I've listened to other Francine Rivers books and enjoyed them. This one was too preachy. I do love Kate Forbes though and always enjoy listening to her. She really fits the characters.
Take out the word for word Bible quotes. The idea of 2 pretty young kids suddenly preaching entire sermons full of long, long quotes from the Bible didn't ring very true. They listened to the Man from God and suddenly they were channeling him.
Kate Forbes draws you into the story. She really fits this type of story. Her narration kept me listening when otherwise I probably would have skipped to the end.
I know I'm a dissenting vote here on this book but it just didn't ring true to me. Real mountain people usually are very much fundamentalist Christians. Apparently not one of these people even owned a Bible. Every word was new to them. I can't imagine a place where people don't have access to at least one Bible. I understand it was a fictional way to present redemption through Christ but it was just way to heavy handed for me. I still can't get past the idea of two kids suddenly giving such extended testimonials and being able to quote so much from memory. I suppose if it was a miracle, then it could happen but it just didn't seem that miraculous to me.
I would have to warn any friend who was thinking of listening to this book that it was just too full of unrelenting sadness and hopelessness.
I wouldn't recommend it. The writing and narration was great but it was just too depressing. If I'd been reading it, I would have skipped through to the end to see how it turned out. For those who don't know what the people of the Ukraine suffered under Lenin and Stalin's rule, it is a good education. They were unrelentingly inhumane. After a few examples tho, I'd had enough. When Luka was a prisoner, it seemed like it went on for months. Then they said he'd only been a captive for 2 days! Felt lots longer to me.Also, I felt like the entire concept of the story didn't really seem like it could have happened in the time they were living. All of Luka's experiences with the Communists happened to people but I think demented, child killers who ate flesh and made a game of it are more of a modern concept.
I liked the main character, Luka for his strength and endurance. It's hard to believe that people actually endured this sort of life and still continued living. I did like Bronson Pinchot's narration because it really fit the story and Luka.
No, I really couldn't endure anymore suffering.
This book reminded me of Unbroken. People raved about that book and it was a best seller for months. I listened to that one and skipped through many parts because how much can you take of someone being beaten and starved and tortured? I felt like we were living a day to day account of his life in the Japanese prison camp.The Japanese were BAD, ok I got it. In this book, it was the same. The Communists were inhuman. I skipped over some parts just to get through it, altho I did like Luka and wanted to see how things turned out in the book, it was just too depressing to listen to every word.
The author spent a whole chapter with the heroine in a fog, taking in the hero's extraordinary great looks and about 5 minutes on his deep baritone voice. When the hero spoke tho, he sounded like a teenage cartoon character. I realize it's hard for women to do men's voices but I think my biggest criticism is that it was all just too boring to listen to. People who love, love, romance novels would probably like this book but for me there was too much of the heroine being fainting and delicate and swooning over the hero's good looks. I just couldn't get past the first 4 chapters and had to return the book.
Maybe I should have read through the reviews more thoroughly. I would still check out other books in this genre.
The hero's voice sounded like a teen cartoon character.
Rebecca has been a popular book since it was first written in 1938. Some of the ideas about women are, of course, outdated, by 2013 standards, but I like the old-fashioned air of the book. The second Mrs. DeWinter's name is never revealed but she is painfully shy and timid, which women today probably can't imagine in a heroine.
The narrator was great and really fit the old-fashioned style of the story. I would highly recommend it if you like old-fashioned romances.
Not really sure. The heroine was pretty timid and shy, Maxim was brooding, and of course Mrs. Danvers and Jack Favel were evil. Rebecca, too. So hard to choose someone who was a "favorite."
She did all the characters well, even the men, which is unusual for a reader. She did a great Jack Favel and Mrs Danvers.
I think I would have liked the story but the narrator was very annoying! I realize it's hard to do different accents and things but some of the character's voices bordered on weird. The men were ultra loud and you could almost see the spittle coming from some of their mouths when they talked. I hate to be critical and usually am not but I couldn't get past the strange accents and voices of the characters. I was only able to listen to about 90 minutes of it.
No, I love WWII books.
I didn't even finish it.
I think the audio version has to be better because the narrator just brings out the very best in the witty writing style.
Yes, I love Kerry Greenwood's style of writing. She's a terrific writer and that shines out over and above the actual plot of the story. If they don't care to read about 2 homosexuals having sex too, they should not listen to this book. I don't care if there are gay characters but don't really want to listen to homosexual love scenes. To me it didn't add anything to the book.
Yes, I listened to one other Kerry Greenwood book and really loved Stephanie Daniels. I'd listen to her again in anything she read.
I listened to Unnatural Habits, the only Kerry Greenwood book I've listened to before this, and actually liked the story line of that one over this one. The mystery aspect of this book was only so-so and I didn't rally care for the plot about the two homosexual lovers. I don't mind gay characters but this one got pretty graphic and I just don't find that interesting or worth listening to. In this book, the actual mystery wasn't all that interesting and it was kind of back burner.
Those who love Joshilyn Jackson will find this disappointing. maybe those who haven't read her other terrific books might like it.
Her other books all had downhome Georgia characters and her narration for those characters just sparkled. In this one, the characters are just so-so and she drastically changed her reading style somehow. Maybe this was an experiment or maybe she just didn't have an idea to equal her other, more amazing books.
Joshilyn Jackson usually adds a whole other great dimension to her books by her own readings. This one just didn't sound natural. Like she was enunciating too clearly or something. I don't know who else might have done it better.
I don't know if the author was experimenting with another style or what but hope she goes back to her old style for the next one. I have loved all her books prior to this one and really looked forward to each new offering. Next time I will probably research the reviews more before I purchase.
If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.
No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.
I might get another one, depending on the reviews.
She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.
The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.
The time travel aspects were worked out well and liked the twist at the end. Cornwall sounds like a beautiful place and I've always been fascinated by it. The descriptions made me want to go visit!
Disconcerting is one word I would use. Eva narrated the story in the first person and she used a British accent for the narrative parts but when she spoke in the story as Eva, she used an American accent, that didn't sound very natural. It kind of jarred me throughout the story. They should have made Eva British as well because the American accent just didn't come off very well. I guess because the accent wasn't easy for the narrator, it seems like when Eva talked, her comments were very brief compared to other people speaking in the story.
Overall it was an entertaining story and a nice romance. I loved The Winter Sea and liked that one better but this story was worth a listen.
I liked the audio version because the narrator really took you into the story.
I would compare it a little bit to books by Kate Morton, like The Distant Hours. The mood of the story is similar.
She really captured the characters and the accents very well. Even the men. I have trouble somethings with women doing men's voices and vice versa but she did the Scots' accents and the men very well. Her voice is very soothing and fit will with the whole story.
I like Carrie best, I guess. I'd love to write books like she did and have the characters come to life so well.
Great story! I liked the way it went from past to present and back again so seamlessly. Both Carrie's story and Sophia's story were wonderful and entertaining and I especially loved the ending! It was kind of like a time travel story but in a more believable way than most.
It's the kind of book where you could see yourself in the main character's part and how great it would be to have experiences like that. The scenery was brought to life so well too, I felt like I'd visited there myself.
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