I have not read the print version, but as an audiobook this is one of the best I have listened to, not only because it is a great mystery but also because of the way it exposes a dark, horribly destructive world of adolescents who are desperately trying to be accepted by their peers.
Amelia's entire relationship with Dylan - also the revelations regarding horrendously inapprorapite adult behavior (no spoilers here)
Khirstine Hvam is an excellent narrator and really brings both the adult and adolescent characters to life. For me, the best readers are the ones that allow me to become completely immersed in the story without becoming distracted or annoyed by the reader's voice, mannersims, etc. - and Ms. Hvam is one of them.
The friendship between Sylvia and Amelia held some very poignant moments (again, I don't want to give away anything in the plot).
While I think that some of the plot twists are quite contrived, this is still an incredibly compelling story. The adolescent characters of Amelia, Sylvia, Dylan and Zadie are especially memorable.
I have not read the print version, but expect that it is better that the audio one due to the difficulties of understanding this narrator.
While the first half of the book is rather slow, the second half is difficult to tear yourself away from, with one memorable moment after another as Tom and Isabelle are forced to admit the truth about what they have done and confront the painful consequences that unfold. The emotional suffering experineced by all of the characters, particularly the little girl Lucy/Grace, will haunt me for a very long time.
This narrator is very difficult to understand, not only because of his accent, but because he often speaks so softly that you cannot hear what he is saying. Because of this I almost returned the book, but wasn't able to (I had returned another title earlier this month because I also didn't like the narrator, so I gues I had reached my return limit!) so decided to keep going and found that I loved the story. I do, however, think that I missed a lot of the finer nuances due to the poor narration.
A story of love, loss, and survival that you will never forget.
Read the print version if you can. However if you can't, and are able to tolerate the narration through the first half of the book, the second half is sure to draw you in.
I didn't read the printed version, however Jenna Lamia is such a fabulous narrator I don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much if she were not reading it to me.
The ending left me longing for a sequel.
Kira and Joshua were my favorite characters. The others were either perpetrators of evil or those willing to tolerate it in the name of "God".
I don't think my reaction was extreme, but I know that the story and characters will stay with me for a long time. The injustice and abuse that women have to endure in the religious society that the author describes are horrifying.
The story builds dramatically, impossible to stop listening at the end.
I think that we have all had moments in our lives when we come to a painful realization that a person or persons that we are enamored with, and have built our whole existence and fantasies around, does not feel the same way about us. Hopefully most of us, however, are not dealt the type of shattering betrayal experienced by Nora, the perpetual "woman upstairs". The story portrays this pain eloquently, although it left me with left me with an unsatisfied thirst for revenge! However, I did not like this narrator, Cassandra Campbell at all. Her excessively slow, pretentious melodramatic style of reading, and above all her overly enunciated diction, were highly annoying distractions which often tempted me to discontinue listening altogether. Some of her dialog was better, although again I found her Italian accents extremely annoying as well.
The emotional complexities of Nora's feelings toward each member of the Sayid family are very compelling.
I think I would have liked anyone better. One of the narrators of The Help, maybe - they were all excellent
A Getting Revenge Book, maybe - seriously though, no follow-up needed - probably what happens next in Nora's life is best left to the imagination
The way it explores the love and heartbreak experienced by two mothers in very different cultures, and for very different reasons, over the same young girl. Also, the way it explores the conflicts and differences that may exist when a child is adopted, but at the same time, how an entire family can grow in the process - and how a young girl's attempts to connect with her birth parents can bring a sense of closure, but not in ways that one might expect.
Asha was my favorite character, because of her courage and spirit, as well as her willingness to grow and gain new understanding of both her birth and biological families.
I have not heard any of her performances before, but would love to hear another.
I think that is a perfect name.
Through reading this you will also gain a lot of fascinating knowledge of India's society and culture, particularly as it impacts women and people struggling through poverty. It vividly describes both the beauty and the sadness of India in a way that makes me want to visit there and experience more..
I don't think I would listen to it again, although it was beautifully written and narrated. I particularly disliked Charity,and she was really the dominant character in the book, as she was in the relationship between the two couples.
For myself I would have changed the ending (although I don't want to have any spoilers here). I thought there was surprisinging cruelty shown to one of the main characters, although it actually seemd to be the culmination of the way he had been treated by his wife throughout their marriage. I wonder if others have this same reaction.
Definitely the narrator.
No particular moment - just the enduring depth of the friendship between the two couples, the way they nurtured each other over the years and became each family to one another. Perhaps their reunion after several years of not seeing each other at the end was the most moving. (again, I don't want to give anything away about the ending)
It is ironic how the relationship between the two couples was mutually beneficial and nurturing, despite the flaws within each individual and particularly despite the serious flaws in the relationship of one of the couples.
Incredible, inspiring and moving story as well as testimony to human frailty and resilience.
Wonderful performance by the author, making the story that much more compelling as it is her own.
No specific moment, but there are many! The love and forgiveness that she consistently expresses for her parents is especially moving..
This author is someone that I would love to meet and know. This is one of my favorite Audible books to date.
First half really dragged, and moved back and forth between two time periods so quickly that it was hard to become engaged with either narrative. I almost stopped listening but the second half picked up a bit
One of the best I have listened to so far
Amazing characters and some of the most dramatic "social meltdown" scenes that you will ever encounter. While totally different from the Harry Potter series (due to the very graphic sexuality and other descriptions that many might consider vulgar), it is also similar in that it deals with adolescents that are seeking revenge and justice in the face of injustices perpetrated by authority figures and society
Really brought each character to life
Lots of characters to keep track of, but well worth it! Don't compare to Harry Potter series - let it stand on it's own.
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