For anyone interested in a polygamist's perspective, this is the go-to-book. It was interesting to hear the experiences, feelings, and emotions of Irene Spencer. For goodness sake, she eventually ended up having over 7 sister wives! To hear her describe her jealousy about sharing her husband was expected. I'm not sure what woman would genuinely not hold jealous feelings when being in a plural marriage. However, as she explained her first relationship - which was monogamous and how some in the Mormon community (not inluding her mother) manipulated her several times into absolving that relationship was terribly unfortunate. I could not imagine being in her shoes - however, she does a good job at explaining what it was like if I were. It is best to listen to this with an open mind - very open.
Walk along with Harold Frye! This is by far one of the most endearing books out there. Within the first 30 minutes of listening, you begin the journey of Harold Frye as he walks to save his friend Queenie from cancer after being inspired by a waitress at a bar. Yet, on his pilgrimage, he does so much more than attempt to save her. He tries to make amends for his past, he becomes a national hero of sorts, and he tries to just stand for something...anything! If you are looking for a book to encourage you to do that one thing that you never had the courage to do, this is the book to get you going!
This was my first novel that I read by Lisa Gardner so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was an entertaining read - but it was hard to read. The investigation seemed mediocre, especially to be representing Boston PD. Fictional mysteries need to seem plausible and actual in order for me to really appreciate them and this was not one of them. It was worse than watching CSI - highly predictable, which is astonishing because the author provided little to no evidence for the crimes that were committed. The story catches you in the background but in the actual investigation and layout of what happens it just crumbles somehow.
Upon reading the summary for Love Affairs, I knew that this was something that I wanted to read. As a single female, who doesn't want to understand the mind of a man more? I thought that this would be that book - a fictional tale delving into the psyche of a man and I would finish the book with a huge revelation about relationships...but I didn't.
It was an awkward story - I think that was in part to a woman being the author. There were times when Nate sounded more female than male and it made it hard to believe. It probably would have been much better if a man wrote from a man's perspective. There is no way possible a woman can write from a man's perspective. I know it is fiction - but I was hoping for more. It took me three times to even start and get into the story. It was just a disappointing read altogether.
Regardless of what you may think of Steve Harvey - how could HE write a book on relationships? He's been married 3 times!!! - He sure does make a lot of sense. I had a great time listening to his book. He really lays it out for you - I really feel like I went inside the thoughts of a man, which is so hard to say because any time you ask a man to open up, it's like talking to a brick wall!
I was hesitant about purchasing the audio book version, however, because Harvey is so over the top when he acts or on his radio show, that I figured it would be nauseating to listen to him narrate his story. It actually added to the listen! His personality and enthusiasm made it less of a "you need to do this and you need to do that to win a man" to "hey, here's what you could do different because this is what men like and why we like it".
For any black woman that is interested in the black male psyche when it comes to relationships, this needs to be your go to book!!!
What can I say about this novel? Completely moving. It was everything I had hoped for in a book. Detailing the psyche of a tormented young man, Matthew Quick addresses what few people in this country do. It truly sheds light on a lot of systems in this country - like the mental health system, school systems, familial relationships, etc. This needs to be a book that every young adult reads - so that they know that they are not alone in their feelings and emotions; and also to shed light on the consequences of our interactions with one another, especially during the critical developing years of our lives. Kudos to Matthew Quick! And to all of you Leonard Peacock's out there - we have heard you!
This was such a cute story. It was short and sweet! Chloe hires Scott to repair the electric in her parents home and it is sparks at first sight! What I liked the most about this story was that it wasn't overly sexual - it was still romantic. When I was about to read it, I thought it would be all sex but there actually is a plot! As Scott works on the home, you listen to a developing relationship that surprises even them!
Upon reading the summary of this book, I had a feeling how the plot would go. Let's just say I was right. As for you, whatever you are thinking this book is about - it is. Besides the predictability of the storyline, it was a good listen. It kept my attention throughout and it was a nice light listen, which is ironic because a lot of events in the plot are not anything to take lightly.
This book was sooo nasty. Warning: Do not read while eating! I would listen to this on the way to work, while eating of course, and I would just feel so repulsed afterwards. The author leaves nothing out - she discusses spit, the colon, defecating...it's disgusting. However, it will leave you with a nice appreciation of your body. In all seriousness, a lot of the anecdotes were interesting - albeit gross - but the storyline dragged some. It is hard to listen to someone talk about spit for 30 minutes - unless you're into that kind of thing.
Of course, as expected, this book was much better than the movie. Unfortunately, I saw the movie before I read the book (I wish I did the opposite) but nonetheless, neither disappointed! The Help narrates the intricate relationships among African-American maids and their employers during a turbulent time in America. The complex characters - the bravery of Skeeter...the audacity of Hilly...the mouth on Minnie. Amazing!
Loved this book! Rielle Hunter is a character! She seemed to justify her actions and demonize poor Elizabeth Edwards - it was astonishing. I couldn't stop listening to it just to hear what would come out of her mouth next. I came into this book with an open mind about the situation - because as far as I was concerned, I only knew what the media showed me. I encourage you to read this story and make an opinion about her...maybe it will change, maybe it won't. As for me...unfortunately, she's nothing more than a homewrecker :/ And, that's after reading her words...
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