I don't think I would - the characters felt fairly 3 dimensional but the circumstances were so implausible at times - like what aunt and uncle would leave their young, impressionable and naive, unmarried niece at a home of complete strangers whom they don't even both getting out of the car to meet before speeding off?
I listened to "A Crocodile in the Sand", and really loved it
no, but I thought she read this story quite well
no, the story's implausibility was a barrier for me
This is a nice story, interesting mystery...if you can get past the scenerio that has this young woman staying with complete strangers.
yes, as long as they were interested in history, like I am. I loved how it wove together political, social and economic history by telling stories of individuals and cities, not just at the national level. I learned so much I had never heard before.
I am fascinated by history, particularly when it is from a first-person perspective (why I love historical fiction), and this story covered so much in such personal ways, I was glued to the story from beginning to end.
It was so fluid, so perfect for this kind of book - used pauses and inflections well, I never felt I was being lectured at or read a newspaper story.
Average American life on the brink of history
So much history was in this book, though not exactly limited to 1861, but a few years before and a little after. I never realized how much happened in such a short period of time. Loved this and will be listening to it again.
Among my very favorite - loved the prose, the characters, the storyline, and the reader added so much I can't imagine just reading this.
Hard to say,but I loved how each of the main characters, even the most "bad" one, had good and bad qualities, though some had fewer good than others....just like real life. I found each of them very real and believable.
She was the biggest "wow" of the listen - amazing!! This story incorporates music, including singing, of various types and she performed each of them flawlessly and without missing a beat. She read the characters with each their own voices, as well. Just a fantastic, and challenging, performance. She added so much to the story.
the rhythms of our lives
wonderful book, you will learn history rarely talked about, grow to care about the characters and root for them, and be sorry when the story ends.
Somewhere in the middle
What I expected - appropriate based on the non-fiction style.
I felt like I was in the story, on the boat with them.
There were a number - I liked the moments with the locals along the river.
Big emphasis on the front part of the trip in New York, but interesting trip and fun listen.
Probably about half way - liked it enough to want to continue listening but some parts were a bit too much
Maybe, not sure - one review I had read nailed it; like Forrest Gump, but for me almost a bit too much so. I found the present time portions interesting but the historical flashbacks became increasingly outrageous and hard to believe that they just felt totally false.
I was also bothered by the apparently complete lack of morals these characters displayed, including the main character - honor or something like that mattered, but human life barely ranked above breakfast.
No, only because of the dark, heavy parts of the story - added depth, but not the kind of book I read a second time.
the stories from his childhood, when he had to run and hide.
When he found his love in the US only to realize she had married someone else.
I am still a little confused by the end (no spoilers); I liked the story, found it engaging, but the confusing ending left me without closure, neither satisfied nor surprised.
If lots of cuss words don't bother you (and for many it is not an issue, I know) then you might really enjoy this book. I find a well written story stays with me long after it is done. All the more so when listening to it. That's why I stopped trying less than an hour into it. Occasional swearing is not a big deal, but just about every other sentence had a swear word-not necessary in a great story!
Far fewer swear words
Good, I just found the frequent use of foul language distracting.
Didn't stick with it lo ng enough. Story seemed interesting.
I am not usually a reader of mysteries, but this was fun and intriguing. I would eagerly read sequels, as the descriptions, the suspense, sense of place, and voice are all so well depicted.
the side-kick for the main character - the one she rescued, she was a great counter-point, particularly early on
exploring the tombs
moments of suspense had me hanging on the next word
very well read and fun listen
yes, if the friend is interested in language and history. It is written in a very engaging and interesting manner
no one moment but the dabbling in Eastern languages was interesting.
no - I found the story very intriguing, though I do wish the author had not continued to harp on those who challenge the influence of Celtic on English.
The reader was outstanding - probably the best reading of non-fiction that I have heard; varied appropriately, brought emotion to it. excellently read
I felt bombarded with the oppresively cruel characters who, well into the story, were still torturing the main characters. Just too much cruelty, too little hope. Maybe it is real life, but very hard to listen to hour after hour after hour.
No, because I know some historical fiction is very good in balancing goodness and cruelty in their characters and storyline.
I think it was narrated well.
I don't disagree with those who believe it's a great book is just too much cruelty in it for me.
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