Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013
This novel spanning more than 50 years is one of the most beautiful, heart wrenching stories I've ever read. And the daughter looking for the father and going to find him, learning all that happened in his past is unusual and touching. I can't recommend it enough.
I stuck with this one until the end, but it only got worse . . . the narration was nails-on-the-blackboard irritating . . . needless to say, I won't be listening to any more in the series.
I bought Book of Souls because it was listed as a modern detective, mysteries/thriller book. However, for the most part that is NOT what it is. It is a good listen, and has the components of espionage and murder, but the underlying theme is religion and the end times. While interesting, the fantastical and strange tale that the author weaves is neither believable nor biblical. Mixing in Catholicism and Protestantism into his writing, enough of which is true, some readers may be foolish enough to buy into some of his far fetched tale as biblical prophecy . . . which could not be farther from the truth. The author has a good imagination, and I enjoyed listening to the book . . . the ending was worth the wait.
The historical account of Pat Conroy's teaching experience on the island of South Carolina's coast caused a rush of emotions for me. Having grown up in the same volatile era myself, I was both angry and sympathetic to his situation. Pat himself notes that had he been a little older and more mature, he may have handled the situation differently, thus prolonging his teaching years on the island. I very much enjoyed the tales of his interaction with the students, parents and inhabitants of Yamacraw Island, which were both funny and endearing. I found much of what he had to say about the Vietnam war, hunting, religion and HIMSELF to be very short sighted and one sided. He did many good things with his students, one of the most important being teaching them that they could go anywhere and be ANYTHING that they choose. But long term, a teacher cannot be friends with his students, bringing them home to spend the night at his house, cussing and taking the Lord's name in vain. While it may improve the child's self esteem, it does not prepare a student for life in the workplace or the professional world at large. The biggest thing that Mr. Conroy did is FIGHT for and LOVE the kids and families of the island, give them a voice, which was desperately needed. For that, I have great respect for Pat Conroy.
Wow! Never expected this one to be so good! I love southern fiction, and this one is set in Mississippi, smack in the middle of the Bible belt . . . and sadly but truthfully, a place that is full of believers . . . and hypocrites galore. And just like in Tin God, they are not always easily identified by outward appearances. Jaymee Ballard gave up her baby girl to adoption several years ago, coerced by someone she trusted, when she was just seventeen. But she has never given up on finding her. Jaymee only told one person in Roselea, Mississippi about her daughter . . . now that person has been murdered. Four years earlier, Jaymee's best friend, Lana, who was trying to help Jaymee find her daughter, was also murdered. Are the two murders connected? As the search for the killer progresses, the little town of Roselea comes unraveled . . . and evil is found in unexpected places.
The Baker's Wife is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I love Christian fiction, and this one is exceptional on many levels. It's a crime drama (one of my favorite), and it also tells the story of two very different families, who profess to be Christians. Jack, police officer and deacon in the church, wears his "Christianity" like a cloak of righteousness, quipping out Bible verses like weapons against everyone he meets. He led the deacons and church to dismiss their pastor, Geoff for allegedly coercing Jack and Julie's daughter, Miralee into having an abortion. Now the pastor and his wife have opened a bakery together, and continue to serve the Lord. Geoff's wife, Audrey (The Baker's Wife) hits a motor scooter in dense fog one morning . . . but the rider is nowhere to be found. The story that unfolds is harrowing . . . and amazing.
From the author of The Harbinger, Jonathan Cahn, explains in detail the meaning of the Jewish Shemitah, evidence of what has happened historically during Shemitah years and what may be expected if God's people do not repent and turn their hearts back to God. To my knowledge, such an in depth study and explanation of God's plan, His mercy and His judgement has not been written in such a simple and understandable way before. Yes, there are many repetitions in this book. But history seems to keep repeating itself. Because we humans are HARD HEADED, stiff necked people. And God wishes that NONE perish. I would highly recommend The Mystery of the Shemitah, AND The Harbinger.
If you love old books, old fairy tales, and old Germany, this one's for you . . . Having lived in Germany twice and visited all three of King Ludwig's castles, I was captivated by this historical (fictional) tale moving between current day and the last days of the king's reign. If you don't have a vivid imagination or value things of old, it may not be for you . . . but I found myself lost in it . . . once again walking in Linderhof, Neuschuanstein, and Herrenchemchiemsee castles. The modern day murder and the box containing the diary that leads Steve and Sara back to the castles in search of answers is a mystery that keeps you listening . . . and wondering . . . a great journey!
I didn't expect to enjoy this one quite so much! But I connected with Samantha right away . . . down to earth, no frills, no pretense . . . and gutsy! And not as skinny as a toothpick to boot! Cleaning repossessed houses and baking, she runs onto a dead artist in one of the homes she has come to reclaim . . . and the authorities want to tie it up with a bow as "natural causes" . . . but Sam is pretty sure that something diabolical happened here . . . This is a clean, entertaining listen . . .
Johannes Vermeer's painting of Girl with a Pearl Earring has always been a favorite of mine . . . and this historical fiction audio book lends depth and meaning to the era. You can almost see the streets of Delft, hear the sounds and feel the cobblestones under your feet. Entering the quiet, private world of an artist, Griet was envied and hated by the other servants . . . and even by Vermeer's wife and family. But (even though fiction) we are given a glimpse of what goes on in the mind of a painter . . . a slow, purposeful, deliberate painter, who cares for little else than his art . . . in many ways a weak man, a shallow man, a single-minded man, absent to his family . . . yet a genius . . . Tracy Chevalier has done a marvelous job of capturing both Griet and Vermeer. A short, though captivating listen.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Final Cut . . . it's different, weaving a tale of intrigue and mystery going back centuries. The diamond (Koh-i-Noor), part of the Jewels of the Lion exhibition belonging to Queen Mother in England is about to go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And despite every security precaution, it is stolen. The Koh-i-Noor hasn't always belonged to the Brits though . . . and legend has it that the diamond has healing powers . . . After listening to The Final Cut, I researched the history of the Koh-i-Noor, which is fascinating. This was a most satisfying and fun listen.
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