This book is amazing because it is a true story, but it was a bit drawn out and boring at times. I found myself wishing the author would get on with it. It was alright. I didn't love it, but I had to finish listening to see how it ended. The human spirit is amazing. The narrator was excellent.
I listened to this book for book club and was pleasantly surprised. The writing is just beautiful. Oliver is very talented and I look forward to downloading another of her books. The narrator does an excellent job and I am glad that I listened to this book rather than reading it. While I didn't have a high school experience anything like this, I could relate to several of the social problems that exist in the teenage world. I thought I had this book all figured out within the first hour, but I am glad to say I was wrong. I loved the way the author weaves the story with new bits of information and insight as she goes along. I love the humanness of the characters- while I wanted to hate the mean girls and pity the picked on ones, Oliver helps you to have understanding and empathy for why people act the way they do. It was heartbreaking and lovely all at the same time and it made my yard work go by much faster. It is definitely not just a YA book- everyone can remember high school and relate.
This was a very good story. I loved learning about life in Africa. I both loved and hated the characters at the same time. I felt bad for the mother being stuck in a horrible situation but not having a way to fix it. I kept waiting for her to grow a backbone and stand up to her husband. I liked learning about the sad history of the African politics.
I'm a big Nicholas Sparks fan and this one hits the bullseye again. It is a good story with a good combination of romance and action. The ending is both sad and good. I like how he dealt with the marriage/adultery issues.
I loved this story. I thought the story line flowed well and I loved the interpersonal relationships between the characters. I wished all the herbal stuff really worked! Definitely worth the credit.
I liked reading about how the way life was in Brooklyn during this time period, but the story itself is boring. I probably would have quit listening to it halfway through, but my book club was reading it, so I finished it. The narrator was very good and helped out the story as best she could with her fantastic accents.
The ending was horrible!! It just ended suddenly. I double checked to see if I missed downloading the end of the book because I couldn't believe she really ended it with so many loose ends just sitting there unfinished. But no, I did download the whole book and was mad that I was wasted my money. I loved Poisonwood Bible, but this one is not nearly as good. I am not anti-environmental, but this book is a bit too tree-huggerish for me. If you want a lesson on organic farming, moth mating, and the predator/prey relationship in the wild, than this is the book for you.
Finished the story
Some people said they didn't like her voice, but I thought it was fine. I didn't mind listening to it.
I liked the interpersonal relationships between the characters but, then again, they were left hanging.
I loved this book. It is a very touching book about the very best in human beings who are there for each other and change each others lives for the better. I enjoyed all the different characters who were described so well I felt as if they really exist somewhere in the world.
I am usually pretty good about guessing what is going to happen, but this book had a few twists that I didn't see coming, which is nice. Narrator is great! Nice to listen to. A bit of bad language and one or two brief and not too detailed sex scenes.
I loved this book. It is a great story about a strong little girl who deals with a lot and the women who rally around her to help her out. I loved the characters. They were easy to fall in love with and you found yourself rooting for the young CeeCee throughout the book. I love the resiliency of the human spirit portrayed in this story and how important it is to reach out to those around us who need a shoulder to lean on. I loved Jenna Lamia's voice as the narrator in "The Help" and was happy to hear it again in this book. She does a great job.
I loved this book. It's not usually the kind of book I pick, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is amazing. I found myself constantly marveling at the fortitude of Louie and the other POW prisoners and disgusted at the cruelty of the Japanese captors. It really pointed out how war brings out the best and worst in people. Really, I loved it because it is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. I couldn't stop listening. My kids became sick of seeing me clean the house with earphones in my ears. The narrator has a pleasant voice that is easy to listen to.
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