Apparently I was not paying any attention when I got this audiobook. I thought it would be about professional athletes. No. It is about being gay in professional athletics. The main character was not even the pro basketball player. Basically it was sad book in that folks still cannot live as they are in our society. That is, in most all of pro leagues, you still cannot be openly gay. So, in that way, it was sad. However, the main character came to grips with his situation but everyone did not live happily ever after. I learned how it might be to be is such a situation in which you are an outcast and must live a secret life. So, it was interesting. Also interesting was the betrayal. I do not want to give too much away but if you can handle some gay sexual encounters, I recommend the book. I never lost interest and was pretty entertained wondering who was behind the blackmail.
It would be easy to overlook this rye look at life by Alexander McCall Smith. The series is wonderful and there are 9 books now in the series (Audible has 8). Smith is never mean spirited and you get to know the foibles of the characters so well. I love this series and think you will too if you like stories about everyday people and their oddness. Highly recommended for great character studies (even dogs!) and for excellent writing.
For some strange reason, I missed this one throughout my school years and then college and grad school. Not sure why but wow! What a novel. Do not miss this one. You will lie awake thinking about it years after you "read" it. Owen is a guy who does not fit in the group. This story is about why he is the way he is. So wonderful.
Really chick lit and perhaps this is why I did not like it. Writing not good and narrator was poor. She tried but was unable to do voices so you never knew who was saying what. Also she was melodramatic. You can skip this one.
I double checked looking for the 3rd file for this book, but there is none. It just stops! You get that "the book has been broken into parts to make the download faster" stuff, but there is no 3rd file to download???? There should be 3 of them. I am supposing three. But only 2 show up when I look for the book in my library.
Interesting although you have a nagging suspicion that someone is trying to make a point throughout. Also VERY drawn out. VERY.
Moderately funny. She is no David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I got the book because someone said if you like Sedaris, you will like this one. Not true. I did laugh out loud on a few occasions but Jenny Lawson is no David Sedaris. A bit too self conscious perhaps. Hard to put my finger on. But he is a genius. She is not. So enjoy but do not expect too much. I think I am disappointed because she did not live up to the Sedaris bar. That is unfair, alas.
Not much happens in this one yet I must say it nonetheless held my interest.
Generally well done and engaging.
This book is every bit as good as the others in this "series" of madcap happenings in Florida. Well written and always wryly funny, I can't get enough!
I loved this book. It never failed to keep my interest. It was a wonderful love story and a sad one. I felt the titillation of looking behind the curtain into lives both public and private. What a good writer Jess Walter is! I am impressed.
The book jumps from character to character and from time period to time period and yet it all fit together. I was never lost. Loved it. If you were around in the 60s, I think you will remember and love it even more. I can't say more without giving away plot. If you love Italy or romance (I do not mean so-called "chick lit") or old time movies or the 60s, you will like this book.
This book was relentless and exciting. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the last book in the series. This book was the 2nd of 3 in the series. The first book in the series was, frankly, much too much internal dialog and I panned it. This one was like it was written by a different author. It was interesting and came to a logical, if bloody, end. I am thinking the author was "getting his feet wet" in the first installment. Something like that. My recommendation is to skip the 1st book and start the 3 book series here with the 2nd one. You do not need the 1st book to understand this one, so why bother with it? I wish that I had done just that.
A word to others. The violent parts--and there are several--are very bloody. If this sort of explicit description turns you off, you had better avoid this author.
I look forward to reading more McKinty and I never thought I would say such a thing after reading the first novel in this series, Dead I Well May Be.
This book is interesting. Sam Brower did his homework and with help from Krakauer tells a compelling true story about a depraved religious leader, Warren Jeffs.
The problem here is the narrator. He is bad. I normally can put up with a lot and that includes a wide variety of narrators. Not this one, though. It was as though he went to Elocution School for the first session, then quit. He heard them say, "Be sure to enunciate every word." But then he misunderstood every other thing they said. He sure does enunciate. He would say the word enunciate like this: EEE-nun--see-ate. I am not kidding about the long EEEs or the emphasis on the first syllable. He says every single article A as long A, never, ever the short a, as in uh. Never. Try it sometime when you have to present to others for an hour. After 15 minutes I am thinking people will start to look at you funny and wonder why you are talking so weird. So, while listening to this narration, I would find myself counting the As instead of listening to the book. He would pronounce other words oddly as well. For instance, "hor-OAR" for "horror," emphasizing and lingering over the second, emphasized syllable. To say that his narration ruined an interesting book is an understatement. I would give him zero stars if I could. Sadly, a decent book and compelling story which many of us could learn from was spoiled by the exceedingly poor narration.
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