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.
If you like psychotic religion, this is for you. Couldn't stomach the likely fact-based abuse of women and boys by this religious cult. After numerous hours, couldn't find any redeeming features and gave up.
The Goldfinch is fabulous, one of the best books I've ever heard. This one, however, fails. Miserably. Start by having a female reader of a book written from the perspective of a 20-year-old male and his friends. Each character becomes more nasal and shrieky than the last.
Unlike The Goldfinch, these characters aren't likeable. I hung on to the very bitter end, hoping something would come of it, Wasn't worth it.
Here and there is a hint of the brilliance that shines throughout The Goldfinch, but none of the plot nuances.
Listen to The Goldfinch, it's hard to believe it's written by the same author. Leave this one behind....
Phenomenal writing, incredible dialog -- in multiple languages, unpredictable yet believable plot. Is it a love story, a mystery, an exploration of human nature, a classic pondering of the meaning of life? It's all those and more. I HOPE there is a sequel. Engrossing characters filled with flaws making you wish so much they take the right turn and life gets better. It does, then it doesn't, following life's always ups and downs. Hate for it to end. The Goldfinch makes up for all those "uh" books you feel you wasted a credit on. It's worth 6!
Interested in art or antiques this is definitely for you. Can't imagine it won't be a multiple award winner, if it isn't already.
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!
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