American Dervish was an interesting, eye-opening novel. I enjoyed it very much.
This purchase was one of my many "bargains" that I pick up when Audible offers audiobooks cheap! And I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it. It has a very good story and is narrated beautifully by the author. I truly enjoyed learning about the Pakistani culture and traditions (or the somewhat Americanized versions). It had some sad parts, but nothing tragic and unsettling. Definitely worth a listen--
I'm not sure why Audible does not have this book linked to the series, but it is Book Five in a 5-book series that begins with The Walk.
I loved this series--I listened to the final four books consecutively--I just could not stop until the journey was complete. I was so involved, I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction! It is well written and uplifting. And the journey's conclusion was sweet and satisfying.
The author narrates all five books in the series, so I liked the consistency of the same tone and voice throughout. I highly recommend the whole series--and listening to them in order. It is definitely worth the time and credits you will invest--and I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did!!
This book is the fourth in a 5-book series--
I discovered this series with book one--The Walk--and did not realize it was a series at that time. Once I found that there were four more books, I read all four without straying to any other books in between. That's unusual for me--I don't think I've ever read any of my series books back-to-back! I had no desire to leave Alan Christofferson's world while there were still Miles to Go (whoops--that was Book #2!!).
I highly recommend this book, but even more, I recommend reading/listening to the series in order. Enjoy--
After the first two books in this 5-book series, I just had to keep listening. I became so involved with the character's story, I just did not want to leave it and go on to read anything else.
I'm keeping this short and sweet because I want to post a review for all five books. They are all wonderful, and will pull you into a fictional journey that is hard to put down. I speak from experience, and recommend to all!
I read Richard Paul Evans' book The Walk without realizing it was the beginning of a five-book series. Then I discovered the rest of the books--I devoured the remaining four, one right after the other.
I highly recommend this series, but I would definitely read them in order.
I did not know what to expect from this book, but I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed it!! The only thing I knew about Mary Matalin and James Carville was that they worked on opposing campaigns when President Clinton was elected for his first term, and were subsequently married. So I "read" a book--
And I loved the book--loved everything about it! Each told their own stories, and they were both entertaining. And FUNNY!! Sometimes they totally agreed on the subject they were presenting, and as you can imagine, sometimes they totally disagreed. I have no idea how these two people can live in the same house. But good for them--they make it work. And they present a very entertaining peek into their everyday lives. I enjoyed it, and am quite sure others will too!
Our family's first experience with Amazon.com was a disaster!! My son was excited he could order something for everyone online, have it wrapped and shipped to him ready for Christmas giving. It turned out to be a very frustrating experience, and I thought this company would NEVER make it! Of course, watching it subsequently take over the retail world, I just shook my head.
So listening to this book was incredibly interesting to me. My first surprise was that our bad experience was five years into the company's existence--I would have guessed it was their first holiday season! And the fact that they didn't even have a profitable quarter for the first 6 1/2 years of existence, and still continued to operate (with shareholders by that time) is beyond comprehension. It's one thing for a small business to grow slowly, but this was never a small venture. It started with BIG ideas and admirable principals, and refused to budge just to show a profit.
I found this story enjoyable to listen to. The narrator was excellent, and the book was thoroughly researched and very well written. My one tiny complaint is that sometimes the writing did not strictly follow a timeline--the time would jump a bit as the author followed a subject he was writing about, and as a listener, I had trouble keeping up with where we were in time. Minor issue for an otherwise excellent and interesting listening experience.
This was familiar, and at the same time different--
Sycamore Row re-visits Jake Brigance and the cast of characters from A Time to Kill (probably my favorite John Grisham novel), but without the trademark big crime to be solved in court at the eleventh hour. That's OK--this book still has an interesting premise and well written story, and the narration is excellent.
I enjoyed the story, but it started off with a bang, then seemed to flatline down the stretch. That is my only reason for the 4-star Story rating. I truly loved the way it ended though, and that overrode any hesitation I may have had about a strong recommendation overall.
Admittedly, The Martian was on and off my Wish List so many times!! I'd hear great things about it, then read the premise and think "not for me". It crossed my radar again recently, and I happened to see almost 4000 reviews with an average of 4+ stars--I took a chance.
And I loved it!! The story was great, original, and very well written. And the narration was perfect. I am truly not a science person, and the physics and chemistry were still going over my head a bit, but that aspect of the story was written well enough that I totally got the gist of what was going on, even if I couldn't pass a test on it by the end :)
I am very glad I chose to listen to this book. It could have been boring and scientific, but was in fact entertaining and fun. I highly recommend to all--
Honestly, I had no idea this was the first book in a series. When I finished listening, I was disappointed that the "Walk" had barely started, but the story had taken a turn, and it really did wrap things up nicely. When searching for other books by Richard Paul Evans, I discovered this was Book 1 of 5!! I was very happy, because I was really enjoying the journey. I am currently finishing up Book 2, and have just purchased Book 3. I think that is probably the best recommendation there is! That, and talking about it with others--Done!!
It has been a while since I’ve read or listened to a great book and wanted to get a review posted right away—but happily, I have just finished one and can’t wait to tell others!!
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is that book. I was intrigued by the summary, and loved the idea of an independent bookseller being the central character. What a charming story!! I was hooked from the beginning, and was enthralled throughout. It is cute, quirky, funny, sad—heart-tuggingly sad—and I loved every minute of it! The story is original and very well written, and Scott Brick does an excellent job with the narration.
I truly hope this book finds an audience—it deserves to—and I intend to help it along!
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