I finished The lady of the rivers and now the White Queen and I find myself looking up historical facts about the British monarchs. Elizabeth in the White Queen is a very fascinating character, not always lovable and good. I looked up so much history in the course of listening to this book I knew the outcomes but I still found it very interesting. I love when a voice is given to real historical characters. I did fine the "magic" a little far fetched but it did not affect how I feel about the book and the characters. I listened to The lady of the rivers first and found the story from Elizabeth's Mother Jacquetta transitioned well to the White Queen and the story of Elizabeth.
I am very interested in finding out more about the princes in the tower that disappeared. What a mystery.
I would recommend this to any historical and historical fiction fan, I will continue to read Gregory's books.
This is a Nazi Germany book from a different perspective, the perspective of Germans who do not sympathize with Hitler but go along publicly to keep the status quo. There are very rich characters in this book. It did take me a while including a try a few months ago to get into the book, However the reward was great. I was not a huge fan of the small "dream" side stories but they did not greatly detract from the main story. I can actually see why the movie in this case might be better then the book which is very rare. so I am looking forward to it.
This sequel to "A time to kill" will not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I had gone back and read a time to kill as a refresher but that is not needed to enjoy the story. Jake Brigance is the underdog again in a bigoted fight. It is unclear who will "win" until the surprise ending. And the ending is really great. I would not mind more Jake Brigance stories for Grisham.
I really enjoyed this book, I thought the book was going to mostly about a group of English women prisoners marched around Malaya during world war 2, But that is only part of the story. It is about an enterprising young woman who not only survives her ordeal in Malaya but becomes a leader in that situation and then the book goes on to tell about her extraordinary life. It is mostly told through the words of her solicitor who is charged with dolling out her unexpected inheritance.
The Book takes you to Malaya, London and Australia and is part adventure and part love story. It is beautifully told and I was surprised to find out it was writeen in 1950, I would have never guessed that.
Chris moves to solitary NC with his recently divorced alcoholic mother in the beginning of his junior year of High school. He quickly realizes all is not kosher in the backwoods town. The town is ruled and manipulated by and overbearing thug type character who in turn is ultimately ruled by a creepy old man being kept alive by evil supernatural circumstances.
Through the series Chris begins to see that it is no accident he and his mom, who grew up in solitary , Moved back to town. There is a battle over Chris soul and to continue solitary's place as a gateway for evil to enter the world. Chris is an unlikely hero, the best kind...He never knows where to turn and who to trust. People around him betray him, others are threatened and even killed. In this series he goes through a spiritual transformation that helps in his battle against evil forces.
I went through all four books in a row. At first I was not sure about the narration but by the end of the first book I thought Heyborne was perfect for the voice of Chris.
. I am an adult an this is a series based on the last two years of high school for a teenage boy. However there is enough meat for adults and Chris goes through some very adult struggles during his journey.
I very much appreciated the sarcasm in times of trouble that went through Chris' mind. And some of the just funny scenes...Chris getting his license for one.
This series is creepy, spooky and intensely scary all while being funny, a little sappy and spiritual.
The religious theme is throughout the series but in my opinion is never hokey. I thought the author did a great job in using secular themes such as songs and song lyrics and also spiritual themes, especially verses from the Bible that were completely appropriate to the circumstances. Psalms for comfort in times of fear and trouble and Words from Paul about putting on the full armor of God to face an epic spiritual battle.
There are great characters in this book: the creepy pastor, the geeky friend, all the girls Chris gets involved with some more likable than others, the high school bully, the ever smoking unlikely friend "Brick" who shows up when needed most, the strange and troubled Aunt, The Jittery Alcoholic Uncle, The old lady who may be an angel, The hound from hell and the wolves...to name a few.
The only criticisms I have, The author basically made every Girl and woman in the series "hot" and made many weight comments that I done think teenagers need to dwell on anymore than they already do. Also as an adult the many loves of Chris and how quickly he fell "in love" was a pill hard to swallow...sometimes I was like come on enough already.
But all in all I would recommend this series to anyone 15 to 100, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will now explore other Thrasher novels.
This is a great mystery/thriller book. I'm not sure why more people have not listened and reviewed it. It definitely has religious undertones but so far I have not felt like that is the only focus of the book. I am a Christian but did not know this book had religious themes in it until after I began listening to it. I do not think it will offend any non-religious people (well it may offend occult people)
It is a teen novel but adults who enjoyed other teens series such as twilight will also enjoy this. The story is a little spooky and creepy. There is enough mystery and intrigue about the town and the people to continue listening. I'm not sure yet if there are supernatural creatures in this series...it is eluded to. The author does a good job at creating and explaining the isolation of a backwoods southern town. I'm interested in learning about the other characters in this book, like Chris's Mother & creepy aunt and missing Uncle , Jocelyn's friends, Newt and the preacher of the church.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator but he was fine after the first few chapters.
If you listen, Brace yourself for an unexpected ending!
This is an inspiring story about overcoming insurmountable odds, One of the main characters Joe Rantz overcomes being virtually abandoned at a young age and working his way through school and college and focuses on the quest for Olympic Gold. I knew nothing about rowing and I had never thought about it before, But I now am very interested to watch it.
This story reminds us that in America if you work hard and focus on what you want to achieve, Here you have the opportunity.
The focus of the story is less on Hitler's Germany and more on the boys and the mentors they meet along the way. These unassuming boys were focused on their individual goals but soon found they had to work together as at team and that they were representing more then just their school but the hopes of the people in the USA.
It is a very heart-warming true story that I would Highly recommend.
No one could have narrated better then Edward Herrmann!
This was my first Neil Gaiman book and I know it will not be the last! Even though this story is a fantasy it seems so believable that you feel it is completely natural for a young man to go over the fence into a magical realm to search for a falling star.
I loved it, It gave me the same feeling that the Princess Bride always did and still does.
I enjoyed this book just as I enjoyed Fingersmith by Sarah Waters but there are quite a few similarities....Both involve a stolen identity by an imposter and thereby committing the real heroine to an asylum and both involve the relationship between the two women being more then just friends with the wronged falling in love with the imposter. so of you have read fingersmith it can be slightly irritating. Having said that I was very hooked until the ending.
The big climax at the ending falls a bit flat...But all in all a enjoyable read.
The narrator was excellent.
This book is excellently written, I felt like this tragic love story was much longer then it was because the characters draw you in immediately. I could picture the scenes vividly as they were being read. I am amazed the timelessness of Wharton's writing.
I went through a myriad of emotions reading this book...Injustice, anger, hope, and heartbreak.
I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the ending made me sad...but I highly suggest this classic piece of literature.
This book began slow for me it took me over an hour to get into it. However, I did eventually become invested in the characters. The familial relationships were intriguing- especially between the sisters.
The pieces of the mysteries (plural) fit a little too neatly and intertwined together too much to be completely plausible. And a lot of the mystery is revealed through dream sequences which I thought was an interesting way to intertwine the past (1700's) with the present.
There is bonus information such as: astronomy, travelers/gypsies and a tour through the English countryside.
The story explores themes of loss, regret, love, and complex family relationships.
I would probably give this book a little less them 4 stars. But if like me you like historical fiction such as Kate Morton books, you will enjoy this story.
I would read another book by this author. The narrator was pretty good.
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