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.
Thought I'd address some of the criticisms of this book. Criticism: Poor writing, as if written by a teenager or not good writer. Yes, the writing was a bit simplistic in many places - however, I think that you would notice it much more if reading it than if listening to it, as the narrator was so excellent that the writing seemed a lot better with his expressions, different accents, etc. Criticism: Phrases used that were not common in that time, things like a skunk mentioned in Poland when there weren't skunks in Poland. Ok, I don't know if there were skunks in Poland nor do I care. It's a fictional story, I don't get my undies in a bundle about things not being completely accurate. But that's just me. Criticism: Book had too much proselytizing, too much Christian stuff, preachy. Yes, there were a few parts where they talked about the various characters' Christian beliefs but I didn't think it was THAT much or overdone or anything. Maybe some people are super sensitive to that kind of thing and really don't like it - I didn't think it was that bad. Those criticisms addressed, I did think the book got a bit long and started to drag on, particularly after they escaped. I liked the first half a lot better than the second half. I think if I was reading rather than listening I'd start skimming through pages after the halfway mark. But it did make me think about man's inhumanity to man and wonder how on earth something like that could happen - made me contemplate the origins of evil in the world and wonder why God (whom I do believe in) puts up with humans at all.
I didn't think the book answered the question the title posed, however, it was a great compilation of different Christian experiences around the world, it really makes you think about other cultures and that Christianity is not just the way it is in America. Lots of both inspiring and interesting stories. Each chapter, part 1 was a story about an area of group of people and part 2 was him reading one of his talks he gave to those people. I will have to say I liked the Part 1's better than the part 2's. But this was worth my time and gave me new insights.
I really like Frank Peretti and I wanted to like this book but I finally gave up about 1/3 of the way through it. It took WAY too long to get to the plot. Too much description, maybe he was trying to develop the characters, but it just got too boring. I really want to find a synopsis somewhere because I am interested in the plot and how the book ends, but it wasn't worth listening through all of the descriptive detail and parts of the story that dragged on forever to get to it.
I listened through quite a bit of this book and finally stopped. You'd think a book about teen vampires and their cohorts would be good but it just wasn't that interesting, not much happened. I didn't find the heroine to be very likeable.
So this wasn't the most spellbinding mystery ever, but it was a very enjoyable book. Why? The narrator was awesome, he really made the book, good at using different voices. There was some pretty funny/cute dialogue made better by the narrator. While the story was mostly just okay, the characters were likeable and I will probably listen to more of these books just to hear more about those characters and because the narrator was so good. One thing I have am confused about....if the book is called Tilt-A-Whirl and the crime happened on a Tilt-A-Whirl, why is the picture on the cover a roller coaster????
It was very interesting to listen to this book and the take of someone who works year after year with gang members. His point of view of compassion and unconditional love was challenging for me but it gave me lots of food for thought and a different way to think about "those people" such as gang members in a different light, and also how God views all of us.
I know a lot of people were mad when Patterson left Cross My Heart as a cliffhanger. This book makes up for it. It was the best Alex Cross I've listened to. It was cool how the various characters stepped up and helped Alex, and I liked the part where he paired up with Ava and how she was brought into the story. I suppose some might be surprised by some of the twists - as a frequent Alex Cross listener I found them to be rather predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. Great book. Patterson, please keep letting Alex have happy endings, and Nanna Momma, as well as the rest of his family, must never die. Some things you just don't tamper with!
I grew up with Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley and would have thought this would have been much more interesting. I was pretty bored. The numerous chapters on her childhood were not that interesting, and I ended up starting to skip chapters looking for the "good stuff" such as the Laverne and Shirley heydays. Even that wasn't very interesting. I finally gave up on the book.
The narrator was pretty good, but spoke in an English accent (or maybe supposed to be Irish) which was not something I'm used to so I don't know if that contributed to the fact that I just couldn't get into the book. I quit on it after several chapters.
So I waited for this story to get interesting and become a thriller and it just didn't happen....I listened to like 17 out of 47 chapters and finally got tired of waiting. Maybe it becomes a thriller after that...but I got tired of waiting and stopped listening.
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