I like the Jane Austen meets Mystery aspect.
It felt fairly random at times and I couldn't connect why one thing would escalate to another. And then I realized it was Abriged. Shameful. I will have to buy this book in paper and re-read. I just didn't get into it.
I'm not sure. I haven't read the print version.
I appreciate the varying points of view, from farm owners of good, medium, and horrible farms... from employees who quit, employees who stayed, employees who give first-hand accounts of beating and torturing animals and why they did it.....
Of course there is always some bias information in a book like this, but he did a good job of at least listing facts and numbers, and not as many opinions.
This was a one-man dictation. I think there wasn't really a way to mess it up.
How YOU are perpetuating the situation
Foer is sly. He knew that everyone would be affected, and not everyone would take action, so I like his follow through in the last chapter. Well played.
This book is monumental for me. I will be making all the changes that I can reasonably afford to make, based on the concept that if I'm not boycotting, I'm participating in the problem. If you're not with me, you're against me.... right?
I won't be vegetarian, but I think we can handle less meat, and certainly glad to hear it was POSSIBLE to buy happy meat at places such as Whole Foods. I went there after reading this book and they actually have a rating system of how the animals were treated and how they lived. And what Foer doesn't mention (maybe because he's vegetarian, now) is that happy grass-fed, free roaming beef tastes WAY better.
I'm definitely scarred for life. Bravo, Foer!
Charlie changes and morphs a lot through this story. I love that the narrator changed with Charlie. It helped to capture what was going on.
This is a very quick read that will make you feel something, and think something. Guaranteed.
The honest emotion behind Charlie is so pure and believable, and it evolves so well as the story progresses.
I also love that we are reading Charlie's diary the whole time. It adds another level of ethical dilemma to the story.
Should we be doing this? And SHOULD we be DOING this??! (Science playing God, and reading someone else's diary.)
Charlie! He's the main event, so that makes sense.
A journey inside an evolving mind.
If they were interested in all of the poverty/struggles of women in Afghanistan, I would. This book is based around a very specific topic.
But, it's well written and concise. The author doesn't waste our time with useless details.
I was proud of Kamila and her sisters.
Kind of. The narration had some emotion, but not enough. And the voices didn't really change. That's tough, since there are SO many characters in this book. I figured out who was speaking by context, usually.
Nope. As I said before, it was concise and to the point. She covered everything she needed to to attach us to the characters, help us feel their struggles, and avoid kicking the dead horse- which is often the problem with stories of struggle.
Listening doesn't give light to the diary aspect. Maybe this just isn't one that should be listened to on audio.
I loved the historical-fiction aspect of this story. Mixed in to the "fake" diary entries about hunting vampires, there are true life moments, true facts, true quotes by Abraham Lincoln.
It's a fun way to think of the past, and a unique twist to assume that Abraham Lincoln's true tragedies were brought on by vampires.
Oh, the reading was sooo monotone. Anger was monotone. Love was monotone. Fighting was monotone. Passion and Fear, Monotone. You get it. It was not a performance, just a reading.
I was slightly bored and distracted. It was very hard to stay engaged in Holst.
But I really want to buy the book and read it. It really was a god story. I'd rewind when I found myself drifting out of listening.
Probably not. The entire time, I felt like McCann was desperately trying to write a deep, insightful and life changing story. But his characters lacked a lot of depth. They were fairly cliche and took a lot of interest out of the book.
I did enjoy the narrations. Each person played their part well.
I would not use a priest, struggling with his oath. Nor a hooker who realized she messed up. Or the starving art student, or the lonely housewife. I just felt the characters left so much to be desired. YES, they were actually deeper than this. But not by much.... It was far from original. And far from deep or thought provoking.
Gloria. She was my favorite character and my favorite narrated. Probably because she was the most genuine on both ends.
Nope :-/ I reallllly wanted it to hurry up and end. I can't bring myself to NOT finish a book.
The way the story wrapped up in the end was actually nice, and achieved some of the things you could tell the author was reaching for.
Unfortunately, I had to read the entire rest of the book to get to that point.....
I love action, thriller and mystery. This book is all of those things.
At times, the author's descriptions or word choice seemed almost jouvenille, but somehow, I was still intrigued and addicted. And I couldn't wait to keep going.
I guess I just laughed off the unbelievably un-believable parts and stuck to the guts of it.
Not really. It's just one of those quick reads you read for pure enjoyment. I'll take nothing away from it but a fun time. It's not deep or life changing in any way.
Bleh. Yes and no. There are times where it seems to technical and researched, and there are times where it seems like the author got tired and just made something up to keep it going.
And then there's Orchid. I'm not sure if he just desperately wanted a James Bond-eque character who finds women along the way. But there was way too much connection and emotion for a 2 hour interaction. And too much feeling and heart break later on. She should have been left out completely.
The narrator is a man, and more than half of the characters are women. They all ended up with low voices that sounded more like a grandfather? Even the young ones. Thank goodness there are descriptions of the voices in the book so I could counter what I was hearing with what the Author was most likely picturing as he wrote it.
The narrator seems to change up Gideon's voice quite a bit through the book as well which annoyed me. But only slightly.
Good read. Great for a short weekend trip or plane ride. Not too much thinking, just action, adventure and an ending.
I'm not sure if I'd need to listen to the book again. I remember it well enough. And it's a sad/triumphant story. There are parts I never want to hear again.
It's also read by people with certain accents that didn't allow me to speed up my reading pace, since I was concentrating on what they were saying.
Some of the specific tragedies they described are burned in my memory forever, and I choose not to revisit. I did expect some horrors and sadness, so I'm not upset. These types of books remind me why I am so happy to be healthy, safe and free.
I have not.
The same as the book's tagline. The stories of 3 lost boys from Sudan. I wasn't aware when I began that the term "Lost Boys" was not the Author's word choice, but a well-known term for those who escape.
Thank you for this book. It hurts you heart in the right way.
While the stories seem extremely scattered and far between in the beginning, hold tight. They begin to shorten and intertwine and make so much more sense later. Be patient :)
Probably not. I would warn them first. I think the author went WAY too far at the end of the book. To much information. Too much disgusting. It didn't fit with the first 2/3 at all. I hated the last 4 hours.
I love the true-to of the languages, the cultures, and the regions or Scottland. There was authenticity there SOMETIMES.
British. Low. Calming.
Yes, Rupert Everett? No idea really. i don't that many red-headed actors.
This book was a 4.5 or 4 until the last section. It should have ended when Claire said the important words. Everything afer that is just absurd and ruined all the time I spent falling in love with the story. I understand WHY we needed to hate Randall, I don't understand why ANYONE needs to read that level of disgusting detail tha tis so freakishly random compared to the rest of the story line.
I had very little former knowledge about these three women, or any of the other artists I found out about in the book. I'm glad I chose a book tape format as opposed to the paper copy because it's very long and very slow. i would never have finished if I had to flip the pages. NOT because it was a bad book, because it was not. I had a hard time in the beginning, thinking that the mention of experiences or other characters was irrelevant, but it turned out to all come back around and put the pieces together through the middle and end. But I get very antsy. I listen to my books at 1.5x and 2x speed, if that helps you understand my antsy-ness. I like tot get tot eh point and this isn't a cut to the chase story. But it is still very much worth reading if you dig history in any way.
Listen to the music, research some of the artists further, and talk o my mom about it :) Since that was her time. This book was her upbringing.
I got really cranky at how many time the phrase "Who would be" was used. You'll see.
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