Weak story line and even weaker characters. I think Terri Blackstock has lost her touch.
I finished it just to see how predictable it would be and I was spot on. Waste of money and my time listening.
This was my first by Rachel Hauck and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed narrator Eleni Pappageorge as well. The story was magical and I especially liked that it was set in different periods in time. I found myself getting lost in the story and envisioning the characters in the landscape of the stories. Each time my commute was over I was sad and looking forward to the next time to listen. It was so pleasing to hear no vulgar language and to have an author who let God be in the picture. I don't want to give any spoilers so it's difficult to divulge too much. If you like a nice peaceful read that will draw you into the story this is for you. It would make a great movie. Love....Love...Love!
I have read this as a softcover book however it has been some time so it was like new to me all over again. The narrator Tom Stechschulte is not my favorite but it was okay. He doesn't do female characters well. The heroine was a strong character. Her circumstances were complex and hard to imagine facing. Her love interest proved an equally strong character.
It is so refreshing to read fiction without vulgar language and strong convictions.
I may have listened 10 minutes max and heard such vulgar language I turned it off and will not be finishing this.
One day these authors will realize stories can be told without all this unnecessary vulgar language.
I am mostly always a big fan of David Baldacci and also both of the narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.
They always seem to do a great job. I had pondered why Robert Puller from a staunch military family ended up in jail. This book explains it all. It was very complex and at times I was not able to predict the outcomes. It was good to allow the main characters to show emotion as well.
I'd like to see more of the Puller characters in future books.
It was good to reconnect with some of the characters from her previous novel. One of my favorite characters is the main characters father Leo who is very dedicated, retired police officer who loves his daughter and grandson. Things took a turn that I did not expect as far "who done it" because there were many possible characters who were involved. I especially like Jan Maxwell as a narrator. This was a good entertaining book.
I will preface this review with mentioning the author is not my favorite, having made that statement I will say that this one took some getting use to and making myself read it and not abandon early on. If you don't know anything about elephants you will after listening to this book. The characters were complex and they spoke in first person which was fine until they spoke of other characters and the narration did not follow the characters. Minor detail though. If you are a mother you will definitely relate to certain situations. Overall the biggest surprise was the last few chapters. I did not anticipate the ending at all. Came from out of nowhere!
Even though I am not one to read every book by this author what kept me from giving the review 5 stars was the vulgar language that served no purpose to the story. The same could have been said and conveyed without it.
Take a chance and enjoy if you can tolerate the F bombs and other vulgar language.
I can't bring myself to finish this one - second recent John Grisham audiobook that I simply can't tolerate the narrator. The inflections in the voice are terrible and he is not versatile enough to change characters. The author has done some great works in the past - this one being an older thankfully their is a better narrator on board now.
I will be returning this one.
I am at chapter 7 and will be baling on this one. I simply can't finish it. The narration is the worst I have ever heard to the point that I have no desire to even read the book. I normally like the author and for all I know and will never find out this may be a decent book.
Based on the few chapters I endured the main character is using greed to punish his family upon his death. The lawyer with substance abuse problems sent to Brazil to find his illegitimate daughter is more of a loser than the deceased family.
I have listened to two of the authors recent books and that narrator was great.
Save your money.....
I picked this as a filler while waiting for some new releases. This was well done and had plenty of twists and turns that I did not foresee. The characters were strong Adam the grandson and Sam the death row inmate grandfather. Forgiveness for some horrible crimes was the center of this story for me. I especially appreciate the pastoral consultations the inmate received. It was very candid and biblically realistic. The performance was good - I had recently listed to Sycamore Row by the same author and narrator.
I will have to say the ending left me unfulfilled. Maybe I wanted him to do more -- and will leave at that so no spoiler.
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".
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