I thought the reader was fine. The book has great info. It is true that the last half of the book is based on info from the test you can take. I think that it is worth the sale price to get it. I found it fascinating and was glad I could listen to it rather than wade through reading.
Another gently rolling Binchy book full of great rounded characters and interesting stories that all connect in a satisfying way along the journey. Loved the book. Thinking about reading it again right now. Big, happy sigh.... only problem--The reader made young characters sound old.
I would NOT recommend this to young adults. Very intense story of young adult with a strange power that she is fighting with to the point that she torches and kills several people. NOT a good thing for struggling potentially-mentally ill teens to get into their heads!
This was so fun for me to read! I hadn't read the origional Grimm's story, but this made me curious about it. It took me back to all those tales read in my youth, and reminded me why I loved them. The cast of readers was huge--over 30--and great. It had a good plot and wove a little whimsey and fantasy into the typical Middle Ages time frame of most folk tales. I enjoyed it as a 50 something, but I would love to share this with my grandkids on up. I've recomended to people of all ages. In fact, it was recommended to me by a middle school student.
Today, I started the next story in the 4-part series. :)
The whole series was great fun! What is better than romance, real life issues that need to be solved with a little ghost looming in the background? Loved it all! Seemed realistic and believable.
My disappointment is that the narrator reads like a competent mother or teacher to her children. I would have preferred an actor to read this who could have honored Freckles great language and Irish brogue, voiced the Angel and the other characters.
The story was beautiful and well rounded--continuing through to the end of the tale where other authors would have dropped the reader. My only criticism is that I think Freckles should have been closer to 17-18 rather than 20. I understand his background intimidated him and made him more innocent than the average boy, but I felt his reactions to Angel were a little too naive.
Loved the book. Highly recommended!
When I read the first book of the series, Virgin River, I thought it was ok but doubted I would read another. Currently, I am on my 9th book and checking out the 10th. So, I have spent some time thinking about why these books are so compelling to me. Here you go: They introduce new characters in each book, yet continue with some old stories of people I have learned to care about. Often the stories have a building component--rebuild a ratty church--this book-- rebuild old river cottages, add on to the bar, build a new house... I like that. Plus the building and rebuilding of relationships and how that works with different types of people of all ages. I like the overall values of the little town--help others, push out the bad, nurture the good, love of children, strong family and relationships (I do think there is unneccessary detail about sex). I like the togetherness of the little town and the friendships they share. Lastly, I enjoy watching a little no-place become a town--starting with a doctor's office and a little store, then a bar that is open for meals, a midwife comes in, then a builder... I love it all and willl probably keep reading.
The reader did a good job, but the story is long and has very little plot. I was hoping from more from Ms. Austen.
Many years ago I listened to this novel while I was painting in the heat. Loved it so much, I started it again upon its completion! Just as good today. Fast paced, hokey, interresting, fun!
This was a sweet, simple story with a gentle plot. Nothing exciting, no strong rising action, debth of character or climax. It felt like nonfiction where the author gave a lot of info on Peru and some of it's challenges, particularly homeless children. It was interesting but not riviting. I would like to know if it was biographical? This would be great for people who are interested or have traveled to Peru. I'd give it a 3.3.
I loved it! Snappy writing. A good healing book for a woman wronged or just a fun read. I liked the way the character took a good look at her life and made conscious choices to improve it--not just fall into another problem.
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