Southern California | Member Since 2012
The story flowed better in the first book compared to this one. There were a lot of weird twists & turns in this sequel which I found hard to keep up with. I found myself having to go back and remember parts from the first book to put the story together with this book which I found a pain. Halfway through the characters really started to get on my nerves. It seemed like the writer was really pouring it on thick with them, trying too hard! If I was 15 years old I bet I would have liked this book better. However, I have had many birthdays & have read hundreds of books since then. I will not be looking forward to the third installment of this series.
I noticed in the reviews for this book many have put this series in the same league with the Hunger Games series. Pleeeeeease!..... in NO WAY can you even compare the two. Hunger Games was an EXCELLENT read!
This is a coming of age story, set in the cold winter of 1942 during the Nazis brutal siege of Leningrad. The story is about an unlikely frienship between two young men.
I was afraid this book would be bleak considering the subject, but there was a wonderful balance with the story of war and humor. I loved the way Lev and Koyla interacted with each other and how their friendship unfolded. Koyla was my favorite with the way he could find humor in the most dismal of times.
Benioff brings this story to life as if I was standing right there. I literally could not stop listening. This book would be a great movie!
A couple years ago I watched a PBS documentary on Richard Proenneke and was blown away by his story. He followed his dream by giving it all up to live in the Alaskan Bush.
The book is written as a journal, yet very captivating. I enjoyed his outlook on nature and found it interesting how he built his cabin with hand tools. He was a true adventurer.
I fell in love with this man as well as his book, story and lifestyle. I know I will revisited this book many times in years to come. A true classic, must read!
The story is a childs tale of survival after her parents are killed by a bear on a camping trip. The story puts you in the mind of a child for its written from a child's perspective. The book is also read by a child which I did find hard to follow at times. As with five year olds their train of thought jumps all over the place, so does the story. I really had to hang on to each sentence which was a bit donting.
There were several parts of the story which threw me for a loop, like how throughout the entire book the child called the bear "a big black dog". What 5 year old who carries her favorite stuffed teddy bear everywhere doesn't know what a bear looks like? Yet she knew of Jesus and that he was a carpenter, what plants were ediable and how to canoe.
It was a gripping tale and I am glad I bought it. People magazine had recommended it and it had been on my list of reads for a year or more. It was somewhat enjoyable, but not a favorite and I would never reread it.
I hesitated to read this book because of the subject matter, but this is not the typical Holocaust story. Its the story of a Lithuanian family exile to Sibera by Stalin. The story is told by Lina a fifteen year old girl.
I connected to this emotionally it reminded me a bit of The Diary of Anne Frank. Although the story was heartbreaking it was exceptionally written. There was a nice balance between sorrow, survival and bravery. Its a very gritty story of a time in history I wasn't even aware of.
Great reader/voice very easy to understand and pleasant to listen to. Once I started I couldnt put it down. So glad I found this book, its going on my favorite list.
I skipped the first book and read this one since it had the best reviews. The main character is Morgan who lives in a small Florida town dealing with the collapse of the nations power grid.
This is your typical Preppers story. The storyline is there but it tends to bounce around and with a lot going on it made it hard to keep up. It was suspenseful but some parts dragged on a bit then ended quickly. I now understand abridge books.
Had they had a different narrator I think I would of enjoyed it more. There were no pauses between changes in the story and since it bounced around so much it was easy to get lost (a lot of hitting the rewind button).
I might read book 3 to see what's next but only if I can't find anything better. Try - Alas Babylon or The Road, two great books.
I found these stories interesting. I followed Katrina when it went down and I cannot believe what some had to go through. Each story is really good. It puts you in several different parts of the hardest hit areas. These people were so brave to go through this terrible time. Once I started listening I couldn't stop.
Marty is a TV network executive trying to get home to his actress wife after the BIG ONE hits. He has to walk some 40 miles through a destroyed Los Angeles county to get there. Not a very good PA story with to many unbelievable events. There is a lot of name dropping and comparisons to tv shows like MASH and Bay Watch which was a little corny. The book reminded me of a TV mini series. I liked the Buck character he was a HOOT! The story did have a twist ending that totally caught me off guard. It was a so so story.
The story is about a teenage girl named Precious who has awful parents and is living in the worst conditions. I found Precious ability to keep fighting against all odds very inspiring. There is a lot of vulgar language, sexual, physical and emotional abuse in this story so listener BEWARE! I personally found the story hard to relate to. When I finished the book I called my parents and thanked them for my childhood.
This book is intense and picks up right where Hunger Games left us. You would think Katniss & Peeta would now be living the victors life BUT then the rebellion starts. Katniss becomes the symbol of defiance and President Snow won't have it ......and so it goes...
I really like this series and there was no way I would not read all three books but in no way is this book equal to the first, with The Hunger Games (book one) being near perfect it's makes it a hard act to follow. Catching Fire isn't as good as The Hunger Games but it's still a great read/listen.
A beautifully written story of a close to fifty year old childless couple who move to the Alaska wilderness in the 1920s to homestead. It's a fairytale for adults with a wonderful storyline filled with emotions and lively characters. A magical, heartfelt, poetic MUST read.
I wish I could find more wonderful books like this one.
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