Did I miss the part that alerted us to the fact that this is written as a grammar school level primer? The reader stops to say, "Note: at this time in America, slaves were..." Or he verbalizes the quotation marks as in, "Douglass said Quote, we are all brethren, end quote." It's ridiculous.
John Lee, yes. Graham Joyce, definitely not.
Absolutely I would avoid the genre. I had found it as a bargain two-for-one deal, which might should have been a clue to me, but I've so enjoyed other Audible bargains that I went for what I thought was listed as a "mystery." To me, a mystery is a book that presents puzzling, enticing clues and engages me to "solve" the riddle in a way that weaves in all the various threads. This was no mystery to me. It was a "you'll never guess what happened" that was solved simply by saying, "Well, in the world that I've invented in my mind, it could all happen." That is no solution. There's also a lot of sort of crass, throw away sex that ended up having no meaning or connection to the story whatsoever. "She hugged a tree while he took her from behind," and then moving on. That was it. Who was it? Why were they doing that? Hmm, dunno, just wanted to throw that in, I guess.
I liked Lee's narration, but it seemed like the story would have called for a female reader. The reading was okay.
Either get rid of the "watch me shock you" meaningless sex scenes, or make them meaningful to the story. I don't know, though. That wasn't really my biggest gripe.
It was like listening to a two year old make up a story; "And then I flew and then I rode a horsie and then I was Superman and then I was a flower and then can I have some lunch?"
I've recommended the book enough that I had to buy another printed copy to loan out. So many friends want to understand, but do not want to feel preached at or politically ranted to.
I've been disappointed in the past when authors read their own books, but Justin Lee would be a good reader for any book. His voice is calm but engaging and he leads you neatly into a camaraderie - at least to the point where you can understand his perspective.
Well, Justin was reading his own story, so I don't think this question applies.
I rarely listen to a book all in one sitting. I liked breaking this one up because it was especially thought-provoking. I wanted mulling time between chapters.
I've probably read a hundred books on the same or very similar subjects. This was by far the most clear and concise. Often when people are expressing or explaining their own beliefs in depth, I find I skim and skip along, but Justin Lee made me want to hear every word.
You can tell why it's a classic. Lots of layers to the story and just as fun to hear the second time after reading it so long ago.
She did a great job with keeping things interesting and telling her own story without sounding like a gossip.
Very realistic and a great reader. Sometimes getting so thoroughly into someone else's head is just as tedious as being in my own though :-)
This is the first book in 50 or 60, that I just can't finish. It sounds like it probably has a good plot, but it's all driven by one dialog after another, giving long, history accounts to fill us in on where we are. Too tedious to finish. I know it has to be a good book. Just not my style I guess.
The author did a great job of making you feel like you knew people you'd barely met. Fun story.
The reader was great and I love classic science fiction, so I would recommend this to a friend. I was disappointed that all the plot and character development that seemed so important in the middle of the story line seemed to rush to a finish. It may be a style of that time or the genre at that time, but I wished the strength of the tale and the people in it had kept that momentum till the end. Maybe it's the author's comment on all of us and our lives - we just sort of drizzle out and stop?
I was really surprised that none of the readers' comments warned me that this is just a romance novel. I thought it started off with some potential, but the bottom line is women are always there for each other; there are a few bad apples in the male population, but if you just hang in there the perfect guy will come along. He will always be big and strong. Always rescue you - whether you're sick or broke or hurt by another guy. And the best part, they are all perfect lovers who kiss you, worship you and take all the time in the world to be certain of your pleasure. There's no doubt that Carr is a great writer - her descriptiveness, about anything besides men, is captivating and imaginative. But this was a waste of time. You could stop way early in the book and just end with "and they all lived happily ever after." It was also disconcerting to be a third generation Californian and wonder if she even googled the area. Times and spaces (and counties) are way off. It's the first time I've written a disappointed review, but this was just plain shallow....unless you're a romance novel junkie, in which case you'll love it.
I loved the story line, up to the end. The reader really made it first class with the voices, accents and languages. The way the ends tied together at the closing were a little Dickensonian for me - too tidy for real life, but the rest drew me in.
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