This book was horrible. I thought it would have lots of cute doggie stuff in it. It has some, but few and far between. Mainly it's about an unlikeable jerk of a guy, and is full of bad language and vulgar situations. I listened until it was halfway through and it got worse, not better. After getting through half of it, I couldn't even finish it, it was so bad.
The story was just okay...I may have liked it more with a different reader. This narrator read VERY slowly with long pauses. I listened to it sped up 2x which made it seem kind of choppy but at least it wasn't so slow.
I really tried to get into this book but it was just kind of boring and took forever to get to the point, I couldn't summon up a liking for any of the characters. I finally gave up after 5 of 22 chapters.
I really loved this book. If you like "Hunger Games" or what-if type books on what crazy things could happen in the future, this was a very well-written, great story. I liked it so much I'm going to buy the Kindle edition as well. The narrator did a great job with the voices too.
I started listening to this and couldn't get very far into the book so it's not fair for me to rate the story...although it did seem very gory....but what I couldn't stand was the male narrator. He slurred his words and sounded like he was drunk and it was so distracting I couldn't get past it. The female narrator was fine but I just couldn't stick with the story because of the male.
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.
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