Honolulu | Member Since 2010
Scott Brick is so popular. I don't get it! Most of the time he sounds like he needs oxygen. At the end of the story, which should have been a thoughtful and sentimental moment, he was so overly dramatic that I burst out laughing. I never got very attached to any characters - didn't feel like I knew them. I did love the red rock setting though, and the archaeology aspect of the story. This was my first Preston/Child book.
I loved The House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Legare Street, but I believe The Strangers on Montagu Street is my favorite of the three in this series. I listened to the entire book in just a little over 24 hours - and it's not like I didn't have anything else to do! I admit to being somewhat surprised by how much I enjoy this series. I usually listen to history, or historical fiction. I am a West coast person who has never even visited Charleston. But when I listen to Aimee Bruneau's excellent narration I can feel the sunlight, smell the flowers, and picture the neighborhoods so clearly. I felt a little sad as this book neared the end because I doubted there would be a 4th installment - but I was thrilled to hear "to be continued" at the closing.
If you like a touch of the paranormal that isn't so scary that it will make you hide under the covers at night, this series is just right. There is romance, but it's not overwhelming. Brava Ms. White!
I was attracted to this book because I am an Oregon native and the setting is Eastern Oregon during World War One. Although "Elwha County" is a fictional location, the descriptions of the Northeastern part of my state are vivid and true. I became very attached to horse whisperer, Martha, and loved the voice given to her by Renee Raudman. I believe this would make a great reading group selection because there are so many metaphors and so much interesting symbolism in the book.
I've listened to maybe 40 audio books and The Hearts of Horses is one of the top 5.
This is definitely one of my favorite audio-books of all time, and I have listened to many. John Lee's narration is superb. My oldest son, who has never been one to read for pleasure, was often subjected to 20 minutes of "Pillars" when I gave him a ride to work in the morning. I was so pleased when he finally asked me if he could listen to the whole book when I was finished. I think Audible is going to gain a new customer!
Yes, the story was too sweet and reminded me of Nicholas Sparks. There were a few anachronisms that were very obvious to anyone with a clear memory of the 1980's. In spite of these two faults, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the setting and appreciated learning more of the history of Seattle. I really liked the characters Henry, Keiko, and especially Sheldon. I was so happy to learn that Oscar Holden and the Midnight Blue were historical jazz musicians. Most of all, I was intrigued by this first effort by Jamie Ford, an author who grew up in my hometown, Ashland, Oregon. Good work, Mr. Ford!
Honestly, I think I bought the book for its cover. Having realized how impulsive I had been, I was surprised by how much I liked listening to the story. I liked the ghost story that didn't have me hiding under my covers at night. I am not from South Carolina so I can't say if Ms. Bruneau mastered a Charleston accent, but I thought the narration was very good. This is a good book to listen to on a road trip or in traffic as it doesn't demand your full concentration but is still an engaging story.
I stayed up all night listening to this book, I couldn't stop. Can't say I enjoyed it though. The setting, the characters, the plot, and especially the racism - it was all just so painful! When it was finally over I felt so relieved that I have never set foot in rural Mississippi!
Like so many others, I was almost stunned when the book was over. I was in a grocery store and not paying complete attention when suddenly I heard, "We hope you have enjoyed..." and I fumbled with my iPod to try to find out what happened. Then I realized that not knowing how things turned out is one of the themes of the story. And really - that's how life is, isn't it?
I loved the setting in Norway - something different for a change. Extremely well written book! I enjoyed it very much.
I started with the abridged version of this book on CD but the story was so compelling that I stopped in the middle and bought the Audible unabridged version. I was disappointed that the Audible version did not include music and I preferred the narration of the abridged version - however, I am so glad that I listened to the Audible unabridged because I wouldn't have wanted to miss one line! I have never had much interest in the Civil War although I am the descendant of both Union and Confederate veterans. Robert Hicks has definately drawn me in though, and I can't wait to listen to another of his books.
I gave the book 2 stars because the story of the Fort Shaw Indian girls basketball team is fascinating, but this particular telling of it is so full of inaccuracies that I hardly know where to begin. The Shoshone are not part of the Sioux (Lakota!) nation. F.C. Campbell was only 6 yrs old when the Massacre on the Marias took place. The girl holding the ball on the cover is Belle Johnson, not Minnie. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the cultural misrepresentations that were found throughout the book. I imagine that Shoshone, Blackfeet, and other Indian readers will be more than irritated by the distortions of their cultural and religious beliefs.
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