Even though I had read this book a few years ago, I had enjoyed it so very much then, I decided it was worth a listen. I'm so glad I did, I was quite caught up all over again in the story. That narrator puts you right there in the mountain community of many years back, vivid descriptions of the mountains, the people in the story came to life for me.
I was so very moved by this story, amazed at the courage amidst the horrors of war. I can't believe the strength of the women in this book, particularly Corrie of course, as well as the unwavering faith of her sister. Just an incredible read/listen. A reality check at looking at life today and what it was like 'back then'. A history lesson with an emotional impact that changes me, impacts my view on life and the world, and of myself. Inspiring beyond measure.
I was not expecting the powerful force underlying this entire novel of the emotional aspect of elephants. Much of the elephant facts I have read before and known. But I EXPERIENCED this book as if I was present in the compound. The elephant story is as powerful as the people's story. This was a fantastic read that I could not wait to get to each day and I now rave about to my friends. Many unexpected twists, and ultimate surprises. A really different sort of read, or 'listen'. It was extraordinary.
I was very pleased with this story being an actual story initially of this doctor's life, how his beliefs came to be, fell under fire, and rose again to become the core of who he is. His writings of his bedside experiences greatly moved me. Gives me hope when I feel the despair of living in this troubled world. I believe in this story. I will buy the book in print so I can go back and highlight specific paragraphs that were particularly significant to me.
Let me begin first to say my mother is declining rapidly with alzheimers, which is why I chose this book. It was a heart breaking emotional difficult story for me to read, but I felt it provided me with a unique insight into my own mother's mind in her struggle. It was helpful and hurtful at the same time. I thought the narration was excellent and the story itself was a powerful testimony of a very strong woman going down to this disease. I wanted her to win, I felt I stood beside her and felt her pain and her sense of loss. The story held me to the end. It remains with me now.
I was prepared to love this book, but it never really grabbed me. I did like Amy as a character, as a person, but the story itself rambled a lot about the book writing world. I just wasn't that excited to do my listen-session for the day. There were moments, I cheered for her success. But overall, I just finished it simply because I hate to quit on a book.
I absolutely hated Amy, what she planned, what she did, how she manipulated. I was not overly fond of Nick and disliked all the foul language in the narration, it was a bit too much. But it was a very emotionally charged story. I was taken by surprise at the ending as I didn't realize I was near the end of the narration, so I was left disappointed, wanted more to happen, felt like I was left hanging after all that drama. Just left there, that's that.
I was very caught up in this story. Loved the whole concept of life-glimpses from a train window, and then all that developed as a result. I did NOT see it coming as it turned out. The characters in this story were very real to me, but I was especially fond of Rachel and pulling for her. I thought the narration was excellent.
I'm not sure why I did not especially love this book, but I did really like it. The enthusiasm of this teacher for involving and motivating his students was so admirable, the schools need more like him. What an interesting man, such a strong spirit to carry him through his battle. I felt sad his marriage suffered because of his dedication and then the cancer dominated everything after it arrived in the story. I felt very sad for D.Menasche as he met up with former students. It was very moving that many remembered him so well and wanted to help. I did end up inspired by him, but just a sadness remained.
This was a very enjoyable read/listen. In fact, the narration by the author added to the overall ++ enjoyment of the story for me. I became quite fond of the character Smithy. I wish I could sit down on a bench and have a chat with him. In his journey across the country he met some interesting folks. I found myself laughing out loud or feeling sadly sympathetic and protective of Smithy. If a movie is made, I do hope it stays true to the book.
I heard so much rave reviews about this book, and yet when I began I found myself struggling to decide to stay with it or not. After the initial excitement in the start, the story follows along at great length with various stages of life the main character finds himself in. I sometimes found myself wanting the story to hurry along, bored with the current section I might be in. It was quite involved in the world of stolen art, of which I had no idea went on. It definitely picked up towards the end and I HAD to stay with it now to find out what would happen. I'm glad I finished it, ended up enjoying it, but might be hesitant to refer it to my friends.
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