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I struggled with this book at first- so many stereotypes, so many cliches. Once I let that go I just enjoyed the hilarity. This book is supposed to be over the top and once I embraced the exaggeration it made me laugh out loud. I still chuckle just thinking about the characters in this book.
A really engaging book. I love a good dystopia and Divergent delivers. The narration is good, the characters are strong and the story is engrossing. Insurgent is a great followup. Now I am just waiting for the final book in the series.
I loved this book almost as much as I loved Bel Canto. Patchett is an amazing storyteller.
Love this book! Just kicking myself for accidentally choosing the abridged version because I could listen to this forever. Seriously great story and wonderful characters- so relatable! I went back and reread the book after listening.
I found the narrator and the reader annoying! She was like that girl who used to come to the food co-op that I should have been friends with but I found self interested and irritating. She thinks and talks only about herself. Perhaps that is the nature of a memoir... I found this book to be shallow and largely uninteresting.
I really enjoyed this fantasy/historical/realistic fiction mash-up. I especially liked all of the details about music.
I found this fantasy/sci-fi book to be a little confusing. I wanted to like it and the characters, and I kind of did. The premise (I won't give it away) is fascinating and so I think I will have to read the sequel.
Just finished this and it was a nice bit of escapism- a good summertime read. It definitely had me thinking about the road trips in my past- complete with music, snacks and highway. I recommend this to anyone needing to getaway from the day to day!
Just finished this and I feel mixed about it. It was an engrossing story and often it was very beautiful. The details about Burma/Myanmar made me want to visit. I found both Tin Win and Mi Mi inspiring, they made me want to be a better person- a better listener, more generous, less selfish. On the other hand, it felt a little preachy and pedantic. The contrast between Westerners and Burmese was heavy-handed. I'm not sure that the stereotypes hold true for all people from either culture. Also, I guessed the ending long before I got to the ending... and that made it a little less satisfying.
I enjoyed this fictionalized account of Louise Brooks and her chaperone. Elizabeth McGovern was a fantastic reader. The story itself is interesting but a little didactic. I found the ideas about women's rights and freedoms interesting but a little heavy handed. And yet I kept listening because I genuinely liked both Cora and Louise and wanted to find out what happened to them. And yet, the resolution was a little too tidy for my taste.
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