Just prior to listening to this book I had returned about 3 books because I could not get into them. With this one I listened every chance I could get. This book was mesmerizing. The story was sooo good and the narrator was great!! Some people may tend to be put off by the street language but please don't be. For the author to clean up the language would not be authentic to the story. She doesn't overdo the street language. It's not every other word. I highly recommend this book. It is based on a true story and it's quite an inspirational story of a young girl trying to do the best she can coming from a poor and disadvantaged background. She makes mistakes but she's just a teenager (and who doesn't make mistakes?) -- she makes some good decisions too.
This was a very informative memoir. I had no idea the things I learned about Rosie Perez's life. She came through some tough stuff. And the thing is, she came through, came out on top and is a successful independent woman doing her own thing now. Kudos to her. Her narration of the memoir shows what a good actress she is. She definitely brings her acting skills to the narration.
Note: Initially when I was listening to it I thought the part about her childhood in the Catholic school went a bit long but later I thought who am I to say that? First, this is her story, she is telling it her way and second, she went through that hell, who am I to minimize it and say this should be shortened?
Of course Daphne Du Maurier of "Rebecca" fame is an old school author who knows how to flesh out characters. Knows how to show more than tell the story. We don't have to listen to 100 or more pages of background setup before we get to the good stuff. And the narrator! I felt like I was listening to a PBS or BBC production. He was that good (although his female characters left a bit to be desired). This is definitely a classic in more ways than one. The story and the narration are (mostly) top notch.
I loved every minute of this book. I love it when an author as a story to tell and just tells it without wasting words or using filler just to fill the page to make the book last longer than it needs to. I am now starting to get wary of audiobooks that are 14 or 16 hrs, etc. This audiobook is 6 hrs and the author uses all of those hours to pack each minute with very interesting story telling. It doesn't hurt that the narrator is top notch. I highly recommend this book.
This book is ok for a long car ride. There are interesting parts and there are dry spells and then it will pick up and get interesting again for a bit and then hit a dry spell and go back and forth like that. It's nothing I would highly recommend but I did finish it and that's saying something. The narrator is good; that helped.
I listened to about half of this book before I put myself out of my misery (the book is about 10 hrs and I listened to 5 1/2). The book is suppose to be about a girl's mother who was accused of being a witch in the 1600's when people were spooked about that sort of thing however 5 1/2 hrs into the book the author had not got around to what was suppose to be the main plot line. The plot was being narrated by the daughter, Sarah, and she was talking about mundane things like doing the washing, helping with the plowing, finding the neighbors cows in the yard and returning them, etc. Sometimes she would talk about something interesting like someone catching yellow fever and there was the suspense of whether that person lived but those type of moments were few and far between. As I said, over half way into the book and no mention of witches. I don't like it when an author saves their real story for the last maybe 50 or 25 pages of a book and uses filler for the rest just to make a bigger book or because they really don't have a full story to tell; that's wasting my time not to mention boring me senseless. I do not recommend this book.
On a good note, Mare Winningham is a good narrator. She is the reason I listened as long as I did.
I thought this was going to be a really good book but no. There is lots of action but not any real depth of character. It just seems to jump from one event to another. It's probably because there was lots of action that I stayed with it for 5 of the approx 9 hrs. The narrator is JUST OK but after a while she starts to sound wooden. I would say skip this one. You won't be missing anything great in my opinion.
"I Love You More" is catalogued under "mysteries/thrillers". It is not a thriller and not much of a mystery. The summary says it is "riveting". It is definitely not riveting. It was more like torture waiting for it to end. This book was all filler. The last chapter, i.e. the last 20 min could have been told in chap 2 and saved the reader 9 hrs out of their life. The rest of the book is mostly about the young girl's life at school, trying to fit in with the popular girls, trying to get a guy to like her, her passion for words and spelling, etc. There is a little detective work depicted in the novel but it is not the main focus, just a mention here and there. Mostly filler, just filler.
This book is very long but the writing and story is very good. The narrator is excellent. It takes the reader from 1934 to 1944 with two separate stories of the main characters (Marie-Laure and Werner) [pronounced with a "V"] until they meet in France for a brief time in a very dramatic way and then the story continues. Some parts of this story had me on the edge of my seat, the rest was pleasant to listen to.
This book was ok. I'm pretty picky so the fact that I listened all the way through is saying a lot. The narrator was good w/ the male voices. He did his best w/ the female voices but they were not his forte. Overall, nice excape-ism.
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of character development and plot that went into this short story erotica. And it was all done w/o the "F" word. Kudos to the author. The narrator did all the voices quite well especially the male and female main characters. I don't usually re-listen to stories but I think after awhile I might give this one a re-listen. The plot and narrator were that good. Well done.
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