My book club selected this novel and all 15 of us hated it. The topic is fascinating but it's so foolishly written. Every character is a sterotype. At times the 13 year old protagonist sounded like a 40 year old philosophy professor. The forced and out of place love story is laughable. The ending "twist" comes out of left field and it's results defy medical science let alone logic.
My book club agreed the novel was written to be a screen play. You can almost see the stage direction between the lines.
I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone over 14.
Timothy West is fantastic. I will look for other books read by him for sure. This story is great too. It's long, but well worth it. Repeatitive at times, but that's probably good because it's mostly recaps to remind the listener about the multitudes of characters. There are so many hilarious moments in this book that simply sneak up on the reader. You won't regret this purchase!
Are all Nora Roberts books this tedious? No wonder she can churn them out so quickly. The actual plot in this book could have been told in 2 hours. But no. Roberts fluffs up her weak story line with enough crap to choke a horse. How many times do I have to listen to a discription of Abigal Lowery's garden? The dinner she's making? The hoodie she's wearing? The main character tells and retells the murder scenario about 100 times. I dreaded her meeting another character because it was just going to be told again. And again. And again. I wanted this book over more than any other I've listened to before. I'm sure there's a market for this crap, and I'm sure Nora Roberts is laughing all the way to the bank. But do yourself a favor and stay as far away from her pablum as possible.
By the end of this book, I wanted to kill Katniss myself. All that introspection. Sheesh. The author needed to get on with the story and not dwell so much on the inner conflicts of her heroine. Katniss, the fragile and naive killing machine. Ugh. Even when other characters gave her direct information, Katniss had to analyze the meaning for 10 long, tedious pages/minutes before somehow always making her brilliant decision. I'd like to write an alternative ending where Joanna kills Katniss in the Quell and takes over being the Mockingjay. THAT would have been more interesting and certainly less annoying.
I loved this book. It had me giggling from beginning to end. The reading was perfect. All the names, all the accents, all the witty dialogue. Fantastic.
I've had this book for months now and can only listen to an hour at a time before I'm so depressed I turn it off. It's smartly written and engaging but overwhelmingly dark. Not a well adjusted character for miles of prose in this novel. It's probably a very realistic book about family turmoil and failed relationships, but who wants something that realistic in their pastime reading? I use books to escape from reality, not drown in it.
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