I am a huge fan of Ken Follett but I am not really impressed with this book. It was just ok. I found it rather boring - slow moving.
Once again, I've said it a million times, I felt like I was sitting at the table enjoying a cup of tea as a tale was spun about regular everyday people around me. Caroline Lennon is one of my all time favourite narrators so that is a bonus. The only reason my story review got 4 stars was because all of the characters in the novel experienced consequences for actions and dealt with the aftermath except the main character. I felt robbed that her story didn't come to light. It made it tough for me to respect her as a person - her secret was a giant one but yet she was quite content to deceive. Maybe it is just me and my belief that people are inherently honest. I couldn't deal with the guilt if it were me.
Years ago, I saw the movie starring Matt Damon based on this novel. I really like the movie when I saw it but I loved the book. Tom Ripley has an uncanny ability to mimic people. Is he a psychopath? Sociopath? All of his actions have clear rational - to him. You almost start to feel sympathetic toward his character as he experiences emotions of inferiority but yet his acts are so monstrous you can't help but see how sick he is.
Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.
Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?
This book really made me think - I loved it.
I am not a big fan of Helen Walsh but I had to respect the lady. She had her quirks for sure but managed to get the job done. I was particularly impressed with Marian Keyes' descriptions of depression and what it feels like to be in the throes of an illness that you can't seem to get a handle on. The inability to escape your own brain, is truly terrifying - truly - and as such resulting suicide attempts are not the result of any rational thought, simply a means to an end for true sufferers of depression or manic-depression.
Hats off to Marian Keyes for her unique glimpse into mental illness and her ability to convey that it is not a weakness of character but an ailment unto its own. Helen Walsh is no lightweight, she is a strong, confident woman.
The story of the band, well, I wasn't really into it but the rest kept me going. I really like this narrator too.
I love historical fiction and Conn Iggulden is a master of the genre as he has proven once again with this fantastical tale of Julias Ceasar. Although not much can truly be known of his early childhood, I often wonder how men of such historical significance grew up. Conn Iggulden gives a believable interpretation of the early years of Julias Ceasar and what made him the man he grew to be.
Excellent listen. Thanks Audible.
Firefly Summer is one of those books that just takes me away. I am a huge Maeve Binchy Fan because I always feel like I am one of the gang. Kate Binchy's narration is nothing short of wonderful. I felt like closing my eyes and riding the wave.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very odd story indeed but told with a certain flair that Simon Prebble delivers so well. I can't really express much about the book other than how it made me feel and in that regard - wonderful.
I loved the mini series and I like the book too but listening to the story did nothing for me. I don't know if it was the narration or if it is just one of those books that is better in print because of the eye's ability to skim over the boring bits? Not sure.
Charlotte Simmons is one of those young girls we see every single day but never notice. Why? I found this book rather sad actually. I didn't like what it said about the culture of college sports for sure - really quite disturbing that our young men can be so callous. Good listen.
I had no expectations when I began listening to this book. I had never heard of the series. I was blown away. I still can't put my socks back on. They were blown off! Amazing story, great narration. It was brilliant.
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