I wanted to read his first book, "90 minutes in heaven" which I heard was very good but not available on audiobook at the time. This made me and my husband fall asleep.
So unconvincing and un-scriptural and just boring. Couldn't even get through it. If books like these can get on the best seller list, I should get a pet monkey and start him writing. I'd make a mint.
This book was extremely captivating. It's real. The author has been so courageous to expose her innermost struggles in such a vulnerable way. In the Christian world, it's filled with women who live on "lollipop" mountain. Everything is wonderful. Many artists like me have struggled with being able to relate to the sugar-coated Christian. All the conversations you have in your head with God about your doubts and fears are verbalized in Susan Isaac's book. It was comforting and inspiring to hear that I haven't been the only one asking God what appears to be trivial questions to a God that is interested in everything about you. Great book and great job to the author!
The author lost me when she brought up how a couple were having marital difficulties because the father was continually molesting their daughter. She was saying, "The wife was able to forgive her husband and bring him back into their home"....I'm sorry there are just some things you don't allow back into your home...and that's a child molestor.
Sometimes I am just dumbfounded as to who claims to be a writer. The writer goes into great detail describing what she bought at the grocery store or what is included in a meatloaf...but says in passing that the main character died in an accident towards the end of the book...without any elaboration or warning. She constantly skips 10-15 years without mentioning how much time has passed. It's 10 minutes into the dialogue before you discover that the 9 year old she just talked about, is now 18 and in college. "Ten years later" would have been a helpful 3 words she could have used about 10 times in the book. The things she chose to talk about were so boring I would rather watch paint dry. BOO! BOO!
I became a fan of Alice Sebold's writing after listening to "Lucky", her memoir. She is such a fantastic writer. Her descriptions and metaphors, her "painting with words" creates very detailed visual pictures in your head of what she is writing about. You find yourself transported in the places and situations she describes. Her perspective of life is something we can all learn from. In The Lovely Bones, she takes a different slant....the view of a murdered scene from the victim themselves. What happens is, you don't have to wait for a loved one to die to start looking at and appreciating the little daily things that they are loved for. When you finish the book, you come away with a newfound appreciation for the life you have, the family and friends you have and the realization that a little heaven can be achieved here on earth if we would just learn to really live.
This book took me forever to get through. Because I'm a committed person and like to finish what I start, I endured until the very end of this book. This was the slowest, most boring, depressing book I've ever listened to. Someone could tell this story in about 2 pages but it drags on and on until you can't take it anymore. The Russian names are so confusing that you don't know who the characters are even by the very end. The narrator was very monotone and made it even more boring. Put needles in your eyes, it will be less punishing.
When I started to read this, I didn't care for it...I got somewhat engrossed in the story however as time went on...or uh..backwards...It's not a happy book at all and the main character is insanely obsessed with a woman and should be committed. If you are looking for an upbeat book with a happy ending, this isn't it.
I must have rewound the first 2 hours over a dozen times. I would start to listen, lost interest, turned it off and then rewound it and tried listening again. I always thought it was me...that I must not have been in the mood to listen...but after numerous times I realized it wasn't me but the story. I thought I had downloaded a dated book about the cold war and the KGB but was surprised to see last year's date on it. If you are a military buff and enjoy hearing guys yelling "F'n this and F'in that", maybe this book is for you. I'm a woman, maybe it's not something a typical woman would want to listen to.
Nothing hugely eventful in this story. It's about ordinary things happening to ordinary people. You'd hear the same from a next door neighbor at lunch. It bothered me that the wife was so naive to many things happening around her. She portrayed women as weak and helpless and an easy target for people to take advantage of the kindness of her heart. Not an aweful story, just not that great.
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