Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009
The use of "The angel of death" as the narrator of the story was very unique and interesting. The characters were all wonderful, but above all, Liesel and Max were my favourites.
The only other book that seemed a bit similar in feel to The book Thief was The Night Circus. It had a slightly surreal feel to it at times.
This was not the type of book that would lead one to pick a favourite scene.
I found at times I needed a break from the disturbing events being recounted in the book. I found it interesting to view the events in Nazi Germany from a different perspective... from that of the Germans who lived through the war. However, I did want to keep reading because the author beautifully wove the events and characters into an irresistible read.
This is not your typical Word War II novel and I highly recommend the listening of this book. It will not disappoint.
I loved the fact that as I followed Alma through her life, I never got bored. I felt that the reviewer who likened the book to Eat Pray Love incarnate was being harsh. I saw no parallels at all, and was impressed with Ms. Gilbert's writing. Some of the passages were racy but were tastefully done.
I think that Alma's meeting with Tomorrow Morning was memorable.
I found Alma's voice slightly annoying. I felt that Ms. Stevenson did only a fair job of a Dutch accent but the voices did not detract from the story which I felt was well done.
The lady of Whiteacre.
This was quite a saga and was quite unique when compared to the hundreds of books I've listened to on Audible. The premise of the story was fascinating in terms of the lead character's interest in plants and the premise of her potential relationship with famous scientists such as Charles Darwin. I did not feel that Alma resembled Ms. Gilbert as portrayed in her autobiography Eat Pray Love and I feel that if one can listen to the heavily scientific jargon in this book, it is a great read.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. The way the characters are intertwined is quite interesting. I found that Ms. Moriarty helped me get into the various characters' heads, and I was feeling what they were feeling. Sometimes, I could feel Rachel's pain. I could feel Tess's anger at her husband's infidelity and at times, I was in pain like Cecilia.
The character development made this book.
I actually loved the epilogue, in which the author gave the reader a look into what could have been the future of the characters.
I hate trying to pick favourite scenes. There were a lot of painful situations in this book and at times, it was hard to muddle through the conundrums facing the heroines of the book.
I think taking little breaks actually helped me listen to this book, as there were upsetting things to deal with as I read. I actually found myself thinking about it in between listens.
This is an interesting book and certainly worth reading.
Yes, I have already recommended it numerous times.
I have no books to compare this to. I really enjoyed Me Before You, also by Jo Jo Moyes and having read this, I was propelled to listen to another of her books. I am very fond of her writing style and I love the way she develops her characters.
I always find audiobooks far superior to those I "read". Some feel the complete opposite and would rather use their imaginations to imagine the characters. I personally find voices very helpful in my appreciation of the people in the books I listen to. Often, the accents give me a window into the culture in which the characters are immersed.
I found this very easy to continue to listen to. I could probably have listened all in one sitting if I'd had the time.
I will be seeking out more books by this author. Well done! The only comment I would make is that the ending was a bit predictable but I don't want to give anything away… so listen to the book!
I would not listen a second time though I enjoyed it the first time around.
I think that Cora's loosening up was my favourite moment… as she lost her prissiness and got more real. Of course, this was a function largely of the times in which she found herself… I was happy when she lost the corset!
I think that Cora's meeting with Mrs. O'Dell was particularly moving… She had waited so long for it and it turned out to be a dead end. This is not to say that she did not benefit from the end result of the meeting… I believe it gave her permission to be herself, a much looser, more "real" version of herself. It also opened her eyes to the reality of giving a child up for adoption.
The story was very engaging. I enjoyed following Cora through her life's story and watching her triumph in the end over all the adversity she had faced. Bravo!
So many things came together to make this an enjoyable experience. Firstly, the writing was superb. We really got to know the characters intimately. Secondly, the narration was wonderful… so sensitive. Thirdly, the story was engaging and held me right through.
Can't give away anything. Many many memorable moments.
Her Italian accent is impeccable. She brings a softness to her reading that helps the reader go inside the characters' heads.
This was a wonderful book. I laughed and cried along with the characters and didn't want it to end. Just a really enjoyable experience. I will seek out other books by the same author.
I don't usually listen to books a second time because there are so many books out there to read and not enough time to do it! I only read books in a series a second time if an additional book is coming out and I want to refresh my memory about the sequence of events leading to the newest book.
I can't think offhand of a book to compare Change of Heart to. I've seen a number of reviews chastising Ms. Picoult for plagiarizing The Green Mile. I did not feel that way after having read both. Yes, there are similarities in theme and content but this story stands on its own in my opinion.
I can't pinpoint a specific characteristic to the reading, just that it was well suited to the written material. As a previous reviewer pointed out, the voice for Maggie was quite annoying and abrasive.
I enjoyed Change of Heart. I quite like Jodi Picoult's writing and I think people need to loosen up and accept that very often, authors write with other works in mind… after all, there are very few totally new and unique ideas or themes. All have been adapted or changed from one similar that already existed. I feel it is not plagiarism for one author to write about a person on death row who has redeeming characteristics just because another author has done the same.
Everything I can think of.
I could not get into it very much... Though I loved all Ms. Auel's other books, most notably Clan of the Cave Bear. But even the other books were far superior
Ayla's voice was intensely annoying and completely unlike anything I would expect... she had an accent which distracted me... though the story was so boring there was nothing to get me past the voice.
No, I was unable to find any.
melodrama of history.
There were no particularly memorable moments in this book for me though it was a solid read.
I found the continual mourning of the main characters almost tiresome, though this book is no doubt at least partially based on true fact.
I enjoy Ms. Gregory's books and will continue to "listen" to them! Bring on the White Princess.
I felt that the ending was just too weird. I would have made the descent into strangeness a bit less acute.
I found the way the relationships developed between the characters quite interesting. An odd collection of people.
I felt that the narrator was excellent. I enjoyed the way the story wove back and forth through time allowing the reader to put the past present and future into some sort of order.
I felt that William was a delightful character.
This book reminded me a little bit of Janet See's books, giving us a glimpse into the life of Chinese families and Chinese culture.
I felt that the demarkation of the voices was very good and it was clear who was talking at all times.
I would have to say that Wiliam was the most memorable character, overcoming all odds to reunite himself with his lost mother.
Definitely worth reading. But it is not Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
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