Although it took me quite awhile to get into it, there was a point when everything got interesting all at once, and from then on I couldn't quit listening.
This was the story about people who used to be put away and forgotten in mental institutions because their families either didn't want to deal with them or were convinced their children would be better off there. Set in Massachusetts, it's the story about a young white girl, Lynnie, who has a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf mute man, who escaped from the institution together. Lynnie, called "Beautiful Girl" by Homan, touched me to my very soul. I don't want to give the story away so I won't say more, except to say the story spans 40 years and sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved it.
So, I don't know why I'm so drawn to books set in this era, but I am. It starts out in 1837 on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, slaves and all. When Elizabeth is born, she's immediately turned over to a wet nurse, who raises her and who she comes to love more than her own mother. (This isn't hard to understand: you turn your child over to someone else to almost totally raise and take care of, that's what happens). Lisbeth, which is what Mattie called her, struggles between her love of Mattie and Mattie's family, and her understanding of what's expected of a young lady in her position. This is a well-written historical novel that at times moved me to tears, but at other times had me cheering. The narrator did such a good job, too, that I'm going to be searching for other books read by her. Another 5 star book.
This is one of the best and most moving books I've ever listened to on audible. It's told in the voice of a 39 year old high-functioning autistic man who also has OCD. I not only got to liking this fictional character but I saw in myself some of Edward's characteristics, hypochondriac that I am. ;-) It's very pleasing to me that there's a sequel book out there, Edward Adrift. 600 Hours of Edward is a good read whether or not you have mental health issues among your family or friends, and also whether or not you have trouble within your family. This book was not only interesting, moving and inspirational, but also funny. You'll see.
Jonathan Kellerman needs to wrap this series up. It's gotten too predictable and formulaic. I even used this book as a sleep aid a few times. And it worked. The only things I liked about this book were the two main characters, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, who feel like old friends to me by now.
This is the true story of what happened to the author's maternal grandparents, who were Holocaust survivors, who got married, bought a house, had two children, and who then didn't talk again. Thus the title, A Fifty-Year Silence. Anna, the grandmother, had a joyous outlook on life till the day she died, and who called the war (WWII) "her instruction book on life". Armand, the grandfather, hated the cards life had dealt him and became a mean-spirited atheist, although it was obvious he loved Miranda, his granddaughter. I greatly enjoyed this book, about love and loss, about how love can be so precarious and easily crushed when trampled. It was the story of a journey, a how-did-this-happen? expedition. You'll have to read it yourself to find out if there's a tidy answer or a sense of "Ah, I understand".
A very early entry into the world of Dr. Alex Delaware and police detective Milo Sturgis, it was good to see how they worked together way back in the '80s, although in this particular book, they didn't start OFF working as a team. Alex, who had treated the serial killer suspect professionally 5 years before, came to wonder if Jamey Cadmus might have problems other than insanity going on. There were no lack of devious, easy-to-hate characters and certainly no lack of twists and turns either. I give it 3 stars out of 5 because I was able to outguess the ending, along with a stern reminder to myself that it's best to read all series in the order in which they're written.
This has got to be Tami Hoag's best book ever. From the very first page, I couldn't listen fast enough. The main character, Dana Nolan, has escaped from her serial killer captor by killing him, remembering nothing, but left with scars on her face and the number 9 carved on her chest. She has a traumatic brain injury and PTSD. She comes home after rehab only to experience more stress....and dangers anew. 5 out of 5. Yes. Read this.
I didn't read the print version, so I can't make a comparison. But I feel in almost all cases, the audio version of a book is superior because you get to feel the characters. Their fear. Their suspicion. Their strength.
Caitlin was my favorite character because of her doggedness, conviction, and search for justice.
My favorite scene was when Henry proves to be a true hero.
This book will never make you laugh. I did find myself tearing up quite frequently. I had such an extreme emotional reaction to Natchez Burning - it gripped my heart, no, it gripped my whole soul. I don't see how anyone could read this book and not be moved. 35 hours went like lightning for me. Pure suspense, utter terror, and wondering all the while, will justice be done?
This was my favorite book ever. And I'm pretty old, and have read a lot of books. I saw that many people didn't like the narration. I thought it was perfect. He performed with such raw emotion that I felt I could have been there with the characters. My advice? Use your credit on Natchez Burning. It will do things to your insides.
I wish Teddy had had just an ounce of humanity in him. But he was a pure psycho.
The depravity of Teddy. And the ending was unsatisfying. I usually adore Ruth Rendell's books, but this one, not so much. The whole story just made me feel very sick and sad inside.
She was actually very good.
I wish I hadn't read it. It was so disturbing to me.
I loved Francine. If there was anyone who could've been Teddy's polar opposite, it was she.
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