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.
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.
Until the last 2 hours of the book my review was going to be much different. This story has a main character that although a lot of tragedy happens to him is nevertheless hard to sympathize with. It is a story about circumstances , choices and consequences. And how our conduct usually determines our fate, but not always.
I had a hard time listening to the alcohol and drug use throughout the book , and I'm no prude. At times it was just too much and not always necessary in order to tell the story.
I was going to quit by the last 4 hours because I just started to hate the main character and the choices he made , but I will say that there is some redemption in the last 2 hours or so.
I'm glad I stuck with it because over all looking back it was a good story. Long but good.
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.
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