I am grading on a curve. I have come to expect a five star book from Courtenay and while this book is worth the download and listen, it's not as strong as his other work. The narrative arc gets lost in the last third of the book and he gets heavy handed in his advocacy for the aboriginal peoples of Australia. It's a fine cause and would have worked in the larger theme of "seeking justice for the most vulnerable" if only Courtenay hadn't gotten bogged down in writing what reads like a court transcript.
... and while I am picking nits, as much as I love Humphrey Bower's narration of other Courtenay books, this project would have been better served by a female voice, as all the main characters are women and the emotional plot line centers on women's sensibilities.
If all that makes you want to pass on this one -- don't. Bryce Courtenay's worst book is better than many authors' best.
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 felt like I'd spent a day antique shopping in a sweet little Southern town. Enjoyable beach read.
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.
Probably not. Most of my friends aren't big Sci-Fi fans. (I'm not either, and thought I was downloading a mystery!)
Great voices. Nicely done.
I was hesitant to download this one because so many of the reviews described it as "dark". I won't quibble with that, but perhaps I would call it "twisted", rather than dark. Flynn is such a clever author that she manages to deliver a story about a psychopath that is actually very entertaining. She constructs a wonderful storyline and strings us along from chapter to chapter with material that in the hands of a less talented authors would feel depressing.
The narrators are spot on. This was one that kept me on the treadmill longer just to hear what was going to happen next. Definitely going to read more of Gillian Flynn.
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