I got this book as it was suggested "If you liked Gone Girl..." I loved Gone Girl and I have to say, this was even better. I am a story driven reader and this was so well paced, with lots of twists and unexpected turns, so very entertaining. Also, the narrator, an Australian, was excellent, perfect for the book, which is set in Australia. Another one of those books which, when you listen when you drive, you don't want to get to your destination because you have to stop listening! A top 3 favourite for me for sure.
Though the overall story of this book is interesting, it moves at such a slow pace that it gets frustrating. This is due to the use of backstory. Sometimes, this background has a point and is connected to the story, but often I was thinking why, let's please get on with it. From my perspective, the "condition" of the character Gwen was just a piece of the plot line, no more or less significant than the personality traits of the other family members. I am glad that the author did tie up the story lines which gives the reader closure. The narrator was good but I did often wonder whether I would have read the characters quite as "hard" as she did.
This book was a Facebook recommendation. I have to say, it was one of the most entertaining reads I've listened to in a long time! The story was very well paced with twists and turns and layers coming at you left and right. The narrators were just great, especially Julia, in the way she was able to create the different sides of her character. I listen to books while driving to work and I was sitting in my driveway all week because I couldn't stop listening. I have to say I would have written a different ending but that didn't take away from the overall thrill of this book.
I regularly listen to Jodi Picoult. Though her books have some similarities, they are extremely well researched and very informative on their subjects. This book I found to be one of the most enlightening and interesting ones to date. The story of the wolves is fascinating and the way she intertwines it with the delicate situation at hand is genius. I always like to hear what this author has to say and love the ways she tells her stories. This is one of her best.
This is a very entertaining book whose story covers many time periods and topics. This all fits together perfectly for the listener's pure enjoyment. I like to listen to a variety of types of books and this one is great for such a fun and inventive fictional journey. Have fun.
I love Mitch Albom and the way he writes and the messages he has to share. This book does have a good message though I felt this one was not as effective as his others have been. The narrator was excellent and his voice for each character was perfect. It is a short book and certainly well worth the time.
This book has a cast of very contrasting characters with opposite stories and lives that eventually interweave and come together for a very satisfying read. I had a very hard time getting used to the narrator as she made the lead female characters sound like they were whiney thirteen year olds. Enjoyable from start to finish.
I got to this book as an email was sent saying it had won the Champion of Audiobooks. Well, I wonder what the criteria was in this competition. The narration was great, so that wasn't the issue, but the story, which started off kind of fun and interesting just turned into being the most completely ridiculous and unbelievable tale I've experienced in a long time. Really not worth the time.
This book is a great read. Wonderful characters, good plot, and insightful into the world of slavery. And yes, some of the content is not easy to stomach but the history of this subject is not pleasant either. It is interesting to observe our leading lady, Lavinia, as a child who sees no difference between black and white, she only responds to love, and how this difference is taught to her as she grows up and is separated from her black family because she is white. Both narrators are great in their roles. Loved this book.
Before purchasing an Audible book I like to read listener reviews and this book got an overwhelming number of great ones. The overall plot leads to the leading lady, Marina, going to the Amazon and this takes the entire first half of the book to happen. Kind of a long boring plod for me. Once in the Amazon there are some cool scenes of the actual environment and the story has some interesting developments and twists. But when the events reach the point of being so unlikely and unbelievable this book lost me as a reader/listener. I finished it but with my eyes rolling. But I must note that Hope Davis does a wonderful job as narrator.
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