I had not read any work by Octavia Butler prior to her death - I wasn't really interested in Sci-Fi. This book was an enjoyable read, not traditional sci-fci but part social commentary and part history lesson. You can really feel the characters (great narrator) and feel empathy for all of them. I had a very different perspective of the time period after listening to this book.
Interesting and intelligent. The author takes us on the journey and throughout the twists and turns I never felt that any part of the book was overly dramatic. I can see a family behaving exactly like Andy and Laurie.
The family vacation it was well written and engaging.
ALL of them! I will admit I read this because of Grover Gardner (love the David Rosenfelt novels) so I did have some trouble separating this book and had to start over several times. Both authors use Andy and Laurie as main characters. I think his gruff voice was just fine for all of the characters, maybe because I am accustomed to him reading in the female role from previous books. His easy humor and flowing style really enhanced the book.
Can't tell w/o a spoiler - so you will just have to trust the reviewers. It is well written and touching in many ways. The characters are human.
I have either read or listened to all of the books in this series and generally like them and the narration. I don't like this narrator though - she is monotonous and drones on. I prefer narration by Laural Merlington (although she can be a bit whiny at times - particularly when Nina is having love drama) and really wish she had done this one as well. Overall the book sheds insight on the previous books which is a nice touch.
I have read them all and loved each one until now...
All of the books require that we believe that Oliver Stone (John Carr) is a modern day superman. I had no problem with that, I love the character. But this book had "twists and turns" that made absolutely NO SENSE. It just never seemed to stop and I don't mean that in a good way. I agree with the other reviewers about the narration. If you are going to use male and female voices at least PLEASE refrain from "he said" and "she said" with every sentence...that is simply adding insult to injury.
Overall I say skip it unless you are like me and MUST read every single book it a series.
I am really enjoying this book - the writing is engaging and the narrator excellent. The "choppy" parts are when the character and his wife are jogging and is quite good in creating an image. His ability to change his voice with the characters is EXCELLENT! No "he said" "she said" with each sentence and you can really follow the conversations.
Descriptions are clear and really create a picture. Good so far (I am about 2 hours in).
This book is very different from the "dog" stories and frankly I enjoy those more. The writing is smart and funny - the ending was a bit disappointing as I don't think the reasoning of the bad actors was fully explored. I figured out "whodunit" a little too soon for my reading pleasure. All in all, worth the credit (1) but if you haven't read the author's work before check out those dog books - they are hilarious and engaging.
I have several of Thay's books and have even had the opportunity to "be" at one of his retreats at Spirit Rock (Northern California) many years ago. I find this audio book to be soothing to my soul. Some words are difficult to discern but upon closer (and mindful) listening his message comes through clearly. I do find that I listen to the same sections more than once, not because I didn't understand, but because the wisdom is rich and the reminders to "stop" and relax, and smile resonate with me in the midst of my busy-ness. He implores us to be kind to ourselves and that if we are to have a peaceful world we must be at peace with our own bodies.
This lecture is obviously a recording of a retreat session. I felt as though I was having my own "space" and he makes meditation accessible sprinkled with loving humor ("you don't have to force yourself to sit in a lotus position - sit in the magnolia position").
I am cultivating calm each time I hear this recording.
May you be happy, may you be free from suffering, may you live with ease.
I have read all of the books in the series and really love the easy (dry) humor and excellent "flow" of the narrator. Premise is cute - dog needs a lawyer.
I really enjoyed Meltzer's Zero Game, Millionaires and First Counsel but this one is idiotic and boring. I too kept trying to figure out what was next...I wish I had just cut my losses and stopped listening. Go back to what works Brad...this didn't.
I really enjoyed this series and the first one is the best in my opinion
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