I felt like I'd spent a day antique shopping in a sweet little Southern town. Enjoyable beach read.
Attention fans of the bodice ripper -- this is NOT historical fiction. If you are looking for petticoats and princes this is not for you. It's also NOT a romance, although there is a lot of sex.
I know it's very stylish to adore this genre of fiction, gritty and surreal. I found the main character in turns boring and annoying. Clearly many people are quite enthralled with this author - who am I to quibble?
Still I would like a book to educate me, challenge me or entertain me. Like a good Russian novel, this one mostly depressed me.
Despite all that, there is much craft here; well-writen and very nicely performed by Adam Grupper. Before you buy, just know -- it's for an acquired kind of taste.
This was recorded and mastered for CD and needs to be revisited for the digital format. Aside from production quality, the narrator is uninspiring to the point of distraction.
The book is another excellent offering from Ms. Patchett.
I've read other Lisa Gardner's so I have a thick skin. But this one goes too far. The book graphically describes child sexual abuse, rape and murder. The author has become as bad as the pornographers and exploiters of children she depicts. This is not fiction, this is pornography.
I know Catherine Coulter has a faithful following, but after forcing myself to the halfway point in this book, I don't understand why.
The characters are flat and uninteresting. The plot is utterly predictable. The writing is uninspired. I guess I could say something nice about Sandra Burr who did a reasonable job of narrating an insipid story.
Sometimes, it's worth looking a gift horse in the mouth. It may have been a "freebie" but it wasn't a gift. I admire the idea of using Audible books to promote ABC's upcoming series, but if the television show is this uninspiring and dull--- well, I will leave that to the television critics.
Tan Twan Eng has written a textured and compelling story that you can't help but be drawn into. Like the garden of the title, each step into this novel draws you deeper into a drama that is layered and complex. This is much more than a World War II POW story, in fact, as amazing as it seems, the war is only a small part of the narrative. Wonderfully flawed characters. Heartbreakingly beautiful story. The evocative images make me want to buy a plane ticket to Malaya and explore the Pacific rim. The performance by Anna Bentinck is spot on. I -know- I was hearing the voice of Yun Ling Teoh telling me her story.
Don't miss this one!
I've been listening to audio books for decades and this stands out as an all time favorite.
I've read/listened to a lot of holocaust stories, and while it is always excruciating to bear witness to such suffering and evil, I am always amazed and the resiliency of the human spirit. This narrative had an especially hopeful tone. If I have a criticism of the author it is just that I wanted "more". More time with the characters, more time in the epilogue scene... more insights in to what makes people survive overwhelming loss and cruelty.
If you love Maeve Binchy- you will love her more in about 30 minutes!
If I had known this was Christian fiction, I would have skipped right over it. I'm glad I didn't. I am a pastor's wife, so I am sympathetic to writers and artists who use their gifts to reflect the truth we find in scripture. However, I have a very low tolerance for mediocre work. Terri Blackstock is not a mediocre writer, in fact the plot and the story telling were very engaging.
The gospel presentation is pretty heavy-handed, so the book is unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn't already persuaded. (I wish more Christian writers and artists would read Victor Hugo, for instance, and get the hint... )
My big gripe with this recorded book is the "recorded" part. Ms. Raudman whines and shrieks her way through the largest part of the performance. If I hadn't been drawn into the storyline the shrill narration would have been enough for me to abandon the book in the fist few chapters.
It's an engaging "lite" mystery. Safe for sharing with your grandmother or your kids. Unlikely to offend any sensibilities.
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