less self introspection and sighing and guilt. Stop being so sorry about all the harm you keep doing and stop inspecting your sad self in excruciating detail -- change and forgive yourself and move on -- please!!! VERY good writing wasted on self indulgent self guilt ideas / philosophy drove me crazy. Soap opera -ish IMHO. .
yes -- but I did not know going in this was such a self-romance; chick lit at its worst. Not a fan of this type of story. That said -- this IS well-written.
almost all -- wanted more of a mystery or noir book.
not a mystery, the place he had gone to was obvious; if you like self examination and guilt driven relationships -- this is a well written book. maybe it is a Romance novel not a mystery? (I don't read Romance. )
Yes child narrator reminded me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird -- truth teller who is willing to really see what is around her. The reality and the metaphorical use of "country" is well developed. The Zimbabwe part with her friends seems better and less rushed than the US par but maybe that was because it was so new for me. So many perfect little sentences. Repetition used like a chant. The "names" are intriguingly important. The cataloging of details is perfect.
The games the kids play which carry throughout the novel.
exquisite timing and diction -- her accent reminded me this was an African's story but was very clear and understandable. Changed later in the story to reflect the American characters.
flat narrator's voice was not invested in the magical fairy tale aspects. Good try on the story -- some creative interesting parts, too many boring parts. Ironically it was the "real" parts which did not seem believable to me. Time is not carefully consistent; money is scarce but pies are made with the last of flour -- but then more pies. Really boring if no edge/conflict to these problems.
Either MORE magical evocations -- or less. Like MacBeth she is half way across the commitment to the supernatural, but does not really trust her own construct of a fairy tale.Read Winter's Tale (NOT the movie!) for the lyrical use of fantasy and magic .Or even better 100 Years of Solitude.
boredom -- interspersed with some really intersting parts.
I have tried a few times in the past to READ James Lee Burke's novels -- always too macho and too southern good ole boy for me. Will Patton absolutely elevates these books for me. He reveals the core of the characters, and now I want more. Finally get what all the rave reviews were about.
The characters and the narrator's timing, timbre and accent.
more complex, less obvious plot; the reviewers that say it was disjointed confuse me -- yes it moved from different settings and characters but it was too obvious for me. Redeemed again by the read aloud and the characters.
Horses, houses and debts.
The narrator's voice was too Midwestern, and highly pitched overall, and ESPECIALLY when supposedly quoting Adams's own words -- one notch below chipmunk voice IMHO. The narrator certainly made no mistakes -- just the wrong tone and pitch for John Adams.
The writing was interestingly organized,despite a lot of detail to track for a listeners. I loved the development of JA's character and the inclusion of Abigail (of course) and others less well known from history such as Benjamin Rush.
The CA Central Valley tie-in of the title and the more police procedural type plot make this a slightly different Harry Bosch. Narrator was a tiny bit plodding -- but so was Harry in this one . Very good but not the best ever. Narrator mispronounces ManTEEca repeatedly which bugged me . Used detective Chiu as a sterotypical Asian tech geek, not as believable as most Michael Connelly characters. Mendenhall going "off reservation " is left unexplained, despite it being a significant subplot. Is Connelly saving Chiu and Mendenhall for a sequel? Otherwise has all the satisfactions of a Harry Bosch novel. Even at less than his best Michael Connelly tells a better story than most writers.
Other Harry Bosch's -- same pacing and characters.
It is ManTEEkah
more complex characters
smooth , very good tone and pacing
you are kidding, right?!
does what it does well -- and then you are done. snack food with some historical seasoning thrown in.
yes interesting ideas about the justice system without being preachy; needed more character development for some of the "history" and connections between the characters.
knew it was coming -- expected more karma for Marlene.
narrator for Noa (Rebecca Lowman) was perfect in voicing the false bravado assertiveness covering the gaping need inside of Noa. Marlene (Amanda Carlin) was OK but not as good but I think that was just because the character wasn't developed as much by the writer.
no -- they would miss the gray areas.
voices of the various characters are good but what really sets the narrator above so many others is his sense of timing.
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