I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the pace of the story was fast. I found that I was engaged with the mystery throughout the entire book; I had no idea what was coming next and this book kept me guessing. I felt at times that I was right there in the building with the characters, many of whom I would have loved to live next door to when I lived in apartment buildings! I am glad that I listened to this on audio, as it added to the atmosphere. The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices.
This book was too technical for my interests. It wasn't that it was difficult to understand, but rather, I found the author's constant references to the work of others and the clinical tone were not to my liking. The individual stories were interesting, but there was not enough personal details to engage with them; it felt more like reading a case history than a story about the person's life and condition.
I enjoyed this story. The characters were interesting and very amusing. And, it turned out that the mystery was pretty good too! I listened to the Audible version, and the alternating narration of the male and female characters added to the story. This is the first in the series and I will probably check out another one.
An added plus for me was that the main character loves animals, as evidenced by her rage when the rooster was kidnapped. The crazy cat lady Aunt is a fun character and I'd like to see more of her and her "sweet pea" (a shotgun!!).
I wasn't sure how I would rate this book until the end. Upon reflection of the total story, I decided I really liked it. The narration was excellent and you could tell exactly when Charlie progressed and regressed. A bittersweet, thought provoking story. I'm sure I didn't think of it on this level when I first read it as a youth. I'm glad I decided on the re-read as an adult.
This book tells the story of Sammy and how his mother perservered in finding answers when the doctors wouldn't listen. Not only is it important in the aspect of increasing awareness that OCD symptoms can be caused by strep, it also illustrates the importance of not just accepting a medical professional's opinion as sacrosanct. As this story illustrates, it is okay to question the opinion of your doctor and to get second, third and fourth opinions and to do your own research and draw informed conclusions. Not only is it okay to do that, but sometimes it can save your life. This is an important book to increase awareness of how what some perceive as a simple infection can affect a person's life.
I was debating on this one and decided it was a 2.5 star rating. This was a freebie from Audible, which I definitely appreciated very much. However, the book appeared to digress in places and I found my attention wandering. I couldn't engage with the characters, as none were really explored in great depth. I did find the stuff about familial DNA testing fascinating.
While I enjoyed his thoughts, I found much of it to be repetitive. I do appreciate this freebie from Audible though and of course Scott Brick's narration is excellent as usual. I agreed with many if his thoughts, but I completely disagree with his assertion that you need at least thirty people for a family. These days, families come in all sorts of configurations and there is no one size fits all.
This is the second free prequel in a series of 3. I loved the story of the Sparrow and the young girl's relationship with her father, and combined with the first book, I really am interested in reading the entire book now. Looking forward to its release! Thanks again for the freebie, Audible!
This was pretty good. It's hard for me to review romance books as it isn't my favorite genre. But putting all the mushy, cheesy "milky white breasts heaving" stuff aside, I enjoyed the characters and story. I don't think I need to read the rest of the series, though, as it probably is more of the same with different character names. I think you really need to be into the romance genre to read more than one!
This is a freebie from audible. What a great idea to release short, free prequels in order to help market your book. This worked for me and certainly generated my interest in reading the full book. This is the first prequel that tells the back story of the first person to return. Interesting premise!
I definitely appreciate the freebie and the opportunity to preview a story in the book. I enjoyed parts of it, particularly the description of the characters. It was funny in parts, but the ending didn't do it for me. It didn't generate enough interest to make me want to buy the full book, unfortunately.
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