The story is ok, and the narrator's voice is nice; he does a nice job keeping the storyline moving. HOWEVER, the recording is terrible. I have had a difficult time ignoring his swallows, breaths, etc. I'm sure this is probably a recording studios issue, but it doesnot do this book, nor this narrator, any favors. If those kinds of things bother you, don't listen to this. The noises do distract me; a lot of this book is dramatic, and leaves many opportunities for these noises to distract.
Mr. Poe has a nice voice. Very authoritative.
As with most of Stephen King's novels, I lose track of the time when listening, and that was certainly true with this novel. The first half sped by for me, and the second half was moving the same way until it came to an incredibly abrupt end. Mr. King usually finds a way to explain the oddities that have occured in his novels, and the ends feel, well... finished. This one had no ending, except that it was over.
Alice was riveting and easy to connect with because I have a daughter her age. She was brave, scared, and smart in one character.
The Head; it would be a fascinating conversation with an old-school gentleman. His devotion to Jordan, and his understanding of the realities of the situation were touching.
I was really surprised by the character of Ray; surprised of his complexity, and of the brillance that was revealed after his death. Well written character!
Easy reading, but not terribly compelling. There is no suspense, and the characters are not very interesting, either. Oh well :-(
I have listened to many of Jodi Picoult's novels, and a few of them have been very enjoyable (My Sister's Keeper, to name one), but this one was horrible. I would like to think that she was early in her career and hadn't hit her stride yet, but several of the latter novels have left me unimpressed, as well. I don't typically review books, but this was such a waste of a credit, I was compelled to.
While a bit formulaic, I enjoyed listending to Sing You Home just the same. I can understand why Ms. Picoult might want to try new things in her novels, but in this case, the songs interspersed through the novel were a terrible addition. I scrubbed through them to get to the dialogue, and don't feel like I missed anything. Although I would characterize myself as a conservative, I was not offended by any of the view points made throughout the story. If you believe in conservative Christian values, you won't be offended because the statements and positions taken by this book are the ones we hold, and if Ms. Picoult was trying to paint that in an unflattering light, it didn't offend me. If she was trying to "enlighten" me, then I missed that as well. I came away with a greater longing to see church bring out the best in all of us. The characters were well developed and thoughtful, and I was pleased with the ending, which I didn't quite see coming.
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