Am sending to my sister (who grew up during the depression) and and my daughter and granddaughter who will be the verbal historians. ONE SUGGESTION I grew up in the south with farm ancestors and in a farming community. .
When this very good reader says "brogans" it is like chalk on a board. The correct pronunciation is "bro(long "O") ANS (like the word and) emphasis on the ANS. My parents talked about them all the time.
An thinking when I go to visit my 9 year-old grand-twins for Thanksgiving, we will listen to this book together, They live in Virginia now.
and to me the books was boring. Also the reader was better in the 2nd half, but in the first half I reset my iPod thinking I had hit the wrong speed for playback because he read so fast. So many of your readers have a range of voices I get spoiled. The names were unusual and without a distinction in the voice, I had trouble keeping the characters straight for a long time. A real bone digger might find the book great. It was not for me.
book in a long time. The book was fine, just not a book I would have chosen.
Because the book was so long, and I'm sure because it was researched and historical, I sometimes had difficulty with the timeline, but realize the writer was showing the influence that different eras of her life effected her decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have read 3 or 4 of Scott Turrow's books before and I enjoy the creative twists and turns, but he spent so much time during the first quarter of this book discussing his idea of the "good" Democrats and the "evil" Republicans, I almost did not finish reading it. I found all the political party references distracting. . I feel sorry for Mr. Turrow if the only people he ever met who were kind and generous with high ideals are Democrats.
Truth is, the story could have easily been told without all the references to the Dems and the R's. I am sure if the D's are so good and the R's are so bad, an intelligent reader could have chosen the correct party without having been told who was who. Yes, yes I read the whole thing, but got distracted by all the political party diatribe, and I have now subscribed to railing on myself.. LOL
Haller is one of my favorite characters and I liked the story. I have read most of Connelly's books over the years and always like them.
The storyline was OK but the book did not move fast enough to keep my attention. I know little about horses and thought I would enjoy learning more, but Istruggled through Part I and into Part 2 then I decided I would rather listen to something else.
Just as they have always done, this Grisham book grabs your attention from the start and it stays. Because I am from Juneau Alaska, I found the descriptions of Juneau brought a smile, but I understand that authors make the locations fit the story. I am happy to know that Grisham came to Juneau and he must have liked it or he would not have put it in his story.
I liked this story very much. It was well written, entertaining, and insightful in many ways. We have adopted children in our family and I can appreciate that they will want to know their heritage.
It was annoying that the author added a lot of her personal political views that were neither pertinent to the story nor necessary. I seriously doubt that the airheaded English girl she described would have been as well informed about American politics as this girl whose only obsession was to learn about her birth parents in America. As a conservative Republican I took exception to many of the Liberal ideas she espoused and found it disgusting that every character who had serious character flaws were Republican. It is too sad if she does not realize that there are many dumb, uninformed, and dishonest Democrats.
This book would be great for a young girl or young adult woman who with a lot of unrealistic romantic ideas. They would love it and it has a lot of sex. It is not written for someone who likes a good, well-thought-out romantic novel. I skipped several chapters and finally just gave up . It was wasting my time.
The story was weak. Almost all dialogue. The reader did a good job but there was just not enough substance. Too much "we are in a desperate situation but all I can think about is jumping into bed with this person." Not enough background. Started off good when they explained the way the Chinese medicine man and Catherine met, but after that it was downhill all the way. Maybe a 15 year old would get turned on by all the sexual innuendo. An adult would see how trite it really is.
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