I honestly tried to like this book. The reviews were good, the author is well known and has published several books. This is my type of genre. I usually love the family saga but this was "sheer labor". I just couldn't finish it. The reader's voice for Cornelius made the character sound like he was 90 years old and the portrayal of these people and their lives just had a plastic coating on it. Nothing about it seemed real. Finally, the stilted British accent simply didn't fit the American characters at all.
This book and the reading there of were a huge
empty disappointment for me. Sorry- I rarely pan a book but this one was just painful to listen to.
I am simply appauled at how shallow and inane this book is. My daughter loved it and that shocked me because she's a pretty intellegent woman. It seems I failed to teach her the difference between well written literature with an erotic flavor and just plain garbage. It's not even that the extremes of the erotica bothered me but the dialog is trite and inane. Since I couldn't get half way through it, I can only hope it got better. If you want to read some stimulating erotica, read "Lady Chatterly's Lover," "Fanny Hill," or "Forever Amber." Try some of Diana Gabaldon's books. At least you might learn something about history and about decent writing if you do. The narrator made Ana sound like she was 13 and just finishing middle-school. All I can say is, "E.L., use some that money to take a writing course." So sorry I wasted my credit on this. It's so light weight, it floats on its own.
Learn to write and start over
Find a new narrator.
All of the above. Anger, that our education system is turning out people who write so poorly--Sadness that we have dumbed down our educational standards to the point that something like this could even get publihed; and disappointed because I was hoping for a good, stimulating and intellegent read.
I have to say I was more than a little disappointed in this book. It was just not up to Balacci's usual standard for a "twists and turns" mystery. There were too many characters, most of whom became suspects of the crimes at one time or another. The story was just too complex and because of this, much of what happened in the book just was not believable. The ending was rediculous with the character's actions and motive. I won't spoil it for those who may read it by saying more on that. Not Mr. Baldacci's best effort but that said, he is still a most talented writer and I will continue reading his books.
I like a sexy little romance as well as the next person. I was prepared for the "plot" to provide only a thinly desguised excuse for lots of hot sex. I was not prepared for the main characters to be so completely hollow and like cardboard cutouts. I can give the author credit for pretty good sex scenes, though even there the dialogue was pretty trite. But Molly, oh my, Molly was nothing but a characature. The reader didn't help at all with her school girl voice. I have to say this was the worst book I've downloaded to date from Audible. Guess you gotta get a "dog" once in a while. I give myself an A for wading all the way through instead of quitting. I'm not trying to be brutal. I'm just stating my honest views.
Great idea for a plot but it just never hit its mark. The twists and turns were too gratuitous to the attempt at a plot and it just did not flow. It had its moments and waded through it because I rarely quit on a book but this one was a disappointment. The reader did a fine job and the characters were enjoyable. Their personalities were well developed if a bit stuffy but the book is not without merit. It just didn't come off as I think the author might have hoped. Maybe the next book will be better.
I almost quit on this book before I started. It ws apparent early-on that Finn was the lowest of lost souls and a truly creepy, unredeemable character. I knew there was going to be no happy ending for this man and wasn't sure I wanted to continue with such a depressing theme. I can only say I am very glad I did. The author is a courageous and most creative writer and the story is sadly all too believable. I think the theme of the "sins of the father being visited on the child" comes through clearly when you see how cold and rejecting "the judge" was toward Finn. Finn's slide into total degradation and ultimately a form of insanity is much of his own doing but the direction of his path was set for him in his childhood.
The author did a superb job and I hope will possible carry us on into Huck's future with another novel. The genius of the book is that it in no way disturbs the purity of the Twain classic, in fact I think it enriches it. The book is sad but provides a lot of insight into how "lost souls" get that way. The reader takes a little getting used to but he does an outstanding job with Finn's voice. So glad I didn't quit; this is an amazing book. Read it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and especially enjoyed the reader and her interpretation of the different characters. There were certainly enough interesting twists and turns and the author did an outstanding job of starting with the ending and making the reader hungry for every detail that it took to reach that ending. There is something in this book for everyone; romance, war, social change and unheaval, complex interpersonal relationships, secrets, mystery and lots of human interest. I'm hoping to see another book by this author on the audible list.
I almost didn't listen to this book. Something about the way it started made me think I had just made a bad choice. I couldn't have been more wrong and am so glad I returned to listen. First, the book provides a wonderful way to learn about WWII and the Battle of the Bulge in whih I had always been interested since I had an uncle captured in that battle. Somehow, beyond my college course in World History, I had never made it back to really read and understand that pivotal battle. This book provides a clear view of the horrors of that battle and that war woven into an excellent account of the historical facts of the Allies' travail after Normandy. What is so neat is that this is all set in the entertaining and captivating intrigue of a mystery and love story, both of which will keep you guessing to the last page. The author really outdid himself on this one providing a banquet for the reader that includes insights into complex human relationships, social inequality, issues of honor and integrity, historical events, mystery, sacrifice for true love and a world that would be forever changed by the second global war. Rich and resounding, it is a must read for practically everyone.
I really loved this series and each of the characters in it. Maybe it's because I know that area of the country well and have been to Big Stone Gap and attended the University of Tennessee. Thus I could relate well to the references to places and the discriptions of life in those beautiful hills. These books are warm and deep in a very "real life" way. The story is about real people's lives, not a lot of fictionally false twists and turns where all the loose ends tie neatly together in the end. I especially enjoyed hearing the author read the first 3 books in the series. "Big Cherry Holler" is the second in the series and I recommend you start with "Big Stone Gap and follow with this book, then "Milk Glass Moon" and finally "Home to Big Stone Gap." If you like stories that relate to most of our lives and relationships, you will love these books.
I love historical fiction and this book is a fine example. It was well written, very well researched, and well read by the narrator. This was a period in European history about which I knew little and I learned a great deal while being highly entertained by the events in the lives of the characters which were loosely based on historical figures. This is a very pallatable way to get your history lesson. Having been to Vinci and seen Leonardo's house and models of his inventions, I could easily climb into this story and felt I had a better insight into this man's amazing genius.
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