This is very light reading that I found delightful. The characters were such fun and it was wonderful to have an "older woman" as a main character for those of us that are not in our early 20's.
Jonathan Tropper created such memorable characters, I can't seem to shake them and I'm hopeful he'll write about them again. The book was wonderful -- he captured how annihilating losing a spouse can be. There are some very poignant moments. The family was a stitch as well as a heart breaker.
I have read Tropper's books and find them hysterical and thought-provoking. I listened to one other of Tropper's which was narrated by Scott Brick. He is a very talented and popular narrator. However, in my opinion, he does not have comedic timing. Eric Ruben, on the other hand, is terrific and I found myself laughing out loud many times. He was excellent. He really added to the book and I'm hopeful that future books by this author will be read by Ruben or others rather than using Brick.
This is a book I will listen to again and encourage you to spend the credit.
Another zany adventure from Hiaasen. Not my favorite, but that could be due to the narrator. He has a sort of New York accent. He'd probably be great reading Elmore Leonard's work but he doesn't fit here. It's a shame. So I'd say don't miss it, just don't listen to it. I'm going to read it and I think I'll enjoy it more.
The positive part of this book is the performance. I enjoyed all of the narrators. And there's a great twist in the story.
However for me, it's difficult to listen when I don't like any of the characters in the book. They are really hateful, antisocial people. The youngest daughter doesn't seem believable at all. Very one dimensional. The family's mother is a bit redeeming. Overall, these are not people I wanted to get to know. I continued to listen, however as I wanted to learn whether what goes around would come around in this tale.
Cannot recommend this one.
Tina Fey can write...and read. She was a great narrator of her very funny book. In fact, I think listening to her probably made the book much better than reading it. I'm still laughing thinking about some of her descriptions.
I enjoyed the peek behind the scenes and learning about the actors as people. And since reading the book, have watched and appreciated 30 Rock. She is candid in relating personal details about her birth family as well as her husband and daughter. In fact, I think I want to be her best friend.
Listening to the video in the book is a bonus. And be sure and download the PDF.
I couldn't listen to this book. I found it boring, didn't like the narration, and found it dragged. I see where others have said it picks up a little, but I couldn't wait for it. Audible and I have been attached for several years and this is only the second book I couldn't get through.
Once again Tom Wolfe gives us a wonderful novel. The characters are so defined and the story is great. He's an amazing author. I loved CHARLOTTE SIMMONS and this book is equally as terrific. Lou Diamond Phillips is the perfect choice to narrate this novel.
In mid winter in Oregon, it was good to spend some time in Florida.
The author/reader reveals so much in this terrific book. The reader can learn so much about different types of dog training, about relationships, about war and about PTSD. The book made me want to sit down with Luis Montalvan and have a long conversation. His candidness is quite uncommon and much appreciated. This book really moved me.
The result of how dogs impact people is fascinating and explained very well in the book. If you are a dog lover, you will be an "Until Tuesday" lover. And thankfully, no dogs die in this book.
Molly Harper does it again. More witty repartee -- another fun read. She uses a clever way to continue to connect with past characters. It's entertaining to go back to the Hollow and catch up a little with Jane, Andrea and Jolene. Do miss Zeb, Dick and Gabriel, though.
I wonder if Ms. Harper would consider doing another "Nice Girls" book about Jane and Jamie? In my opinion, Jane is the most entertaining as she comes with her wonderful and zany family. When Jane and Zeb get together, it's generally pretty funny.
Overall though, as long as Molly Harper keeps writing, I'm a happy camper. It's such fun to find books like hers that give me good laughs consistently.
Speaking of which, I'd love to know what's happening in Grundy, Alaska these days.
This is a wonderful novel that is beautifully written. Can't imagine that there is anyone that wouldn't find something in this book that strikes a chord. Jess Walter introduces us to each character by presenting them in such a thorough way. Mr. Walter has presented an opportunity to see that it's never too late; that redemption is possible. He shows us that good things exist if we choose to reach for them.
Listening to Edoardo Ballerini, a master, read this book is delicious. Each of the characters are enhanced by his interpretation.
I didn't want this book to end. I wanted to hear more about these people that were brought to life. They all have depth. And the book did not leave me frustrated with the "what happened to's". In other words, the story is complete.
Luckily, there are more novels by Jess Walter and more books read by Edoardo Ballerini.
I have read all of Jennifer Weiner's books. Her early works with that "witty repartee" were more enjoyable for me. I think, though that part of why I didn't enjoy this book more was because of the narrator. Olivia Thirlby's voice sounds (to me) too young and no Boston accent either. More importantly her comic timing isn't good. I think if I had read this book, it would have been funnier. There are some good lines but the narrator misses them.
The ending was very obvious, I thought. That's disappointing to me.
Still, the book is worth reading. Most people will be able to relate to the theme of not fitting in; of missing out on a chunk of life, etc. But I would recommend against listening to this one.
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