This easy to listen to, hit-you-between-the-eyes-with-the-truth version of how not and why not to react the way we parents pretty much all do is really something special. It'll make you cringe, then it will make you reframe what you do, and reframe how you view interactions that you witness. The best part of all is that once you listen to this a time or two, you automatically change the way you respond to your children.
I doubt if this will make me a perfect parent, but it has already made me a better one.
I thank this author, and so do my sons.
This book is well written and performed beautifully. It is, however, the single most painful listening experience I have ever had. I was moved to tears several times. The sheer reality of what would or could happen is just horrible. The story is way too believable to be an enjoyable read. If you choose to walk down this road, be strong. Made me want to go to the driving range and hoard bullets and food.
Well, the last book was as far into the realm of fantasy that I could apparently go. I do not like books that are completely unrealistic unless entirely into the fantasy realm. I have really enjoyed the plot twists and intricacy of these authors before. They are still in this book, as well. However, the basic premise of this one has entered the stupid range for me. I have struggled to remain interested and have given up. I rarely cannot finish a book. Sadly, I'm done forcing it with this one. Not sure if I will try any more in this series.
If you are enjoying this series for its most twisted, intricate windings, this one is great fun!!! Its long, stretches believability as far as you can possibly stretch, and even has a fun side plot going on. Loved it!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight series. Yet, this book blows it out of the water, for me. The story and entire concept are great fun. Based on an alien invasion, it is written in the first person, as the alien. It leads you on a journey of perspectives that has very real implications both in human interactions, as well as interspecies interactions, both historically and now. The character development and perspective are deeper and not at all aimed at a teenage audience, although many teens may still like it.
I eagerly anticipate future novels.
After listening to Gone Girl, I was not finished listening to these amazingly developed, twisted characters and plot lines. While Gone Girl starts bright and happy and leads you by the hand into a dark, disturbing place Dark Places dumps you right in! The main character is a depressed, dysfunctional young woman. The narrator is SO good at portraying this that I had a hard time listening. I don't care for negative energy and shy away from people, movies, and books that are 'downers'. I stuck with it though, and you should too. Libby gets better and the story is intricate and twisted. The characters are self-destructive and you feel like you really are looking into the lives and thoughts of people you never would be able to understand, yet because of how well they are portrayed, you do. Gillian Flynn is an interesting author. After two in a row, I need a break. I'll be back though!
She gives life to Charley the best.
The mix of a twist to the supernatural that I have not yet stumbled upon, with a strong storyline is a good listen. Toss in the perfect amount of sexual tension without the overload that is popular right now, and add the funniest, sarcastic, light-hearted banter winding its way between well developed characters and within the main character's internal dialogue and you have a super fun book! Ms. Jones takes you to dark places, sexy places, and unexpectedly pitches humor at you that made me laugh right out loud several times throughout the series.
I just loved this series! I started when there were 3, hoping it was a trilogy with closure. No such luck. There is no end in sight and Ms Jones simply cannot write fast enough to make me happy! More, MORE!
This series makes me want to meet the writer very badly. She must be a riot! I hope she has written something else to charm me:)
There are several plots here. The sex, which is great fun, but 3 books of repetitive, 'shattering' orgasms gets boring. When Ana 'detonated' I actually laughed out loud! The author must have been using a thesaurus- there are only so many ways to describe THE-absolute- most-amazing-mind-blowing-orgasm-EVER when it happens about every thirty minutes of your life, blah, blah, blah.
Then there is the love story, well, eventually. Book 1 leaves you wondering about how twisted some people's versions of love are. It gets better, but in the end its just another unrealistic fairy tale that takes 3 books to spit out a story line that would have been interesting for one book.
Then there is a menacing drama. This part is really, really poor. Sometimes so invisible, you wonder why it was brought up in the first place, and in the end rushed to a climax(don't even go there) that is under-developed and leaves loose ends frayed all over in one big mess.
Christian's psychological journey has potential, but again, interesting issues are just randomly tossed around. It all magically resolves like smoke, carried off by some invisible force you never really see.
If this sounds like fun to you- go for it, but toss out a few dozen IQ points, then borrow the BOOK! The narration is simply too bad to endure, and spending money on this will feel pretty frivolous. Save it for some hot shoes.
The narrator is so distractingly bad for this story, I have seriously questioned why on earth I cannot walk away from a book or movie I am not enjoying! Makes me want to see a therapist.
I liked the narration of Ana well enough. I suspect its the narrator's true speaking voice. However, when portraying anyone else, it sounds like me trying to read a fairy tale to my babies while making ridiculous 'big bad wolf' voices for every male voice in the book. Toss in some dumb surfer-dude inflections, and bad imitations of clipped or tense emotions, and you have all the men in the book- ugh!
I listened to this right after listening to the Hunger Games trilogy. Such polar opposites in narration skill I suffered audio whiplash!
Now here's a question the author should have asked at the end of the series. Gia, the Detective, some security people, the girl with Layla, Kate's brother (so uninteresting I already cannot remember his name)- all distractions that add nothing.
If they ever make this into a movie, it will make an excellent drinking game for college students. And they had better do some serious searching for actors sexy enough to pull off the main characters. Go for the looks! People will see it to watch them. No need for any acting ability whatsoever.
A great listen that explores some very real issues facing our armed forces today. You see both sides of an uncomfortable issue and question where you personally stand. This entwined with a thrilling terrorist plot makes for an engaging story that gets better and better as you listen more. Loved it!
Its pretty long, but an easy listen. The narrator is pleasant and there is a bit of relaxed humor tossed in. I found the descriptions of the food studies long enough for validation, but brief enough to keep things moving along. The results are some tips that everyone can incorprate into their lives to keep on top of the battle of the bulge:)
Most importantly, this book gives tips for lifestyle changes that can be permanent. Enough fad diet books already out there!(They don't work.)
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