the reader, I made the right decision. The reading of this by Michael Beck is as good as any reading I can recall. Beck does voices so well that I cannot believe there was not a cast of actors narrating in for various characters. As to the story, this is Grisham's very best, by far. I had read A Time to Kill many years ago, and loved it. It's a great legal thriller that I could not put down! Issues of racism and justice are part of a compelling plot along with Grisham's best characters. The audio book is as great as the written version.
I found myself smiling often at the start of this comic novel, but the humor in the story was not enough to sustain me. The novel seems to alternate between present (somewhat entertaining) and past (not very entertaining to me). About a third of the way through, I decided to stop and start a book I would like better. If British humor is your thing, you might be very entertained by this novel. It just wasn't for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery set in rural Wyoming. The first scene grabbed me, and this story was a fun listen from start to end. Joe Picket, the local game warden, is new to his job and loves it, but is struggling to raise his family. I quickly cared about him and his family, and liked the secondary characters as well. Picket suspects something when investigating a local murder where the body ends out on his property, and it is clear to the reader that there is a conspiracy of some kind. The suspense and action built to a riveting final two hours in this short eight hour. I truly could not stop listening. The reader is very easy to listen to, and seems just right for this novel.
I have read a few Michael Connelly novels in the past, and each disappointed me. The plot of Blood Work intrigued me, and I gave this author one more try. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed this book from the start. It has mystery, action, love, and characters I could love and hate. The basic plot is that a retired FBI agent is looking for the killer of the woman who had donated his heart. This story was easy to follow and well paced. The reader was great. Only the ending fell a little short in my estimation. This was a story I did not want to put down. It's one of the best of the crime/mystery genre I have listened to.
I enjoyed this story, which is not a typical ghost story. It felt a bit like a mix of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket. Like the Harry Potter novels, this story creates a whole new world that exists outside the sight of regular humans. This one, though, is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and the like. It's the tales an infant, who escapes a murderer who kills the rest of his family. The boy is adopted by ghosts who live in a cemetery, and it follows the boy's life growing up in both the land of the living and the land of the dead. While it sounds a bit gruesome, it is mostly a sweet and funny story with some gruesome/scary episodes.The British narrator reminds me of the Lemony Snicket narrator, and the language of the story is like Lemony Snicket as well. This is a great audio for the whole family (older kids). I'm an adult and enjoyed listening with my adult son! This is enjoyable at the start, but is light on plot then. It gets better as it continues.It is well written, and I'd say it has appeal for age 8 to adult.
This novel that runs almost 60 hours was excellent! The fact that I not once was tempted to quit a novel of this length is quite an achievement for the author. This is the sequel to Winds of War, and it's best that Winds of War be read first. I loved Winds of War, and that was the better novel of the two. The first is one of my all time favorite novels, while the sequel is merely one of my favorites of the year. This one lets the listener experience the war through a handful of characters we got to know in Winds of War. The Henry family, which includes three officers fighting in the war, is a big part of this book again, yet the Jewish characters, the wife of Byron Henry and her author uncle, are even bigger characters in this. War and Remembrance captures the war from ships, planes, and submarines. It has war and love and political intrigue. The Holocaust is central to the novel, and I felt that this was the most moving Holocaust novel I have read. After spending over 100 hours listening to these very believable characters, the horrors of Nazi Germany come as alive as can be. Like the previous story, this one spends much time on the history of the war, from German and American perspectives. If there is a criticism, it's that there are too many stories and characters and too much history woven in, and the impact of some gets slightly diluted compared to Winds of War. Still, War and Remembrance kept my interest throughout, and I was near tears a number of times. I strongly recommend this to anyone with some interest in World War II history.
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