John Grisham writes beautiful book. The language is mesmirizing, the characters are loveable, the story kept me coming back to listen to just a little more, and more, and more.
What I appreciated most was the craft and artistry that Grisham displayed in describing the 9 years between the trial and the retribution that came next. A lesser author would have made it a transition paragraph rather than the take the opportunity to beguile us with the characters, let us experience the character growth, and the convey the development of that small town. I fell in love with the place as well as its population.
OK, so it is extremely well written and the narrator is excellent. I would expect no less from Alexandre Dumas and John Lee. What I didn't expect is how it kept me listening. It is as romantic and adventurous as you could immagine. The characters are well drawn the plot, multifaceted and original. I couldn't stop listening.
It is important for all of the background information and description to feel as if it is part of the story, the environment, the emotional world of the story so that all parts of the story fit together organically. When I was first learning to draw, I had to work at making the trees look as if they were growing out of the earth rather than just stuck on the ground like statues.
This book is full of descriptions and background that are inorganic to the text. They are trees just stuck on the ground.
Robbins use of metaphor, simile, analogy suffer from a lack of introduction and transition and relationship to the body of the story. It was embarrasing.
While I found the language in this book appealing, the story just didn't appeal to me. This is the second of Nickolas Sparks book I have heard, the first being the Notebook, which was abridged. I have to wonder if I would have liked this book more if it had been abridged since I feel I waisted a great deal of time listening to detail that seemed to be written just to pad the book.
I didn't find myself caring enough about anyone to wonder what would happen to them next since I was pretty sure that nothing much would.
The 180 turnaround to Prince Charming was contrived and unbelievable.
Fortunately I love being read to and Tom Wopat seems a skilled reader so I persisted to the end and then wondered why I bothered.
Twenty words into this novel and I was hooked. I love a good mystery that challanges me to solve the puzzle and teaches me about things I never realized during the solving. The premise was shocking and thrilling - a real roller coaster ride of ideology, twists, turns, only to end up with the perfect soft landing. The ending was ingenious. It goes far enough to be satisfying, but not so far as to question the sanity of the author. It was a truely a wonderful book.
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