This book is for the Downton Abbey fans, of which I am one. I have been listening to mysteries so this is a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed the way the story was told through the road trip of Stevens,the main character and the way he looked back on his life.
Stevens is unapologetically himself till the bitter end, which ends up being a little heart breaking. He is bound by rules of convention. if only in his own mind. And although it irritated me, the way he stuck to these rules, it ultimately defines who he is and therefore it can be no other way.
A good story,a decent mystery, interestingly flawed characters. Though one of those stories where everything/ everyone is too conveniently intertwined . But still a solid non- annoying listen.
This is a good mystery, there were a few moments of implausibility but over all there was a good building of the back story, This is a back & forth in time story from when the main character is young ( late high school/early college) to when he is an adult and life has hit him pretty hard. A mystery from his youth resurfaces and now he is determined to solve the mystery that has effected his life for so long. There is a neat side story through his job as a prosecutor that was almost better then the main plot.
I liked the premise of the story & the side court room story ; the journey did get a little far fetched at times and the ending was a little implausible. I did not like "the girl" sideline, she could have just stayed in the past and the story would have been better.
Scott Brick, who I have liked in the past, was completely over dramatic, it was annoying at times and too melodramatic.
I did enjoy the story enough to look for more Coben books to read, hoping Scott Brick does not narrate them all.
I don't know why I am surprised when I listen to a classic and its good, A Light in August does not disappoint. While the story is really good its the writing that's amazing...The phrases were simply but beautifully written. I did have re-listen a few times to keep the premise but I was working while listening and tend to lose track.
Will Patton is amazing! I listened to him narrate Alas! Babylon and now this. I believe his is my new favorite narrator.
I will be reading to more of William Faulkner now.
It took me a while to get into this book but its worth sticking with! It is a very descriptive story of the south that spans generations of the Howland family. Long story short... a wealthy white land owner secretly marries a black woman in ( I believe in the 60's) but they publically have children together. Until the marriage was found out no one had a problem with the relationship but after the marriage is discovered it has unfortunate ramifications for the family both black and white. But that is not the whole story, the most important theme is women who will sacrifice there own hearts desire to protect and better their children and their home. This story combines a sweet blind love story with a contrasting story of marriage of convenience. It is lovely and heart-breaking but also satisfying at the end.
This book may be good to YA's but for me, not so much. I like fantasies... Game of thrones, WoT, Neil Gaiman etc... The characters were just not built up enough. The main character had a life long vendetta against the bad ass epic that killed his father but got sidetracked by things like cool guns, motorcycles and a pretty girl. I really did not care about the main characters and therefore did not really care if any died. In fact I may kill a few characters off myself in my mind tonight.
The " world" of newcago was not built up enough to imagine it. There are made up curse words that are annoying such as " slontz" and " calamity" . . Perhaps the most annoying thing in this book is the use of metaphors that don't work but are supposed to be cute/funny. I can assure you they are neither cute or funny . Also there are little annoyances such as in this dystopian world of darkness and steel there is little attention paid to daily life, what things cost, what is the currency etc...at a loss for why this book is getting such good ratings.
I really enjoyed this book, there is a lot of time spent on character development so when something happens to the character you are invested in that person. I think of this story like stand by me with sci-fi/ horror. It is not very fast paced, but that is due to the character development in the story which adds the richness to the book. An interesting story, a great narrator and a good ending combine to make this book very credit worthy!
This book is the worst narrated audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator used very bizarre voices for many of the characters , I almost could not listen to her.
The premise of the story is good and its nice that sixteen year olds are not the main characters in this dystopian story...for once. I am curious to see what happens next but I fear that the story is heading in a hopeless direction. I hope I am proven wrong in that assumption. I am very glad the next installment is read by someone else!
First of all George Guidall could read the dictionary and have me entranced for hours! But I also enjoyed this story more than I thought I would... it contains a bit of fantasy, with a little history of New York's lower east side with a splash of the middle east. It is a story that shows supernatural creatures in very real life human dilemmas as well as fantastical dilemmas and at the same time weaves in the human characters every day struggles and interactions. All the while dealing with the subjects of morality and religion.
I had never heard of a Golem but it is a creature of Jewish folklore. Of course we all have expectations of what a Jinni is but they are not realized in this story. This story makes you believe that it is indeed possible that we are living along side mythical creatures in our everyday lives! It is sort of a fairy tale for adults a little along the lines of Neil Gaiman's Stardust if not a bit more melancholy but If you enjoyed that I believe you will also enjoy this story.
I am really glad I chose this book, I found myself googling the Grimke sisters, Denmark Vesey and several other characters in the book. Unlike me I suggest you wait until after the book ends because Wikipedia does give away a few details.
Where would we be if not for people who devoted there lives to our personal freedoms, Freedom that are so easily take for granted these days. I think everyone and especially every women should read this book to gain a better understanding of how far we have come in the past 200 years.
The story reveals many insights into slavery, the difficulties of being an abolitionist, the Quakers, and the feminist movement. I am so grateful to the author for enlightening me on these important subjects. The narration is very well done.
This book is mostly ridiculous so I am at a lost for why I really ended up liking it and even crying at the end. The implausible situations the main characters got in were met with seemingly blasé reactions at times. However the love and friendship that was built between the main characters and the dog drew me in. I am a dog lover and wish we were all in the situation to pick up our lives and protect our family and champion humane rights as Travis and Nora were able to do. Both having no attachments and access to money which is not a reality for most of us.
This is my first Koontz book and am not 100% sold yet but will give another book by him try. I would have given the narrator and the story a 3.5 if that were a possibility.
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