I have purchased and listened to many Kate Wilhelm books. She is capable of writing a good story. However, each book now becomes more of an agenda driven book of the worst kind - one which is so obvious and unimaginative as to try to cram a political philosophy down the gullet of the reader. I don't mind an author using a good story to make a point, but Ms. Wilhelm abandons the story at some points, and inserts meaningless characters in at other points just to pound the reader with her political philosophy. She is about as subtle and creative as a sledge hammer to the face. I will not waste any more audible credits to be preached to in such an obvious and non-creative way.
Ms. Pessi really spins a good yarn. The story moves along, and really holds one's attention. The characters are interesting and realistic. It was the same in her first novel. Also the same as her first novel, as much as I enjoyed the story, I was disappointed in the ending. It seemed a little far fetched and contrived to me.
This book is boring and repetitive. The main character spends the whole book questioning the same characters with he same questions over and over until it is brought to an unexpected unrealistic end very quickly. It as if the writer kept writing hoping something new would come to him, but it never did. Then suddenly he had reached a page limit and had to put an ending to things. The result was a poor ending. Don't waste money or credits on this.
If you want the sex and violence driven story depicted on the Netflix TV show, you will be disappointed in this book. The book has almost no sex or violence. Rather it is a story of personal growth and loyalty. I found it very uplifting.
I have read this book. I have listened to the audio book 4 or 5 times. This travel narrative of a canoe trip down the Brazos River in the 1950's is so many things it is difficult to describe. It is an entertaining story of a man and a dash hound puppy on a canoe trip. It is a story of the history of the last century in this part of Texas with all of the bad and some of the good included. It is the story of a man struggling to cope with the fast coming changes of modern life. However, what it really is, is a complex work that evokes so many thoughts and emotions that it takes me longer to get through it with each listen, and makes me sad it is over every time I finish it.
If you've ever read a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, you have read this book.
This book has a young women as the central figure who is accident prone; eats all the junk food she wants, but keeps a desirable body; has a love affair going with a police detective; takes on a new risky job because she is broke.... beginning to sound familiar. The only difference is this young women has a southern accent, which is done poorly by the reader. Either the reader is is not a southerner making an attempt to sound southern, or a southerner who is way overacting.
The same old reused plot of every Stephanie Plum novel became tiresome long ago. A ripoff of it is really tiresome. Spend your money elsewhere.
By the way, I noticed this novel only because there is a very good piece of historical fiction with the same name. I recommend it whole heartedly.
I look forward to each new installment of the Harry Bosch books, and I am almost never disappointed with the results. They are great mysteries with real life type characters, problems, and solutions. I don't think a series of mystery books gets better than those about Harry Bosch.
There is no Sherlock Holmes story that does not deserve a 5 star rating. Get them all for endless hours of enjoyment. I listen over and over again.
I would recommend this book.
Owen Meany is an outstanding character because he is so unusual. i have known a few people like him. They were all strong and successful.
The book is not a particularly joyous or happy story, but worth the time I put in on it.
I believe this person has read a lot of mystery-police novels and pieced together a plot typical for thousands of them based on what she had read. No imagination, nothing new. I didn't like the reader at all.
I admire Adam Corolla. He is a self made man with good common sense who is not afraid to be a voice for good common sense in the stupidly politically correct world of entertainment. I love his other book (In 50 Years We Will All Be Chicks). This book covers much of the same ground, but is much more biographical with a lot of detail - too much detail. I thought more of him before I heard some of those gross stories.
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