I cant say that this is one of Chris Bohjalian's best books, but I enjoyed the narration and the story intrigued me. I liked the way he got into the details of life in Italy for a "noble" family during the German occupation and weaved a murder mystery/ serial killer into it.That was a bit contrived in my opinion but that is what fiction is all about! It was by no means a favorite for me but it was entertaining and kept my interest.
Khristine Hvam could read the dictionary to me and I would be happy! She saved this audiobook from total mediocrity! The story reminded me of a 2013 version of the "afterschool movie of the week" from 30 yrs ago. Same basic premiss of adolescent bullying that went on when I was in HS, just updated with cyberbullying, homosexuality and working parents. It would have been more interesting if it was better edited and a few non-important characters were left out. I think that a teen might enjoy this book and it could open up a discussion for parents to explore boundaries. For my adult bookclub it was a poor selection, thankfully not mine.
I found this historical novel about the Borgias fascinating. With all that has been written about them through the years, I feel that Ms. Dunant has done a wonderful job of making them come alive as real people. You feel the pain Lucretia feels as a young innocent who is manipulated by her father and brother. The arrogance and lust for power of Cesare and the corrupt and exploitive nature of the Pope in almost every aspect of his life except his love for his children . It was not a fast moving book but the fabulous narration of Mr. Ballerini kept me listening and wondering what would happen next! If you like Historical fiction I think you will find this book well written and researched
I had the opportunity to meet Khristine Hvam, who narrates this audio, recently and was surprised to learn about her career as a reader for my favorite form of entertainment- audiobooks!!!. She recommended a few books I might like and I chose this one. While this is not my favorite genre, I enjoyed every minute of Khristine's amazing narration. She is one of those readers like Scott Brick or Eduardo Ballerini, that can make any book come to life and shine. While the story itself was not that original or exciting, her interpretation of it made it entertaining for me and I enjoyed listening.If you enjoy this genre than I highly recommend this audio....even if its not your genre you will still enjoy Khristine!
I purchased this book when it was on sale and it seemed to me to be similar to the Maisie Dobbs series. I was sorely disappointed. Perhaps I should have started with the first book in the series rather than #19, and I wonder why Audible didnt put that one on sale? The story was shallow and poorly written, the only saving grace was the narrator who saved it from being a total waste of time, and the small details about the Magdelene laundry.
I often wonder when I listen to or read a book that I find intolerably dull and boring, if perhaps I missed the point? Maybe more intellectual people than myself understood something I missed? I don't know, all I can say is that I gave it a shot and after the book was done I couldnt even tell you what happened as I couldnt follow the story and forgot whatever I heard a few minutes after listening. I have never listened to such a terrible narration. I am sure that many Native American narrators could have brought some life and excitement to the story- a great reader can make a mediocre book interesting- this narrator did the opposite. The story never captured me, the fables were boring, the characters poorly developed. The book just never seemed to come together into anything I found enlightening or different or significant. I don't recommend wasting your credits on this book.
I first read this book several months ago and fell in love with it. I talked my bookclub into reading it and decided to try the audio version since I didnt have time to reread. I was enchanted with the audioversion, the reader is absolutely the perfect HAROLD!!! The story unfolds slowly just like Harold's walk was painstakingly slow. Each encounter Harold has with the random strangers he meets, changes him and awakens his awareness about his life, his relationships, his mistakes and finally he finds his redemption. I have highly recommended this book to my friends and most have enjoyed it as much as I did. I think it's one of my favorites of the year!
Imagine a world without any of the basic medical tools we have today to diagnose and treat illness.Imagine having to use corpses of criminal for autopsies? Imagine the ignorance and superstition! As a nurse I always find these books fascinating. How did Physicians manage to treat their patients despite the lack of knowledge and lack of resources. How could murders ever be solved? It makes me thankful to live in the present century, and I find it fascinating to read (or listen in this case) to just how difficult everything was in those times.
I think this may be an earlier book by JJackson because it was not even close to her other books in any way. The characters were interesting but the story was flat. Even Ms. Jackson's amazing narration which, truthfully, I could probably enjoy listening to her read the dictionary, didnt save it. I recommend, A Grown Up Kind of Pretty, my favorite.
I enjoyed this book and think it would be a great book club pick. The exploration of grief from the perspective of 100 yrs ago was quite interesting to me as death is now one of our last taboo subjects. The parallel stories of the death of a marriage in the 1960's and the death of a lover in the 1900's was an interesting contrast. This book is all about the choices we make based on the societal norms of the time, grief and how we overcome and grow from it.
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