Listening to this book was difficult. At times I thought I couldn't take much more because the author did such a masterful job in portraying the characters and the characters were not very nice (putting it mildly). But I think this is what made the book so good.
One of the main reasons why this book resonated with me was the reader. Barbara Rosenblatt's reading is so exactly right. She projects the anger and dismay and frustration of the protagonist perfectly. This is one book that I feel is much better in the audible format than it would be if just read. In just reading the prose I'm not sure I would have felt such a visceral connection to the characters.
The only reason I only gave it four stars is that I feel the subject matter is so disturbing that some might not be able to get past it.
I absolutely loved this book. I think the author gave the readers a true picture of Julia Child - warts and all. She was an amazing character, someone I would love to have met.
This is a very long book but that was one of the things I enjoyed most. When I knew I was getting close to the end I was wishing it could go on.
One thing I would say is that "don't listen to this book if you are hungry"! The descriptions of the recipes and the food had my drooling all over my car!
If you are at all in to food, cooking or just remember Julia from your childhood I think you will enjoy this book.
I am a big fan of any kind of legal thriller or procedural. In that category this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the courtroom scenes though the author repeated many legal cliches I have heard in other books.
My main problem throughout the entire book was the fact that the protagonist was not a very likable person. And I usually want the main character of a book to be someone I can be sympathetic to. Alex Miller was not that guy.
Overall I enjoyed the book and felt the narrator did an excellent job, But the whole time I was listening I was just annoyed with Alex Miller!
Grisham's early books were so good that I have remained a fan even though I feel the quality has fallen off quite a bit. I enjoyed this book but there was certainly never any suspense. It was interesting more for the information about litigation lawyers. I wish Grisham would write another book like "The Firm" or "The Pelican Brief". Still I felt this was worth the credit and it kept me listening. However the final wrap-up seemed very contrived.
I read Presumed Innocent over twenty years ago and always considered it one the best books I'd ever read. It definitely turned me in to a Scott Turow fan and I have read everything he's written since then.
This new book "Innocent" is a great follow-up to Presumed Innocent but I would recommend that if you haven't read Presumed Innocent you should do so before starting Innocent. You will be able to relate to the characters and follow the story line much better.
Scott Turow has created a terrific story to bring all these old characters back to life. The plot was entirely believable but had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing almost until the end. I did not want the book to end.
Also Edward Hermann is a masterful narrator. The fact that he is an esteemed actor really comes through.
I listen to a lot of books (and read even more)and this is by far one of the best books
I've read (heard) in several years.
I hope that they make a movie of it. Harrison Ford could still play the lead!
As a lover of all of Anne Tyler's books I probably have a predisposition coming in but I felt this book was wonderful. The characters are so real and believable. Blair Brown's reading really makes the story come alive. I didn't want it to end.
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