Yes. I would recommend this book. The book has beautiful descriptions of nature, mountains, adventure,history and character development. A little imagination is required at first, but it pays off. I did struggle with the narration at first until I became involved enough in the story to overlook a difficult voice.
One of the most memorable moments came when the lonely childless homesteading wife discovers her enjoyment at friendship with the mother of a nearby family, a woman so different from herself.
Difficult to say. Overall, I found the development of the wife's character as she changed with the years in Alaska, to be endearing and realistic.
The main character, the wife/mother, developed into a stronger and healthier person as she explored herself and the people that she loved in her small community.
I felt I was in the snowy mountains of Alaska while I read this book. I felt as though I could touch the snow and feel the cold air as well as see the beauty and majesty of the mountains.
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.
I loved this book. The main characters face hardships and struggles while showing true friendship and resounding resilience. This book reminded me of Frankl's book, Man's Search For Meaning; except that these guys always had sweet humor. While filled with suffering, there was never a dwelling on the suffering and always a persevering spirit of hope showing how even in the darkest times, people pull together and create friendships. Throughout the book, there were funny adventures and surprising insights. I learned about the Indian people and found myself loving them for their ability to find lightness and humor amidst the suffering. Suggested reading.
This book was beautifully performed but the book itself failed to develop any one character enough to engage me. I did finish the read but, overall, it failed to intertwine the stories of the children enough to develop enough depth to hold my interest. At times, I wasn't sure who was who and why I cared. I admired Hattie's struggle and thought the story did portray the difficult and tragic lives of the times and the people.
I have read many of Jodi Picoult's novels. This one ranked not as good as her first novel but certainly better than many given the difficult subject matter. As a story, I thought it was pretty good and held my interest but did get a bit fantastical. As a Holocaust study, I would say that it was a good way for a teen-ager to learn about the atrocities and magnitude of the crimes against mankind which took place in WWII. Also, the novel presented some important questions and food for thought about justice and forgiveness in an interesting manner. Overall, it held my interest but might be better suited for a teenage audience.
I loved this book, didn't want to stop listening. Hildy is a classic character, a tough broad, so-to-speak. She's successful in business, raises her daughters, and does a pretty good job of hiding her liquor abuse from herself most of the time. I found Hildy's character to be interesting, lovable, while frustratingly alcoholic. This is not a depressing alcoholic's life but more a study of a woman who is struggling to find her way with the author always providing the reader with adventures and quirky, small town drama. It's great.
I know many readers loved this novel but I was interested for the first third. In the second third of the book, I was getting eager to gain a little info to resolve the puzzle and became increasingly frustrated as I waited for details to emerge. In the last third of the book, I just plain gave up. It was a book with a lot of build-up and the resolution was like a dud firecracker, nothing. The quality of the writing is well-done victorian style but it's a "go nowhere" book as far as I am concerned. I would like my time back. The reader was good and I gave it two stars for the very intriguing first third of the book and the beautiful descriptive writing.
The Fault In Our Stars was a quaint, interesting character study of teens who struggle with terminal illness. The reader gets a window into the world of two fearless teens who dare to love, live and grow while facing imminent death. The author did his homework on this book. The parents of each teen also showed themselves in this book. The perspective parents and their journeys of love and respect for their children's processes were deeply felt and beautifully reflected in the qualities and choices of their children. Well done, Mr. Green. I can't imagine how the author gained the inside information of the world of teen age cancer patients and their parents, but bravo to him. These families do appear to have money, though, which is a luxury which many cancer patients do not have, so bare that in mind before you purchase this book.
I like a good mystery but I mostly love literary fiction. I stepped out on a limb on this one because I wanted a book that was an easy listening mystery. I enjoyed Tony Hillerman novels and Lonesome Dove. With that in mind, please note that I could not finish this book. It was bogged down with so many trivial details that the mystery was lost. I felt duped by the other reviews I read. This is a book that may be good for those who love westerns but as a mystery, it missed the mark. I was thoroughly frustrated and put it down. Definitely not a book for fiction and literature lovers.
This was an entertaining novel that kept me interested throughout. Three generations of strong women in one family showing the power of a strong matriarch. This book has a mystery component while it also weaves and blends the development of three women's lives. Great writing and entertaining. For me, the voices of the reader (author) sometimes were just a little grating with the white, girly southern sound. Definitely could not listen to this type of voice as a soporific novel but the story was well worth the read. I found no dull moments.
I selected this book because I loved Jonathon Evison's book, All About Lulu. This book was even better. I was a little afraid because the title made me wonder if the book might be too sad with too many gruesome details about caregiving; yet, to the contrary, this book took the reader through a man's grief of losing his family as he adventured through his days as a caregiver. Ben, the father and caregiver, showed himself to be a father to all he came across as he helped his patient, Trev, come into his manhood and burst through the barriers of his disease. What a journey. Just loved it. This is the kind of fiction that keeps you coming back for more. I learned more about love, life and death while listening to exceptional reading voices and got to know some beautiful and interesting people. More please.
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