I loved this book about a polygamist sect in a desert US state. The author did a great job of getting into the characters and show a strong sense of love of family, teen anxt and righteous indignation. It is one of the most disturbing YA books I have read recently. The reader was perfect--strong emotion in all the right places. At the end of the last disk, the author gives a great interview. Highly recommended.
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. It spoke to me; I don't know why. I loved roaming around the African savanna and picturing the wild elephants and other creatures and learning about the many issues of a conservationist. The story was told with love and sensitivity and many small tales of the people and the animals woven in.
The reader was perfect. I could picture him as the conservationist, himself, in khakis and a white savanna hat. HIs accents and tone where perfect.
It was a touching tale that brought me to tears when it was completed--a unique experience for me. Highly recommended!
I am surprised about some of the low reviews. I read this many years ago, recommended it to my book club and it flew amongst its members. We LOVED it! Listening was even better. As usually Picoult does an excellent job of exploring a subject from many angles. I felt this was a more enjoyable read that some of her other heart-renching explorations.
Both narrators were good, but I didn't see a reason for 2 narrators. It didn't seem necessary or bring anything special to the book. Katie's voice was high pitched and innocent. Appropriate I felt.
I highly recommend this book!
I listened to the whole series back to back, and enjoyed Rhode's homey stories filled with action plus the details of cowboy life. There are some slow parts, but the story jumps from one action scene to another--often with realistic brutality. Gory scenes are short but to the point. No sex, no swearing. Magically, the characters have money and can pay their staff a healthy wage without balancing a budget, like the rest of us. The books are idealistic without the details of quarrels with staff, nit picky daily irritations and marriage quibbles, but I liked them all. I love the financial details of how much things cost in the 1860's and how a business and town grew. The characters all have difficult life problems that they work through. They show kindness to each other and strangers. The crooks and thieves of the era are dealt with quick cowboy justice.
When I first heard the reader, I hated his slow pace. On the second try, I got used to it and was impressed by the range of characters he played. The women weren't perfect, but the men and dumb crooks were great.
All in all, I enjoyed the series and miss my friends. I'd like to check out Cody's house, and sit on the porch and rock while I listen to their stories, watch the mining town process gold and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall.
They don't have a climax--even after 3 books--no climax. Yet, I've read them 2xs and yearned for them again. I love the adventure, characters, the story. Truly gifted writer--just want an ending!! Perfect narrator.
Another gently rolling Binchy book full of great rounded characters and interesting stories that all connect in a satisfying way along the journey. Loved the book. Thinking about reading it again right now. Big, happy sigh.... only problem--The reader made young characters sound old.
I would NOT recommend this to young adults. Very intense story of young adult with a strange power that she is fighting with to the point that she torches and kills several people. NOT a good thing for struggling potentially-mentally ill teens to get into their heads!
This was so fun for me to read! I hadn't read the origional Grimm's story, but this made me curious about it. It took me back to all those tales read in my youth, and reminded me why I loved them. The cast of readers was huge--over 30--and great. It had a good plot and wove a little whimsey and fantasy into the typical Middle Ages time frame of most folk tales. I enjoyed it as a 50 something, but I would love to share this with my grandkids on up. I've recomended to people of all ages. In fact, it was recommended to me by a middle school student.
Today, I started the next story in the 4-part series. :)
The whole series was great fun! What is better than romance, real life issues that need to be solved with a little ghost looming in the background? Loved it all! Seemed realistic and believable.
My disappointment is that the narrator reads like a competent mother or teacher to her children. I would have preferred an actor to read this who could have honored Freckles great language and Irish brogue, voiced the Angel and the other characters.
The story was beautiful and well rounded--continuing through to the end of the tale where other authors would have dropped the reader. My only criticism is that I think Freckles should have been closer to 17-18 rather than 20. I understand his background intimidated him and made him more innocent than the average boy, but I felt his reactions to Angel were a little too naive.
Loved the book. Highly recommended!
When I read the first book of the series, Virgin River, I thought it was ok but doubted I would read another. Currently, I am on my 9th book and checking out the 10th. So, I have spent some time thinking about why these books are so compelling to me. Here you go: They introduce new characters in each book, yet continue with some old stories of people I have learned to care about. Often the stories have a building component--rebuild a ratty church--this book-- rebuild old river cottages, add on to the bar, build a new house... I like that. Plus the building and rebuilding of relationships and how that works with different types of people of all ages. I like the overall values of the little town--help others, push out the bad, nurture the good, love of children, strong family and relationships (I do think there is unneccessary detail about sex). I like the togetherness of the little town and the friendships they share. Lastly, I enjoy watching a little no-place become a town--starting with a doctor's office and a little store, then a bar that is open for meals, a midwife comes in, then a builder... I love it all and willl probably keep reading.
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