I ordered this book because I needed a relatively short listen and it was on sale. What a bargain I got. This is a very strange book that makes you think about ethics, morals, right and wrong in a little bit different light. The narrator is perfect for this book.
This book sounded as though it would mix humor with small town lives and small town minds. It turned out to be dark and humorless with sad children and pathetic grown-ups. Now that I think about it, not that different from Harry Potter in that instead of being a cast of fearful characters fighting a villain, it is a cast of miserable characters who are villains in their own right.
I would recommend this book because it provides a unique view of history and world events from the eyes of a New York City orphan / Kansas farm girl.
As Cora ages, she becomes worldwise and her compassion continues to grow, It was incredibly touching at Allen's funeral, when she embraces Raymond.
The main characters in this book generate zero empathy and after 6 hours of listening, I really don't care in the slightest what happened to the girl or the husband. Every chapter is more of the same trying to lead you to jump to a conclusion and at the end of the day, I just don't care enough to even jump. Tiresome is being generous.
I ALWAYS finish the books I download and have been an audible member for years. I will not finish this one. It is just too tedious and neither character is anyone you would to know more about much less care about.
I loved this story of one young woman's fight to challenge convention make a difference in a world consumed with war. It is funny, romantic and tragic without being syrupy or maudlin. I didn't want it to end.
I have read many WWII books, but not many "after the war" books. I had never heard of the Guernsey Islands but now feel compelled to go. This is a precious story with multiple narrators who bring it to life. It bring into focus how people coped during the war and provides insight into the resolve of a community.
Chad Lowe does an amazing narration of an absolutely lovely book.
I couldn't finish this book because it is such a complete knock-off of the Stephanie Plum books AND because it is also a complete knock-off of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. There is nothing original about this book and it was a huge disappointment. I really liked the narrator, Anna Fields, in Match Me If You Can but not even Anna can bail out this bad writing.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I think it is one of those books better heard than read...especially with this reader. She is wonderful with great comedic timing and delivery. I laughed out loud listening to this on a plane the other day and several people turned to see what was so funny. Light and predictable but absolutely delightful anyway!
I was very disappointed with the Mermaid Chair. I was looking forward to this book because I loved the Secret Life of Bees. Mermaid Chair was nothing more than a romance novel with a little more intellect than usual. I made myself finish it but it probably wasn't worth it.
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