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.
A university specializing in magic is the setting, but the true essence of the novel involves the relationship between students. Interesting parallel between our educational systms and the ranking of normal magicians and gifted magicians. Reminds me at times of The Tallisman by Stephen King, one of my favorite novels or all times. Some people have thought of this novel as an "adult Harry Potter" but I disagree. if you want a book that can take you way and maintain credibility and believability, you will like this one.
A frank and sometimes harsh story of a lonely obese man who ultimately accepts himself and who is the object of a young man's link to finding his father. It is heart wrenching at times, but comedy relief comes when a friendship develops between the man and his hispanic young maid. The narrator brings this female forward in a stellar performance.. The story would have been 4 stars if it hadn't left the reader hanging a ltitle and unsatisfied in the end. I am not sure if it was to set up the scene for a second novel or not, but either way, closure could have been better. Both narrator's performance is outstanding, and in fact, may be the reason it's a successful listen
Edward is a 40+ year-old with Asperger's. He is high functioning, and has high self esteem. The compulsive traits of his Asperger's comes through and it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. There's a coming of age story within the story. Not sentimental. Great Book.
My favorite contemporary fiction selection so far for 2014. This novel focuses on the comings and goings of lives that were once tightly connected in a small Wisconsin town. This is not a sentimental memoir.. it is solid and reeks of truth. Although the novel spans across a couple of decades, it focuses on the present day effects that friendships from the past have on our lives. Narrators are consistant and likable. Nickolas Butler has written a novel of which almost any reader can relate.
As far as contemporary fiction goes, this one gets 5 Stars. The original storyline introduces us to a single father, whose son is being raised, unhappily, by an aunt. The father makes a decision to bring his son home, and together, they grow up running a bar. A wonderful father and son story that is not ruined by stereotypes or over the top emotion. Characters are rich and unique. Even though the storyline spans a couple of decades, the author presents it as just a "slice of life." Contemporary fiction isn't often my thing, but this book was. David Aaron Baker was absolutely the perfect choice for narration.
Ronald Malfi writes a horror/mystery that is worth a credit. It got my attention on page one, and held my attention throughout. There were good twists that eventually weave together for a well delivered novel. The Floating Staircase is the story of a man who is haunted throughout adulthood for a moment of carelessness as a child, and a haunting that finally grants him the redemption he very much deserves.
This novel's strength is it's original storyline. It held my attention throughout...which is not easy to do... I'm a picky reader. Narration is solid and character-consistant. Horror fans will love the creepy winter overtones and how the storyline weaves in and out of the blizzard's path. The ending is unpredictable. The reader is satisfied, but definately feels that Golden is not finished with his story or it's charcters.
I ordered Miss Peregrine's Home not knowing it was targeted for Young Adults. I was planning on exchanging it. However, I listened to the first chapter and changed my mind. This novel starts quickly and moves quickly, like most in the young adult genre. It has solid character developement, horror, historical reflection of the holocaust and WWII, and time travel. It is well written and I found it worth the credit.
What a great book. Four individuals who think they are living the last day of their lives, meet by coincidence at the top of the building where they are planning to jump. Characters are all unique and a little quirky. The youngest of the group is angry, crazy, and hilarious. The narration of this character is outstanding. Excellent ending, with a look at depression vs. the realities of the everyday human life. All three narrators stellar. It's quite a party.
I have read several of Wilson's novels, and have always thought they were okay. Nightworld was much more engaging for me. It is character-rich, and definately has more action and fantasy/supernatural than his other books I have read. I think this one is worth a credit.
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