Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009
I just could not finish this book. I found the narrator's voice intensely annoying and though it seemed as if the story was going to eventually get interesting, I kept avoiding going any further and never finished.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and wouldn't let go. I couldn't stop listening.
I loved hearing all the technical astronautic information that I didn't really understand, but lent credibility to the story. I loved the main character. What a guy. I was taken by his ability to cope with being alone for such a long time in space, not knowing what his fate would be. I liked his sense of humour and his ingenuity.
I liked everything about the performance. The accents were well done on the whole.
I can't reveal that for fear of ruining the story for other readers.
This is a fabulous listen. I wasn't sure from the name or subject whether or not I would enjoy it, but it didn't disappoint.
I wouldn't have missed this wonderful book. The intricacy of the characters was outstanding. Though I really disliked the "Russian outlaw" aspect of the book, it fit well into the context of the story.
There were dozens of memorable moments in The Goldfinch. I refuse to ruin the story for future readers.
Strangely enough, I might take Xandra out for dinner... because I had a sneaking suspicion throughout the book that she was a transsexual and I'd love to satisfy my own curiosity!
The story of The Goldfinch was a very gut wrenching one, chronicling the story of a boy who loses his mother in a tragic museum bombing. We watch as he goes from being an ordinary 15 year old boy, to entering the not so pretty world of drug and alcohol abuse. I think if I could have listened to the book in one fell swoop, I would have. I highly recommend this book. The writing is masterful.
Yes, I probably would. This was an enjoyable "girls read". Not the deepest book I've ever read but just enjoyable.
strangely enough, Saskia was my favourite character. I watched as a voyeur as she invaded the privacy of her ex-boyfriend and got a look into the mind of a deeply troubled woman. However, later on in the book, her life took a different turn and I was pleased for her.
I love that hint of Aussie accent.. I'm a sucker for them! She got different voices right even the mens' voices. I enjoyed her performance.
I think I would definitely take Ellen out for dinner. I'd love to know more about hypnotherapy!
Nope... just a quick, enjoyable read. If you're looking for depth and major literary art, this is probably not the book for you. Just a good story.
I've already listened to Rowena Cooper and find her to be an excellent narrator.
I have read a number of Rosamunde Pilcher's books and generally enjoy them… though The Shell Seekers was my all-time favourite.
Sorry, Rosamunde, this does not compare to The Shell Seekers.
I did not read the print version so I am unable to compare.
I think when Alice's memories came flooding back to her… I could barely imagine what that would be like.
I think if I could have, I would have read this book in one sitting… it grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go.
I was very disappointed in the ending which was contained in a post script type section.I will not ruin the story for readers. However, I loved the book up until the end section, at which point I was upset and frustrated with the choices made by the protagonists. That is all I will say.
No, I would not change anything, but I would not market the book for adults… it is really a pre-teen or teen read.
This one was light and not unenjoyable, but meant for a much younger audience.
No, haven't listened to Emily Elden before.
I can't say the book inspired me to do anything in particular other than to judge people by their moral values rather than their looks. Viola had a brief relationship with a boy in the book and was taken by the fact that he was her first boyfriend and very good looking. He turned out to be a selfish creep. She wisely separated herself from him once she saw who he really was.
I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator, especially with "B" 's voice. He added to my vision of this character and helped me visualize him in my mind's eye.
I didn't really find that there were ups and downs in this book… just a solid flow from beginning to end. I enjoyed visualizing the various descriptions of decor including the various parts of the church that "B" was commissioned to renovate.
I found that Mr. Hoye's voice was particularly good for "B" (Bartolomeo)
I would have to say that "B" was the most memorable character… a consummate decorator inside and out. HE was someone I would enjoy meeting and talking to… and I would probably hire him to decorate for me!
I really like Adriana Trigiani's characters and stories. This one was a bit different from others I have read in that there was no burning romance. But one was always left wondering if B would become involved… whether with a man or woman. His sexuality was never developed in the book so we did not know if he was gay or not, not that this would matter or affect the story in any way. A very enjoyable read.
I feel that Adriana's books have a similar theme and I would probably compare this book to The Shoemaker's Wife, in that both women hesitate to get involved with their husbands and then fall deeply in love with them, subsequently losing them.
Cassandra Campbell has read most of Ms. Trigiani's books and does a good job though she does not compare to Ms. Trigiani herself.
No extreme reactions this time.
It is frustrating when authors repeat the same theme in numerous books. It makes them to some degree, predictable. I find that somewhat annoying. However, I did enjoy the book and enjoy the characters.
I found that the direction of this story changed sufficiently often as to draw the reader into different aspects of the storyline. Though at times, this was annoying as it seemed to be leading nowhere, the nature of the connection became obvious near the end of the book.
I found the story engaging and I really came to like Jake, the head lawyer for the estate of Seth Hubbard.
The end was my favourite part of the story, for many reasons. I cannot reveal the details or I would ruin the book for other readers.
I particularly liked the part of Lucian (spelling?) as portrayed by Mr. Beck. I liked his character… almost a typical redneck.
I found the notion of a man leaving his children and grandchildren out of his will upsetting but in the end, I came to understand the rationale for this. I empathized heavily with Lettie and her family.
This was a really well-done legal thriller. The accents as done by Michael Beck were excellent and very believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I think I enjoyed Nella's mother and father the most, with the thick Italian accent. Cassandra gives the Italian accent a realistic slant and she is easy to listen to. Her voice is soft yet crisp.
Queen of the Big Time was an odd title for this book as it referred to a contest that the protagonist's niece entered rather late in the book. I don't think I would have given the book that title. More likely, I would have named the book The Nella Blouse Factory. (a la The Supreme Macaroni Company). I really enjoy Adriana Trigiani's writing style and really love the Italian families she portrays. From the epilogue and interview at the end of this audiobook, it is clear that this book was taken from Ms. Trigiani's own family story. My only criticism of this book is that this is the third book written by the author in which the protagonists's husband dies. (The Shoemaker's Wife, Brava Valentine are two others)
It's almost at the point where I would expect it in the next book I read. However, the characters are very real and well developed. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.
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