I was conflicted between 3 and 4 stars. I liked it, and thought Jen Lancaster put together a great autobiographical story, but I often asked myself, "What is the point of this?" Or, "Why do I care?" On the other hand, I couldn't stop listening, and want to hear more from her. Because of that, I gave in with the 4 stars.
This story comes alive in the narration. I know that sounds like a commercial, but I am absolutely serious in making this claim. Not only is Susan Ericksen's narration wonderful, but Charlotte Bronte's writing style is gorgeous! If you shy away from the classics because they're too wordy, or the words seem to be in the wrong places, give this one a try. I had no trouble at all following this story and it was such a wonderful one. I thoroughly enjoyed this recording.
A precious story, simply told and heartfelt. The end was disappointing as I had higher hopes than that for Little Tree. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book very much.
Many characters, every one with an interesting story. I enjoyed the story enough to continue with the series, but the narrator sounded just like a telephone operator, mechanical and impersonal. I will read the rest of the series the old fashioned way.
A story where the guys make bets on women. Grown adults! How juvenile! I expected to not like it because I had a stereotypical scenario in my mind about how it would play out. As it turned out, I did like how the relationship developed. It wasn't what I had envisioned at all.
There were some very annoying details about the story. The word "said", the doughnuts, and how many times did they eat Emilio's cooking during the course of this one month period? For crying out loud, I don't know anybody who eats out this much, let alone the SAME restaurant over and over again. Despite these annoyances, the story moves along at a comfortable pace, and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.
I liked that this is a relatively modern historical fiction. I love classic film, so the way Jess Walter wrote a then-and-now novel that involved a real movie (Cleopatra) filmed on location in Italy, and tied real actors (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) and film makers (Joseph Mankiewicz) to these fictional characters was a real treat. I loved Pasquale, and developed a profound respect for this man who honestly and sincerely did the right thing, with no regrets. I give it a 4 because I didn't instantly love it. I was more than halfway through before I developed feelings for the characters.
This was a completely random choice, and it turned out to be one of the most suspenseful audio books I have heard. I could not wait for my next commute to or from work because this was that amazing. From the reader's voice to the fresh and witty characters, and the original story line I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I even had that spine-tingling sensation during some parts of the book, and it was awesome. I would NEVER have chosen this if I had known it was a science fiction book. I completely surprised myself and absolutely came out a winner! I highly recommend you give it a try, even if sci-fi is not your thing.
I like a good cookie-cutter romance, and this fits the bill. I did not know it was an inspirational romance, but that made it even better. I didn't like the leading lady at first, she was terribly judgmental, and I was not surprised that she overreacted to the truth. However, her young house companion really set her straight, which I found tremendously satisfying. I enjoyed the story, the narrator has a very pleasant voice, warm and sincere. This audiobook gave me warm fuzzies from my head to my toes. Enjoy!
I think this story was well-written, well-told, and realistic. I thought during this book that if someone had gone through a similar situation in real life, they would have some serious coping issues due to the subject matter. I couldn't give it a 5 because I like to read more cheerful fiction. I read suspense or other genres just for a change of pace.
My pastor I had at Moose Creek is a huge fan of John Piper, who influenced me to start reading his books and listening to his sermons, which are really, really good. Well, this is a compilation book that resulted from a conference a couple years ago. It includes chapters from 5 esteemed colleagues of Piper's, and the overall theme of the book discusses how important study and knowledge of God is, but points out that knowing a lot is one thing, but if it is not shared with a loving heart it will not be received as openly. Further, a balanced combination of knowledge and love results in people who serve in all different ways. I think they intend for this book to be for any Christian, I think it focuses more to pastors, after all these men are all pastors of churches. Each contributor gave a distinctive and compelling presentation, but my favorite by far was the chapter by Francis Chan. I also was attentive to Thabiti Anyabwile's chapter as he is a former Muslim, so I thought the points he made were very interesting. The topic of this book is rather dry, but it is important and worth the time to listen or read. The panel discussion at the end was where I started to become restless. It was like a group of big smart men sitting together showing off how smart they are. So I deducted points from my rating because of that.
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