I did enjoy the book and thought the concept was amazing. I really enjoyed hearing what NYC was like back then and what it was like for Mary. However, it was not an easy listen. It was tedious in some places. I think it could've been shorter...
I listened to Lowe's first book and loved it... couldn't wait to download the second book and it is perfect. I don't typically read or enjoy memoirs, so I can't compare it to others in the genre. Forget whatever you think you know about Lowe. The book is thoughtfully put together and full of emotional and funny stories. As he praises masterful writers and skilled actors, you will be blown away by his descriptions and insights. The emotion in his voice as he reads his own words is breathtaking. He genuinely is filled with joy when his friends and family succeed. His love for his family and friends is deep and true. It is a heartwarming and entertaining book and I find myself telling other people stories from it as I listen.
The title of the book captures it perfectly - and it isn't what you think. I highly recommend it to all.
Poignant. Delicate. Timeless.
Romeo and Juliet... a story that captures what just a few minutes and poor communication can do. The charm of the story is realizing that in 1960, without cell phones, text messages and e-mail, how easy it was to miss the love of your life by mere moments.
She does a beautiful job. I love her voice and thinks she captures the emotion of each character well without adopting strange affected voices for each one.
Yes, but I don't want to ruin the story by telling you what it was... sorry.
I noticed several hitches in the editing where natural breaks were skipped. It didn't take away from the story, but I expect better quality.
I actually think the story of Ana (the flashbacks) would've been fine without all of the modern stuff.
Absolutely. There were a lot of characters that came and left throughout the book, as well as fascinating plot twists. To listen again knowing the ending would definitely be worth it!
It was a beautiful love story, just like Me Before You, but couldn't have been more different than Moyes' previous book. I thought she did a great job with historical fiction. The characters faced decisions that were life-changing - nothing black and white - and she worked through them in ways that felt real and believable.
The accents are fantastic and the emotions from their performances were just wonderful.
Yes, absolutely - I would've driven cross-country just to keep listening!
If you loved Me Before You, definitely try this book. Just know going in that they're completely different. JoJo Moyes is a masterful storyteller and I will definitely be watching for her next masterpiece!
Ok, the movie TERRIFIED me. I turned it off. I got this book to see how it ended and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was completely different than the movie.
This is an old book and so the explanation of why the creatures are the way they are is different, so don't pick it based on the movie.
I really enjoyed listening to the main character struggle with life alone. I think it was harder for him to be isolated than to be in danger of dying - such a human trait, when all the daily noise dies away.
I grew up LOVING this book. I was so thrilled to find it in audio before going on a car trip. The kids really enjoyed it and asked lots of great questions. We had to keep pausing to discuss the story, the setting, why the boy was doing what he was doing, etc.
This was my first experiment sharing an audio book with the kids. I'm so glad I did. What a classic to start with!
If you don't know anything about this book, it was a great book for kids to fantasize about back in the day... running away from it all and living off the land. As an adult that is way too plugged in, this is a great fantasy now, but where would I plug my charger? I wonder if there is cell signal on the mountain?
I learned long ago that Nora Roberts has a formula, but it works. Anytime I want an easy read with great character development, a little mystery, some hesitation before admitting love, and then a happy ending, I know to grab her latest book. I'm not sure how she keeps coming up with different combinations, but I always enjoy them and am always missing the characters just a bit.
She didn't disappoint. Great beach read!
Oh my gosh... book was good, but I wanted to shake her. She just just never took control of her own happiness. If it happened to her, she was grateful, but she missed out on so much because she wouldn't go for what she wanted. And honestly, I'm not sure what she wanted. The point of the story was that she didn't KNOW what she wanted. I get that - I suffer from it - but it was frustrating to listen to it.
You know how you can look at other people's lives and think, "I know what you need... you should do x...", but you don't know what you need for your own life? That's this book in a nutshell.
Although the perspective was interesting, I would've liked more interaction with the rest of the characters. The small snippets with the President were just a tease. If this dressmaker truly was a witness to historic moments, it would've been fascinating to hear/read more (even if it is fictional) of that experience. Unfortunately, he was just a passing character for most of the book... Mrs. Lincoln just got to be annoying toward the end and I just wanted it to be over.
I am so glad I ignored all of the hype on this book. It is easy to forget who the real author is. The story, plot, characters... all richly developed and easy to visualize, just like her previous work, but nothing like the HP series. Fascinating to hear modern, non-magic stories from her in many of the same locations from London mentioned in previous books, but in such a "normal" story.
It definitely felt like the first in a series, and I can't wait to hear what happens to Strike as time goes on.
At one point when the news broke, I heard Strike described as "Hagrid in a trench coat" - I don't know if that comparison was made before or after the reveal, but it definitely influenced how I pictured Strike in my head (or his hair, at least).
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