This is a writer's read, wonderful characterizations, dialects delightfully read, details perfectly accurate, an unpredictable plot with interesting twists and turns. As a Yankee who moved to Lexington in '78 and was shocked by "the help", racism and friends with "mammys" this makes it all fit perfectly. Insightful...don't miss it. It's a shame it ended so soon. Hope she writes more.
Grisham knows human nature as well as legal proceedings. He masterfully combines subtle and overt racism and history with greed, "what ifs" and Southern attitudes. Some of the accents the narrator uses are a bit odd, but it's a "don't want to put it down" plots with great and surprising twists and turns.
While I've listened to lots of James Lee Burke's novels in this series and enjoyed the educated viewpoint, well researched plots and strong characters, this one was exceptionally full of obscenities and mindless violence. It could easily be used by a psychotic person as a recipe for getting away with murder, how to clean up crime scenes, etc. While it's supposed to be frightening, this went way too far for me. I don't want those sex-based torture scenes replaying in my head like the fact-based war novels I've read. This is probably the last James Lee Burke book I will listen to.
Having tremendous respect for Jim Henson and intrigued about what made him the man he was, I hesitated at reading some reviews but didn't believe them. Believe them. If you like reading the "begats" in the Bible" then this is for you
If you can slough thru the initial tedium, there are a few slightly interesting stories. What a disappointment!
Jojo's "The Horse Dancer" was superb, her second book nearly as good, but this one at least ties Horse Dancer as one of the best books I've heard over the last 8-10 years. Hope she puts out several a year! Tried to buy Horse Dancer in print but it wasn't available in the US last Christmas. A writer of her caliber should be available in all media anywhere!
If you've ever cared for someone who's mobility is or has been limited, her extensive research will inspire you.
Beautifully read, love the English phrases that don't exactly translate into "American."
A thought-provoking treatise on life, day to day living, the goals and activities that keep us focused. Me Before You prompts questions about your own life, gratitude for your physical being and how you're living, regardless of your means.
Don't miss it! Hated for it to end, hated to put it down.
Written by a writer who excels at the craft, the plot twists and turns never predictably, but always logically. Characters are engaging and memorable. My new favorite writer, I will buy more of her books. Well read as well.
Lots of unnecessary graphic violence and swearing. Premise is intriguing but the story didn't come together until the very end. Leaping from one scene to another made it awkward to follow. Characters could be better developed. Not terrible, could have been great.
Barbara Kingsolver is a writer's writer, choosing words to paint illustrations of the situations in which her characters live. Her description of the Dollar General stores in the Appalachians puts you there between the carts with lopsided wheels, observing the clientele. Beautifully researched and unpredictable as always. Enjoy!
Jill's wit isn't as sharp as the first book but is still there. The traditional religion angle is tedious and not what I was looking for.
it's her book she can perform it however she wants. This is a really stupid question.
Triumph over adversity
The Poisonwood Bible - dysfunctional father dictating the lives of family members.
This question format is flat out stupid.
Glad I listened to Half Broke Horses first to set the tone. No one could make up these stories as incredible as they are. Facinating in how each family member dealt with the cards they held. Would love to see other stories from the view of the sisters and brothers. For all the people who play "poor me" who have much more than the Walls did, this is an inspiration. Can never guess where the "plot" will turn. You are always rooting for "the right thing" to happen, even tho it seldom does.
Written by a real horse person who understands horses and riding and the parallels with many life experiences. Based in history, well researched, not predictable but believable.
If you're a horse person who likes a thread of real horsemanship run thru a memorable and entertaining story, listen to "The Horse Dancer." Print version not available in the U.S. tho.
Lilly, she's real, honest, straightforward and opinionated.
The people who critized the reader should write their own books and read them, for pete's sake why be picky about someone's accent.....
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