This was my first Kate Morton and I was totally fascinated by the ways she weaves the tale through the eyes of Laurel, her daughter. Many times I do not like the switch from present to past, etc. but this book had perfect timing in this realm. The characters are all well developed and rich in personality traits. Twists and turns and a complex finale. All people are just human in the end. I have recommended this book to all my friends. Caroline Lee also brought the story to life.
Now may I make a recommendation: For those reviewers who basically rewrite the story and give all the minute details (and I am sure you are smart and definitely have a handle on most of the books you review). My problem is I want to listen to the book but not after having heard the plot and character twists. I skip reviews that go on and on. Please just give us a leader that will make me anxious to spend my next credit on that book. I respect your judgments, just dont want to know too much about the book before I listen to it. Thanks.
I started this book 3 times and kept thinking at the beginning-"oh great another book about death," but today for some reason I let it keep running and it turned out to be humorous and
sarcastic, about friendships and family, the earth and sky and always a bit of loneliness. I lost a child ten years ago and this book made me laugh, feel sad but peaceful. No matter how many years the grief is always with you, it is just what you do with the grief. I recommend this book highly.
I just finished the book and I am still not sure what the book is trying to convey to laymen about sociopaths. Poorly written, too wordy, narrator not the right voice for this book. Every 15 minutes I wanted to stop reading but hung in there and still don't know why???
Dont waste your money- couldn't even finish it after the President starts making love to the secretary general while the rest of the world is being eaten by these weird monsters.(I think that is who she was but it was so boring I couldn't keep up with names) Cannot believe this book found a publisher.
This book is so convoluted and makes so many twists and turns that make no sense to the story that the author must have been listening to voices I could not hear.
I find Liane Moriarty's books to be incredibly moving. The way she weaves her characters in and out and then entangles them in the guts of the story is masterful. She certainly nailed life in a rich town. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is about abuse of all kinds: verbal, emotional, and physical. I think it certainly is pertinent to the times. It is set in Australia so the narrator and accent are a bit irritating, but the story overrides all. Definitely a must read for any woman who has ever been controlled by a male, her kids, her schedule, her job, etc.
I have read most of Colin Bateman's books and they (or I) are so quirky, they never fail to make me laugh. Whenever I am a bit down I read" I predict a riot, murder, Extortion and a carrot cake." I LOVE HIS WRITING but I think you have to suspend belief and just go with Colin on his fantastic voyages.
The voice of Tom Smith once again brings us a story with vivid characters, interesting environs, and a weird tale that turns out to be so real and so sad. It keeps you going back and forth in your belief of the activities going on. In the end, our past forms our future. He is a worthy author and this book is worth your time-just keep digging through to the end.
Funny, silly but for those of us in real life who cannot seem to ever get ahead with all the responsibilities, it was fun to imagine such a person in the background. Narrator a little shrill but British accent makes it acceptable.
if you need a break from books about dysfunctional families, etc., this is just a simple light hearted mystery that you can read and not think about too much. These books are really valuable to me, because I need some brain drain time and love the cozy mysteries as the remedy. I can't give it a higher rating because it is not the caliber of writing or depth of story to get more. I still recommend it.
I think I first read To Kill A Mockingbird at age 12 and have read it more times than I can remember. This is the first time I have listened to it and Sissy Spacek did a great job. I did some research on Harper Lee and found information that was new to me: I found her integrity fascinating. Whenever I get down about the state of our country, I read this book and know that even a few people with moral integrity and lack of prejudice can make a difference. Too bad those people are not in Congress. I also grew up in Georgia and was 12 in 1960 so I saw the civil rights fight first hand. How silly people with racial prejudice seem through the eyes of Harper Lee. I applaud her for her courage.
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