The strength of this book is the complexity and richness of the backstory. The life the character is living is rich and full. Her memories and the response of her friends and family tell a varied and complex story of a young girl maturing into womanhood surrounded by interesting people.
with the way it was presented. This book sounds as if the writer had finished the story about 2/3's of the way through the book. After that, it became repetitive and slow.
I think this person has a compelling life story, but did no one helped her write and edit her story? The book begins to bog down after the author is freed. I realized as I was listening that this new freedom, and the responsibility of building her own life was daunting and overwhelming. Right here is where a well written book could have really opened my mind and heart to her story. She has never been responsible for herself, only for caring for others. It is a compelling thought, how are we prepared to create our own life, what a responsibility this is.
Instead the book becomes boring and lacks the ability to build empathy for the newly freed young woman. This is a shame, because I think we could learn about ourselves and our society if we were challenged to understand the gifts we are given and our personal freedom to create our own stories, our own lives.
among the poor in London. I was surprised every time they gave the date, it read like the 1800;s but it set in the poor part of London during the 1940's, 50's and on. The story lines are good and well defined. The main character is entertaining and interesting as she figures out her role when she is new and how she honors her patients way of life, knowing that is very different from hers.
and a very funny book! Wait, just wait, for the scene where the kid are playing "kitties" . And the moments where "What to Expect While You're Expecting" book let them down, LOL!! This book is completely funny, fun and enlightening. I only wish I had gotten to know the other Dad better. I will be listening to this again.
and the assumptions built into relationships that allow you to think you know the people in your life.This book tells a mysterious tale that is spun out gently while the reader is drawn into the lives of the characters. Their stories are complex and intertwined. They became real people, and I cared about what happened next.
There are many characters and plots throughout the book and it also moves around in time. Despite that, it reads easily and I did not get lost. This book rises above "Summer beach" reading (although I would totally listen to it there). I hope others enjoy the listen as much as I did.
I recently found Karen Miller's books and I have enjoyed them. But about 2/3's of the way through THIS book, I became, well, BORED with the constant and unceasing use of blood. This is not violence, but it is all together too much blood. It surrounds the story as the characters bathe in it, drink it and spill it on "border stones". Suddenly, I can't read/listen anymore because I don't want to hear more about blood. I guess it speaks to the writing that I CAN picture each incident, but it became so repetitive that I just stopped the book.
I would like to know if anyone else had this reaction? Or were you able to stay on the plot line? And then, is the book worth the effort?
and do influence the lives of those around us. If you are not bringing medicine or food or military support, are you helping? Can you help? This book answers the questions with a quiet "Yes". The beauty is that everyone has something to offer, and the dignity of a haircut can not be dismissed. War, poverty, displacement, uncertainty are elements in the life of many people. Self care becomes hard when you don't even know if you are going to have food that evening. The motivation to have good hygiene, the chance to be with other women, to talk about hair and makeup styles, allows a woman who is "just a hairdresser in the USA" to contribute to the health and well being of other women in the world. Too many of us think that we don't have what others need, but how do you define giving back fun, dignity, the support of friends? The ability to support yourself or contribute to your family and encourage others is the theme of this book, and it is a good listen.
with the twist that only Christine Feehan can bring. I truly enjoy her approach to the unusual elements of a life, a story and book. I can't wait for the rest of this series, I have missed reading about Sea Haven since the Drake sisters all found their mates.
I have always liked Nora Roberts' books. I think of them as a moment away from real life and a chance to just float along. But every now and then, she writes a series that is really powerful. (The Pagan Stone) Here is another series that should not be missed! Each book can stand alone, but it is the way the four books allow you to get to know the characters that makes this series a treat. I would love "Vows", their wedding production company to expand into a "Party Planning Production" as the members continue their life stories. I love that they are not afraid to change their lives for one another, in this world where it is "too much all about me and what I want". These fictional young women and men have figured out that it is all worth so much more when you have your family to share it with. And that what you give up to be with your friends and family in the end, really doesn't matter.
and we rely upon it to just work for us. No problems please. But have you ever thought about how it works, what would happen if it stopped for just a day, an hour, a minute? We don't thank our machines, but we do get attached, after all boats have names, and many people name their cars...as our machines become more and more a part of our life and help our tools to work better, faster, with increased efficiency. What do they want (we know what they need; electricity (fuel, food) and maintenance (health care?) Can you feel the start of new and interesting thoughts? This is why I gave the book 4 stars. I wish Stephanie Meyer had written it (have you read "The Host"? Another great, new, intriguing premise)
This is not the best book ever, but it is a unique and well thought out concept. This is one of those book series I am so glad I did not miss. The main characters are interesting and read real, (who is the main character? a sight impaired teen or the ...).
There is room for better written development of the other personalities, but they are excellently read, with a pleasant and correct sound. Why is there an "Obo" in the story? This character appears here and there, but is not woven into the story as well as the other...well, really not connected in any way... then appearing in a the climactic scene. This is where the book looses momentum badly, bogging down in a different story, with a different point made, a different meaning...this would be much improved with a better written and very solution. Here was a chance for the writer to create a well written intriguing... scene or section or half the series. The group that bobs in and out of the story could really reach out, grab your brain and make you think! This part is critical to the book, but reads like a side story, and oops, I realize I am talking about all three books..sigh... now you might have to listen to them all!
from real life comes an amazing journey taken by a family in the hope of helping their son. I have listened to the book twice and it is very engaging. There is a nice balance of humor and an honest look at what it means to be the parent of an autistic child. I want to polish this book like a gemstone, as it is so interesting. I was able to watch the movie, which is not as well done as the book. The documentary is disjointed and much darker than the book, but it gives you a clear picture of what these parents went through. The book has more detail and at the end you have a feeling of having formed a relationship with the family and the people they are traveling with. Throughout the book, you feel the love of the mom and dad for their son, and their deep understanding of his needs, their willingness to provide the best for him.
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