Santa Rosa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have worked with teens for many years and found Mr. Green's portrayal of teen males at boarding school to be believable and fascinating. The author is able to bring alive his characters. I found myself living the book as though I was a part of those kids' world when I was listening. I felt I knew the two main characters. I don't see where this would be just a teen's book. For an inside look into the minds of teens and the difficult dilemmas they may be facing without a parent's awareness, this book is great. It's good for its own sake too with many an adventure unfolding.
This book was narrated well though the reader's voice, at times, seemed awfully slow. I found that the author got into too much extraneous detail which left me feeling bored and, sometimes, lost. The story includes many characters and it was difficult to track who was who. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed very much but then it would wander off into some long and tedious side-story during which time I would get lost and wonder what the heck and who the heck the author was writing about. This book is creative in its use of mystical creatures who live out human lives in the early 20th century of New York City. Overall, there were many good ideas here but the story did not hold my interest throughout and I found myself wishing it would come to an end.
I was hesitant to listen to this book because I have read so many books exploring the tragedies of slavery and I needed something uplifting but because I enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd's, "The Life Of Bees", I gave it a try. I was so glad I did. This book is rich in history, partiularly women's history, offering the reader a chance to be proud of the efforts made by some of the Southern women daring to work on the cause of freeing the slaves. Beyond the history of this book, the story line is gripping, insightful and beautifully written using prose that concisely carries the reader into the world of the characters and helps explore the depth of sadness of the slaves' lives while also exploring the complex relationships between the two races of women who lived side-by-side. I listened to this book while out walking and found myself adding miles to my walk so that I could stay in the beauty of the pages. At the end of this well done narration, Sue Monk Kidd speaks about the history of her writing this book and of the characters involved. Beautifully Done.
This a great adventure story reminiscent of Huck Finn with a female heroine. I just hated to see the story end. The main two characters become two unlikely friends and each adds to the other's life in surprising ways. The storyline would be appropriate for young adults and adults alike with lessons to learn about parenting, racism, friendships, and the importance of determination and dedication. The writing flows beautifully and as I listened I was able to envision each scenario and live the adventures. I highly recommend this book. The reader was perfect.
This is a long book but it was so worth the listen. The readers were perfect. The story was imaginative and different. I read many books and few are as creative and as beautifully sculpted as this. This book includes adventure, character depth, creative storyline, interesting and surprising characters, and beautiful prose. I will probably listen to this book again at some point in the future. I wished it had ended differently but that's just me. Loved it. Reminded me somewhat of a modern day gothic tale. See what you think and try this one out.
I may have rated this book a bit higher but I expected more from Wally Lamb. I have thoroughly enjoyed two of his previous novels. Yet, with this one, I struggled listening to the life of a woman who didn't seem to be able to appreciate anything about her adult life despite the great privilege's that came her way. I didn't like Annie(the protagonist) and could not relate to her lack of growth as she moved throughout her life. The main reader's voice was hard to tolerate. I listened to the entire book but can't say I was glad that I did. I kept wishing that Annie could rise above her difficult early childhood and appreciate the life she was given. It made me sad; yet, maybe that is Mr. Lamb's point. Bottom line, not Mr. Lamb's best and lacking overall.
I will preface this by saying that I enjoy good fiction and standard mystery stories don't usually excite me. That being said, I read many reviews of this book and did expect more. The reader was talented and he moved along at a steady pace; no complaint there as long as you like the southern drawl. The storyline was steady and gave me just enough to draw me to the ending. However, the characters were a little flat and predictable. For a mystery, it was different and brought up some interesting legal dilemmas. It was the type of book that I could enjoy a little here and there as it plodded along towards the finish. I could have used a little more excitement or perhaps a little less predictability.
If you don't mind listening to street language, this book is a literary masterpiece. Complex family relationships over a few generations intertwined within Dominican history. Eye opening descriptions of the difficult lives of Dominican families and of Oscar and his family in particular who lived under the cloud of a perceived fuku. As the reader, I loved and sympathized with poor Oscar who was struggling to find ways to bring love and friendship into his life with little success due to his quirky ways and his technological interests. Poor Oscar just couldn't fit in anywhere. Quite good. I hated for this book to end.
I enjoyed this novel. It was a fun story including family dynamics, cultural interplay, marital friction, love, and all done in the context of modern day India. The characters were likeable and interesting. I loved the descriptions of Mr. and Mrs. Ali's home and of their marriage. As the reader, I could see the home, the garden and the streets surrounding the Ali's home thanks to the beautifully descriptive language of the author. Overall, well done, fun, if somewhat predictable sweet story.
Lionel Shriver is able to beautifully portray the complexities of parenthood. His understanding of the psyche of the mother is astounding and compelling. I identified with the woman and found myself often thinking, "I've thought that before but could never have put it into words." This book is an interesting study and well crafted story of parenting and of marriage/family dynamics while providing an interesting perspective on the development of a "bad seed" child.
This is my second novel by this author and while I loved the first novel, The Murderer's Daughters, this novel lacked in everything that the first one had. The reader's voice was downright obnoxious especially in her portrayal of the Jewish New Yorker, there was not one likeable character, and the storyline was predictable and trivial. This novel reminded me of a bad dramatic television show. I finished the novel entirely but OMG, it almost hurt to listen to this especially after having enjoyed the author's first novel so much.
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