Carlinville, IL, United States | Member Since 2010
I had NO clue how it would end - AMAZING - I adored it. And I was so thankful!!!!!!
I read lots of reviews - and got the message loud and clear, this was going to be a great book. However, one review caught my attention. It mentioned that the begining of the book will be a tad boring but by the middle you will be hooked - and boy, were they RIGHT!
This book reminds me of a lot of books (Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) where you find yourself drifting in the begining because there aren't details you can grab and start buidling with. But, by the middle of the book - you start to feel a bit more involved with the characters. You finally see where everything is heading - well, sort of. And if you choose to listen again - you'll see the pieces fall together and fit better.
I often read (or listen to) a book and am grateful for the gift of great authors and the stories they share with us. This is certainly a wonderful story.
First Lisa Gardner book - and I really enjoyed it!
The book is a dandy - the suspense... the guessing of "who done it" - and the ending is not worth missing. I didn't mind that we found out who the villian was well before then end of the novel - I then focused my attention on rooting for the good guys to hurry up and catch the guy.
I would recommend this book - well worth the credit!! Performance was excellent.
The Poet is an overall good book. I enjoyed the ended - as I didn't see it coming. Because I listen to a lot of audible titles - I do find the narrator a vital part of the story. Buck has an "older" voice - yet, the main character of the book is much younger than the husky voiced buck.
This is the 2nd MKA book I've listened to, and I really enjoyed it. The story line flowed well, and the "who done it" question was there right up to the end. I loved the narrator and believed she captured the character's Southern charm perfectly.
I would recommend this book.
First - I have to say, I am from the St. Louis area - so I especially enjoyed the references to the area and all of the hokey "midwestern" things that are unique to our area; ie - float trips.
The book was fabulous. It winds you one way up the path and another way down it. You are on one emotion for the begining of the book, and you'll feel the complete opposite on the second half. I can recommend this book and can't find anything to complain about. The author did a superb job writing and the detail just made the book that much more believable. She portrays a character as a crafty, didn't-miss-a-single-step type of person, but that's because the author was so spot on. Good job Ms. Flynn! The end was one of those that make you wonder just what did happen next - but I wasn't turned off by it. I almost expected something more sinister.
The narration was excellent. I typically don't enjoy multiple narrators and sometimes get confused, but to have a man and a women was just the flavor it needed to accurately portray the character's feelings.
What a wonderful, refreshing book! I truly enjoyed this book - and the performance of Susan Bennett was 100% perfect (A+++). If you enjoy light-hearted books - you'll certainly enjoy this one!!!
I imagine the actual print version of this book would have been much better for several reasons. The story does have a lot of steamy bits - and for the most part, they make the story - but the believability of this girl Anna was just not there for me. I couldn't identify with her, conceptulize her - she was just so unreal, I couldn't grab on and relate.
The narration is just plain bad - I get the young girl/young voice Anna bit - but her voice drones on and on with little inflection and over enunciation of words. It was tedious hearing the email detail read aloud - to the point of distracting from the actual text.
Like many - "oh my" "holy _____ (you fill in the blank)" was so overused - I found myself mocking the narrator by the end of the book.
I couldn't wait for it to end. Really - I will not be downloading the other two books in the trio - perhaps I will read them so I'm not tortured by Ms. Battoe's voice.
Sophie Kinsella has a superior gift of delivering a quirky, cute story without seeming silly. This book, like most of the others, is a sweet tale of two people meeting under strange circumstances and coming together in the end.
I really enjoyed the narration - they got it 100% correct. I have MANY titles in my library, so this is a compliment that I don't give easily.
The actual story has a good, solid delivery. I didn't see the movie - so I didn't have any preconceived ideas of the character's appearances or behaviors. The narration was descent. I'm not sure I would recommend this as a good use of a credit... but if you like a book that draws as many questions as it gives vague answers, then this will be right up your alley.
My questions for author -
Am I missing something? Was there more horrific abuse that happened that plagued the children into adulthood? Or was the message more of a family with a genetic disposition to depression and other mental illness?
If the story was about saving the sister from her own mental demons by exploring the root -her childhood distress - why did the book focus soley on the brother telling tales of his childhood memories? The tales were often endearing - and didn't itterate details that would warrant such mental decay? There was one night of tragedy - but the one child who suffered the most seemed to lead the most "normal" adult life.
If I would have listened to this book prior to watching Real Housewives of New York City - I probably would have understood the show's women better. I'm not sure how accurate the details of the book are, but they certainly are believable. The trials and tribulations of fabulously rich women in the top tiers of society are not to different than those who live in small rural communities. Who's saying what about whom - Who did what on Saturday night - who is rich and who is richer - who has the better house - who's husband is sleeping around...
I found the book entertaining - and would recommend it. Narration was pleasant - no complaints.
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