I had mixed emotions about this one. There was just so much going on. For an audiobook it almost seemed like there were too many characters to keep up with. In a paperback it would have been easier to keep up with them all, however, the characters really didn't have any depth and layers so other than keeping them straight it wouldn't have made too much of a difference. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters and truly believed I didn't really care what happened to any of them. I believed that until the end when I realized YOU DON'T FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ALL THE CHARACTERS!!! The concept was really well thought out and very interesting and had there been one main character I think it would have come out a lot better. It is apparent what the author was trying to do and the idea was great but I just couldn't get that into it. I think others could though. It wasn't a bad book, it was well written, the topic was interesting, it just simply had too much going on.
I enjoyed the first book and was thrilled when I found out there were two more. By the third book a lot of series start to run out of steam, but not this one. Nora Roberts did a great job of telling a good ghost story without the book getting cheesy or over the top. It wasn't just a ghost story though. It was the story about three women finding their way in this world. It flowed very well and was fun to listen to.
This is a great little book. It is rather short and sweet. One of my closest friends is getting ready to foster three precious sisters and already has three boys of her own, and I couldn't wait to share this with her because there are so many great ideas for families and child raising. My other closest friend has five children and she learned a lot too. I think these gals have a great message and a great delivery. This will not be a book for everyone.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. My expectations weren't too high going into it. For me, with sci-fi there is always a fine line between awesome and awful. This book stayed on the awesome side. The characters were a lot of fun. One character in particular had me laughing out loud rather often. This is defiantly not a book to let pass you by if you are look for some frightening fun in your listening. I really hope this one becomes a movie!
I had just finished watching the Netflix series that is based on this book when I started the book. I found the book to be much more mundane than the show, but I wasn't disappointed, actually quite the contrary. I am glad that Piper didn't ruin her relationship with Larry. I am glad she constantly focused on that light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am disappointed with the ending. What happened to her after her release? Has she done anything to improve the prison system? How are the other ladies doing? Has she done anything to help the less fortunate women in their after prison journeys?The book just ended so suddenly. Obviously, it left me wanting more. Thank goodness the show has been picked up for season 2, but I also want more of the real story. I would highly recommend this book and the show. I thought this book would be dark, ugly, and scary but it truly wasn't. This book showed that women embrace one another, love one another, and carry one other no matter where life brings you. If HBOs Oz and a Delta Zeta Chapter had a baby it would be Orange Is The New Black. This is something you don't want to miss. This rarely happens to people like us so this is a great opportunity to pull on the sneakers of the one who drew the short straw and see life through her eyes. Every single one of us that ever drove drunk in college has had at least one thought of what prison would be like. Well, now you will know. Happy Listening!
I usually don't listen to mysteries more than once. I may in a few years when the story has left me some.
This isn't really the kind of story where you have a favorite character. The story doesn't really have any good guys. It is just a group of people in pain trying their best to get through what their life has become. These are all characters you pity. You have no desire to emulate any of them.
He sounded so much like Futarama's Zapp Brannigan that it took a lot for me to take him seriously. For me, his voice took away from the story. Grover Gardner has a great voice, but it is a voice that is perfect for a Seth McFarlane character or a any male character that thinks he is amazing but is more of a joke.
I would not like to spend time with any characters from this book.
It truly was a great book. Excellent actually. I crossed over to be a stay at home mother to take care of my only child and to back my husband in his career. I have a son and it was so easy to relate to the mother in the story because her set up is so similar to my own life. I felt a lot of compassion for her and feel like she is the hero of this story. The story took me by surprise at some points. When Andy Barber got to the end of talking about their vacation I gasped out loud! Oh my! Andy was an easy character to sympathize with until the very end. At the very end you just can't believe that he could be so intent of believing what he believes. As a parent though I realize my love for my son is endless. It may not be that hard to fall into the trap that Andy Barber had fallen into. I wished that it hadn't ended so suddenly. I would have liked to know what happened to Andy and his wife.
I usually don't listen to mysteries more than once. I possibly may in a few years when the story has left me more.
Yes. It was very gruesome and a very sad, but I didn't want to stop listening. There were lot's of twists and turns. It was also the kind of story that you went over in your mind during the breaks from listening.
I don't have a particular scene that I enjoyed but it was a coming together of all the different scenes that I thought were orchestrated very well.
Yes. It was very hard to turn off.
I read Gillian Flynn's other novels before this one. She had set the bar very high. This one fell a little short for me. However, if this was from another author I would want to listen to more of their work.
I am from St. Louis and I grew up during the same time that these girls did. The time and places from the story was a chance to revisit my youth. That part was wonderful, however, if I weren't from St. Louis this book would not have been a much of a listen.
I would to someone my age from St. Louis. Anyone else I would say it isn't bad but it isn't anything to go out of your way for.
I liked the parts that spoke of the places I have been and things I have done.
Yes. It made me tell my husband how much I love him and how I would never ever do something like that to him.
I can't believe how many times they mentioned Target and Schnucks. The entire book seemed to be more about running errands than have an actual story. I'm still trying to figure out the point of the book. Don't believe in psychics? Love your sister? Don't love your sister? Ways to waste $15,000? Don't have an affair? It just didn't really seem to have much of a point.
I haven't seen the print version. The audio version was hard to follow at first. It jumped from character to character, but once you figured out the flow of the book it got much easier to follow.
The second I realized exactly what was going on. I usually have books and movies figured out rather quickly, but I didn't suspect this one until that exact moment the writer wanted the reader to.
Yes. It was amazing how it all came together. I was very moved by the end.
Great book. I was ready to quit the book in the first part, but I am very glad I kept going. It was worth it.
Scary Realistic Entertaining
T. Sean (Henry Rollins)
The narrators are AMAZING!!! So much talent in one download!
The real story not that Brad Pitt bullsh*t.
Great listen. If you like zombie apocalypse stories you are going to think this is one of the finest. Nothing like those awful movie previews.
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