What a delightful story! I didn't realize that the second part is actually the first version by another author. The rewrite is far better than the first. I was a little disappointed that the story of part one didn't actually continue in part two. And part two was anti-climatic as a result. The reader was excellent, giving life and personality to each character. Thank you for an entertaining listen.
I loved everything about this book! I listened from start to finish, the entire 6 hours, uninterrupted.
I know people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The character of Christopher was so much like them that I felt I was actually able to peek in their minds and now everything about them makes sense to me.
Like I need another thing in my life to worry about!
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. It's a gripping, well detailed and credible story. The reader is also excellent. It's just the subject matter that's a little distressing; the end of civilization. Still, if the world as we know it has gotta end, I'd much prefer death by deprivation of technology to death by pain, dismemberment, burning or plague.
It's unimaginable that this brilliant young woman could take a life altering event that would destroy the lives of most and present it in such informative detail. Her book is an incredible inspiration for survival and success in overcoming tragedy. Her actual performance makes this even more amazing. Kudos to Elizabeth! No one could have done this any better.
The only thing that could add to or compliment this book is the story of Ed and Lois Smart and how they conduced themselves, their family and their lives during and after Elizabeth's ordeal. Perhaps another book? I'd buy it.
I almost didn't want to bother with a review on this one. I bought it based on the reviews of other readers and while I don't entirely disagree with the others, I just could not suspend my reality long enough to accept such a preposterous tale.
Things just didn't click for me in this story. If I and my entire community were snatched up and dropped in another world, I felt that I and the people I know would have had entirely different reactions. And it was difficult to accept without more detailed explanation (that was never sufficiently provided) that modern life could suffer so few technological disruptions. These people still had functional phones and computers?! Did I miss something? I must have. But frankly, the book didn't hold my attention well enough to go back and find out.
I do recognize ability, skill and effort, hence the 3 stars, but I won't buy the sequels.
I can't really say this was as powerful a message as other readers seem to have found, but it was thought provoking and insightful.
I have my own set of core beliefs and values that work well for me and though I didn't find anything in this author's message that was incongruous with them, I found myself wishing I could share my beliefs with the author in a few parts that she seemed to struggle with explanation for.
I liked her take on AA and alcoholism, but I'm betting hard core 'Friends of Bill' will take strong exception to her casual treatment and acknowledgment of the disorder.
A good story, much like his other legal works. Lots of legal wrangling by characters with strong, well developed and individual personalities. The reader does a remarkable job of defining and personifying each character.
The only thing I didn't care much for was the racial profiling that was really the foundation of this story. I realize that this is typical for southern history and don't mean to imply that it's not important to be mindful that atrocities happened because of racial discrimination, but this story seemed to be a convoluted approach to making a statement about it.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and would (and have) recommended it to my friends. If you like Grisham, you will like this one and not be disappointed. Even though the standard story line is 'the protagonist always prevails' you will never be sure about this one 'til the very end.
I like long reads that last for several days while I'm driving, working out, etc. and this one filled that order because the story was entertaining and interesting enough to occupy my mind during normally mindless activity, but it was not so gripping that I couldn't turn it off at a moment's notice to focus on things that needed my undivided attention.
I almost didn't buy when I saw the mention of vampires. I don't care for vampire anything. But this is not really about vampires but about people surviving a holocaust type event. I found the survival tactics a little flimsy and incredible at times but not enough to detract from the entertainment. I'm glad the author only barely connected the virus infected human creatures with vampires.
The book is the first in a trilogy and it does contrive to leave you wanting to read the next - and I probably will, but I can take it or leave it.
The narration was good, historical facts mildly interesting, plot was weak. I noticed it was a series and downloaded all three. After listening to the first, I thought it was mediocre at best but couldn't imagine anyone publishing a series if it didn't have some appeal somewhere. I assumed book 2 would improve on book 1 and 3 would be the pinnacle that everyone seemed to be raving about. Book 2 was even worse, I could not stay awake. I never downloaded book 3 and am looking to return it.
I bought it because it was on sale and had high reviews. I returned it. It's Og Mandino in old English. What I did listen to could be summed up as, "The Golden Rule, save, tithe and serve." I'm sure the reader could be an excellent Shakespearean presenter, but I didn't see the point in trying to portray this message in the old English language of thee, thine, thou, etc.
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