I should have been smart enough to realize that a book where the main character is in a coma through the whole thing would be boring...unfortunately I thought I'd give it a try. Another book that makes me wish we could get our money back. It was so boring. I did want to find out how it ended but it was so boring to get to....it dragged on and on and on....similar to being in a coma. First I set my Ipod on 2x speed so I'd get through it faster. Then I started fast forwarding and then listening, fast forwarding and then listening. Soon I was skipping ahead without even fast forwarding. I would have just ditched it but I wanted to know how it ended. I think I got this one on a sale, I've got to stop doing that.
I honestly don't understand how the movie of this title can be considered to be based off of this book - even loosely! The only things similar in the story were the character's names (and even some of those were changed) and the fact that it was about a guy forced to perform corporate espionage. Most everything else, major plotlines, what the characters were like, etc. was completely different - not just a little different. Here's what really stumps me. This was a GREAT book with awesome characters, plot twists, and a real twist at the end - they could have followed it exactly and had an amazing movie. Why on earth did they change it so much? If you read this book and see the movie, you'll see what I mean, how different they are! Loved the book, the movie was simply meh. So if you saw the movie and didn't think it was that great, don't let that stop you from listening to this book!
I really liked the first book in this series, Out of Egypt. It really made me think about what the experience of Jesus was growing up. This book did have some of that, but the disappointing part was that so much of the book was taken up by this odd plotline about the perils of a female character and how Jesus felt about her. Once that part of the book was over and it started getting into Jesus starting his ministry I liked it a lot more, but that was only toward the end, and having this large part of the book about a completely fictional character and relationship with Jesus was just not what I was looking for.
I don't think I'm going to listen to any more of Picoult's books. They usually have plots that should be very interesting and unique, but in all but one of her books that I've listened to, she puts so many little mini side stories in the book that really don't seem to add anything much more than length. For example, in this book there are these little side stories of how much the DA loves his baby daughter, or how the hero of the story was born, just lots of details and pieces in the book that don't really add to the story. I don't have a problem with an 18 hour long book, if the whole 18 hours seems to contribute value to the plot! And one odd thing about this one is, it spent so much time leading up to the end, and then at the end, the verdict is given and the book ends pretty quick after that. It's like after going on about lots of more trivial things, she just suddenly wanted to end the book when it got to a more important part of the plot.
I do not think this is Picoult's best book. I ALMOST stopped listening to it after the first couple of hours. What didn't I like? It spent way too much time at the beginning talking about what the mother was thinking about the terrible situation. But most of all, the main character, the mother, just wasn't very likeable to me. I really didn't like her, I didn't like how she reacted to things, she seemed selfish and at times her decisions didn't even make sense. Quite a few times I would think, "I can't believe you are acting like that." I also thought some of the situations were a bit too extreme and unbelievable. I did listen to the end just to find out what happened.
Yes, I'm a book lover, but for this one I'd say Watch the Movie. Yes, the book is well-written, has a poetic turn of phrase and lots of description, if you like that kind of thing - but I don't. I guess I just like books that move a little faster with the plot. This one had way too much description for me. I saw the movie, and that was pretty much all plot. Also the author talked pretty slow so I listened to it at double speed. Fast forwarded through a lot and finally stopped listening. The plot itself is interesting if you can get to it.
I mainly listened to this book because I was interested in how this family built their company, from a business aspect. The book really consists of the business stuff, the family stuff, hunting stuff, and recipes. The family stuff was good, but I have read lots of "advice about kids and marriage" family books so this was stuff I'd already heard and I fast forwarded through a lot of it. The hunting/fishing stuff I'm not really interested in so I fast forwarded through that. The recipes - well I don't cook and even if I did, not sure if I'd want to hear recipes read, so I fast forwarded through that. But the business stuff, which is the main reason I listened, was interesting! I'm not saying the book was bad, just for me it wasn't all information I was interested in. Seemed a little repetitive with the concepts at times too. Like "We all have different gifts and we all appreciate each others' differences." Seemed like that was said a lot.
I have listened to every Kinsey book since letter A. The narrator is great. However, the last one, V, I returned because it was confusing, had multiple plots, and I couldn't get through the first couple chapters. I decided to give it one more try with W and even preordered. I have to stop listening to this one and return it as well...why? Because of all the details! So many details it gets boring - I wish she'd stick to the plot. Here's an example - she goes to see Henry and he's gardening. She can't just say he's gardening, she has to say what he's wearing, he's in bare feet because he took his flip flops off, he's transferring a plant from one pot to a terra cotta pot, what kind of bench is in the garden, the watering can that's under the bench, etc. etc. none of which was pertinent to the plot. I'm okay with some details but this just goes too far. It's hard to start caring about the story when you have all of these "breaks" away from the actual plot. Guess I won't be finishing the alphabet!
This book started out a bit slow but it was interesting to learn about another culture. This book was valuable as it brings awareness to the horrors of human trafficking. It is hard to comprehend that this actually goes on in the world. I would have liked to know more of the story, what happens to the heroine after the end of the book, the continuation of her journey.
This was an interesting book, but I had a hard time getting past the narrator. I thought the narrator was an excellent actor, used good voices, and read very expressively. The problem was, I was often distracted by mouth noises and breathing noises if that makes sense - mouth noises like hearing spit in the mouth, and kind of loud breaths. Hard to explain but it was very distracting to me. And the thing is, if it weren't for those noises, he really would be a great narrator. Maybe he needs a less sensitive mic? I will have to decide if the interesting story is worth listening to more of these books.
I'm surprised there are so many good reviews of this book. It had WAY too much detail. I'm not sure why so much detail was needed, I finally had to stop listening to it, it took way too long to get to the actual story.
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