This book works on many levels. It is a mystery story, you won't want to put it down. Most of all Ordinary Grace is an extraordinary work of fiction. It is a coming of age story with themes of family, sorrow, justice, resiliency, forgiveness, and perhaps most of all faith.
If you like any one book of any one of the following authors I think you will like this book: John Irving, Kent Haruf, Leif Enger, Marilynne Robinson, David James Duncan.
Also, I really appreciate when audible adds the author interview after the reading, this one was interesting.
I almost didn't get this book because of the mediocre reviews and complaints about narration. This is my first John Gilstrap book, and I sympathize with listeners who have listened previously and accustomed this character with a different narrator, always tricky. As a new listener however, I thought the narration was just great and fitting for someone who had inherited a ton of family money and has such outrageous and dangerous adventures and therefore fitting. If you're looking for a book that is fun, not too predictable, with a satisfying ending, and good guys to root for, this is it. A solid 4 star listen.
I listened to this after enjoying the Last Origional Wife by the same author. The characters are so likeable, flawed, real and there is just something lovely about this writing. I found the info about domestic violence a little bit heavy handed...I think it comes across more strongly in audible from rather than written form perhaps, but it was listen worthy. Robin Miles provides excellent narration, really loved her voice, she is now one of the my top 5 favorite narrators and hope she narrates many more.
This book had the real, complex and tragic characters like a Picoult novel, and the shocking mind-bending ending of a Gillian Flynn thriller (although you have to wait till the end to realize it). I really enjoyed this read, especially the second half where it picks up steam. Don't miss the epilogue, with it's mind-bending revelations!. So many times, I thought I knew where it was going, and usually I was only half right.
The epilogue also ties up loose ends and answers questions regarding the future, which is very satisfying and rare in this age of ambiguous open-ended conclusions.
I will admit a couple times it dragged on so I'd skip the last 3 minutes of a chapter and pick up at the next starting point without missing a beat. I listen to relax and don't have that much patience for inner turmoil, which is the only thing that keeps this from being 5 stars for me, however I am impatient and that is as much a reflection on my listening style as on the book itself.
This book is worth getting and especially worth listening until the end.
This is a great book--funny dialogue, good characters, part legal thriller part murder mystery, a bit over the top at times, but always entertaining with twists and turns. I found the narrator a little hard to listen to, boring tone to his voice also at times too much detail about, but it was overall a great listen.
This book is smart, really funny, with great dialogue and outrageous situations. It was a pure pleasure to listen to, and I didn't want to put it down. Of the hundreds of audible books I have, this is one of my favorites for sheer entertainment value.
This is a lovely, typical Nora Roberts book for when you are in the mood for such a romance. The main character is not very realistic or relatable, but sympathetic anyway; the story line is pretty outrageous, but what the heck, I still liked it, that's Nora for you!
Hmmm...I guess I needed more plot, more light-hearted moments, more spiritual sincerity in the parts about Mitchell's journey, if you like your stories as messy as real life and you don't need really likeable characters...you might like this book more than 3 stars, for me it was just ok.
This book is probably worth reading if you liked the first book. Too few mysteries revealed too late for my taste...in retrospect I would have waited a few years and listened to this when the next in the series comes out so I could listen to them in a row. But I like Tris and the world in which she lives.
Murakami creates this hauntingly strange world with sticky characters that capture the imagination, both the plot and each character is a mixture of light and shadows, enough of a plot to keep me intrigued.
I have only read the WindUp Girl and that book was only ok for me, so I did not understand they hype about Murakami, now I am so glad I took another chance and read this!
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