This book is really scary on so many levels. The vulnerable main character suffers ongoing terrible abuse and betrayal. Heavy on the violence, sense of loss and abandonment. A page turner but a cautionary story that is more thriller than anything else. Haunting.
I liked this book and its strong feeling and portrayal of rural Ireland. I was slow to warm up to the narrator as the Boston accent of the main character was a bit strange and almost sounded electronic in a way. This small flaw was more than made up for by the Irish accents which were beautifully done. The outcome of the book was a bit predictable--meaning I solved it early-- but the story was carefully worked out. While the book was not what I would call cosy-- it was comfortable. A pleasant armchair trip to Ireland. I will look into the next book in the series as I am interested in what happens next. To me, a good sign in a mystery series.
I wanted to love this book but it just didn't happen. I heard so many good things about it in reviews I was expecting a lot. The problem was that I found the endless reading of letters written back and forth between characters in the narrator's stilted, almost prissy overly dramatic voice difficult. It just plain drove me crazy. I gave up and shelved the book. If you are a fan of the letter reading type of book you may enjoy it, I'm sure there is a story in there, just not for me.
I love this series of books and enjoy these positive stories. John McDonough once again brought Fr Tim and all the Mitford crowd to life beautifully. A pleasure.
What a book! Expertly narrated and beautifully written. A story that sticks with the reader long after the recording ends. Filled with raw human emotion that leaves the reader feeling they understand these characters and their lives inside out. A keeper that I can whole heartedly recommend if you want to be captivated and swept up in a story that is difficult to put down. One of the rare times that I carried my iPod around with me as I did my chores so I could keep listening. Just plain terrific storytelling!
Insightful story telling with depth and excellent character development. An engaging, multilayered and unpredictable mystery which really evoked life in a Canadian country village. Evenly paced and loaded with concepts well beyond a simple who-done-it. Makes you think and holds the interest. I'm so glad it's a series--looking forward to hearing more. A good listen!
For me this was a difficult book to listen to. It is hard to say that a book about the cold and callous abuse suffered in prison and a concentration camp was wonderful. But, this book was just that, wonderful. I found myself horrified by much of this story of faith, family and survival. Carrie and her family set the standard of living their faith in love very high. The book is especially good because Carrie tells the reader so much about herself and the life she and her family lived before the war involved Holland. It made me feel I knew them and how they would cope and rise to any challenge presented. The best thing about the book was that it was an overview of a whole life. It wasn't just one awful phase plucked out of a life and told out of context. At the end I felt I understood the ten Boom family and their faith and rock like belief in prayer and God's love and abiding protection. Somehow this book was able to flesh out the true horror of WWII. It left me wondering about the stark contrast between the hate filled invaders and collaborators capable of such atrocities and the simple kindness and love exhibited by people like the ten Boom's. Carrie seems to have written the book as a challenge to others to choose to live a life of forgiveness, love and peace. Very inspiring.
I was disappointed with this book. I eat a plant based diet for the most part. I was hoping for a book about rethinking nutrition and the science behind the need for change in the American diet. I wanted facts about why we need to change the way we think about food and the kind of foods we choose to eat. What I found instead was angry finger pointing. Much of the book was spent discussing how drug companies and the food industry and the allopathic health care world are wrong, terrible, and out to get us all. This point was dragged out in such a repetitive manner that it was beyond tiresome. I agree with the author that much is wrong with the system--but simply repeating that message doesn't fix the problem. This book felt like a missed opportunity to get an important message out there. To get people thinking and learning about how to improve their health by changing the way they eat. If that is the information you are looking for I'd try another book.
This book is a very comfortable tale of Britain between WWI and WWII. The narrator does an excellent job supplying a variety of voices to add depth to the characters. I enjoyed hearing about daily life in the 1930s. That said--this is a continuation of an earlier DE Stevenson book --Miss Buncle's Book. The reader needs to be aware that it picks up where that book ends. However, they are very different books. I found the first book to be very funny. The exchanges between the characters and their reactions to life in the village of Silverstream were at times laugh out loud hysterical. In this book the character development and exploration were more superficial and spotty. For me the humor missed the mark. It was, as I have said before, a comfortable story but a bit plodding. Less quirky and in the end less entertaining. I had expected and looked forward to a continuation of the story telling style of the first book, it just never happened. Still--all in all --a pleasant listen.
This book was wonderful! I enjoyed every minute and really hope that there might be another book with further adventures of Major Pettigrew in future. Terrific characters. Excellent narration. Engaging from start to finish. Not to be missed.
This book is so well written and researched that for me it opened my eyes to a region of America that I knew little about. The story telling added human texture and a deep understanding of the disaster of the dust bowl. I came away from the book able to clearly see why and how it all happened. But more than that I learned about how Oklahoma and the plains were settled. The strength of the people who moved there and stayed there-- no matter what. Storms, isolation, drought, you name it, trouble of every kind and they coped and stuck with it. The book was clearly written by a man totally in love with the place--it shone through on every page. It wasn't an easy story to hear--lots goes wrong--but it was worth it. The best kind of history lesson is a story well told. This book draws the reader in and captivates. Excellent narration. Highly recommended.
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