I listened to this book today, on a bright, sunny, southern California afternoon, on our patio overlooking the lake below our house, while knitting for twin grandbabies due soon. I was warmed by the sun, enchanted by the ducks and geese, filled with joy as I anticipated the birth of these two precious lives. Warmth, enchantment, joy. Such a contrast to the lives of the characters playing in my ears. All I can say is WOW! I think this is an afternoon and a book that I will long remember.
I enjoy Anne Rivers Siddons and I've often told people that I think she writes women's books for intelligent women. But there wasn't anything intelligent about this book. I don't know who was more confused: Ms. Siddons when she was writing it or me when I was listening to it. I forgive her, though. We all have bad days.
In this world of talentless people becoming famous and mediocrity becoming celebrated (Who is John Galt, anyway?), we are blessed with Ann Patchett, who is a talented writer who clearly strives for excellence. This is a good story with interesting characters. This is a book filled with perfectly chosen words, phrases and sentences. It evokes emotion, it envelopes the reader in atmosphere and it does what a good novel is supposed to do: puts you in a state of wonder about what's going to happen next! It also makes you think about current trends in medicine and pharmacology and the moral considerations of both. I really loved this book!
I admire Mr. Martin, I do I do I do! I thought Shopgirl was a well written and enjoyable book, so I added An Object of Beauty to My Next Listen's queue. Bad decision! I groaned and grunted and rolled my eyes through this book. The good news is that I was working on a complex knitting pattern while listening and the book was so mindless, I was easily able to multi-task. I think Mr. Martin tried too hard to be pithy and clever and it fell flat. I think he forgot that a good book contains well-rounded characters that the reader may not like personally, but at least could understand. I think he forgot a good novel is supposed to have a story. I think he forgot a lot. On the good side: well I did learn a bit about art, art professionals and art collectors. And Mr. Scott is an excellent narrator. And best of all, I completed my complex knitting pattern unscathed! So unless you want to listen to a pleasant sounding man with a nice voice read a mindless book to you while you're knitting, I wouldn't recommend this book.
OK, so nothing much happens in these wonderful books. I got enough going on in my life, so I reallllllllly enjoy spending a few hours visiting these wonderful friends of mine in a place where nothing much happens. I don't have any bush tea, but who needs it when I can feel calm, soothed and refreshed while listening to another installment of this charming series?
There are certain public figures who become part of our own history, don't you think? We mature and if the Fates are kind, grow old with these people. Mr. King is somebody like that for me. He's an old friend who never disappoints and often surprises. I didn't know what to expect other than a book about traveling back in time to prevent President Kennedy's assassination. The idea appealed to me because I was 15 years old when that event took place and I always thought it changed the course of history. Anyway, in my buddy's capable hands, the appealing idea became a great story. I don't know what English and literature teachers are teaching these days but I hope they're teaching Stephen King. He's an American treasure and can't be beat for his ability to create an interesting story with a special twist, to bring to life people who really don't exist except in his imagination and to choose just the right word, just the number of words in a sentence, just the right pacing, just the right everything to create something powerful. Yes, go ahead and listen to the book. An extra bonus is Mr. Wasson's superb reading. I expected to hear each distinct character, but he made me see them too! I suppose this would be a great read, but I do feel sorry for anybody who doesn't take the opportunity to listen to it. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!
It took me about as long to decide to tackle this long "Book Without End" as it may have taken Mr. Follett to write it. I was very reluctant to commit to the time it would take to listen. However, I really loved Pillars of the Earth and wanted to see what was coming next. I enjoyed being able to go back to this period of time without having to actually GO BACK for real. What a difficult time to be alive! I enjoyed the story and cared about the characters and I had a good time listening while completing a large knitting project. However, I don't think this was as well written as Pillars of the Earth and I didn't find the characters to be as interesting as that book. If you read and enjoyed Pillars of the Earth you will probably want to listen to this, but if you must choose between the two, I think your better bet is Pillars.
When a friend called to tell me that she had just completed reading an amazing book that I MUST read NOW, I took her advice and put The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel at the top of my My Next Listen list. I am very happy and grateful I followed her advice. The story is actually two stories told by two compelling characters who reveal the stories of their lives, stories that have been hidden and cause great distress. Ms. Setterfield masterfully used the power of language to evoke an atmosphere and a mood that captivated me. Ms. Amato and Ms. Tanner did justice to the author's talent with talent of their own. The book reminded me of my teen age days with Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and yes, even Charles Dickens. I don't know if this was an intentional tribute to their genius, but I hope my review is a tribute to Ms. Setterfield's genius. I highly recommend this book, but I think we women may enjoy and identify with it more than you men.
I'm a dog lover so how could I not enjoy this book? It's pure fantasy, but what a wonderful fantasy! I would agree, however, with a previous reviewer, who said that "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is the one that's really special. I gave "A Dog's Purpose" 4 stars, only because I gave "The Art of Racing in the Rain" 5 stars. I would, though, recommend this book to anybody who has loved and been loved by a dog. Read"The Art of Racing in the Rain" too!
I've enjoyed two other books by Mary McGarry Morris, so I thought I'd give this one a try. This author writes about damaged people and this generally makes for a disturbing read. I was especially disturbed by this group of characters and although I completed the book, I honestly can't tell you if I liked it. I'm not sure! The Good: the characters are well written and Ms. Schraf reads competently. The Bad: I told you already, the book is disturbing! I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to give it a listen.
This is an early Dean Koontz novel. It reads like the early work of a developing author, but I expected more of Dean Koontz, even early in his career. Mr. Koontz writes great stories about people (and sometimes dogs) we care about ... this is not one of them. Is it a romance novel? Is it a thriller? Is it a homage to motherly love? Actually, it's none of the above. To make matters worse, the narrator is one of the worst I've listened to. There are many wonderful Dean Koontz books available at audible.com. I suggest you listen to one of those.
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