This is a truly intense and heart wrenching experiance in the form of an audiobook. I think the fact that it is read by the author gives it all the more intensity. You really fall right into her experiances as she retells them in this wonderfully written and powerful biography. It is graphic and honest and does not hold any punches. Be ready for a book that is hard to hear, but well worth it.
My son is a huge audio book fan and this is one of his favorites. He will listen to these three short chapter books over and over. In fact, he has checked out some of the books from the library and really enjoys following along. (It works well because the art style of the book).
I, on the other hand, find it rather annoying. If we are picking one to listen to together, this is not it. There is an analogy about cheese every other line and it makes my skin crawl with the device. I could go the rest of my life and never hear "As stinky as a three day old cheese ball" or "As sharp as a dark cheddar" or "As soft as a brie" again.
But the book is not for me and how can I say a book that got my son begging to read chapter books is bad? I can't.
I read many reviews and see how frustrated many are by the "plot twist at the end" that shall not be named.
I say...this is Niffenegger delivering another sci-fi type story in the form of a feminine novel. What she does so well in Time Traveller's Wife- she does again here. You almost forget the non-realistic plot device for the pure character journey. The characters are AMAZING!
This is a ghost story. The unexpected will, and did, happen. I for one, was delighted.
I was not so sure when this book got going that I was going to love it. I thought it was a bit too verbose at the start with no payoff, but as the book settled in and the plot got going, I fell in love with it.
The style takes its cues and feel from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but in a modern day setting. It is gripping, mysterious, hauntingly beautiful and an all around good read.
All of the performances are outstanding.
This book was beautifully written by a wonderful author and beautifully read by two amazing performers.
The prologue grabs you and then the book never lets you go. You feel like you are in the kitchen house, feeling the highs and lows of these women's lives. You can almost smell the smells.
If you are historical fiction lovers, than this is your kind of story.
This is the kind of book I would stay in my car to hear just one more chapter before going inside.
I LOVED the first two books in this series so much. That is why it was even more troubling that the third book was such a disappointment.
It felt rushed and contrived. Major plot points came out of nowhere and characters that we had grown very close to made decisions that made no sense based on how they were developed in the first two books. It felt like the author was doing a rush job to wrap up the series because she felt like she had to rather than because she had more quality story to tell
The performer was the same as the first book, and she was great. She just had a not too wonderful story to read.
I LOVED the first two books. This one was a huge let down. I agree with many of the prior reviews.
In this installment, Katniss and Peeta lose much of what make them compelling and likable characters. Katniss makes decisions that make no sense and the last ten pages seems like a slapped on happy ending to make the readers happy.
The audio reader is tremendous though. As in the first two, she delivers.
Give this book 90 minutes and you will be caught. It is a beautiful story with all the things you need; tragedy, romance, history. It is simply enthralling.
I enjoyed this book 100%. It follows a family though a lifetime together. While it is true, there is nothing extraordinary about this family and Namesake has no bizarre or tricky plot twists, it is this simplicity that made me simply fall in love with this book.
If you are looking for action packed drama, look on. I loved Namesake because the characters and relationships were so real and powerful. I cared about this family. This slice of life drama took me in completely. I did not want it to end. To top it off, the reader is wonderful as well.
I found this book very amusing as it began. Adams is a great reader of his own work and his imagination is endless. As it went on, however, I became frustrated, because the action in the story took a back seat to endless jokes, thoughts and imaginative description. The books meanders in tagents through its story. This made me lose interest.
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