Wow, how well do you know your parents? Interesting question, right? You may know them through and through, but what about their lives before you?
As her mother lays dying, a daughter searches for answers about her mom’s life in London during the war. She knew there must be secrets after, as a young girl, she witnessed a profound act of violence by her mom, unexplained and not spoken of thereafter. As she unlocks the mysteries one by one, she realizes that maybe they don’t know the sweet and gentle mother as well as they think they do. It’s an interesting journey!
I was amazed by the revelations and enjoyed the historical “London during the blitz” parts of the story. I will say that the latter parts of the book were the more exciting parts for me. I didn’t see this coming! Pick this one up, and let me know what you think.
Another book gone Hollywood. At this point, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I guarantee, the book says so much more. This powerful autobiographical look at slavery from the inside out, and considered to be the best insight into that life, by many, was a difficult read/listen. The most obvious reason for my difficulty was the subject matter and the frank depiction of real people, real places and real occurrences. Horrific. Brutal. Inhumane. Unthinkable. My list could go on and on. Like the Holocaust, I just can’t wrap my head around slavery. And, knowing it still exists on this planet sickens me. First published in 1853, this book, written by the Solomon Northup, was obviously written in the language of its time. The sentences were quite formal, making the listening a bit more challenging. However, the story will grab you by the throat and squeeze. Difficult, but well worth a listen.
Happily surprised by this one. What does that say about me? Not sure because according to Amazon, the age level for this series is 8-12. That actually makes me pretty happy because that means there’s some decent fiction out there for young readers. No better way to get them hooked on reading than by giving them decent books! My son liked it, and since it was in my Audible library from him, I thought I’d give it a listen.
Of course, some parts of my adult brain noted when the writing was a bit simple, but quite honestly, it was an imaginative journey down the vent shaft in the laundry room to the underworld. Gregor gets the surprise of his life, and protects his baby sister quite gallantly. Good boy… and well, sometimes you just have to save the world, underworld or not! This would be a good one for the whole family to listen to together! Road trip!
The concept was interesting, but the execution ...
I’ll admit that the first thing that popped into my head when I read the title was a very delicious (my all time favorite) vodka called, Deep Eddy Ruby Red. She’s a cruel mistress, this ruby. Alas, though, it might have had a bearing on me deciding to start this trilogy.While I was gathering my thoughts on this one, I began to wonder if it was a “young adult” type book because the whole thing was a bit unsophisticated and the characters clearly innocent. Mind you, if the story’s good enough you don’t always care, but upon further investigation, I realized that I nailed it. Interesting concept about a family who has the time travel gene, but frankly, it’s just not that great. The end is a big cliff hanging screamer, “you’ll find out in the next book!” This one made me shrug and say, “Meh” I’m not sure I care enough to read the next one, “Emerald Green.” Though, well, I love the color green. Maybe picking books based on Vodka and colors isn’t the best choice?
This book is personal. and not just because it is autobiographical. I am not Jewish, but I sometimes say that I'm half Jewish. My best friend growing up (like since birth) was Jewish. One of her grandparents, or maybe a great grandparent had their Holocaust tattoo and didn't really talk about it. Maybe because we were so young? We were pretty much inseparable then. My best friend died two years ago of ALS, leaving a son and grieving family. I take stones to her grave in the Jewish tradition. What a beautiful thing to do.
So, this story, this history, ripped into my heart. Told in first person from a 16-year-old boy's perspective, Elie Wisel tells the story of being a Jew from the beginning of the Holocaust to the end. I decided to read it because my son had read it last year for school, and it was already in my audio library. He said it was good, but brutal. He was so right. All I can say is, read it. You need to know. I plan to read the next two books in the trilogy as well. I need to know.
This performance had no energy. Neil, unfortunately to me, was very monotone. He read it lazily with no voices, no inflections and no enthusiasm.
I was very disappointed in this book after reading the rave reviews. I'm still wondering how I missed its magic.
I might have enjoyed the book a bit more had I read the print version. I feel like I read with much more energy and imagination. Yawn.
As a reader, but not a Sci-Fi reader, I picked this book primarily because of the high ratings and because my husband might like it... and it was something he and I could listen to together on a long car trip. I'd give it a shot. Well,
Even if sci-fi is not your thing, give it a try. I loved it!
This book is beautifully written. Out of all my audio books, I loved the narration on this one the best. The characters each had their own voices and the accents were wonderful. The book takes you through all emotions and makes you look hard at what our country was like, and where we are now, and how far we need to go. Loved it, and highly recommend it.
On a road trip, the whole family enjoyed this book. It's a departure for James Patterson, whose adult books I've read and enjoyed... but of course, I woudn't let my kids read those. This was an engaging story that my boys 9 and 12 and my husband and I could all listen to and enjoy. Granted, I might not have given as high a rating on my own, but the kids wanted to give it 4 stars. I would have given it a 3 or so, but I love that they loved it and want to get more books!
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