Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009
fantasy, brilliance, intrigue
I loved everything about this story. The character development was very good. I don't think I could have had the reaction to this book without George Guidall's incredible narration. I've heard him before and marvel at his talent with voices and intonation.
This book ties together a thousand years and whips back and forth between characters and events... looking inside the mind of the protagonists and actually allowing the reader to contemplate the meaning of life and the lives of the characters in the context of a wildly entertaining twist and turn intrigue. Loved the ending but not giving it away.
Everything. This man is brilliant and I will choose my books backwards in order to listen to his wonderful voice.
Run don't walk to download this book... I had to sit in the car and be late for appointments so that I could hear what was going to happen! The sign of an excellent audiobook. I will probably listen to it a second time to get all the characters and events straight.
I really loved Big Stone Gap. And yet, during the first hour or so, I found myself wondering if this was the same author as The Shoemaker's Wife and other favourites of mine. However, I stuck with it and it paid off. I found myself connected to Ave Maria in a way I never thought I would.
I loved the way the characters in the little town were developed and the view we got of the life of people in a small town in the southern U.S. I loved Ave Maria. This story reminded me somewhat of the help though there were no maids involved.
I have never listed to one of her performances. At first, I found her voice intensely annoying. But as the story progressed, I found I relaxed into it and actually found it added to my enjoyment of the book.
It was not that sort of book really. One scene sort of eased into the next. Even crises were handled calmly and in such a way as to ease the reader into them with the same calm as the reader.
I am anxious to read the second book in the trilogy as I've become attached to these people. I love Adriana Trigiani's writing style. I'm hooked on her books.
The Apple Orchard was somewhere in the middle, given the fact that I've read hundreds of books. But it was an enjoyable read.
Overall, I enjoyed Christina's performance though a few of her male voices were a bit annoying. Her Tess voice gave insight into Tess's personality and I felt she did a good job of this character.
I rather enjoyed coming back to it over and over. I would say that it was a bit predictable… you could pretty much predict the outcome (which I shall not give away). But a good, enjoyable read.
Tess was a not altogether likeable character. However, her weaknesses were developed well by the author. Would recommend at any rate.
I would say it is in the top half of the books I've read so far.
This was a disturbing listen, as I was bullied for 3 years in middle school, though not to the extent as the main character in this book.
I think it would be Drew… I would probably give him a swift punch in the gut and then a piece of my mind. What a jerk.
Bullying is a real problem. I think this book highlighted the fact that schools need to continue to work to identify bullying when it happens, and have a strict protocol to deal with and eradicate it.
I liked the ending. Won;'t be a spoiler!
though I really enjoyed this story overall, I did not have a favourite character… certainly not Lucia.
Not really a moving book overall.
THis book was engaging and kept me listening though I did not particularly enjoy the characters. The ending redeemed the book to some extent but I did not enjoy it as much as The Shoemaker's Wife.
I never find reading or listening to a book to be time ill spent. But this was not my favourite book of Jodi Picoult's.
Wow.. there are so many things. Firstly, I would have made Nina a more believable character who was not so hard to like. I found her hard to relate to, both as a woman and as a mother. Nina's act of murder was inappropriate and out of keeping with her character. Even the most devoted mother would be unlikely to commit murder unless the perpetrator of the crime had been proved to be at fault… and even then…
I found that she had no ability to relate in an adult fashion to her husband Caleb. Then again, Caleb was a cold fish as well. I wouldn't given their marriage much of a chance for long-term success. I found the voice of Nathaniel as a child annoying as it was a little girl. It would have been simple enough to find a male child narrator… just a small point but it was another annoying point. I felt that the book went on way too long with too many contrived twists and turns. Just not an enjoyable book though I stuck with it til the very end.
Yes… it inspired me to find a better book to listen to… and I'm sure some of them will be written by Jodi Picoult.
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.
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