I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.
In the library of your mind, if you browse through the nostalgic coming-of-age shelf, you will find Ordinary Grace somewhere between "A River Runs Through It" and "Stand By Me."
William Krueger's writing style is true to the title, as he rewards his readers with graceful prose and stunning imagery in this "slice of life" as told through the eyes of a man looking back 40 years on the timeline of his life.
The story is one of a small town pastor and his family as their love is challenged by loss, personal secrets, and a murder mystery that serves as the overall catalyst for peace among them.
The narrator was born to read this story.
This is a smooth read that kind of just floats along. It's not thrilling or suspenseful, and it's not a page turner..but you will keep turning the pages.
A few years ago, I read a book called "The Warded Man", and thought it was one of the most mystical and original books I had ever read.
Angela Myron has managed to bring an equally magical adventure to paper for the pre-teen reader.
One thing that I really like about young adult fiction is the way it grabs the reader quickly and pulls them right into the story. Young adult fiction gets right down to business, and for readers like me who require engagement from page one... it works.
Ennara is an 11 year old with magical gifts, and is not afraid to use them. The fate of a whole society is in her hands, and she does not disappoint. Without a doubt, this book will keep the 8-12 age group engaged. Very well written.
Unfortunately, I need to mention the narration. For whatever reason that I am not qualified to determine, Cyrstal Marcano's performance does not match the author in regards to talent. She is character consistent, and that is no small thing. But there are issues with sentence run-on and monotone dialogue. Did it ruin this great book for me? No. Would I still have listened had I known? Absolutely. Books presented in audible format are enhanced or brought down by a narrator. This novel is in the middle.
Adults as well as the younger reader are going to enjoy this selection. Recommended!
As inspirational as it is sobering, "The Boys In The Boat" takes us from the doorstep of WWII to the Olympics of 1936 in Berlin. The story centers around Joe, who was a young child growing up during The Great Depression.
With incredible imagery and historic accuracy, Joe recalls the tragic events of his heartbreaking and homeless childhood, and reflects on the hunger and loneliness of that decade.
With a redemption that overpowers The Great Depression, Joe's determination takes him from devastation to greatness in this inspiring true story of a 9 man Crewing Team.
This is the love story of two young people who meet in a small town. It unfolds as a "slice of life" and walks us through a time that separates one winter from all others in a young man's life.
What presents at first as a simple storyline is anything but. The author's talent with imagery is impressive, and provides the reader with visual descriptions of places and characters that pull you in, Mr. Lane almost creates a kind of melancholy fog in this story, as if to warn the reader to prepare themselves.. someone is going to lose.
When Audible announced the author as narrator, I groaned. I listen to books on Audible frequently, and can only think of a few authors who are successful narrators. Mr. Lane did an excellent job.
Appropriate for the young adult and adult audience.
The three Alter sisters are determined to make a suicide pact on New Years Eve, as did the generations of Alters before them. The three sisters, who are all childless and single, reflect back in time through the generations of their family tree, which had a lot of relatives hanging from it. And with one sister terminally ill, they are determined to die together.
The sisters dark humor comes through no matter how bad the situation is or was.
Offbeat and funny,
A good listen with a very original sotryline.
I read Liane Moriarty because she consistantly creates fascinating characters, and The Hypnotists Love Story did not disappoint.
At first, the novel seems to be the simple story about the girl who got the guy and lost him, and the new girl that keeps him. But it doesn't take long to realize that Moriatry takes us deeper than that. With quirkiness, humor, and mystery, Moriarty delivers a story of the lengths we go to for those we love, and the emotional cost of losing them.
The loser in this story is a woman who goes absolutely crackers when her partner ends their relationship. She stalks him for a couple of years, and eventually gets to the point of breaking into his home when he is out, and spying on him from the street when he is there. She knows she is out of control, but can't stop. The reader almost begins to root for her as we realize her love for this man and his little boy that she helped raise.
At one point, she breaks into the home of her ex-lovers new girlfriend, bakes biscuits in the woman's kitchen, and then leaves them for her on the front porch as a gift. Hilarious.
Everyone wins in the end, but maybe no one more than the loser. I think she carries the trophy home.
Earth Abides is a post apocalyptic novel that was written by George Stewart over 60 years ago.
Stewart writes of one man's strengths and weaknesses as he struggles with loneliness, confusion, and the realization that the world he once knew is no longer familiar after a virus wiped out most of the population.
Stewart brilliantly stays clear of technology, which would have most likely outdated the book after a short time. Amazingly, not addressing the things he could not foresee in the future was the exact thing that keeps readers interested 60 years later.
Well written, thought provoking, tragic, and uplifting, Earth Abides is a classic. Don't miss this one.
It's been a long time since I listened to a book in one sitting, but I could not set "Grundish and Askew" aside. Without a doubt, it is the funniest book I have ever read.
Grundish and Askew are two friends who are outlandish, socially inappropriate, and irreverent. I loved them, and knew them well by the ending of the novel.
Askew, whose family lineage has graced prisons for a couple of centuries, has simply bought one too many tickets to ride the crazy train, and just never got off. And Grundish,....well, I believe there is a whole lot more to Grundish. I'll let you decide for yourself.
Lance Carbuncle (now that's funny) has a writing style that reminds me a lot of Hunter S. Thompson. Carbuncle has more wit than Thompson, but also has that same gift of being able to create those flamboyant, unorthodox, flawed characters that draw you in without effort or thought.
The narrator was an exact match for this novel, and was character consistent. Impressive.
This book is graphic and the swearing is endless.. but somehow appropriate. It accurately reflects the characters and their way of life.
Reader, don't be overwhelmed by the reviews. It's ok. Just jump on the crazy train. Hunter S. Thompson would be the first to say, "Buy the ticket. Take the ride."
Ghosts was originally written in the 80's. Hynd recently revised it for the new generations. And there lies the problem.
30 years ago, these stories were unusual, new, and great for putting a chill down the bravest of spines..... and that is no small thing. But the stories have been told and retold now, and the storylines are no longer as original. Unfortunately, a revision will not fix this.
Noel Hynd is a memorable writer, and he has a hefty fan base reviewing this novel on Amazon. This book is well written and narration is strong. It starts off slower, but about half way through, it moves faster, and holds the readers attention until the end. Don't get me wrong... it's worth reading.
I would have enjoyed the book more if I had not read all the reviews of those who were scared out of their mind 30 years ago, and that were able to rediscover the creepiness that they remembered.
I'm glad I read it, but I think the rave reviews will be written by those who were the first to read "Ghosts" and who kept it alive in their memories throughout the past three decades.
A.G. Riddle's new novel "Departure" is written in multiple genres, which isn't easy for any author to pull off sucessfully. The original storyline is the novel's strength, and the carrying out of that storlyline is it's weakness.
This futuristic sci-fi grabs the listener's attention right out of the gate with a plane crash. We are introduced to the surviving passengers, and are suddenly engulfed in a mystery, adventure, suspense, and a budding romance. Sci-fi via time travel is quickly added to the mix.
Many characters and events are introduced very early in the novel with limited detail, which resulted in a lack of character development and difficulties with suspension of belief. Usually, the inability to suspend belief in a sci-fi novel is like drawing the death card. I was able to get past this, but not without it effecting my overall opinion of the novel.
Most of the characters who are not essential to the story are weeded out by the ending of the first half of the novel. The second half, while less suspenseful, is well devoleoped... allowing the reader to focus on time travel within a post-apocolyptic world, and the mystery of how the world got that way.
Overall, "Departure' is written with an original storyline, and although not Riddle's best, it is still above average. Both narrators are very good and character consistant. It was a good listen, but I wouldn't be interested in experiencing it a second time.
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