Yes this book could be very disturbing for a child under 13, but it is a must read or listen. I loved how the narrator read this book and how innocent he made Bruno seem. I listened to this with my 10 Y/O daughter and she couldn't believe how niave Bruno was. I explained to her that it was a different time before TV and Internet. We both loved this book even with the disturbing parts.
I love this book and this series, but I hate that this is the last of the series. I've always enjoyed Johanna Parker in the Sookie Stackhouse book series, but was aprehensive about her taking over the Women of the Otherworld series. She did a great job. I loved how all of the Women of the Otherworld characters were portrayed in this final book.
In my review of the first book in this series I mentioned the editing of the audio. There are strange cuts, pitch changes and sound quality changes in this audio track that really distracted me while listening. I really liked the book and the historical background of the book, but there were times that it sounded like I was listening to two different narrators.
Yes, I would recommend anyone who likes conspiracy theories and/or vampires.
It is an intellectual version of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. It deals with three mythical creatures including vampires.
The narrator's voice was pleasent, but I was having problems with the editing of this audio book. I could hear where the audio had been cut and edited in. It was distracting and mitigated the listening experience.
This was a long audio book, but very worth the length. It moves fast and you don't realize how long it is. The characters are well developed. I really felt like I was in the 1960's. Not to mention the history lesson.
I have always loved the Aisian culture and history. I loved the details about the mother's life in Japan and her culture. I could easily visualize her village and her as a child. I love books that I don't have to strain to visualize the settings.
This book would compare to just about any of Amy Tan's books. It put me in mind of either The Joy Luck Club or The Bone Setter's Daughter which are two of my favorite books.
When Sue and Helena got to Japan for the first time in their life
There were too many moments that moved me to mention. The entire book gave me this overwhelming feeling of missing my mother. My mother passed away many years ago. I listened to this story of a mother who had so many things to tell her daughter before she died and each time she tried it always came out as a criticism or sounding like she was disappointed in her daughter. I found myself wondering if this is how my mother felt in the remaining months of her life. This book really hit home for me. I think many mothers and daughters will be moved by this book.
It wasn't well spent for me, but I am not into gushy romance type stories. I think the characters and the plot were a little predictable. However, I know other listeners who like romance and predictability. It wasn't so bad that I didn't finish the book and it did keep my attention most of the time.
The narator did a good job at distiguishing the characters. She tends to act out the sequences of the book instead of just reading it. I like that in a narrator.
She did a good job differentiating the characters, but they weren't believable. As I've said before the characters and plot were predictable to me.
This book is not inspiring to me.
I have been very critical in my reviews of books in the past. I tend not to be on this book because I expected the book to be romance mush and I expected it to be predictable. So it met my expectations. This book was not for me, but it may be for you. If you get into the Harlequin Romance type books then you will like this. I am more of a Suspense Thriller type listener, but it was purchased during a sale and I was looking for a few books to get me through some long work hours of boring data processing. It worked for what I wanted it to and that was to keep my mind off of the boring work I had to do.
The characters were well developed.
The characters and their relationship to each other.
I've not listened to John Slattery before, but I am a stickler on narration and I enjoyed his narration.
You never know what you'll get with a commercial writer like Stephen King. Sometimes his books are great, other's you wonder what he was thinking. This book was not hyped like many of his other books and honestly, I didn't know about it. It was a very good book with great characters and it didn't flop at the end like so many of Mr. King's books do.
Yes, I liked the nararation of this book and the switch in narrators depending on past or present.
Yes, I like how they switch narrators to let you know whether it's present or a memory.
Not as good as the book. It is a movie now and it just doesn't compare to the book.
I hated what happened to the twins.
This story is so wrong, but yet you can't stop listening to it. It's like watching something on youtube, you know you should be offended, but you find you have to know what happens to all of these people.
I think she did a good job distiguishing the different characters and their personalities.
No. The book takes you full circle and gives a final ending.
I have listened to this audiobook several times. The first time I'd bought it on audio tapes. I am not a biblical scholar, but I really liked the story of a lessor biblical figure and how she fit into the whole story of Jacob, Rachel, and Joseph.
I liked her performance very much. She can draw a listener in with in the first moments of the story. I liked her soft voice.
I liked Rachel.
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