Velva Jean is an interesting listen and even a bit inspiring. It's set in the Depression era, but the author accurately reflects the 'life as usual' for families and communities who had already lived in poverty for generations. The blend of Christianity with mountain folk lore and superstition was amusing. Of course the narrator, Jenna Lamia, could read a telephone book aloud and manage to hold my attention. I found it both entertaining as well as interesting.
After being mesmerized by the first two books of the trilogy, I eagerly awaited the release of this book and bought it on the first day it was available. I've been trying to muddle my way through it now for almost three months.
The story line has its great moments, but overall it's just downright boring. I understand that ridiculously high levels of sexual content is simply Ken Follet's style, but when the story is already boring, it just seems to cheapen it even further.
Thumbs up to the narrator. The way he's able to portray both genders and a variety of dialects is very impressive.
I'm thankful that it wasn't my first Follet book because I would never have bought the others that I've enjoyed so much more.
Grisham continues to knock them out of the park with The Litigators. He took a drive through the seedy part of the legal system, as well as the polished, money-making end. The performance was good, and the story line entertaining. I expected a lot and I was not disappointed.
I'm not typically a Stephen King fan since he tends to scare the heck out of me and manages to do it with such raunchy language most of the time. But this book is without question my favorite listen (of any audio book) thus far. The story line alone is fascinating - something only King could dream up. Despite its length, it never dragged for a single moment. The performance was incredible, the ending so sweet and touching. I deeply "missed" the book after it was over.
The book was lighthearted and funny, despite the "serious nature of content". It was just fun, simple entertainment.
While I usually enjoy the Camel Club series, this one just couldn't seem to dig its heels in as deeply for me. It began exciting enough and had countless twists and turns. I think perhaps it was the overuse of these that wore me down. It just KEPT twisting, turning around, double backing and retracing it seemed. The narration performance was good. I typically like Baldacci books and am certainly not giving up on him. I was just glad when this one was finally over.
My fourteen year old son kept urging me to get this book after reading it in school. I initially got it simply to support and encourage his reading habit. The book grabbed me from the beginning and never bogged down. I recommend it to ALL teenagers and see no reason why any adult wouldn't like it as well. Great story, well narrated.
The performance was good, just as in the two previous books in the series. Just my personal opinion here - but I found it this particular one to be depressing and lacking the excitement of the others. I still enjoyed the series overall and would recommend at least the first two books. This one, maybe not quite as much though.
Despite the inability to NOT hate the main character, I couldn't help but cheer her on. The book is downright funny and entertaining. Jenna Lamia does her usual fantastic reading performance.
As a Texas woman though, I have to say there is no way in the world this author has ever even visited our state, let alone spent any amount of time here. The way Texas women (and even the men) were depicted was entirely asinine, but I have to admit that it added a great deal of entertainment to the book.
The Kitchen House is one of those books that will not be easily forgotten even years later. The story was well written and well read. It's not a lighthearted book, but it certain drew me in and kept me interested all the way through. I loved the diversity of the characters and the period in which it was set.
This book was surprisingly great in my opinion. It's outside my usual genres, so I really can't even say why I purchased it in the first place, but I'm very glad that I did. Now I look forward to listening to the remaining books in the series as well.
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