Costa Mesa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
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 actually started this after some major surgeries. I was 3/4 of the way through, but, realized I had been getting the families and marriages mixed up. It was so good and I knew my confusion was mostly due all the medications I was taking. Sure enough, as my head cleared the major characters', and their dilemmas', anger, bitterness, lust, and delightfully fully captured children, drew me in, as surely as they were my own friends and families..
Thank you for such a great book and the narrator was so wonderfully able to convey the voices of all the adult's' nuances, as well as all the children, even one with an endearing lisp.
I am rediscovering this author and am thrilled with his ability to weave together characters and story. I am now starting his mystery series. I grew tired of how formulaic other writers in this genre have become. Also, I appreciate, that violence is not always integral or an accepted response to those events.
It may be a little cathartic to reads the CJ Box series but violence is not always best dealt with by, the same.
I really loved this coming of age story set within a complicated and specific period of time. Also, I loved the epilogue!
Thank you, I am a fan!
I am so happy I rediscovered this author! This was a beautifully narrated, richly textured and moving story! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plot, with suspense and a nice little touch of romance!
This was a book I never wanted to end!
This is a thorough, character and plot driven novel that delivers.
Everything about this book was excellent and I must confess, that it is an extra special treat, that it is 20 hours plus!
Thank you for a great listen and I enjoyed revisiting the Cage family!
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.
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 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.
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