I purchased this book because I thought that this book would be similar to The Help by Katherine Stockett. Since I loved that book, I thought I would really enjoy this one. However, this book is not quite like The Help. One of the narrators also voiced a character in The Help, but that is where the similarity ends. This book is closer to Roots by Alex Hailey. It made me uncomfortable in a lot of places. It has the capability to make one think about all of the injustice that was forced upon the slaves and/or indentured servants of long ago, and it also infuriated me that people were treated so callously and so wrong all because of the idiotic way that cultures were back then.
I am glad that I purchased the book. I just wish that the author would have written something not so true to the times back then. There were several places in this book where I just cried for the characters Belle.. Livinia..Mama May, George, Jamie, and Will Stephens. There really wasn't a time where one could cheer for the people overcoming the horrible things that happened to them and/or their family or loved ones..The ending just didn't do it. It was a sad but very true novel, and it made my heart ache.
I loved the puppets! The narrator is wonderful with all of the voices she had to create. This book is true SEP! Great read for my credit!
I really liked this book. So much so that I want to read the whole series now. This was book 20, so I have a ways to go. Yet, I think I will enjoy all of them. Great way to use my credits!
I wish I would not have wasted my credit for this book. I have had to suffer through it and it puts me to sleep. Don't waste your credit for this book.
It met our expectations on all fronts. Maggie is an exceptional German Shepherd dog and the part she plays in Suspect just makes the book. She reminds me of my own GSD, Chewi, who passed last year. Great book!
Yes, for sure! Anytime someone reads to me, the story and the characters take on a new life.
Kimberly Quincy. I really like her tenacity, resolve, and determination. She plays hard, works hard, and the budding relationship she is building with Mack is really cool!
The thrill of it, the taste of it, (figuratively speaking), how it grips you by the throat and you never see the ending coming..
Keeping with this author, I would compare it to Catch Me or The Neighbor. Same reasons as above. This author has always written a gripping story, even in her very early days. Recently, within the last 6 years or so the tension has mounted from the 1st page. I could not put this book down long enough to get anything substantial done!
She has an authentic Bostonian accent. I have friends that live in this part of the US, and her voice sounded SO much like they do when I speak to them on the phone or see them in a visit. In Love You More, the narrators didn't have the authenticity that this narrator does. I look forward to seeing what other books she has narrated.
Pain has a flavor...
If you have been sitting on the fence wondering whether or not to use your credit to buy this book, waste no more time! You won't be disappointed.
I can usually figure out who the perp is in most of the thrillers that I read. I usually get it right, even in some of Gardner's earlier works. In this one and in Catch Me, I guessed who it was probably 7 times at different places in each book, and I had it wrong every time.
I finished listening to it last night, 2/13/13, and I didn't know who the mastermind was until she revealed it. I have to say that it didn't shock me, but then I am very familiar with this author and her hooks that make you want to read her work over and over.
This book will hook you in the prologue.. and keep you hooked and entertained for hours! My only regret is that I have to wait until this time 2014 to read another book by Lisa Gardner..
Unless of course I cycle back through the books that I have.. Hmmm..
Now, THAT is an idea! It has been long enough that I may not remember who the perps are..
Say Goodbye, anyone?
Yes, I would. The story kept me interested from about the middle of the 1st chapter, and as it progressed the interest stayed with me. I love a good story, and the narrator has such a lovely voice.
The 1st book that I listened to by Kate Morton was The Forgotten Garden. That one also kept my interest throughout the whole book. Kate spins a lovely long story..and that is one of the things that I look for when deciding how to use my credit each month.
If I had to compare this story to another one from a different author, then I would compare it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander but only because of the story line and the narrator. Both books are radically different because Gabaldon weaves a story of time travel. This book has the main character remembering tragic events in her childhood and trying to piece what actually happened together with what she thinks she remembers.
Outlander is not a mystery or thriller. The Secret Keeper could be classified as a mystery or thriller, simply because of the way that the author goes back and forth from present day to Laurel's memories from long ago. She also writes about the mother's history as well, and that brings the whole story together quite nicely by the end of it.
The reader will NEVER guess the ending though. It isn't revealed until the last part, and when I heard it I was totally floored!
I just love how she narrates and how she changes her voices to accurately reflect a male vs. female voice. She also has different voices for each character that brings that character to life in my mind.
I fell in love with audio books several years ago because for me it felt like my mom was reading a story to me when I was a child before I learned to read myself. Listening to a story brings something fresh to the content that would otherwise be absent in the printed version.
I only read printed books or E-books now if I am reading a nonfiction book or doing a work book or exercise type of book where I need to be able to write answers to questions down. I have often not read a printed book because there is no audio book version available.
Having said that, I do wish that Audible would do something about their policy that stops us from being able to make MP3 copies of the books that we buy. Now that Audible is part of Amazon, we should be able to burn MP3 copies of the books we pay for if that is what we want to do. We buy the books, the publisher's get their money, Audible gets paid, and the author's get paid. It should not matter to any of the above how we choose to listen to our books once we buy them. I would far prefer to burn an Audible book onto 1 or 2 CDs rather than having to burn them on 30 or more CDs in the case of one of Gabaldon's books. It is a waste of CDs to have to do that.
I laughed, cried, screamed, sucked my breath in at parts, felt the anguish Laurel felt, and cheered for the characters. That says that this book is a great read. Anytime I feel all of this when listening to a book puts it on my 2nd, 3rd, or 4th listen list.
Buy this book! It picks up quickly and takes you on a ride through time that I think you will enjoy!
I read the reviews of other readers before I purchased several of Joshilyn Jackson's books, and I purchased this one because it had some great reviews. My mistake.
I was on the edge of my seat during the 1st part of it. When she ran away from Texas on the search for the gypsy, I thought that it was really going to turn out good. However, I was wrong. It just left this reader wanting more. The way that it ended was just wrong. I wanted to see her actually develop a relationship with the characters towards the end of the book. I wanted to see her finally have a relationship with the mother that didn't raise her. I wanted to see forgiveness for several family members that she refused to give. I wanted her to find a really good man who treated her good, spoiled her, didn't always accuse her of things that she wasn't guilty of.. One who would love her until the end of time.. There was the possibility of such with the landlord, but this wasn't ever explored enough to satisfy this longing for her. She needed to explore things with him so much deeper than the author wrote about. There was just a lot left hanging, perhaps for a new book.. I don't know.
To sum it up, Rose Mae Lolly just has a lot of anger in her soul that she refuses to let go of. Anger can be a good thing in some cases, but in this one she had so much potential, and the author just ends the book in such a way that you know she will always be angry and unfulfilled. I was disappointed in this book by the end of it. Unfortunately, I purchased several of her books at the same time, and I have had some trouble getting through "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty," but that is another review for another day.
The book would probably have been a bit better if another narrator was chosen for it. The author doesn't lend anything to the reading. She doesn't change her voice for male voices, and all of the women have some variance of the same voice for Rose Mae. She really should have let the narrators at the publishing house read the book. I think it would have been a bit more exciting and edgy if she did.
I won't say that the book isn't worth your credit. The content is decent. It is just slow in parts and plain boring in others. I think it could have been way more exciting given the excerpt that lures one into buying it.
I read a snippet of this book on my mom's NOOK, and I came over here to buy the book on Audible because of that little snippet. I thought it would be good; however, it sorely lacks something. I don't know if it was the narrator or the content, and it may even be the story line itself. The author jumps back and forth from the court room to Jake's room or from the court room to the coffee shop. He doesn't indicate where Andy, the father is, until Andy says "Witness... Blah, blah, blah" or "Mr. Lejudice.. Blah, blah, blah." You really have to pay close attention throughout this story. The characters don't seem to mesh with each other, and there are a few times when you might just want to hurl at some of the character development for Jake. Without giving away too much, it would appear that the Barbour family have a historical gene throughout their lineage that the author dubs the "murder gene" and Jake, Andy, Andy's father, and his grandfather all have this gene, which makes it far more possible that they will kill someone than not. Jake is only 14, but he has a mean streak in him a mile wide, and he hurts innocent animals, etc. Just plain creepy is what it was. Made me want to hurl when I heard it, and then to have to hear it several times more was really hard to get through. Every time the author wrote in an animal crying or screaming in pain, the first thing one thinks of after this is where is Jake..
I can't say that I would recommend this book to anyone that is faint of heart or who has trouble following a book all over the place. The content could have been formatted better, arranged better, and quite possibly written a lot better. The ending is just horrible.
I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.
Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.
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