I'm so glad that Susan Cain wrote this book. I've always known I was an introvert, but living in an extroverted world has always been frustrating for me. What Cain offers is the opportunity to stop apologizing for who you are and permission to feel comfortable in your own skin. I now understand how my extroverted mother and ex-spouse had such difficulty understanding me. And, how tough it still is to live in a world that expects introverts to participate in our culture like extroverts.
Moriarty has an uncanny ability to recount conversations that you think are unique to your life. When you read her books, you find out that others really do share your experiences, word for word. In some ways it is comforting. In other ways, it is hard not to see some of your own trials and tribulations as cliche. I thought the characters in this story were immature and not the most likeable, but Moriarty's writing and plot, once again, kept my interest...not to mention catapulting Sydney to the top of my travel destination list.
Once you get used to Heather Wilds' style of reading, she grows on you. I didn't think her performance ruined the audiobook, at all. With regard to the story, not Moriarty's best, but still entertaining. The characters were will developed and the plot unique, if not far fetched. Didn't love the ending, but the book was a good vacation read. 3.5 stars.
I liked the underlying premise of the book - What happens when you love someone and you break up or that person dies? Do you ever stop loving them? Is the expectation that you should "get over it" realistic? The exploration of this question was quite good, but in other areas, the novel fell short. It was too long and rambling and the character development was not as deep as Moriarty's other books. The audio narration was excellent.
I bought this book more than 6 months ago and started and stopped multiple times. Once it won the Goodreads best historical fiction award, I forced myself to finish it. It was truly a magnum opus with a unique storyline for a WWII novel and the writing was beautiful. But, something about the character development left me wanting more and the story just dragged at times. The ending, though probably realistic, was quite depressing. Zach Appelman's narration was excellent.
I understand that this book had an underlying goal of exposing the abuse of elephants but the treatise distracted from the underlying story. The ending of the book was clever, though a bit disconcerting. Though a fan of Picoult's earlier works, I just have not loved the books she has written in the last 5 years. FYI: the narrators of this book were perfect.
I was always fascinated by how believably Alan Cumming (a Scotsman) could play an American, Jewish political consultant on the Good Wife so I had to read his memoir to see what he was all about. Turns out that he is a terrific writer who can weave a down right crazy tale. It is amazing that this brilliant actor was brought up under such terribly abusive circumstances and was still able to become a hugely talented actor. His story is a testament to survival and ultimately thriving despite the worst of circumstances.
This is my third Liane Moriarty book and I'm now a real fan. I just love her ability to take everyday life and extraordinarily real characters and delve really deeply into circumstances and emotions. And, she is able to do this through normal human interactions and humor. Clearly living on the North Shore of Sydney isn't any different than any upper middle class US suburb. Caroline Lee's performance was spot on.
My first Liane Moriarty book. What a nice surprise! Definitely a step above chic lit. Engaging, humorous and thought provoking. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It just kept ending...3 or 4 times. I thought the conclusion would have been better if the author stopped with the first ending.
The reviews of this book were so stellar, I thought I couldn't help but enjoy it. And, the beginning started out really strong with the premise of the widowed bookshop owner and the unexpected things that get him back to living. The book references just didn't save the plot as it started to unravel about halfway through the novel. From then on, there were hints dropped that just never went anywhere. I had this great idea about the ending, but the real ending was just downright depressing. A good first effort by Gabrielle Zevin, but needed a seasoned editor to tighten/add depth to the story.
I don't know how you could listen to both of Rob Lowe's memoirs and not admire him. Forget that he is a great story teller and narrator. What really makes his work shine is his honest self reflection. And, through his words, we get to know someone that, like all of us, is not perfect, but has striven for conscious awareness and self improvement. I will be interested to read the memoir he writes when he is 75.
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