Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009
I loved this book. I was so happy when Briana and Roger went through the stones to re-unite with Claire and Jamie. What a wonderful family saga. I have to say that Davina Porter does an incredible job reading these books. She brings them alive for me and how she manages to do all the accents and voices I don't know. I only know she does and it's wonderful. I'm reading Echo in the Bone and am sad that temporarily, until Ms. Gabaldon comes out with another book, I will be Fraser-less and MacKenzie-less. Something to look forward to.
This story begins sounding like a shallow version of "Housewives of Sydney". I almost lost interest. However, Jojo Moyes utilized a very interesting technique of telling the story beginning with dates a year or so prior to the day of the "event in question"... the death of someone whose identity we are not yet told. The book progresses getting gradually closer to the "event". As we go, we are given more and more information about the characters involved in the drama. There was a social issue brought to the forefront... that of spousal abuse. In the end, I decided that this was a well-written book and that the shallowness at the beginning of the book was intentional. Gradually, Ms. Moyes peeled back layers of the onion of the various characters. well done.
I have read a number of books pertaining to the holocaust. This one was especially poignant, and featured a girl, Sarah, who was not interred in a concentration camp but endured the entire war in Berlin as a "submarine", a Jew hiding at the mercy of kind Germans, and Jacob, a young man who had been an inmate at Bergen Belsen Concentration camp. Jacob has made an oath to his deceased brother, with whom he suffered the atrocities in the camp. As he meets Sarah, he must grapple with a very difficult decision... should he fulfill the oath he made to his brother and risk losing Sarah? Can he live with the consequences, should he in fact keep that oath? A very good listen, made even better by the masterful George Guidall.
I absolutely love these stories and the characters in them. Louise Penny is brilliant.
But Ralph Cosham makes these books come alive. Bravo! Going back to book one and going in order.
I actually started listening to this book once, stopped and then started again. The second time was a charm. I found myself being drawn deeply into the lives of the two girls who later, it is revealed, have more in common than is initially evident. This book gives a disturbing window into the life of orphans who were sent on trains to find "people" who would look after them. Often they were abused and led very sad lives, often hardening into criminals. This was a book I enjoyed reading from beginning to end in just over a day.
The author's writing style was very authentic and beautifully done in order to allow the reader into the heads of the two girls. A wonderful read.
This book follows Julia, a successful lawyer who, in the first book by this author, travelled to Burma to find her father who had left his family to find the true love of his life, left behind in Burma. Julia returns to Burma to visit her half-brother, whom she had met on her first journey 10 years previously. During the course of the book, Julia finds what she is looking for... herself. Beautifully written and a joy to listen to. Bravo Cassandra Campbell.
After having read Me Before You which I enjoyed to a large extent, I chose to read this book as I enjoyed Ms. Moyes' writing style. This story grabbed me from the outset, with its wonderful accents, endearing, quirky characters and a study in dysfunction gone right.
The protagonist, a woman with a Goth stepson, a math wizard of a daughter and a large black clumsy dog named Norman, this story appeals to the heart. The awkward Ed, up on charges of insider trading and totally unable to tell when a woman really cares for him and when one is taking him for his money, undergoes a bit of a transformation throughout this story as he helps the protagonist trek up to Scotland so her daughter can sit a math Olympiad to help her get a scholarship to a prestigious private school that her mother cannot afford to send her to. As the journey unfolds, an unlikely relationship forms between Ed and Tansy's mother. This is a feel-good story written with great skill. If you are looking for a heavy read, this is not your best bet. But you'll love it.
This book is one that I will read (listen to) over and over. The lessons one learns from this book are very similar to those one understands when studying Law of Attraction. The principles are sound and the story is a wonderful one. Jeremy Irons does a fabulous narration. Some chide me for not "reading" books... but when one can have the treat of hearing a talented actor such as Jeremy Irons do a rendition of such a special book, it's a win win as far as I'm concerned. I am now anxious to read other books by Paulo Coelho!
The only other JoJo Moyes book I had read prior to listening to The Last Letter from your Lover was Me Before You, which I really enjoyed. However, this book took me through a deep range of emotions and I was entranced. Heartbreak and triumph, happiness and sadness. Wonderful characters and wonderful, real relationships. This is a great story and the writing is beautifully and artfully done. Bravo! Can't wait to read One plus One.
I waited a long time for this book as I wanted to know what would happen to Jemmie and Bri and her family. This book certainly dealt with that and did it well. I found that the book was very disjointed, and the story pertaining to Roger and Bri appeared to be interspersed with a lot of war politics and the story of Lord John and his son, who is really Jamie's son.
I felt that there was no particular raison d'être for the arrangement of the stories in this book and again, Bri's family was sort of dealt with and then left dangling. I found some of the stories boring, which has never happened to me before with the Outlander series. Don't get me wrong... this was a great listen, but I felt it did not measure up to some of the other stories in the series. Davina Porter as usual, was masterful. I am really hoping that Ms. Gabaldon will produce at least one more story in this series... It would be so cool to see Jamie travel forwards in history! Might be very complicated, but he and Claire could go searching for Roger and Bri and the kids. Just a thought!
This is an interesting study of family dynamics. I enjoy having Adriana's books narrated by herself. One of her books was narrated by another person and the effect was startling... really lost something. I am hoping that Adriana comes out with a new series of stories, as I really enjoy her writing. She always does studies of families and relationships. My only complaint is that the female protagonists often "mess up their relationships" and Ms. Trigiani walks the reader through the knowledge on the part of the protagonist that she is aware that her thinking and behaviour is faulty. This can occasionally get annoying. However, the stories are always worth the listen.
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