This has got to be one of the worst books by Linda Howard. No storyline, no character development, nothing but unromantic sex. Maybe she was trying to cash in on the whole 50 Shades of Grey craze. If you just want to hear about 2 people getting it on with little to no build up, than this is your book. Don't get me wrong, I like a good sex scene I just prefer it to have a good storyline attached to it and not just placed in their gratuitiously throughout the book.
The writer leads you to believe he's got the inside track on Karen and her eating disorder but instead he goes on and on about the parents, and the family, and the family's friends, and their move to California, and Richard, and how he got into the music industry, and how karen started singing, and how the music industry took on the Carpenters, and their accounting practices... I've listened to 11.5hrs of this book, total amount of time that focused on Karen was 1hr. All you learn about Karen is that she was a tomboy, started out playing drums, and fell into her singing career, he doesn't even touch on her eating disorder. 11.5hrs and that's all I get?! Ridiculous! He should have called it THE CARPENTERS AND THEIR RISE TO THE TOP not THE LIFE OF KAREN CARPENTER. This book is a total fraud.
The story that the book begins with (set in the 1940's when the German's occupied France) is amazing. The second part of the story (set in present day) is totally stupid and disjointed. There was no good reason for her to break this up as she did. This book would have been a best seller had she just stuck with the first story. I give about 1/2 to 3/4's of the book 5 stars (thankfully they refer back to the first story later on in the book) and the other 1/4 -1/2 of the book a big fat 2 stars.
What is up with these old men who write medieval novels and their fascination with writing raunchy and violent sex scenes throughout their books? First there was Game of Thrones, now it’s Pillars of the Earth. I’m just going to stop purchasing Medieval based novels if they are written by white men over the age of 50. And what is up with all the rave reviews! Hello people, I mean the narrator is great and there may be a good story hidden in between all the rapes and bed hopping but I don’t want to dredge through all the muck to find it… oh yeah, and (Spoiler Alert) after Tom’s wife kicks the bucket (after the birth of their son) he proceeds to have sex with another woman not 5 hours after he buries her and leaves the newborn on top of the wife’s shallow grave for some animal to wander by and eat it (since he figures he can’t care for it properly). Then after forcing myself to get past the horribly explicit detailed rape scene with Aliena (who is all of 15 I think) she then escapes from the douchebag rapists only to get thrown in a jail house… after that I stopped listening. The “good people” seemed to always get thrown into some God awful situation and the villains seemed to always get away with murder… and rape. However, after taking a good long break from listening, I thought I might give it another go thinking there wouldn’t be any more violent rape scenes to deal with and he would get to the meat of the story. Not true. After reading some other reviews, guess what, there are more rape scenes to come. Thus, I’ve decided not to subject myself to any more of this writer’s sick and twisted fantasies (fyi… writing about a rape once in a story = part of the plot; writing multiple rape scenes within a story= a way for a writer to live out his sick fantasies). So good riddens Ken Follett as I do not need those images playing around in my head.
He sucks at female voices!!!
I only got about 1/3 way through the book and I swear the author must have written "Jack Reacher said nothing" or "Reacher said nothing" about 102 times. I annoyed me to the point of not listening. Plus, had just seen the movie and figured it was not worth putting up with listening to that line 243 more times since I already knew the plot outcome.
Not if it had female characters in it.
The narration sort of killed it for me. He did good with the male voices but the females voices (especially Nathan's love interest) he mangled it by sounding like a guy using a lisp. If you can get past that, which I was able to due to the fact his love interest's character was only in the first half, then it is a pretty good listen, though I'd imagine a way better read.
This book is probably good for sci-fi fans but it is not a scary horror novel (as some of the reviews stated).
The story is fabulous and the narration is great but if you've watched the movie (and as many times as I have) I would not recommend wasting a credit on this. Usually there is so much more to a book than the movie, as movies never have the time to capture everything in the book, but not this time. This time the book and the movie are practically identical, even in the characters dialogue. However, if it has been forever since you have seen the movie or have never seen it (due to being in a convent) I would highly recommend listening to this.
I normally prefer to read books myself as I love to create the character's voices in my head. However, this is one book I could not have done a better job at narrating. John Randolph Jones does such a great job conveying Jacob at 93 and David LeDoux has an incredible array of voices he uses to correctly portray each character which gives them such personality. Add to the fact this story is brilliantly written and you have one great audio book. This is one book I would highly recommend to be listened to instead of read.
The three women that read this draw you into their lives so much that you can almost feel what they are feeling. Philippa gives us another winner. I can see this working better as an audiobook then a book.
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