I loved the honesty and lack of pretense. The characters were alive, their problems real. Very well done.
The only other book I could think to compare Heft to is Wuthering Heights... Disfunctional characters trying to survive.
The narrators did an excellent job. They were very good with the New York accents of Charlene and the Spanish-New York of Yolanda. They sounded like gum snapping, diner waitresses and I was fascinated that Arthur gave them the time of day. The contrast between them seemed too wide a gap to bridge.
I loved the book and was deeply engrossed in the drama. The ending was a bit confounding, but the story never let's you go. It haunts your thoughts even after you put it down.
curious, upsetting, shocking
The shocking, accidental discovery of a murdered Amish boy.
Can't say I have a favorite, but the narrator does such a good job that you always can sense which character is speaking.
The murder that rocked the Amish community
This book is part of a trilogy, so you are left wanting more. I love Amish books and the interesting way in which the Amish survive amongst the Englishers. I never seem to weary of the contrasts and the attraction of one to the other. It's intriguing, too, to witness how the older Amish generations guide the youngsters, but there is no leniency...if they don't follow the Amish "ways", the are "shunned". I find it amazing that families will ostracize their own children...I can't understand how one could turn away from one's child. Strict love, more like God's tough love.
Maybe...after enough time has gone by that I don't remember all the details. The thrill of the first time would be missing as I know what happens. However, I realize during a second reading I would pick up things I missed the first time around.
My favorite character was Kristin, the lead character; however, there's this creepy guy that keeps popping up telling her "You've been warned" that adds the creepy, scary element to the book...he's a pretty good character, too, although not one you like but essential to the story line.
I have not heard this narrator before.
I don't think it made me laugh or cry, but it did have me biting my nails...the chilling photos and twists kept me turning pages long past lights out.
While there's a supernatural element to the book, I really got into it. I tend to dislike books with supernatural elements as I like being grounded in reality...like vampires, witches, ghosts...I just can't get into those. But this one is subtle and, initially, you're not even aware of it. You get pulled into it naturally. I am a James Patterson fan and have read his book, "When the Wind Blows" about the bird/child, Max. Those were not believable but I was totally caught up in them and cried my eyes out over the poor kids.
Fun, intriguing book. I highly recommend.
Suspect ranks #1
I'd compare it to Merry Christmas Alex Cross in the intensity and narration. This book has the bonus of the dog. Crais really got into the head and nose of the dog. That added a phenomenal dimension I'd never experienced before.
Great reading, perfect voice... Loved his intensity when situations escalated.
We're pack... Alpha safe, pack safe!
The dog element was phenomenal... Craig really got the dog element right!
The most interesting aspect was the immigration; the insurmountable hurdles these folks had to go through yet did so with all their hearts and souls. They appreciated America more than their offspring ever could.
He's a good narrator and made the accents believable giving it the authenticity of immigration.
I would like to take the original immigrants, Frederick and Jette, to dinner. It would be an amazing experience to discuss the strength it took to board a ship going to a new country with no prospects for employment, housing or medical... And Jette was nearly full term in a pregnancy that led to all the events of the book. Terrifying what immigrants went through back then.
I enjoyed the early part of the book but less so with each subsequent generation.
I don't think so. I didn't care for the narrator too much. I thought the different voices sounded odd.
I liked the bed and breakfast idea but the characters and storyline seemed off somehow. For one thing, the inn owner and both guests were all dealing with death. That seemed a bit over the top.
I liked the straight narration but didn't care for the "voices" of the characters.
I was glad Josh and Richard made peace but it was a bit strained I thought.
While I liked the premise, the story writing and characters felt off a bit. I didn't care much for the narration and I'm wondering if I would have liked it more had I read it in print form. I gave it 4 stars reluctantly...but I'm not sure I'd read another Macomber book.
I wouldn't recommend this book to all friends, but I would definitely recommend to my Christian friends that like tender love stories.
I love the Amish theme and the cooking and caring of all...the warmth that emanates takes me back to a simpler time when people looked out for others rather than themselves.
The three words that come to mind are: warm, gentle, convincing. That aside, some good sound effects would have added to the overall experience, like background noise at social gatherings and the clip-clopping of horses hooves when riding in the buggies.
I would like to take Suzie so I could hear what's going on in her little head...although she's very outspoken and does reveal her thoughts regularly.
Like all Amish stories, Naomi' s Gift is warm and inviting and you feel part of the tight-knit community. I love spending Christmas with the Amish family found within the pages of this book.
The story was fantastic, but I have to say, the presentation really brought it to life. The narrators were terrific but the thrill was in the sound effects. This was absolutely the best Audible book I've heard to date!
The story line was fantastic and living on the east coast really adds a whole new dimension to it. Having worked for Amtrak for many years, I knew how authentic and well researched the details were. Terrifying and thrilling! Great job Mr. Patterson!
Naturally, Alex Cross was my favorite character, but the female terrorist was a close second. The narrator for her was very convincing, and the whole mindset of her and "the family" was a real eye opener.
There were many touching moments that were punctuated by Alex Cross' s love and concern for his family and what his job was doing to them. In addition, my heart went out to the children throughout the book.
I highly recommend not only the book, but particularly the Audible version. This was truly the best audio production I've ever heard! I was captivated from beginning to end!
Rich was not the person to read this. His voice was a bit monotone and began to irritate me. Also, while ultra books usually are motivating, the only motivation I got from this one was to finish.
No, I love inspirational books and am seldom bored or disappointed.
Not sure what would help. It was just boring...
Get a new narrator.
I would read this book again; it was fascinating and inspirational. He really set the bar high for his engineers to reach the unreachable...but they always did!
Steve was difficult and weird but I loved his vision and philosophy. "Make it something WE want!" He always demanded a lot, often at the expense of others, but he sure got people to rise to the challenge and they always came through (or they were through). I really loved his vision for simplicity...he had great taste...all Apple products have always had tremendous aesthetic appeal. He really inspires me to strive and not settle for less than perfection.
The delivery was excellent. I'm in awe of someone that can read such a lengthy book, yet always sounding as fresh as the first page! I almost felt like he was Jobs...but I've never heard Jobs speak.
The Difficult Visionary
I was never an Apple or Jobs fan but I have a new respect for both. His vision changed the world, there's no doubt about that. And while I also enjoy Android, I realize now that even Android most probably would not have been born had it not been for Jobs' vision. He spurred the competition to new heights. Who would have ever thought a cell phone could do so much...not to mention music players and tablets! Thank you Steve...you have greatly enhanced our lives!!!
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