Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
I love reading about this man and this was a very interesting book. It was not my favorite of those written, but it was definately worthwhile. I found it to drag in some parts, but then it would pick up again and move quickly.
I purchased this book because I remember people talking about it, but I really didn't know exactly what it was about. I was very surprised that it turned out to be such a wonderful story...I think I expected more of a diary-type story, but it was so much more. Also, knowing so little about pre-WWII Japan, I learned a lot about Japanese culture. It was facsinating to me. I always thought that Geisha's were prostitutes, and although some may still define them as so, they really were artists. After reading the book, I rented the movie to see how they visualized it. It was a little different, but it did help paint pictures for me in the areas that I could not imagine. It is a lovely book!
I think this could very well be the Great American Novel! A fantastic story that you become absorbed in, become part of, have a stake in...you feel the pain and the joy of Theo and Boris and those who are part of their lives. It is somehow easy to accept their choices even though you know they are wrong because you so deeply understand who they are. All I can say is "Wow!"
The book was fun and if you love the Cobbled Court Series, you will love this book as well. It is always fun to visit New Bern with my old friends!
This is a lovely story and I really enjoyed listening to it. Jenna Lamia is one of my favorite narrators and, of course, she did a fantastic job with this book. It is the story of a woman coming of age during times of change. The story is pleasant - very little in the way of violence - which is a refreshing break. Walking through Velva Jean's life with her, in a tiny town off the Blue Ridge Parkway during the Depression was fascinating!
I don't know why I avoided reading this book for so long - it was such a wonderful story! Jenna Lamia is a great narrator and made this read near perfect. It is a heartwarming book that focuses on the relationships between women, with a few men sprinkled in here and there. It is set in South Carolina in the 1960s, and portrays how we all belong to one race - the human race.
This book is two stories in one. It is truly heartwarming, and if you are a history buff like I am, you will enjoy the setting of the two stories - one during the Great Depression/Dust Bowl days and one during World War I in small town Kansas. Read by one of my favorite narrators, I very much enjoyed listening to this story and I highly recommend the book.
What a great book! It took a bit of time to really get into it - there is some confusion as to why the main character is so unhappy, but it all comes together. The best part of the book is the part told by her mother - it is truly fascinating!
This book was on sale so I bought it and I am glad I did. It was very good and I enjoyed it. It delves into the spiritual and I thought that was really cool. The main character, Jackson, is a snarky, unwilling psychic, who had a terrible childhood. HIs psychic gift is anything but a gift to him and it gets him into an interesting situation.
The story was great, but I gave one less star overall because some of the dialogue was awkward. The author appeared to try to use dialogue between the characters in order to explain historical events which made the conversations seem less than realistic. Otherwise though, the book was terrific and I highly recommend it.
This was originally written in Italian and translated to English. It is a Grishamesq type of book, but Italian style. It was very interesting to listen to the way the courts work in another country. It was a very good book and I would definitely buy another book with this author and narrator.
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