An excellent story told in a rather strange way - - there's an interview at the beginning that completely SPOILS the entire book. Skip that part and go straight to the story of heaven as revealed through the eyes of a child. I was much more interested in what the little boy said than in his father's interpretation and translation. But, the story is so interesting because it seems like it was the boy's personal heaven - - an amazing and special concept that I hope doesn't get lost in the father's need to explain why it fit into a pretty standard biblical interpretation. Still, the story provides a great comfort and a wonderful sense of hope.
A good book in need of an editor that would have stopped you from wondering time and again how the characters got from one scene to the other. This is a cute story that with just a bit more care would have hung together more. Even a pretty laid back reader like me can't quite tolerate the inconsistencies so I'll not be in search of the next one in this series. Too bad, because it did have potential.
This is an extremely well written character study of family woven into a crime drama. Add to that locations that almost become characters and you have one truly fine novel that I wish I had picked up much sooner. The only flaw is the narration which is "okay" but not consistent. I confess there were a couple of times I had to rewind to figure out what had just been mumbled. Even given that, this is a great book from an author that is on her way to fame.
I like that this finally came to a conclusion and that Koontz does a fine job of ending it. It feels like he was out of ideas two books ago. While I'll miss the book 1-5 Odd Thomas, it was fine to conclude the series with a few nods to the faithful. As always, the narrator is superb.
Well written story that provides a new view of all of the victims of the Nazis. Such a horrible time viewed through the eyes of children is buoyed by a lyrical tone and magical elements that help to find just the right pace and tone. Great book.
Please avoid comparing to other recent novels and just take this one as a stand-alone well thought through mystery. The perspective on this one is pretty rare and quite surprising. I confess a real preference for complex characters presented flaws-and-all in my books, and this one did a fine job with that. If you like good writing, pretty good narration, and a great who-dun-it, you'll love this British mystery. Watch out for spoilers - - I've caught a few in the reviews. Just buy this one and enjoy.
Good writing, interesting story, but for some reason I wasn't as invested in the lives of the characters as I wanted to be. I never felt like I understood or could imagine being any of them, save maybe the simple but heart-of-gold cop. Still, it's a good story and the narrator is excellent - - come on, it's Scott Brick so you know the performance will rock. I think my problem may have been I really don't like snobs, and under it all, that's who the main character is - - a caring snob.
Mma Romatswe is like a dear friend - - I love visiting her and her world. I love to listen to these wonderful books and feel like I've gone home - - although I've never visited the continent. This is an especially wonderful visit. Come with us.
This is one of those "you HAVE to listen to it to fully enjoy it" books. Yep, Amy Poehler is hysterically funny (no surprise), slightly bawdy (not much of a surprise), and delightfully wise (a bit of a surprise). Having loved her on SNL and Parks and Rec, I knew I'd love her book and no surprise at all, I was right. You will too.
Just one bit of warning, she is not the "G" rated Leslie Knope on this one; this is the "R" rated Amy Poehler.
I am such a closeted fan of the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb. Closeted because I don't want everyone to know how easily my tastes slip to the ridiculousness of a hard-edged female cop of the future married to gorgeous, slightly bad boy, go-zillionaire, living in a mansion with so many rooms you don't know them all. Any questions that this all takes place in a romance novel? I don't read stuff like that. Okay, so I've also read the other 38+ of these, but only because I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.
This is the next one. Fortunately it's also a good next one. The murder is wrapped in Christmas and holly this time, and the characters are so stereotypical they could only be in a J.D. Robb book. Or in a Nora Roberts book. But I digress.
To fully appreciate this one you really do need to know the characters (Peabody is my favorite!), and understand the difficulties that they've been through to fully appreciate this one. I do love when authors throw one out there for the faithful - - and this is certainly one of those. The narrator is always so good and after 38 other practices, has the voice and the nuance of each character down cold. It's like visiting old friends. Enjoy if this is your cup of tea, just please don't tell anyone it's mine!
This lovely book is the perfect reminder of what the ups and downs of being a family really is, and that your family is who YOU choose it to be. I lived, fretted, rejoiced, worried, and felt for each character as each lived through the tortures and triumphs of life - - just praying that they all are "okay" when it's all said and done. Great narration of a wonderful British family (and yes, I did miss a few of the references) that proves one plus one equals more.
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