Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
I really think if this were an actual book, I might enjoy it, but I really have a hard time listening to Deepak. I admire him very much, but his tone makes me sleepy and I can't always understand him due to his accent. I couldn't finish it - I may try to find the book at the library and see if it is better if I read it myself.
This book is just strange. Maybe it is because I have never enjoyed the drug culture, but I just could not finish it.
This book is a continuation of Angela's Ashes and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was not as heartbreaking as Angela's Ashes was, probably because we are no longer dealing with a child, but with a grown man. I think it is interesting that during Frank McCourt's years, a person's social status could change so much - something I am not sure is possible in this day and age. It leaves me wondering if the world will be missing out on a lot of Frank McCourts in the future because they will not have the same opportunties. That is a sad prospect.
I think I picked this book up on the $4.95 special list. I don't regret listening to it, but it is full of teenage drama that can get tiring after a while. I generally tend to like Adolescent Literature, but this one was not of high quality. I have a feeling that teenagers might enjoy the book a whole lot more. The characters are endearing, and the book is funny at times, albeit not very realistic.
When I first started listening to this book, I really didn't like it. I had a very hard time following the accent of the narrator. I went to return it and then reread all the reviews, realizing that I needed to give it more time. Like watching a Shakespeare play, the language grows on you and you can follow it easier as you get used to it.
I had a range of emotions while reading this book. I have ancestors who immigrated from Ireland to America and I had to rethink everything I thought I knew about them. I had assumed they came from the vibrant green and cozy Ireland where everyone was spectacularly nice and neighborly. After reading Frank McCourt's autobiography, I realize that my thinking was probably inaccurate. I never realized how stern the Irish were and how miserable and poor so many were. I had heard the stories of the drinking but assumed it was a stereotype; I never realized the damage it did to families. I also didn't understand the impact of the Catholic church on the Irish people and how the families seemed to be motivated by guilt from the church.
This book can be amusing at times, but for the most part it is very serious and very sobering. It was a learning experience for me and I highly recommend that everyone who is interested in the roots of the people who helped build America, read this book.
The story line is a bit confusing at first because of the introduction of so many characters, but it doesn't take long to catch on and straighten them all out in your head. The book has several different subplots going on at once - which keeps things moving. I am sensing there will be a sequel and I will definitely buy it.
I love Caroline Myss, but I could not get through this book (class). Maybe if I was reading it...I am not sure.
I had a hard time when I started the first book. I didn't think I could go on. I pushed myself through the first few chapters and then I really got into it. This is one of those series where you become close to the characters and by the time the series is over you feel like you are letting go of your best friends. I enjoyed it and I recommend these books - once you get through the first few chapters of the first book, you will like it.
I figured it out - this series is a cross between Harry Potter, Nightmare on Elm Street, and a Harlequin romance. I really like it, however, I am not crazy about the narrator.
After the first few chapters I thought I was done. I didn't like it at all. But, because of all the positive reviews and the fact that I like her other work, I decided to try a couple of more chapters. I really got into it and the story turned out to be really good. I think what I didn't like about the book was the narrator...there was something about the way she was reading that bothered me. I bought the next book today - so, it did eventually draw me in - I still am not crazy about the narrator though.
I never had any interest in quilting - ever! I was looking for a series with a good set of characters to replace those I had already finished and this author certainly filled that gap. The characters are endearing and when you finish the book you feel like you lost your best friends - these are the best kinds of book!!! Now, I want to learn to quilt!
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