The author, Melanie Benjamin, says what she hopes the reader will take away from her novel is the desire to learn more about the characters. Mission accomplished - I googled the Lindberghs. But, I can't figure out why she didn't just write a non-fiction book. This book wants to be non-fiction. It wants to show you the reality of the sociopathic husband and the doormat wife and that reality kinda sucks.
Here are my thoughts as I listened to this book: "I can't wait until Anne does something crazy, like not make his dinner. Oh wait, crazy things won't happen, this is non-fiction. Wait, it's fiction, why aren't crazy things happening?".
Why, Melanie, why can't Anne win just once?
I knew nothing about Roxane Gay when I got this book. As I listened, I kept thinking how amazing it was that she was putting into words many of my own opinions. Then I realized she was raised in conservative Omaha and managed to become a liberal feminist just like myself.
I much prefer her general opinion pieces rather than the critiques of other work (even though I was happy to find I am not the only person on the planet to not adore Girls), but a great book overall.
This book felt very honest. I loved how she complained throughout the entire thing about how hard it is to write a book. I'm glad she did and I hope she's proud of herself.
(Don't worry, you don't need to re-listen to the first two books before you commit to this one.)
Those of you who fall more to the right politically may have a tough time with some of this book (communists, racists and chauvinists will HATE it), but don't worry, Mr. Follett has strategically placed sex scenes throughout the book to distract you from his wonderful liberal agenda.
I gotta say that I'm a little disappointed with this one. I've loved them all, but this one felt forced. I'm sure Diana is under a lot of pressure to continue this wonderful series, but I think she's burnt out. Of course, if you've read the other seven books then you must get this one, but it may fall a little short of expectations.
As usual, Jojo Moyes turns a few simple characters, an interesting storyline and excellent writing into a highly enjoyable and accessible book. I didn't want to stop listening!
while the narrators all did an excellent job, the book is written in the third person so to have the voices change is a little distracting. It doesn't make sense to have multiple narrators for the audiobook when there is only one real third person narrator throughout the book. I think this one was a bit over-produced, but still excellent.
The only reason I can think that someone would give this beautiful book a poor review is that they're jealous that they didn't write it. Do they not like the narrator? Zach is great, but honestly Kermit the Frog could read it to me and I would still listen. Get this book and tell all your friends. (But, don't tell your friends that you listened to it because then they'll get all self-righteous about how they could never listen because they just love to hold a book in their hands and they'll judge you and they'll correct you in public if you mention that you "read" a book when you really listened to a book.)
"When someone uses the term "instant classic," I typically want to grab him and ask, "So this is, what, like the new Great Expectations? You sure about that?" But David Gilbert's novel & Sons, seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak, made me reconsider my stance on such a label. & Sons feels deeply familiar, as though it existed for decades and I was just slow to find it." Mary Pols NPR
Flawless narration by George Newbern.
I'm not a young adult and I'm not a vampire book fan, but I'm loving this series. The Prey was even better than The Hunt. Action-packed and intelligently written. I feel like Andrew Fukuda is a very careful and clean writer. He doesn't indulge in unnecessary detail, but somehow paints a vivid picture of characters and scenes for his reader.
Sean Runnette is perfect!
Your credits will be well-spent on this series. I'm looking forward to the final installment!
This is clearly a religious allegory. The author seems to be a bit self-righteous and out of touch with most teenagers. This combination makes the magic seem more realistic than the interactions amongst the characters.
This well-written dystopian novel will hold your attention throughout the entire book. Sean Runnette does a fantastic job narrating. Can't wait to start the next one!
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