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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.
Edward Adrift is the second great book about the character, Edward. This book is best appreciated after reading the first Edward book (600 Hours of Edward). The two books could have been combined into Part I and then Part II, but having two books worked also. I just loved Edward's well-intentioned, honest, and rigid life. The reader is taken gently into the inner workings of Edward's thinking and routines; its fun and interesting to see life through his eyes. By the time that I had finished this book, I wished that I could have him over for coffee. He is quite hilarious and lovable while at the same time his character is absolutely believable. It's like he could live next door. In this book, he stretches past the boundaries of comfort and rigidity as he begins to make connections and feel a part of a circle of friendships. He also explores his parental relationships and begins to establish a stronger sense of self as he moves past his diagnoses and into a more complex life. Of course with more people in his life, all of his routines become compromised causing him much consternation and consideration. The considerations and conversations that he has with himself and others are genuinely human and are quite touching while at the same time are humorous and, sometimes, side-splitting hilarious. I laughed out loud several times while listening. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, entertaining novel delving into the life of another quirky human...... maybe just like you or someone you know?
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Finding the "Edward" books came at the perfect time for me. I needed to be entertained with an engaging story due to some recent difficult life events and this "Edward" was the perfect remedy. Edward is such a likable, straight forward, linear guy. Yes, he takes it all a bit too far but he tries so hard to do things right that it is hard not to grow fond of him and his blustering ways. I enjoyed how he learned from his therapist and was thinking about the lessons he learned from her as he went about his daily life. I enjoyed how he stretched himself just a little at a time. This book was refreshing, sweet and hopeful while at the same time interesting and entertaining. I just had to read the next "Edward" book after enjoying this one so much.
This book comes ever so close to being four stars but just barely misses the mark. I did enjoy the listen all the way through except that Griff, the father of Calli, is an unlikeable, ignorant, mean man with zero redeeming qualities presented in his character. Thus, I could not stop feeling angst about why the wife and mother of his children (Antonia) could not break out of the cycle of violence. She was presented as a good mother who was intelligent, thoughtful and beautiful but she tolerated his abuse and failed to protect and understand her children. The story's credibility was compromised because of this but, then again, that is the oppression of silence. I found the premise of Calli's selective mutism to be credible. The disappearance of the girls was well developed and exciting. The author also created an interesting twist as she had the two families coping together with the disappearance of their daughters. The narration of this book was well done but, again, Griff is such a creep and sounds like such a creep, I couldn't get past it. If the author's intention is to make the reader hate Griff, she did a great job. Maybe you better read this book yourself and see what you think.
First of all, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of a courtroom drama but I read many reviews of this book and do enjoy a mystery, so I gave it a listen. There were parts of this story that were exciting but overall it was frustrating, bogged down in minutia and disappointing. I found myself daydreaming while waiting for anything pertinent to take place. Maybe I just prefer a murder mystery where the focus is on solving the crime. This book overlooks solving the crime and, then, suddenly at the end, the murderer is revealed. I read one review that suggests that listening to Chapter 40 first (where the murderer is revealed) and then listening to the book helps the reader understand what is happening and I don't doubt that to be true. Also, I understand there is a movie of this book, so perhaps watching the movie first would help. Yet, I was left wondering why the author had the characters working on prosecuting a crime while no one was interested in solving the crime. The narrator is perfect. I enjoy the cadence and tone of his reading very much.
When I listened to the preview of this book, I worried that I would not enjoy the strong Chinese dialect of the reader as she portrays dialect of a Chinese American young woman but, as I listenened, I grew to love the sound and thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese dialect along with the interesting interpretations of American slang and Chinese slang. This was an inspiring story of the love between a mother and her daughter and the courage of these two Chinese immigrants to succeed. Through the experience of the young girl, Kim, the reader learns of the poverty and the hardships that face these immigrants. It was a fantastic story of courage, love, dedication, and the difficult challenges that face young women.
I don't want to spoil this book for anyone so will write an oblique review without a spoiler. As a female reader interested in issues of psychology, society and storyline, I found it interesting in its exploration of the tragedy of the White middle-class "housewife" of the 50's in the United States; especially as it pertains to the many secrets and facades required in those times of strict role requirements for men and women. Many issues were explored and the characters were well developed. The book felt anti-climactic as it moved towards the end but, overall, this book was well written and engaging. The reader did a beautiful job with the voices and, in that sense, it was a pleasure to listen to.
First of all, the same reader plays all parts and throughout the entire book, I could not tell which character's voice was talking which was quite confusing. This lack of clarity continued through much of the book. Secondly, the story was slow getting started and then gradually built to an interesting premise only to lose all credibility as it began to move towards the end. The storyline does keep moving, however, and keeps the reader guessing enough to encourage continued listening. This book had promise with its interesting and mysterious storyline, but it did not deliver overall. I need a storyline to have more credibiity than this one offered.
This book was beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson adding to the pleasure of the story. I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It held a steady pace and kept my interest until about the last hour or so. I enjoyed the travels to several continents of the world while listening to the tales of the unusual lives of the Whittaker family, specifically, of Alma Whittaker. I also enjoyed learning about Alma's academic life as she was able to enjoy it following on the heels of her hard working, courageous if not conniving father. The reader is delivered into Alma's world of study, of adventure, and of the trials of sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction for a woman during the 19th century. My only complaint about this book is that it seemed to slowly die out towards the end but, to be fair, I often do not enjoy endings.
This book not only describes the hardships of the pioneers traveling the American West but it also provides the reader an adventure of unparalleled surprises. I did not want this book to end. I grew to respect and enjoy the female protagonist, Mary, and did not want to let her go when the book ended. It was refreshing to read a book of the Western frontier showing more of the female and family perspectives. The male protagonist was full of surprises with a character that continued to evolve until the end. It is difficult to write a review that could capture the beauty of this book without "spoiling" the plot. In summary, I like historical fiction if the storyline is interesting and fast paced while keeping the reader immersed in history and this book's got it. I highly recommend this book, it's a wild ride packed with adventure and with beautiful prose allowing the reader to experience the rugged beauty and complexities of the situations presented. Whether you like historical fiction or not, this book is a fantastic story.
Once again, Joshilyn Jackson has written an interesting tale of Southern women. What I particularly liked about this one was Ms. Jackson's development of a the love/hate, push pull of an abusive relationship and the strength it takes to move on. While writing about a very difficult subject matter. Jackson manages to bring in enough mystery with a little fantasy (the gypsy) to lighten up the darkness of the protagonist's experience. In this "Chick Book", the reader gets to watch a young woman find her strength while uncovering how her family history has influenced her choices. Plus, there is a faithful dog in the story keeping company with our heroine throughout her many adventures. I really enjoyed this book.
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