Costa Mesa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
I have become a little weary of C J Box's constant vilification of government agencies. I am always willing and interested in hearing another point of view but, I don't need to be beat over the head with the same theme again and again! Joe Picket, the last man and only man willing to take a stand.
I have enjoyed several books by C J Box, but, have likely reached my own breaking point. .
His writing style is perfectly adequate but, the story lines are too repetitive. Is Joe fired or does he resign from his job in every book?
Also, I read several books in their proper sequence and yet, some facts were missing and not consistent. The most troubling discrepancies concern April.
I had to go forward several books to find out what happened to April, and in this book there is no reference to her ( should be ) very recent past.
The same can be said of his wife's mother, who reverts to being a garden variety mother in law, even after her character has murdered her latest husband ( who is alive again in this book ) and plotted against Joe. I am paying attention here and the characters and story lines are not tracking.
In this book, Joe's character, had no meaningful involvement and with his wife and children: they are dealt with in a just a peripheral way. They serve only as threads to connect the " real story " of Joe, against the world.
In my opinion, Box is at his best when, Joe Picket he is dealing with both external and internal challenges. This is the third book of his, which, hasn't quite done it for me.
So, I must say, so long, Joe, thanks for the good times and best of luck in all your future endeavors!
I would have enjoyed this book much more if there were not the constant insertions about faith and Christianity. I think Austin is a competent and at times, compelling writer but, her religious beliefs were too distracting.
I can enjoy some inspirational themes but this was way too much and too born again for my liking.
It is a rare for a character from a book to be so fully developed and real. Ann Leary's Hilde is the zaniest, most complicated and wise cracking Yankee woman I ever met. Mary Beth Hurt's narration was absolutely superb! I was sorry when the book ended and she was no longer in my life. I will look for more books that she narrates!
I bought this book based on the the reviews, of several readers whose opinions, I have come to respect. I can't thank you other audible customers enough for taking the time to write such thoughtful and helpful reviews. I will work to be a better member of this great community of engaged minds: because, together, we can really broaden and enhance our experiences in audio literature.
The whole story and character unfolds, exposing layers of the life of
a woman who lives, loves, fumbles, triumphs, experiences motherhood and
"gammyhood", strides, and deceives herself with such determined grit,
that you can't help but, feel anger frustration and yet, embrace her as a friend ( though she's not real " touchy " ).
I just can't speak highly enough of this book. I have already recommended it to my family and friends and will seek out more from this wonderfully seasoned, funny, talented and intelligent writer!
I did something I have never done before with an audible book, I went back to the beginning, when I came to Part 2. Now whether it was because my listening attention was not as focused, due to activities. like walking two disobedient dogs, or, because I underestimated this book, I am not sure. I actually went back to check one thing, and just went oh well, I may as well just listen to it from the start. It was a decision I did not for one moment regret.
This is a wonderfully complicated, intricate, exploration of individuals, motherhood, families, and nannies, all set in the academic world of Cambridge.
I loved all the twists and turns. There is more than a murder to unravel in this book. The different narrators all give testimony sometimes, credible, other times, unreliable or inaccurate. I found Matild, the girl who suffers from Asperger or some other related disorder, compelling as she blindly blunders right into danger. There was also, drama and pathos in her quest to reunite the letter and make some connection of her own. Ultimmately Chloe is the most informed and clear sighted. It all comes together, in jigsaw pieces to it's final and surprising revelations.
I can not recommend this book highly enough to mystery and contemporary fiction readers alike. It is superbly written, fraught with tension and a finely wrought portrait of fully realized characters.
I look forward to seeing more from this writer!
Compelling, Intriguing, and Poignant
I was happy and surprised to see the " chaperone " come to life and find love.
Sorry, I read this months ago but, still wanted to provide a review.
Two women come together for a brief and transformative time.
I was particularly pleased with the end of the book. Both of these women, in there own way and time, survived, grew, and ultimately triumphed over they're very different and challenging circumstances.
This is definitely and still in my top five!
I love the way she weaves the different story lines and characters together. And, the natural world is explained and shown to have it's own persistent and undeniable purpose, presence and influence. I read this years ago and my listening to this book did not dissapoint.
She has a soft pleasant lilting voice which serves her material well. I have found a number of books where the author makes the mistake of narrating. If I don't like the narrator I won't buy or listen to the box. You will not be dissapointed with Kingsolver's performance!
Iit's all a big sexual circus!
The science in this book is amazing. The age-span of the characters and issues presented our astonishing.
Loved how they used the "endangered species act" to contrast the different animals and humans as they struggle to survive. I had never considered the possibility that hunting may be a more honest approach to the acquisition of food. Also, it was interesting getting to know very different people and to understand their outlook.
I was enchanted with Sheridan and Lucy "befriending" the "hippity hop" and family. Also, the scenes of Sheridan and Lucy reinacting the weasel play were absolutely hilarious. I was waiting for Lucy to spill the beans. The not so subtle negotiations between the sisters and the ensuing play was masterful. The parent's, looking on and completely misinterpreting the play acting was also greatly amusing.
Chandler is perfect for Joe Pike. Chandler and Box are great together. They remind me a bit of Will Patchett narrating for James Lee Burke; both narrators capture a certain male essence with a slight musicality.
The characterizations of the girls and their interior lives was moving, both funny and very sad. I was unhappy when Mary Beth got shot and lost her baby. I was confused because in the following book, Cold Wind, there weren't any new, natural born, children and wanted to find out what happened. He doesn't mention in either book, but, I am sure that a gunshot wound, in that area, would probably obliterate Mary Beth's uterus and possiblity of any more children.
The first C.J. Box book I read was Cold Wind. It was so good that, while reading the literal book I bought the first in the series, Open Season. I listened to it even more than usual for an audiobook and finished it before I finished, Cold Wind. These books are so great and riveting that I have used an aubible credit and bought another. I am having a hard time taking to another audiobook with the same fervor. I hope C.J. Box hasn't spoiled me!I can't wait to see the man who recomended his books and give him a huge, thank you!
It is in my top five. I was so impressed with the first 2 reviews on this book, especially Richard, who also reads Bryce Courtenay, that I bought this book. It has absolutey everything. This man had such an extroadinary life and writes so evocatively of India. I absolutey loved the main Indian character. The descriptions of the basic human plight in the ghetto, was in one instance tragic and the next joyful.
It did call to mind a certain lightness similar to point of view in Slumdog Millionare.It is always a little more challenging for me to keep characters straight when they have names that are so foreign. It is without a doubt my fault and limitations, in play.
My only tiny complaint was that it went a little too long and we should have heard about the son, sooner.
I thank the author for this beautiful book; please write another one. Also, thanks to the readers who took the time to post their reviews. I have never posted one before and feel it's time for me to add my own. I can without reservation recomendation this audiobook! .
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