A new story without all the political statements. The first half of the novel was a re-telling of the Persimmon Tree. The second half of the novel was about saving the planet. If he wanted to write a book about saving the environment, then do it, but don't hide it in the sequel to a novel.
Cut out about half of the novel.
None in this novel.
Marg, Anna, Nick.......
I was so disappointed and kept holding on hoping that something would happen to make me love this book as much as the Persimmon Tree. I was excited to find out what happened to the characters, but was soon done with the story. Could there be one more coincidence that turned out well for every person involved? If I was anyone of the characters I'd a bought a lottery ticket. Even if it didn't win, something would have happened to make it okay in the end. It is all....."A funny thing happened to me on the way to the office...." So, So, So disappointed. I had several other novels in my wish list, that will be now be deleted.
Yes. It was an amazing story and I am sure some details were lost with the first listen. I just finished and am starting again.
I enjoyed the ending. I was glad the author wrapped the story up, but did it in an open ended way. It left just enough places for the reader to fill in in the gaps, but to feel satisfied with the overall conclusion.
When they end up at the mansion with staff and parents looking on in shock.
Yes. It took a very short time for me to get lost in the story and I hated having to stop listening. Usually I hate having to travel for my job, but while I had this to listen to, I was glad to be away from the office because it gave me time to continue listening.
I enjoyed this read very much. Someone in anther review mentioned, Night Circus, and made a comparison. I loved Night Circus and this book had the same feel. You get caught up in the magic of the story. The minute I finished it, I called my friend and let her know this was a must read. Then, I started it all over again. Some books you hate to see end....
I have not read the print version, so I couldn't compare. I can only say that this version had me hooked from the get go.
Louie and Phil
Yes. Every time I thought, "Okay, we will start slowing down...." It just kept getting better.
I found my self captivated by the story and the details were beyond belief. My heart broke at times imagining all those young men and the trials they faced. They grew up fast and some not at all. With family in the military over seas now, it hit home.
Yes. That bad.
Did not enjoy him at all. The lip smacking during pauses was terrible.
I can't recall the last time I had such a negative reation to a novel. I just hated everything about this story. It is not life changing, it is not beautiful, it is not powerful, it is not anything described by previous readers/listeners. Such a waste of time. Escaped convict makes good. No thanks.
Yes. It took me a bit to fall into the rythm of the novel and to begin to enjoy it, but once that happened (and it wasn't long into the story) I really enjoyed the ride.
There were several moments that stand out, but the end of the novel with Bruce looking back on the his family history and trying to make peace with the memories of his father. It breaks your heart as this young man is left to deal with so much alone.
Esla, who is the part of the family structure that holds it all togther. We watch her make excusses for the ones she loves as she deals with the decisions she has made in her life. Her role as a mother, wife, daughter, friend and sister all play a part in this novel.
It seems like they make all novels into movies now. I am usually not a fan of this because so much is lost in the translations. The images and messages from the novel are just never right and the actors never seem to be match the characters that played the part in my mind as I read the novel.
This is remembering a time in our country's history when people were moving and trying to find that place that would be an answer to their prayers. The setting in the novel becomes almost a character in itself. It reflects the mood and the situation of the family, primarily Bo. Things are beautiful sometimes and others, not so much. The family travels take us from North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Canada, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah and Montana. Each member of the family having their own idea of what that "perfect life" would be and what it takes to get it, only that little bit of happiness is always just out of reach. At the end, after following the family for thiry years, I felt like I had just read someone's diary and could finally understand how hard their journey had been. It is long, but you wont feel it as you travel along with Bo, Elsa and their two boys.
I did enjoy the story, or biography, I should say and the author did a good job of blending fact with fiction. However; the vampires played a small part in the whole story and I felt let down by that. Mr. Lincoln's life was very interesting so I did not have trouble listening, as I said the author did a good job. I believe it was just not what I expected, but it cured my curiosity and I won't be venturing down this path again.
What a wonderful story. Listened to it with my son and it was the perfect thing for the drive to school every morning. As others have said before me, this might be classified as a children's story but it could be enjoyed by all ages. So worth the credit.
The Seduction of Water lacked any true seduction. It was not the worst book I have listened to by far, but not one I would listen too again. It was predictable and just left you wanting. Could have been a truely good story, but it falls flat. Okay if you just want something to listen to. I'd wait until it was on sale to purchase or just find something else if I had to do it over again. At the end of the novel, I just felt disappointed. Characters were flat and never really cared about them. I kept waiting for the bad guy to pull off a mask and say, "I'd of gotten away with it too if it weren't for those pesky kids!"
After reading the reviews I downloaded this and fastened my seatbelt expecting a magical ride. I was disappointed in the end, but not tragically so. This story wasn't what I expected, but it was predictable. It is not one that left me wanting more and I CAN definitely wait for the next book and may not purchase it. I really don't seem to care about what happens next and if the main characters make it out okay. I listened, so it wasn't a book I just turned off. Again, overall, it was okay and I can say it was somewhat enjoyable. Not one of my favorites and got boring in some parts. The narrartor did a good job and I think that was one reason I didn't shut it off. It's a long listen to not like the reader.
Just finished listening and already miss the characters. I had this on my wish list for several months and finally decided to give it a shot and I'm so glad I did. From the opening to the end, this story had me wanting to know how life would turn out for Lavinia and her adopted family. My heart went out to them as mothers lost and were seperated from their children and parents watched as their children were put through so much. An amazing story of survival. I can't say enough about it. Don't hesitate with this one.
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