Let me start by saying that I really like Penny Marshall. She seems genuine. She calls them like she sees them.
My major disappointment with the book was, oddly enough, Penny's narration. She seemed to stumble over the words sometimes, and I felt like she was reading (and not that well). About halfway through the book, I stopped being distracted by the narration. Whether this is because I got used to it, or whether Penny became more engaged in the performance, I don't know.
My narration complaint aside, I'm glad Penny was given her "five more minutes" and that she chose to share her story.
I enjoyed and would recommend this book. William Landay makes it easy to see how one could end up in a situation similar to Jacob's parents, and he makes you wonder what you would do in their shoes. Landay makes each character and his/her actions understandable. And the narrator is very good at capturing the inflections of each character.
One plot twist is perhaps a little contrived (thus the three stars for the story), but I still found the characters believable and the book interesting and enjoyable.
The unfolding mystery held my interest throughout. I thought the narrator did a very good job.
One thing I found a little disturbing was that characters/events were mentioned but not satisfactorily explained or resolved by the end of the book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about and liked the character of Inspector Lucas Rocco -- not enough to immediately get the next book in the series, but if it goes on sale will certainly consider it.
This book switches many times from when one of the characters, Nell, is a little girl to a mature woman to an elderly woman, and because of the frequent switches requires somewhat closer listening than is sometimes my preference.
That said, I was completely absorbed in the mystery of Nell's past. I like that we are given all the clues and just need to put them together. The secondary story line of Cassandra putting her life back together is a little predictable but pleasant.
Can't give this book a 4, but would give it a solid 3.5.
I really liked this story of three generations of women and found myself pulling for each of them, even though they sometimes seemed to be at odds with each other. Underneath it all, they love each other and that comes through. I like that the characters are intelligent and have common sense and for the most part behave in such a manner.
I thought the author's narration was delightful, that she captured the Southern accents and flavor of each character.
I was a little disappointed that there was not more of a concrete, line-in-the-sand resolution to the situation, but I guess if the characters can go with it, so can I!
I liked this book very much. The characters were consistent, believable, and wonderfully described. The narrator was great. He made each voice distinguishable, did not over dramatize.
There is, however, one detail that keeps niggling at me. I even went back and listened to sections again, thinking perhaps I’d missed it. Why were the “treasures” kept? Other than this, I thought everything flowed beautifully. Despite my missing the explanation for this, I liked this book very much and found it a compelling listen.
This book was originally published serially in a newspaper. I don't think I would have liked to read this book in that way--I would not have wanted to wait for each installment!
I’m glad to see that there is a second book for I, like the author, have grown attached to the characters. I have also read a couple of the books in the author's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and although I also liked those characters, I feel that this book somehow has a bit more substance and is, therefore, more interesting.
I used to say that I’m not a fantasy fan, but perhaps I am. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Shai’s plight and marveled at the Sanderson-created world and its possibilities.
Maybe because this is a novela, I felt less time was spent on the minute, stage-setting details of the "world", which allowed us to get to the heart of the story sooner. I like that aspect of this being a novela; at the same time, I would have loved for this to be a series. I want more Shai!
I thought the narrator's voice was ideal for Shai and that she did very well with the other characters as well, making each one distinguishable.
A very enjoyable and engrossing listen - even if it is fantasy! ;)
Not what I expected. For some reason, I was expecting this to be kind of a lighthearted fantasy about a boy and his pet lion. Wrong. Instead, the first part of the book was an exploration of religion. The section on the boat was more adventure with education on animal training and other tidbits.
I did not care for the conclusion. Am I supposed to choose what I believe happened? And is that choice supposed to indicate my view on religion? It was a little too nebulous for me. It's not that I object to books that make me think. I guess I just didn't expect this book to have an underlying religious theme.
I would best describe this book as "pleasant." The characters are pleasant; the narrator is pleasant.
If you're looking for any sort of crime thriller, this is not it. The "mysteries" are pretty minor and easily solved by our ladies.
The narrator had a very pleasant voice and represented each character well and captured the book's nuances very well also.
I should say that this was my first book in the series (even though it's no. 6). I didn't feel that I'd missed a lot of background, but when I'm in the mood for a light listen, I will probably go back and start the series from the beginning. All in all, a lighthearted, pleasant listening experience.
If this were fiction, I'd have to say it was a little implausible. Being a true story, It's amazing. I think it's amazing that the incident occurred in the first place, and secondly that they were able to resolve it so many years later as they did.
It was interesting to see two opposing sides but not necessarily two opposing conclusions.
I think the story of these men shows there are good, noble people all over the world and that there are more than two sides to every story.
A worthwhile listen.
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