Once in a while, you stumble upon one of those books that you just can't put down. You just want to read and read... And if you HAVE to put the book down, you're still thinking about it - about the characters, the plot, the time period. This is one of those books.
For the last week, my mind has been occupied with Abel Rosnovski and Richard Kane. It’s only January, but I am pretty sure that this will be one of my top 5 books this year.
The story of the poor Polish boy Wladek Koskiewicz (later Abel Rosnovski) is just marvellous. How Abel manages to make his way in the world – from being a newborn baby found in the forest with his dead mother to becoming a hotel magnate is just so exciting! So is the story about brilliant Richard Kane – a banker’s son who makes his own way in the world. And the rivalry between the two men born on the same day! I enjoyed every minute of this book!
Also, Jason Culp does a great job narrating the story.
I will now probably be reading all the other books from Jeffrey Archer. And I can’t wait!
I chose this book because I will be moving to London soon. I thought it would be nice to know something about the Rose Wars before I move. I've seen Philippa Gregory's books in book stores before, but I have always thought they looked a bit too romantic and... uhm...very "feminine" if you know what I mean... But I thought I'd give this book a try after a quick sample listen.
And I was very surprised in a positive way! This is not a sugar coated lovey-dove romance novel. It is a story about a strong woman living in hard times trying to make the best out of her life for herself and her family. It is told with great conviction. Elizabeth Woodville's life was really interesting! I now want to find out a lot more about her and the time she lived in!
The narrator was also superb! She captured all the characters in a very convincing way.
I was disappointed to find out that most of Philippa Gregory's books on Audible are abridged. So I guess I'll have to buy them in paper version from now on...
I am positive I'll never read another Ruth Oakes book. I'm also pretty certain that I'll stear clear of a Hyejin Kim book. But then again, I'm a sucker for stories from North Korea, so I might give her another try if she'll write another North Korea book.
Anyone! Anyone is better! Her hoarse voice is totally annoying. Also, the narrative was full of faults. Ruth Oaks kept repeating sentences, so I think they have forgotten to edit the cut...
The story about Jia is very mediocre. It is interesting to read about growing up in North Korea, but the characters are so flat and impossible to believe in.
I really don't get all the fuzz about this book. It was said to be the best book since "The Help". Hah! No way! This book had nothing to stand up to "The Help" with. It was just boring, and long... I had to listen to it in double speed just to finish it as quickly as I could.
Nothing written by Jess Walter, that's for sure.
Edoardo Ballerini did a brilliant job narrating this book. He was a glimpse of light in a very boring book.
I got the recommendation from Audible to buy this book after i read "A street cat named Bob" by James Bowen - one of the best animal biographies I've ever read. It was a good recommendation. I did not love "Thunder Dog" as much as I loved "A street cat named Bob", but It's not far from it.
I didn't care too much about the narrator, but the book was so good, that it didn't matter.
The book really opens one's eyes about being blind. Michael Hingson showed me that being blind is not a handicap. It's what you decide to make out of your life that matters.
I would prefer this audio edition to the print version. The narrator does a wonderful job.
I loved all of this story, and I hope Bob and his mate will be happy together for many, many years to come!
This book actually made me cry several times. And I NEVER cry when I read books!
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