Monterey, CA, United States | Member Since 2012
The book is a tapestry of human lives and how it is interconnected, directly or indirectly.
The author had successfully woven a connection between families centering to the death of one of its members and how this death affected everyones opinions of themselves and others around them. It exposes hidden agendas, quest for power, misconceptions, and hidden fears. The author is quite adept in using dark humor to show a point about its characters.
When one of the character's son posted in the internet to prevent his father from running for the city council position. The author's construction of the event leading up to the posting of the abusive father's dirty laundry was well laid out. You really feel sorry for Andrew's family situation, and how the whole event mushroomed to the consternation of the affected people.
The author excellently put everything together to its sad conclusion: the death of Krystal and her baby brother. There you see the conflicts, anger, loyalty, forgiveness, remorse, and other human emotions at play, and the lessons learned from the events that had just unfolded.
I listened and read the story simultaneously, and yes it was hard to put down.
To all who commented that this book is boring, perhaps not enough attention is put in order to really grasp the essence of the book. I did not find it boring, as a matter of fact I loved it! This book has social issues, ie. healthcare, drug addictions, and political issues, i.e. budget cuts in education, jobs, healthcare, that are at play in our government and cities today. Though the author concentrated on the small town of Pagford, the financial woes it faces is as true today in our current economic situations. I would say that it is relevant in what is happening today in our government and how it deals with our economic and social problems. Thank you, J.K. Rowling for writing about social and political issues in the form of a novel.
As I read and listened to the series, I soon realized that the BDSM parts of the book was not the central point of the book but rather the romance between a naïve young girl and a highly conflicted successful young man. The author succeeded in carefully weaving the tapestry of events that helped a conflicted young man to come to terms with his demons, while at the same time, the young mousy girl found her inner strength and proceeded to be the source of strength for both of them and guided each other to see the beauty of life in each others company.
I, of course loved the characters of Christian and Anastasia, as well as Kate, Elliot and Mia.
I wrote to Becca Battoe to tell her that I loved her performance. I didn't like it at first, but the more I listened, the more I realized that she was indeed the perfect narrator for these books. She captured the nuances of each characters to the tea as well as the sensual parts of the book. I loved her interpretation of Anastasia and Christian specially.
I read many negative reaction to this book by other readers. I don't share their feelings. Many complained about the sex scenes, but those are just the icing in the cake. The way the author described the sex scenes is no more offensive as any articles written in Playboy, or Hustle magazine. It was artfully and tastefully done. I thought the book was very self contained, because it has comedy, drama, and mystery. The parting of Christian and Ana in the first book brought tear into my eyes. The scene when Christian showed up unannounced in her apartment was humorously done--the reference to the snake and bird, and the bible. Their reconciliation in the second book, as well as the hospital scene in the third book was a tear jerker too. The author's use of both formal and informal language, and commonly used expletives in some of the scenes was very good, it made it very realistic!
The influence of Twilight series by Stephenie Mayer was quite palpable through out the series, from which 50 shades was based from. The characters in 50 Shades distinctly parallels that of Twilight. I thought that was a great variation, from vampire to entrepreneur. I have read and listened to this book umpteen times and find it very enjoyable! I love the love angle in this book.
I prefer the audio version because if the reader is good the story comes alive. Len Cariou narrated this book perfectly. He gave life to the characters. The printed edition cannot do that.
I like the juxtoposition of the two crimes -- they were different yet the author was able to blend the stories together well.
It was Len's ability to enliven the characters in the book. As you listen along, it seems that you are watching a play.
Everyone count or none at all -- Harry Bosch
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Len Cariou's narration was perfect (and he does not have a lisp either), and the story is full of twist and turns typical of Connolly, that you really need to focus so as not to miss anything. Harry's relationship with his daughter is further developed in this story and it was done very well. Maddie is already displaying a sharp sense of observations and maturity, inherited from Eleanor Wish, her mother and Harry, her father. I can't wait until Maddie follows in Harry's footstep. She'll make a great detective!
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