I, too, was excited to see a new book from Gruen but this book isn't in the same league as Water for Elephants.
I suppose it isn't fair to expect an author to hit it out of the park every time but this book makes me think she hired her kid sister to take her turn at bat. ::: sigh:::
Ah well, back to waiting for a third book and a seat behind home plate.
I wanted to like this book (I loved the Irishness of the story) but keep tripping over a few things. For one thing I couldn’t get interested in the plot. For another, I couldn't muster much sympathy for the protagonistLastly, I just kept laughing at the sexy parts (and this may rate a spoiler alert so stop reading if you don’t want to know) . . .Well, in one scene (and I listened a couple of times just to make sure I heard it right) The protag gets the stuffing beats out of him --- broken teeth, completely smashed up and bloody face, other body injuries. Then his love interest shows up. After they escape, they have wild monkey sex (with broken teeth and a nose he can’t breath thorough?) Plus he is sure he loves her like no other,,, forget the part about her being drunk or high or both all the time AND the fact that she is promiscuous s and seems to think that is shouldn’t be a problem.Well, I just couldn’t stretch my gullibility that far so I laughed myself silly
This may be the worst audio-book of all time.
The story line is dumb, the characters are stupid and listening to it probably kills brains cells. The narrator is okay but should have checked pronunciations
I've read/listened to books that I disliked so much, I wanted to slam them into a wall. This one makes me feel that way but I also want to burn down the wall, campaign to make sure some folks never get published and, while I'm at it, never get near a computer or typewriter.
Did I tell you I hated this book!?
Pretty darn good little mystery-thriller -- Gardner is usually a good bet for a good "read" . Also Anna Fields does a wonderful job of narration but it's a little creepy listening to her read the part about a basement flooding (just too sad)
Well written, great historical details, well developed plot -- a delightful listen!
First rate narration by Steven Crossley too
I have a new Favorite Author / Narrator combo
Dang! Now this man can WRITE!
For me, the main problem in writing about an author of this caliber is that I just don't have the words to adequately describe the pleasure of reading/listening his book. WOW! Amazing! OMG! Awesome! Geez Louise! See what I mean?
On top of that, the narrator, Kevin Kenerly, is perfect! So talented!
The whole package was a delightful find and I won't soon forget it.
What a gem! Beautifully written! The imagery, pacing, the dialogue! The character building! All of it is so delightful.
The icing on the cake is Allan Corduner's narration. A perfect match of talent and substance I found mesmerizing
With this book alone, Zusak had earned the right to stand with master story tellers Frank Delaney, John Irving, and Colm T?ib?n! And more!
This book reminds me of Ragtime, Glory and the Dream, the Jungle and maybe some of Studs Terkel's stuff. Dehane adroitly captures what it must have been like to live in 1919 - the end of WW I, the Great Flu, the beginnings of Unions, immigration, racism, generalized corruption, floods, fires AND molasses!
He captures all that, straightens it out and weaves it back into an unforgettable story.
On top of that, Michael Boatman gives a first rate performance as narrator.
This story is 3 hours & 17 minutes too long. It is also a strong message that you would be better off buring your money than selecting "complete your purchase". Bleaaaccckkk
This book should give all writer-wannabes hope - You Too Can Be Published.
The Hero is a jerk if not a sociopath. There were so many times I thought that he would have to bite the dust for the story to find a happy ending. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
The Heroine is so dense she would welcome home Jason, hockey mask and all. She would, no doubt, be thinking "Why is it he makes every cell in my body tingle?" Bleeeeeeack
However, I learned a lot about educating the deaf which may have been the main point of the book
It is hard to believe Linda Howard wrote this substitute-for-anesthesia. If I listen to the whole thing, I'll be in a permanent vegetative state.
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