Another one that I forced myself to finish. Too much hype about the book/movie ruined it for me to the point that I have the movie unopened. Too much packed into one story for me.
I have never liked Randy Alcorn but thought I would see if this was different.
Bottom line - not for me.
I had stopped reading Beverly Lewis as it seemed most of the stories were basically the same with just a different name to the characters. This one is based mostly in the "Englisher" world but there are Amish traits that weigh into the story.The guts of this story takes place in the last half of the second download. I really did not care for this narrator - she does not do male voices well at all - almost to the point of stopping the listen. The ending was okay and good for the characters. Did this keep me enraptured and on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter? No.
So me this was "just okay".
I am for the most part a big David Baldacci fan. I think the synopsis doesn't convey the real content of this book. Some of it was focused on North Korean prison camps with some graphic disturbing scenes. I wasn't prepared for this and there was more vulgar language than necessary. These prison camps don't treat females well and this was hard to listen to. Once that portion was over and the focus went to Will Robey and Jessica Riehl it was more like what I am use to with previous David Baldacci books. Most of the real action took place in the last 25% of the book and it will suffice to say the end surprised me greatly. I won't say more without being a spoiler.
This story was difficult to finish - but I am stubborn enough to not waste my money. There was a lot of back and forth in this story line and at times hard to follow which character was being focused on. The main character who has visions from God was weak in my opinion. I think the reason I pursued and finished was I liked the idea of using our relationship with God to know which direction to move in life. The underdog was the teen couple and the story of their daughter. So without being a spoiler I will just say if you start it - hunker down to finish it.
This was a good story based on a strong lead character who is a staunch Christian. This plays a pivotal role in many aspects of the story. For once it was a story that did not have such a happy ending. Now the narrator is another story. If I was not so interested in the outcome of the story I would have bailed. She can not do the multiple gender narration at all.
If you can get past the narration you will enjoy the listen.
This was a slow go for me - I would say I was a good 50% thru the listen before it really captured me. The dynamics of the characters who lived in Harper house were really good. I especially like Stella and her unexpected beau. The ghost was interesting and without being a spoiler I will say I was disappointed and felt like I was left hanging with the ending. I guess I will have to continue to read the series.
Sidebar - I wish these talented writers would understand they can still have successful careers without using the unnecessary vulgar language. That is why I did not give it 5 stars.
I loved this and was so sad to hear it end! It is difficult to describe, there were times when I felt like I had a handle on where the story line was going, but oh no...Mr. Grisham put a different spin and I found myself in a totally different train of thought! My favorite characters turned out to be the lawyer for Lettie, Judge Atley, Lucian (even though he was a drunk) and Ansel. I can't say much about the actual story without being a spoiler. It's safe to say that I found myself transported to the era when the story took place, feeling empathy for the characters and most importantly being pleasantly surprised with the ending and feeling like I was there!
I can't say enough good about this! Kudo's to John Grisham and the narrator.
At the beginning I was unsure if I was going to like this but I was surprised overall. I really like both of the narrators, they have done many David Baldacci books that I have listened to from Audible. This story had many twist and turns, very intertwined. I listen on my daily commute and it was so good I didn't want the commute to end each day! King and Maxwell make a great pair. Their shared history adds many interesting aspects to the story. So as not to be a spoiler I will say the last few chapters were crazy good! I hope there are more adventures planned for K&M.
This was a good listen overall. The story was good however somewhat predictable. The characters were very stable especially the Amish based ones. The "englisher" made his way into the community much to his chagrin. Without being a spoiler it's difficult to discuss more about the characters and the outcome. The narrator was easy to listen to for the most part.
As mentioned overall it was a good easy listen.
From the description I was unsure what to expect, especially with the story line. The characters were so interesting and it was overall heartwarming.
It's hard to give a good review without giving away too much of the story.
I always like hearing this male narrator and the female was good as well.
The characters came to life so vividly and I was sad to to see the book end.
If you are a NS fan this is a book for you!
This main character has nine lives for sure....some of the secondary characters were weak but the overall plot was good and then end result was pulled it all together.
Not my favorite narrator though.
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